Dress Up Your Pumpkin Pie

1. Add Some Sparkle & Fun

Pumpkin Pie with a Turkey decoration in the middle and piped whipped cream.

Hungry Happenings has a great tutorial on how to create a colorful and sparkly turkey out of pie dough to add to the top of your pie.

2. Gorgeous Whipped Cream Topping

Pumpkin pie with piped roses dusted with cinnamon covering the top.

For the truly adventurous and artistic out there, there’s the whipped cream rose topping from i am baker. I’m still swooning over how beautiful this is. You can even simply pipe those roses on top of a regular pumpkin pie, skipping the sides.

3. Decorative Crust

Pumpkin Pie with Decorative Crust

The leaves and pumpkins decorating the crust on this pumpkin pie from Wild Wild Whisk made my jaw drop the first time I saw it. It has the right amount of rustic elegance for the holiday table.

4. Autumn Leaf

Pumpkin Pie with Leaf shaped piece of crust n the center.

Lovely Little Kitchen has a ridiculously simple decoration that will take you seconds and will also use up any extra pie dough. Simply cut out a large leaf from the leftover pie dough and place it in the center of the pie!

5. Leaves and Vines

Pumpkin Slab Pie Decorated with Leaves and Vines

If you’re making a slab pumpkin pie like this one, or are merely looking for a less pie crust heavy decoration for your pie, try decorating with dainty leaves and vines made from pie dough.

6. Nuts about nuts!

It can be as simple as a topping of chopped walnuts to take a plain ol’ pumpkin pie to the next level, like this one from Midwest Living. Plus the extra crunch is a great surprise, especially when served with extra whipped cream.

7. The Best of Both Worlds – Pie Crust and Whipped Cream

Paleo Pumpkin Pie - Primal Palate Chiffon Pumpkin Pie-6

I’ve saved the best for last… Why not go with both whipped cream AND pie crust decorations? Primal Palate’s pie boasts a two-topping knockout of a pie! I know there are many of you looking to one up the other pies on the dessert table and this is the way to go.

8. Pastry Leaves

Top view of a pumpkin pie with a few slices cut.

This beautifully decorated pumpkin pie from Lemon Blossoms is topped with perfect fall pastry leaves.

Pastry leaves made out of pie crust are is my go-to pumpkin pie decoration year after year. They are simple to make and look so pretty. You can also see them on my Vegan Pumpkin Pie, though they don’t puff up as nicely with almond flour pie crust.

9. Turkey Decorated Pumpkin Pie

A close-up photo of a pumpkin pie decorated with a turkey made out of pie crust.

Take the fall leaf pumpkin pie decoration idea a step further and make a turkey! This Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie from Kudos Kitchen is just too cute!

10. Sugared Cranberries

An overhead photo of a vegan pumpkin cheesecake topped with sugared cranberries.

Sugared cranberries are one of the most festive holiday treats. They are tasty and beautiful and a wonderful pumpkin pie decoration. We used them on our Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake, pictured above, along with some pomegranate arils and fresh mint leaves.

11. Nuts & Seeds

A pumpkin pie is decorated with pecans and pumpkin seeds. The pie is cut into slices and sits on a slate tray.

For a natural aesthetic, you can’t beat nuts and seeds. Toasted pecans and pepitas are a natural fit for pumpkin pie decoration. Candied pecans or almond brittle broken up into little pieces is tasty too.

12. Chocolate

A double chocolate pumpkin pie topped with pomegranate arils.

Chocolate is surprisingly tasty with pumpkin. We’ve shared Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Pies here, but this is another lovely Double Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from Family Spice.

Alternatively, but also with chocolate, dark chocolate shavings could be piled up in the center of a pumpkin pie or over freshly whipped cream.

13. Edible Flowers/Leaves

Round shortbread cookies topped with edible pressed fall leaves.

Loria Stern uses edible hibiscus leaves on her Maple Fall Cookies. To use this idea for pumpkin pie decorations, top your baked pie with a few of these cookies, or top the pie with pressed edible hibiscus leaves.

14. Piped Whipped Cream and Coffee

A single slice of pumpkin pie on a ceramic plate. The pumpkin pie is decorated with swirls of piped coconut whipped cream sprinkled with coffee powder.

Addicted to Dates topped this lovely vegan pumpkin custard pie with whipped coconut cream sweetened with maple syrup with instant coffee. Cocao powder or cinnamon would work well for dusting too.

15. Freshly Whipped Cream

Pillowy soft freshly whipped cream tops a pumpkin pie with one piece missing.

Pile pillowy freshly whipped cream (or coconut cream for dairy-free) on top of your pie for a beautiful contrast in color. This lovely Pumpkin Pie From Scratch is from Flavor the Moments.


Fall pastry cutters cut small leaves and pumpkins out of a sheet of pie crust.

The trick to making beautiful pastry leaf pumpkin pie decorations is to use cutters that are made for this purpose. You can find them at cooking stores such as Williams-Sonoma, or get them delivered quickly with Amazon Prime.

Simply roll your pie crust out as usual, then use the cutter to cut out your fall shapes. Brush lightly with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar if desired.

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes until golden. Top your pie with the pastry leaves after it has baked and cooled, or serve them separately to place on whipped cream. Learn How to Store Pumpkin Pie first.




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