Storage tips and recipe ideas for leftover pie dough scraps.
It’s pie season, AKA the best time of year, so I thought it would be the perfect time to do a Waste Not post for leftover pie dough (you can read more about my Waste Not Series in my What to Do With Leftover Buttermilk post).
I’d been meaning to write this post since I posted my Favorite Buttermilk Pie Crust recipe, because pie crust is one of those things you always have leftovers for, and you can make so many easy and delicious things with the scraps.
What to do With Leftover Pie Dough
First things first: You don’t have to do anything with the pie dough scraps right away! You just made an entire pie (like a Dutch Apple Pie or something probably equally impressive).
If you don’t feel like playing in the kitchen anymore, those scraps will keep until tomorrow or next month depending on how you store them.
Storing Pie Dough Scraps
- In the Refrigerator: Squish all your scraps together and place them in a zip-top bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
- In the Freezer: Squish scraps together, transfer to a freezer bag, and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost in the refrigerator for 12 hours before using.
Things to Make With Leftover Pie Dough
When you are ready to do something with the scraps, here are a few things you can make with them.
- Cinnamon Sugar Pie Dough Cookies: Crispy, buttery pie crust cookies sprinkled with sweet and spicy cinnamon sugar.
- Jam Pop-tarts: Mini versions of the store-bought fav made with your favorite jam and a quick and simple powdered sugar glaze.
- Chocolate-stuffed Cookies: Pie dough cookies with melty chocolate chips inside that are rolled in powdered sugar.
- Pizza Roll-ups: A fun savory snack stuffed with pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
More Waste Not Posts
- What to Do With Leftover Whipping Cream
- What to Do With Leftover Pesto
- What to Do With Leftover Pumpkin Puree
- What to Do With Leftover Egg Whites
- What to Do With Leftover Egg Yolks
- What to Do With Leftover Half and Half
Scroll past the recipe card for even more pie dough recipe ideas.
What to do With Leftover Pie Dough
Cinnamon Sugar Leftover Pie Dough Cookies
- Melted butter
- Cinnamon sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
- Pizza or spaghetti sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
- Wooden toothpicks
Cinnamon Sugar Pie Dough Cookies
- Roll dough scraps out to 1/4-inch thick and cut into strips or use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
- Bake at 400°F on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 8 to 12 minutes, until bottom edges are golden brown.
Jam Pop Tarts
- Roll out scraps to 1/8-inch thick and cut into squares or rectangles. Add a dollop of jam to the center of half of the pieces. Place tops over the jam and crimp with a fork to seal. Poke with a fork a few times to allow steam to escape.
- Bake at 400°F on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes until golden. Cool for at least 5 minutes and mix powdered sugar and milk together (about 1 teaspoon milk per 1/4 cup powdered sugar) until a thick glaze forms.
- Spread over the tops of the pop tarts and add sprinkles.
- Roll dough out to 1/8-inch thick and cut about 3-inch rounds. Put a few chocolate chips in the center, fold edges up, and pinch to seal.
- Bake at 400°F on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, drop into powdered sugar and toss to coat.
Pizza Roll Ups
- Roll leftover pie dough into a rectangular(ish) shape 1/8-inch thick. Spoon on a thin layer of red sauce, top with mozzarella, Parmesan, and pepperoni.
- Roll tightly and secure by poking wooden toothpicks through the center every 1 1/2 inch. Cut between toothpicks and bake at 400°F (leaving the toothpicks in the rolls) on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes until golden. Remove toothpicks and enjoy!
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More things to make with leftover pie dough!
And, I asked some food blogger friends for some more ideas. These recipes don’t specifically call for scraps, but they are easily scalable and all look fantastic!
- Wee Little Blueberry Maple Pies from Hungry Enough to Eat Six – I bet you have enough dough to make a couple cupcake-sized versions of these adorable wee pies!
- Mini Nutella Pies on a Stick from The Road to Honey – Pie on a stick? Love it. Add Nutella? Even better. It doesn’t get much easier than these!
- Apple Pie Stuffed Apples from Two Purple Figs – I’m definitely making one of these with my next batch of leftovers.
- Cinnamon Roll Dippers from 4 Sons R Us – Make up a mini batch of this glaze dip and use it on some Cinnamon Sugar Leftover Pie Dough Cookies!!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
Waste not, want not, right? What a great post! I definitely am guilty of throwing away excess pie crust and I’ll think twice before doing that next time. All of those ideas are great, but especially like those jam pop tarts! Wish I had some right now for brekky 😉 Happy Friday, Tracy!
Waste not, want not, exactly!!
Thanks, Dawn! I had those mini poptarts for breakfast the day after I took these photos, and it was preeeeeety delightful. Felt just like a kid again. 😉
Keith @ How's it Lookin? says
They look delicious, especially the pop tarts. Thanks for the idea