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