Looking for a way to make a basic pumpkin pie more festive for Thanksgiving? Put a turkey on it!
TIMESAVER TIP: You don’t even have to make anything from scratch! This works great with refrigerated/frozen pie crust and a premade pie from the freezer section/bakery of your local grocery store. Just make sure, before you start, that your pie is baked through and cooled completely. Also, defrost your frozen pie crust completely before cutting out your designs. (It’s okay if your frozen pie crust cracks while defrosting; just knead it into a ball again and roll it out with a rolling pin.)
It’s a super easy concept. Simply cut out a few easy designs in pie crust dough: turkey body, turkey beak, and a bunch of feathers. Don’t let this part intimidate you! It’s easier than it looks. Don’t forget to gently score the feathers!
Once cut out, lay your dough pieces out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and put them in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up. This will help them keep their shape as they bake in the oven.
Bake your pieces according to how you would otherwise blind-bake your dough (mine baked for 12 minutes at 425F). Once they’re golden brown and baked through, allow them to cool for 5 minutes to firm up. Once they’re cool, lay out your turkey design on top of your cooled pie!
If the idea of freehand cutting the design scares you, this idea works well with pre-fab cutters, as well, just like these fall leaf cookie cutter designs!
BONUS IDEA: Do you have kiddos? Get them involved! Throw on a couple of edible eyeballs for extra fun and giggles!