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How to Make a Crimped Pie Crust

A really simple visual to show you How to Make a Crimped Pie Crust!  This method adds a really pretty finish to your pie!

I’ve always really enjoyed decorating my pies, whether it be with a lattice top or pie crust cut-outs. It’s so simple to take a pie up a notch with some easy and pretty finishing.  One of the easiest things to do with your pie crust is to create decorative edging.  In this quick picture tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a crimped pie crust.  A Crimped Pie Crust is often also referred to as Pinched, Scalloped and/or Fluted crust.

First, a Classic Pie Crust Recipe!

Before we get started on how to make a pretty crimped pie crust, you need a recipe for a tender, flaky crust!  I use this Pie Crust recipe for all of my pies. It’s simple, classic and delicious.

a top down view of an unbaked Crimped Pie Crust on a marble background

How to make a Crimped Pie Crust:

Ok, this method is much easier than you think!  All you need are your hands.

  • After you’ve laid your rolled out crust into your pie plate, use a sharp knife to trim the dough along the edge of the plate.
  • Then place your thumb and index finger 1 inch apart in pinch.
  • Then use your other index finger to gently push the pastry into the pinch.
  • That’s it.

a top down view of two hands pinching an unbaked pie crust showing how to make a Crimped Pie Crust. on a marble background

Tips and Tricks for your Crimped Pie Crust!

Here are some practical tips to help you get a perfect crimped crust.

  • Tip #1:  Use freshly rolled out dough. If you let the crust sit too long it will dry out and crack when you try to shape it.
  • If the dough cracks:  You can use a little water on your finger tips, and gently rub the crack until it disappears.
  • You can start over. Even though you shouldn’t work pie dough too much, you can start over once.  I’ve had to do it, and the crust is still flaky. Just don’t do it many times or your baked pie crust will be rock hard.

a top down view of two hands pinching an unbaked pie crust showing how to make a Crimped Pie Crust. on a marble background

That’s it! So simple and makes your pie look extra special.

Thank you for PINNING!

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Have a delicious day!

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