Autumn Leaves Apple Pie

This delightfully colorful autumn leaves apple pie may look like it’s difficult to make but with my tips and tricks, you too can make this adorable (and delicious) easy pie crust design!

Overhead photo of a pie pan with an autumn leaves apple pie, colorful napkins, a pie server, and apples.

Our lives are so much busier during the holiday season. With cooking, baking, shopping, and entertaining, who’s got time to whip up a fancy pie crust design?!?! YOU do!

Since this beauty takes advantage of store-bought pie dough and takes virtually no painting or artistic ability (honest), anyone will be successful at making this autumn leaves apple pie.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie is available near the end of this post. 

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Vertical image of an apple pie with autumn leaves and apples.

The ingredient list for making autumn leaves apple pie;

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed;

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How long with this colorful autumn leaves pie take to make?

If using store-bought pie dough (as I did), this pie will be ready for the oven in approximately 30 minutes.

Since painting the leaves for this painted pie crust takes no artistic skill whatsoever, this can be performed relatively quickly.

How long does this pie take to bake pie crust designs in the oven?

Approximately 60 minutes.

Once you see the juices ooze and smell the incredible aroma wafting from the oven, you know your pie is ready!

Can this decorative pie crust pie be frozen?

By all means…YES!!

Once it is completely cooled, wrap it well in several layers of cling wrap. This pie can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Unwrap, and thaw completely at room temperature before serving.

A look back at the inspiration for this fancy pie crust design:

If I’m going to be totally honest here (and if you know me at all, you know that I’m all about honesty and integrity), the idea for this colorful autumn leaves apple pie came to me due to the overwhelming popularity and success of my Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie 

Over the past several years pie crust designs have been taking off like a rocket in popularity!

Overhead photo of a turkey crust pumpkin pie.

Naturally, I’d like to do my part in keeping the excitement alive for creative pie crusts, and this colorful fall pie is hopefully one that excites and inspires you in your own kitchen.

Overhead photo of an autumn leaves apple pie with a pie server and apples.

I’m always extremely proud to place a decorative pie with a fancy pie crust design on any dessert table. They’re not only pretty, but they’re also conversation starters.

Want more dramatic pie crust ideas?

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How to make autumn leaves apple pie;

  • Peel, core and slice 6 Granny Smith apples.
  • Toss them in a large bowl with granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Pie
  • Pile the sugared coated apples in a deep-dish pie crust (I used a preformed store-bought deep dish pie crust), and dot with butter.
  • Set aside while preparing the leaves.
Apple Pie with Colorful Fall Leaves
  • Unroll a store-bought pie crust and use a leaf maple leaf cookie cutter to cut out 8 leaves.
  • Use a paring knife to score the veins in each leaf.
Apple Pie with colorful Autumn Leaves Crust
  • In a small bowl, make an egg wash of 1 egg, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • Divide the egg wash evenly between five small dishes or paper cups.
  • Add 3-4 drops of gel food color (red, orange, green, yellow, brown) to each of the dishes, and use a fork to mix the colors thoroughly in the egg wash.
  • Use a clean paintbrush to liberally, and with utter abandon, “paint” each leaf. *Note – It’s best to start with yellow as painting yellow over another color will not work. As we all know, no two leaves are perfect or ever the same, so go at this with a sense of fun and don’t worry about perfection.
Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie
  • Once the leaves are painted, place them over the apples in the pie dish, in different directions. *Note – the leaves will not cover the apples completely. This is part of the charm.
  • Top the leaves with a generous coating of granulated sugar.
  • Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the pie juices run liberally from the crust.
  • Cool completely. Serve and enjoy!
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie
Overhead photo of an autumn leaves apple pie in a pie dish with apples.

Can homemade pie dough for this decorative pie crust?

If you’re not pressed for time and feel at ease in making your own pie dough, I fully urge you to do so.

Since I wanted to make it this recipe less intimidating for all my readers, store-bought seemed to be the way for me to go.

What size cookie cutter should I use for this leaf pie crust?

The leaf cookie cutter I used is 3″ in diameter.

Other size cutters (or shapes) can be used if desired, but this recipe was written using a 3″ cutter.

Have fun making this pie, and get creative if you feel comfortable. As always, I completely encourage you to play with your food!

What if I don’t want to use food color for this apple pie crust design?

Not a problem. Just don’t use it!

This pie will be just as spectacular with plain pie leaves as with colored leaves.

Get creative! It’s your pie, make it your way!!

Below is the full-length video. Enjoy!

