Next up in our ongoing quest to bake a perfect pie just in time for Thanksgiving? Our essential guide to creating those beautifully decorated pie crusts you’ve been pinning, and I bet you didn’t know just how easy this technique is to master when you’re armed with little more than cookie cutters and a little egg wash. Chef Callie Speer stopped by to show us how to get creative and end up with a result that’s bakeshop-worthy, so keep reading for the step-by-step instructions. And don’t miss the recipe for our Apple, Blackberry, & Thyme Pie here!

*photos by Ashleigh Amoroso

How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Pie


  • ingredients from pie recipe of choice (see the recipe we followed here!)
  • knife
  • rolling pin
  • microplane grater
  • cookie cutters
  • paint brush

  1. Slice the apples to about 1/4". If you slice them too thin, they'll get mushy.
  2. Toss the apples with the sugars. While you're waiting for the magic to happen, get your bottom pie crust ready. Make sure to keep it chilled afterwards, though.
  3. After you've prepared the filling, place it in the chilled pie shell. Make sure the filling is piled taller than you'd expect. It will sink down a bit while baking. I like to finish it with some lemon zest for a bright flavor.
  4. Roll out the remaining dough. This will be the dough you make your lattice or punch shapes out of.
  5. Use various cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Adding your own style goes a long way in creating a gorgeous and unique pie!
  6. Lay the lattice over the pie in a crisscross pattern. Weave the strips together, starting at one end, and working your way down.
  7. Attach all of your cutouts to the lattice with egg wash and a brush. I like to use a high quality paintbrush. These aren't as wide as traditional basting brushes, and give you better control over where you're brushing the egg. Just make sure it isn't shedding any hairs.
  8. Brush the final product with eggwash, and sprinkle with sugar. This will give your pie a nice shine.

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Comments (2)
  1. 1
    Jessica November 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for sharing these tips! x

    Jessica — WS Community

  2. 2
    Cat October 16, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Beautiful Beautiful cust and so was the other one at the beginning of the blog with braids, leaves and lattice. I’d love to see that one uncut. Beautiful skill set.