6 Things You Can Make With Pie Crust (Besides Pie)

Have a pie crust in your fridge or freezer? Your options are endless.

Maybe you have extra scraps of dough after popping your favorite apple pie in the oven, or you simply found an extra pre-made pie crust in the fridge and aren't sure what to do with it. There are plenty of ways to transform basic pie shells into something delicious (that has nothing to do with dessert pies). Here are our favorite pie crust ideas for everything from cookies and crackers to quiches and breakfast pastries.

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Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Pie crust cookies
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Sugar cookies are a great option if you want to use up extra scraps of crust, and they're super fast to make. You can cut the dough into shapes, brush them with butter, and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar before you bake.

If you want to make them extra special, top them with a quick and easy royal icing. Alternatively, brush the dough with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, then roll it up and cut it into slices for pinwheel cookies.

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Jammy Breakfast Pastries

Jammy Pastries
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Underwhelmed by Pop-Tarts? These pastries will definitely be a warm and welcomed addition to breakfast. A drizzle of sweet icing makes them even more irresistible.

As for the filling, the possibilities are endless. Think fruit, cream, or even nut butter. You can even try to mimic your favorite store-bought flavors, like brown sugar or chocolate fudge.

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Chicken Potpie Empanadas

Chicken Potpie Empanadas
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Pies don't have to be sweet or traditional to be tasty. Give savory empanadas a place in your meal rotation. They are easy to make but are hearty enough for the hungriest crowds.

This twist on the classic potpie comes together fast if you use leftover rotisserie chicken. Add vegetables and potatoes to round out the filling. Then serve with a side of soup or salad for a complete meal.

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Orange Walnut Palmiers

Orange and Walnut Palmiers
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Palmiers look like a lot of work, but if you start with ready-made pie crust, half the job is already done. All you need to do is pop in a favorite filling and bake to a golden brown.

Traditional palmiers use sugar and puff pastry, but these orange-walnut ones are divine—and you simply need to swap out the puff pastry for pie crust. Cranberry also works well in this recipe.

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Savory Butter Crackers

Spicy Parmesan Crackers

Shape the pie dough into whatever-shaped crackers you'd like, then top with herbs, sea salt, sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Want to up the wow factor? Serve up these homemade crackers on a charcuterie board with your favorite meats and cheeses. They would also pair well with soups and stews.

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Basic Quiche

EXTRA SHARP: Basic Quiche

This easy, free-form quiche comes together in minutes using ready-made pie crust. You'll only need one sheet of dough, which is enough for the bottom crust and sides.

The best part about making a quiche is that you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand—bacon, ham, cheddar, and green onions are all popular choices.

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