6 New Uses for Store-Bought Pie Crust

Store-bought pie dough is a true jack-of-all-trades. Here are just six of the ways you can dress it up at home.
By: Jen Wood

Homemade Pop Tarts

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + Nutella & strawberry jam (or any filling you want) + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + 1 cup confectioners' sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 2 tablespoons milk. 


What to Do: Using a rectangle cookie cutter or ruler, cut out rectangles from your pie dough. Place half of the rectangles on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place 1 tablespoon of filling on each of these rectangles. Top each with matching rectangle and crimp edges together with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a 350 degrees F oven, until tops are golden brown. Cool completely on a baking rack. For the vanilla glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and milk until smooth. Pour glaze onto the cooled pop tarts and top with colorful sprinkles.

Apple Galette

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + 2 large apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced) + 2 tablespoons brown sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

 

What to Do: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Pour the apple mixture onto the center of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the sides. Gently overlap the dough and pinch to keep the folds together. Lightly brush egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) on the edge of the dough, and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.

Pie "Fries" with Fruit Dips

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + melted butter + cinnamon-sugar mixture (1/4 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon) + your favorite fruit preserves for dipping


What to Do: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using pizza cutter, cut 1-inch-by-4-inch strips. Transfer the strips to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before enjoying.

Hand Pies

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + store-bought blueberry pie filling + 3-inch cookie cutter + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + turbinado sugar


What to Do: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out circles on rolled dough. Place dough circles onto a parchment-lined pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of pie filling. Fold over dough and start crimping edges with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

Taco Empanadas

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + your favorite taco meat recipe + corn + cheddar cheese + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + chipotle powder

 

What to Do: Combine taco meat and corn in a small bowl; set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out circles on rolled dough. Place dough circles onto a parchment-lined pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of taco filling and sprinkle cheddar cheese. Fold over dough and start crimping edges with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with chipotle powder. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + your favorite chicken pot pie filling recipe

 

What to Do: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, cut out circles from pie dough and lightly press them into the inside of an ungreased muffin pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon of your chicken pot pie mixture into each muffin cup. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

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