Pie Treats!

by Wendy Copley on November 21, 2011

Pie Treats - Yum!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I think it’s fair to say that the holiday baking season has officially started. For me, the only acceptable Thanksgiving dessert is pie. PIE, I say! And with all this pie baking going on in the States right now, I want to be sure — absolutely sure — that everyone knows about pie treats!

“What in the heck are pie treats?” you ask. Pie treats are only the very best way to use up the extra scraps of pie dough you cut off the edges of your pie after you crimp the crust. My mom used to make them for me, and my Grandma made them for her. I looked forward to eating them every time she made a pie and now I’m equally excited every time I start rolling out my own crusts.

They are ridiculously easy to make:

Pie Treats - roll it

Gather up your scraps and roll them out into a disc about an eighth of an inch thick. Spread the disc evenly with butter and then sprinkle with a thick, even layer of cinnamon sugar. You should put on more cinnamon sugar than what is pictured in the photo up above. I ended up adding more after I took it.

Pie Treats -- cut it

Roll the dough up jelly roll-style and then cut it into 3/4 inch slices. You probably won’t get very many — I usually get about 5 or 6. Scarcity is part of the reason these are treats! You can put them on a baking sheet however you like — either standing on their edges or swirly side down like a cinnamon roll. I baked mine in our toaster oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. You can also slide them into the oven with your pie. Either way, keep a close eye on them because the sugar can make them burn really easily.

After a few minutes they’ll be light, flaky and cinnamon-y. Yummy!

Pie Treats

Do you make pie treats? Is there another tiny little holiday treat that brings you joy?

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  • i LOVE this and am pinning it now! My mom and I would turn our extra dough into thumbprint cookies with dabs of pie filling on top. I loved the flavors of the filling but hated the texture so this was a win for little me. Thank you for sharing! 

  • Pappy

    Jess has said that Grandma Paddy called these goomagizzles. I NEVER remember ever hearing this till Jess said it, so I think this must have come about with the younger grandkids. You don’t remember her calling them that, do you?  Pappy

  • Aunt Linda

    I thought that I made these just like your Grandma Ruby but maybe I don’t… I use butter and brown sugar instead of cinnamon! Hmmmm.

  • We call those pie cookies. 🙂 my hubs is crazy for them.

  • Aunt Linda reminded me that we use brown sugar, too. Brown sugar, butter, cinnamon.

  • Karen

    I made them with brown sugar and no cinnamon but cinnamon sounds good too.

  • I don’t remember her calling them that, but I don’t remember her making them either.

  • I’m beginning to think I’m the one who’s wrong here. The more people talk about brown sugar, the more that sounds right.

  • I think I’m a dope. Brown sugar sounds right, now that you mention it. But I’ve been making these with cinnamon sugar for years now and I like those too.

  • Franks mom

    Wendy, those look insanely good, wish I lived around the corner because I’d be knocking at your door right about now. I think you should make your pie crust dough, just like you’re going to make a pie and then make these little sweet treats instead, but that’s just me. I’d try this but I need your pie crust recipe.

  • wow. I have never heard of these before, but you can bet that I will be making them soon. That is about the cutest thing I have seen in a long time!

  • Emily

    It must be an Iowa thing (I think I remember you’re from Iowa, too?)  My mom also taught me to make them, and we DID use cinnamon and white sugar.  Yum!

  • j/k

    I grew up in Iowa, and we did something similar. We’d lay the scraps flat on the cookie sheet without rolling them. I think we just used cinnamon and white sugar on ours – not sure about the butter. They were the best.

  • Bianca

    This is exactly what we did.  just rolled out the random scraps, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and baked.  I can picture the square green shaker that my Grandma kept the cinnamon and sugar in.  Thanks for the memory!

  • Melissa Abel-Ickes

    I’m from Indiana and we grew up making these when mom made pies, too! Butter and cinnamon sugar….I liked to eat them without baking them, but if they were fresh out of the oven, they were good too.  

  • Grace Lynne Fleming

    these are so cute! love this……and fyi …. I’m obsessed with this blog. I’m all about bentos and the creativity….and I even created a monster of my sister…she too is obsessed!


  • Margaret

    My mom always made these when I was a kid (and even now). She/I has never rolled them up, but I will have to start after seeing this.

  • Wendy

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  • tabor

    they sell these at our local produce/pie stand and call them pie crusties. With cinnamon and sugar or brown sugar and butter. Kids love em.

  • Nancy

    These look sooo good!  My mom used to make a variation of these using tea biscuit dough and sprinkled with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mmm

  • Trysha

    I love this! Genius!

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