9 Things You Can Make With Store-Bought Pie Crust (Besides Pie)

Have a ready-made pie crust in your fridge or freezer? Your options are endless—and we're not just talking dessert.

Whether you have extra scraps of dough after popping your favorite apple pie in the oven or simply found an extra store-bought pie crust in the fridge and aren't sure what to do with it, there are plenty of ways to remake a basic pastry dough recipe into something delicious.

Pro Tip: Think about how you want the finished product to look—if you're looking for a flatter finished baked good (like a cracker), freeze the dough once you've shaped it for 30 minutes to help it stay flatter when you bake.

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Make pie crust cookies

Pie crust cookies
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Pie crust cookies are a great option for using scraps of crust (or making sugar cookies super fast). You can cut it into shapes, brush with butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar before you bake. Alternatively, brush the dough with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, then roll it up and cut into slices for pinwheel cookies.) Bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 10 minutes.

If cinnamon and sugar isn't your thing, whip up a confectioner's sugar glaze or royal icing to apply to your cookies.

02 of 09

Go for some easy samosas

Easy Samosas
Use packaged refrigerated piecrusts to make these classic appetizers stuffed with a curried potato-pea filling. Get the recipe. Beatriz da Costa

These flavorful Indian comfort food classics come together quickly with pie crust and pre-made mashed potatoes—a great use for leftovers!

03 of 09

Turn pie crust into homemade breakfast pastries

Jammy Pastries
Antonis Achilleos

Underwhelmed by Pop Tarts? These pastries will definitely be a warm and welcomed addition at breakfast.

04 of 09

Make chicken potpie empanadas

Chicken Potpie Empanadas
Antonis Achilleos

Don't forget about savory pies. This twist on the classic potpie comes together fast if you use leftover rotisserie chicken.

05 of 09

Try a twist on palmiers

Orange and Walnut Palmiers
Caitlin Bensel

Palmiers look like they're a lot of work, but starting with ready-made pastry and popping in a favorite filling makes them a quick and easy treat. Traditional palmiers just use sugar and puff pastry, but these orange-walnut ones are divine—and you can swap out the puff pastry for pie crust.

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Make buttery crackers

Spicy Parmesan Crackers

Shape the dough into whatever-shaped crackers you'd like, then top with herbs, sea salt, sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Bake until golden brown—usually about 10 minutes at 350 F.

07 of 09

Turn it into rugelach

Maura McEvoy

Traditional rugelach has cream cheese in the dough, but these cookies still taste delicious when made with pie crust and apricot jam. Try other fillings like raspberry or chocolate hazelnut, too.

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Get creative with pie crust empanadas

goat cheese empanadas
Christopher Baker

Consider this goat cheese empanada recipe a jumping off point—you can trade in the corn for other veggies (like mushrooms or roasted tomatoes), or opt for sweet ingredients like Nutella and strawberries or cinnamon and apples.

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Opt for a savory tart

Rustic Spinach Tart
Frances Janisch

This easy, free-form vegetarian tart comes together in minutes using ready-made pie crust.

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