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24 Clever Ways To Decorate A Store-Bought Pumpkin Pie

All you need is some dough and a dream.

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There's no shame in buying your pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

We bought a few the other day.
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We bought a few the other day.

Just because you don't have time to make a whole pie from scratch doesn't mean you can't partake in some light pie decorating.

All you need is some raw pie dough and a baking sheet. We recommend using pre-made refrigerated pie dough (like Pillsbury) because you can do literally anything to it and it will not tear or fall apart. It is like pie crust Play Doh.

How do you feel about family togetherness and the holidays? Let your pie speak for you.

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1. Alphabet cookie cutters are available on Amazon.

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The easiest way: Roll out some pie dough, use cookie cutters to create shapes, bake the shapes, and place them on the pie.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Beat an egg with a spoonful of water and then brush that egg wash on top of the cut-outs to make the finished shapes shiny and pretty. Bake the cut-outs at 425˚ until golden-brown and firm, about 10 minutes, depending on their size. Let them cool for a few minutes and then place them on the pie.

2. There's no reason to store away pumpkin cookie cutters post Halloween — they belong on a "fuck" pie!

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3. Cookie cutters come in handy for spelling out important sayings:

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4. Explaining acronyms to your parents:

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5. Or that thing Nicki Minaj said on TV that time:

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6. Maybe you need to promote your ~brand~

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7. Earnest pie:

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8. Aggressive pie:

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9. Top with pink frosting and sprinkles for the full doughnut effect.

You can also use water glasses to cut perfect rounds of different sizes.
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You can also use water glasses to cut perfect rounds of different sizes.

10.

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11. Combine a bowl + cookie cutters:

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12. That Thanksgiving feeling:

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13. If that sounds way too crafty for you, know that a stencil is literally just a picture you print out from the internet.

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Print anything, cut it out with scissors, and put it on your rolled-out dough.

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Trace the stencil with a knife to make the shape.

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Put it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, brush it with egg wash (an egg beaten with a little water) and bake at 425˚ until golden-brown and firm, about 10 minutes.

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14. Emoji are also do-able with stencils.

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15. With the magical combination of a google image search and a printer, you can print a picture of an emoji:

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16. This, for example, is best emoji to use when you really love pumpkin pie.

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17. Snapchat Pie

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18. Falsely advertised pie:

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19. We love ourselves.

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20. Pumpkin spice latte! So meta.

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We made it like this.

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Because there are some fun shapes to stick on a pie that you can probably just freehand with a paring knife. Like these:

21. Pizza pie

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We made it like this:

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22. Pentagram Pie

You can make this with long strips of dough.
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You can make this with long strips of dough.

23. Hand turkey pie

You make this like you did in third grade...with your hand.
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You make this like you did in third grade...with your hand.

24. Harry Potter pie

We used a lightning bolt cookie cutter for the scar and then cut out the glasses freehand.
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We used a lightning bolt cookie cutter for the scar and then cut out the glasses freehand.

Say it with pie.

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So positive!

Chomp.

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Chomp, chomp, chomp.

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