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5 Surprising Ways to Use Refrigerated Pie Crusts

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October November 2022

If you thought that package of ready-to-unroll pie crusts was just for pie, we’re here to blow your minds. Turns out, this easy, affordable shortcut ingredient is good for so much more than a last-minute pie. Check out these surprising ways refrigerated pie crust can help jumpstart your way from breakfast through dinner—and dessert, of course.

A fast-track to winter comfort food

Rich, creamy chicken pot pie with just a fraction of the work? This one-skillet wonder makes it possible thanks to refrigerated pie dough, reduced-fat cream cheese, and a mix of pre-chopped fresh and frozen veggies.

Skinny Skillet Chicken Pot Pie 

Easiest-ever empanadas

You don’t need frozen empanada discs (although they’re another shortcut ingredient we love) to whip up a batch of the popular Latin American street food. This savory version is made with refrigerated pie dough and a traditional, protein-rich filling of ground beef and hardboiled egg.


A homemade play on toaster pastries

These sweet hand pies that taste like a riff on cheese Danishes are a fun weekend baking project to do with little ones. Kids can help cut out the dough, crimp edges, and sprinkle on sugar before baking and devouring them for breakfast or dessert.

Cream Cheese and Jam Filled Mini Pies 

An unforgettable housewarming, hostess, or thank you gift

These nutty, chocolatey squares are certain to satisfy any sweet tooth. Two layers of refrigerated pie dough make the buttery crust topped with pecans, chocolate, and homemade bourbon-spiked caramel.

Kentucky Derby Pie Bars 

Traditional holiday cookies with a twist

This mashup of two Rosh Hashanah favorites—apples with honey and rugelach cookies—is so easy and delicious, you’ll want to make them all year long. Tender, flaky twists of pastry wrapped around brown sugar and cinnamon-spiced apples prep in just 15 minutes.

Apple and Honey Rugelach

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