How to Crimp Pie Crust

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    Guide to Crimping and Sealing Pie Crusts

    Homemade Pie
    Apple Pie With Lattice Crust. JMichl/Getty Images

    The key to a beautiful pie, besides baking it long enough to properly cook and brown the crust, is to make a decorative edge but "crimping" the edge of the pie.

    Crimping pie crusts seals the edges of double-crusted pies and makes all crust edges picture perfect, or at least really quite pretty. Find a method and look that suits you from among the possibilities that follow.

    Ugly pies and messy pies can still taste good, but beautiful pies dress up a table and make festivities festive. Your...MORE first efforts at a fine looking pie, with an even lattice crust or cut-outs on a top crust and pretty, evenly crimped edges may not turn out picture-perfect. Keep at it, this is an area where practice truly makes perfect. 

    Need a crust to crimp? See How to Make Perfect Pie Crust to get started!


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    Classic Scalloped Pie Crust Crimp

    Mini-Scallop Pie Crust Crimp. Photo © Molly Watson

    This classic scallop crust is fairly easy to master. Use the index finger of one hand to push the inner edge out while pinching the outer edge in with the thumb and index finger of the other hand. Repeat around the entire edge of the pie. The result a dainty little scallop edge that looks just like grandma (or the corner bakery) used to make. 

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    Large Scalloped Pie Crust Crimp

    Pie Crimping - Large Scallop Edge. Photo © Molly Watson

    For a slightly more modern look, choose this large scallop edge. Use the middle of the bent index finger of one hand to push the inner edge out and the thumb and index finger of your other hand to push the outer edge in to create large, pretty scallops. Repeat all the way around the pie for a slightly minimalist take on the classic crimp.

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    Rope Pie Crust Crimp

    Rope Edge - Pie Crust Crimp. Photo © Molly Watson

    Not interested in the classic scallop method? A simple pinch, when done right, can create an elegant rope-like effect. 

    Simply pinch the pie crust gently between your thumb and index finger, doing so at an angle and gently pulling up the outer edge with each pinch so the pinches look like the edges of a rope running all the way around the pie crust.

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    Simple Angled Pie Crust Crimp

    Simple Angled Pie Crust Crimp. Photo © Molly Watson

    A relative of the scallop edge, but creating a less dramatic effect. Push down and out with your thumb while pushing in against the outer edge with the index finger of your other hand to make an angled, even pie crust crimp that's not too showy.

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    Fork Pie Crust Crimp

    Fork Pie Crust Crimp. Photo © Molly Watson

    Just in case the other methods, simple as they are, are just beyond your interest or inclination, you can always just use a fork! Simply press down on the edge, using the tines of a fork to both seal the edges together and leave a homey decorative pattern around the edges.