10 Pie Decorating Ideas to Impress Your Thanksgiving Guests

Impress your family and friends with these incredible pie-decorating ideas!

It's an unspoken rule that you must serve pie on Thanksgiving. After the turkey has been carved and all the mashed potatoes are gone, there's no better way to end the meal than with a delicious pumpkin dessert. Of course, you'll want to follow up an impressive Thanksgiving dinner with a pie that's just as good—and presentation is key.

As long as you've got a solid recipe, your pie will taste great. But what people may remember most about your Thanksgiving dessert is how it looks. And you don't have to be a master pie baker to make a good impression! A few extra pieces of pie crust cut with miniature cookie cutters go a long way. So to inspire you, we've rounded up some of our favorite Thanksgiving pie decorating ideas to help you get started. And don't forget to make these adorable Thanksgiving pie boxes for your leftovers!

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Leafy Lattice

If you've never made a lattice pie topper, this gorgeous apple pie might seem intimidating, but it's simpler than it looks! It's pretty easy (though a little tedious) to make an easy pie crust lattice you can top with leaves cut with fall pie punches. Then, add an egg wash over the top and sprinkle with sugar for a perfectly browned crust.

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Acorn Crust

Turn any ordinary pumpkin pie recipe into a gorgeous fall masterpiece with a miniature acorn cookie cutter ($5, Etsy). While you can add crust embellishments to any pie, we find it easiest to use them atop pumpkin pie because the surface is flatter than that of fruit pies. We recommend baking the pie at least halfway before adding the toppers. Once the pie filling has set, take it out and add the decorations, then put it back in the oven.

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Powdered Sugar Pumpkin

With so many things happening in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, you don't always have the luxury of time when it comes to your desserts and side dishes. If you're super-busy, a stencil and powdered sugar add a simple fall image in this pie decorating idea. Purchase a pumpkin stencil ($3, Etsy)—or cut your own out of cardstock—and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.

Related: 27 Pumpkin Pie Recipes to Make for Thanksgiving

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Spiral Leaves

If a lattice feels too complicated, here's another way to cover your pie that will make a big statement. All you need is an extra frozen pie crust and a set of miniature leaf cookie cutters ($9, Amazon). Once you've made the classic apple pie, spread out the extra pie crust and use the cookie cutter to punch out as many leaves as possible. Start layering leaves around the edges and work your way inward to create a stunning fall design on top of your pie.

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Thankful Pie

This pecan pie decorating idea cleverly plays on the classic Thanksgiving tradition of going around the table and saying what you're thankful for (serious or funny!). To recreate the look, use small alphabet cookie cutters or freehand the letters yourself.

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Turkey Crust

Nothing will have your family members gobble-gobbling up your dessert faster than this adorable pie crust turkey. To get the look, prep and bake a classic pumpkin pie. While it's in the oven, cut out the turkey shape from an extra store-bought pie crust—you'll need a turkey body and a half-circle for the top of the pie. Then use a leaf cookie cutter to create the feathers around the edge of the pie.

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Sugared Berries

The simplest pie decorating idea can sometimes make a big statement. Re-create this look by adding a few sugared berries and crust cutouts to the top of your pie. If you've never sugared fruit before, it's easy, but it does require a bit of extra time for the fruit to dry, so plan ahead. To make the sugared fruit, brush the berries with desired juice (cranberry or orange juice would work nicely), then coat generously in white sugar. Let the fruit air dry for several hours before adding it to the top of your pie.

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Fall Colors

You've seen how adding a few leaf cutouts to the top of a pie can make a statement. But we love how this baker took it one step further by adding fall colors to the top of her apple pie. To make your own colorful pie crust leaves, use a clean paintbrush to paint various shades of food dye onto the cutouts before baking the pie.

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Artful Apple Pie

This might be the most detailed apple pie we've ever seen, and we're head over heels for this beautiful latticework. It looks intricate, but you can re-create the look by layering several simple pieces. Start by making a simple lattice to go over the top of your pie (this is the hardest part!). Then, use thicker pieces to create two wide braids and add one horizontally and one vertically on top of the first lattice and finish with two more braids around the edge of the pie. The pie crust leaves and flowers are just icing on the cake—er, pie—after that.

Related: Lattice Cherry Pie

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Pumpkin (Patch) Pie

If we didn't know better, we'd think this pie was a scene from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This traditional pumpkin pie is topped with dyed green leaves and 3-D pumpkins created from pie crust, and the result is stunning. We call dibs on eating the biggest crust pumpkin!

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