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

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Apple Pie with Colorful Pie Crust Leaves
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
This Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie may look like it’s difficult to make, but with my easy tips and tricks, you too can make this adorable (and delicious) apple pie!
Course: Dessert, Dessert – Pie
Cuisine: American Comfort Food
Keyword: apple pie, autumn leaves apple pie
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 223 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced into ¼” slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 9" deep-dish pie shell found in the freezer section or homemade pie dough for 2 crust pie.
  • gel food color yellow, red, orange, green and brown
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

  2. Place the sliced apples, 3/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl and toss to coat the apples evenly in the mixture.
  3. Pile the sugar coated apples in the deep dish pie shell and dot the top with butter. Set aside.
  4. Unroll a flat, round pie dough (found in the refrigerated section) press out any broken areas (if needed).
  5. Use the cookie cutter to cut 8 leaves into the round pie dough. Remove the scraps, leaving only the leaves. *Note – if desired place the scraps on a separate baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 until crispy.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until blended.
  7. Divide the egg wash into 5 separate small dishes (or paper cups), and add a few drops of each gel color to each dish. Mix each color thoroughly with a fork.
  8. Use a paring knife to gently score the veins on each leaf.
  9. Liberally paint the leaves with the gel egg wash (starting with yellow) and adding color as you like to each leaf. *Note the colors will intensify slightly during the baking process.
  10. Place the leaves in random fashion over the apples in the pie plate and sprinkle the leaves with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  11. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the pie juices are flowing.
  12. Remove and cool on a baking rack.
  13. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 – 3″ maple leaf cookie cutter, 1 baking sheet, gel food coloring (yellow, red, orange, green, and brown), paring knife, 5 small dishes or 5 paper cups, fork (for mixing egg wash and food color), clean paintbrush, large bowl (for tossing the apples and sugar mixture)


The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

Nutrition Facts
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 163mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 40g44%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I’m proud and pleased to say that this autumn leaves apple pie crust design was featured in an easy Thanksgiving dessert post on Shari’s Berries blog.

Check it out along with all sorts of other delicious (and easy) desserts to grace your Thanksgiving table! Thanks, Shari’s Berries!!

I’m an autumn gal. That means that I’m all about the cooler temperatures, autumn colors, and pumpkins.

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  2. I love this easy idea for topping an apple pie. It’s Pie-fectly stunning!

  3. I adore how fun and colorful this is!

  4. I was so intrigued the moment I saw this, and really had fun learning how you did it! My very favorite quote that absolutely captures the whimsy a joy of this recipe: “go at this with a sense of fun and don’t worry about perfection.” Love that! Oh – and your Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie is BEYOND adorable! Such great ideas, with truly useful instructions and helpful hints (like paint the yellow first! 😀 ).Fantastic post!

    • Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment, Shelley. I want the people who try my recipes to be successful, so I’m thrilled that you noted my helpful tips. I think people worry WAY too much about things being perfect. So much so, that they won’t even try new things. For gosh sakes, it’s only food! Life is short. Have fun, and lets not worry so much about perfection!

  5. shockinglydelicious

    Utterly perfect, in every way. Sharing, pinning and sticking my face to the screen, trying to lick it.

  6. Oh my goodness, Renee, you make the most stunning pies! Another winner!

  7. Renee, oh my gosh, this is the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen! I am totally trying out the leaf painting technique for Thanksgiving, and now my mind is thinking of all the other awesome “painted pies” I could make with other shapes. GORGEOUS!!!

  8. Both of your pies here are amazing! The leafy pie, however, is simply amazing! Living in Phoenix now, I miss the leaves changing color like they do back in Ohio. This pie makes me feel like I’m not missing out 🙂 And how pretty will this be on the table for Thanksgiving! Fantastic creation!

  9. Your pies are absolutely beautiful, Renee. It would be hard to cut into either of them – they would look so nice on our holiday buffet table.

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  11. Wow, so creative! This will be a hit at Thanksgiving!

  12. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! I am very excited to try this over the holiday season!

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  14. Jennifer Fishkind

    5 stars
    This is STUNNING!!!!

  15. Justine Howell

    5 stars
    Ok just delicious but seriously the most beautiful pie ever!

  16. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing idea, I love the painted fall leaves! My daughter (3 years old) and I used your idea yesterday. We baked the leaves separately and placed them on our homemade pumpkin pie! I cant wait to try out your full recipe!

    • I’m sure your pie was lovely. How fun to make it with your young daughter.
      Next time, try baking the leaves directly on the pie for a whole new look.
      Have a great day!

  17. 5 stars
    You have such great talent! Also patience I would love to make this but wouldn’t let anyone touch it after all the work what a gorgeous masterpiece, your work in all you do is exquisite!

  18. 5 stars
    Mine wasn’t nearly as pretty as yours, but it sure tasted delicious!

  19. I am using your pie as an inspiration for an apple pecan pie. I have been requested so many times to dress it up. I usually concentrate on the fillings. I will give you credit for the inspiration when I post it on my blog!

    • I’m thrilled to be of inspiration to you, Linda.
      When you post to social media, I do hope you’ll tag me @kudoskitchen
      Thanks so much!!

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