Saturday, June 18, 2011

recipe: what to do with extra pie crust...

You've decided to make a homemade pie. After making your most delicious and flaky pie crust you know how, you've got some extra left over. You can't make another pie from it, it's too little dough...and you certainly can't add it to new dough- it's been rolled and re-rolled too many times. Now what do you do?

Here's a suggestion I've got for ya...and it's an easy one at that! Make little spiral "cookies"!

I recently made a Sugar-Free Cherry Pie for my dad for Father's Day. Always experimenting with "good for you" recipes, I created what I thought to be a pretty yummy whole wheat pie crust to go along with it. But after all was said and done, and my pie was ready to be baked off I had a nice little amount of dough left over. It wasn't enough to be made into another pie and because I had re-rolled once for the lattice on top of my Cherry Pie, I couldn't add it to new dough. I'm kind of a freak about throwing stuff away (if it can be used, I will) so I decided to roll the dough out one final time and make little spiral cookies for my husband to snack on.

  • Pie Crust Scraps
  • Melted Butter (or butter spray)
  • Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
Step 1
Preheat oven to 400*F. Collect remaining dough scraps and roll out to a nice 1/4" thickness. After rolling out, cut into strips about 1/2"-3/4" wide. I used my pizza cutter for this step. Lightly brush strips with melted butter, or quickly spray with butter spray. Sprinkle strips with sugar (or brown sugar)- I used vanilla bean sugar.

Step 2
Next dust your strips with cinnamon. You can use as much or as little as you like. For the amount of strips I had, I used about 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (my husband loves cinnamon). To make dusting as even as possible (and avoid lumps) I dusted my strips with a tiny sifter.

Step 3
Pick up each strip and twist into a spiral. Place on cookie sheet lined with tin foil and gently press both ends down to secure your "cookie" and insure each one doesn't unravel.

Step 4
Bake your spiral cookies at 400*F for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Depending on your oven it might take a bit more time. Just check every few minutes after the 10 minute mark. Enjoy with tea, coffee...or dipped in warm caramel or chocolate ganache!


  1. Thank you so much for this recipie! Now I don't feel wasteful!

  2. My Granny used to do that!! She didn't get all fancy and spiral them, but she sugared and cinnamoned (that's a word now btw) and they were delicious! :) Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Aww that's so neat! It's such a great way to eliminate waste!


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