Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie

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!

Apple Pie with Colorful Pie Crust Leaves

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?!?! 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 Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie.

Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie

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 Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie came to me due to the overwhelming popularity and success of my recent post for my Adorable Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie (with instructional video). If you haven’t seen him, take a look:

Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie

Much to my shock and amazement, my turkey pie has been pinned over 101K times (and counting) and has been shared far and wide all over the internet. It’s a far way from being considered “viral,” but in my own little corner of the internet, it’s mind boggling and humbling!

Naturally, I’d like to do my best to keep the pie excitement alive and have people visit my site that may have never visited here before, and this colorful fall pie is hopefully something that will strike the same chord with people.

Apple Pie with Colorful Autumn Leaves Crust

I’ve always heard that lightning doesn’t strike twice (and I’m not trying to jinx anything here), but I’m all for flying my kite (and key) in a thunderstorm in hopes of another hit. LOL. Weird that I just made a Benjamin Franklin reference for an apple pie, don’t you think? In any case, not only is this pie pretty (and uncommon), it’s absolutely delicious, and is one of the tasting best apple pies I think I’ve ever had. I’ll be proud to place this on my Thanksgiving table, and I hope you will too.

Apple Pie with colorful Autumn Leaves CrustWant to learn how to make this Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie? Great! Let’s get started!

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 pairing 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 paint brush 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

Autumn Leaves Painted Pie Crust Apple Pie

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

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Apple Pie with Colorful Pie Crust Leaves
Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted 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 - Pie
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
  • 6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced into ¼" slices
  • 3/4 cup 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 paint brush
large bowl (for tossing the apples and sugar mixture)

I’m proud and pleased to say that this Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Apple Pie 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!!

Apple Pie with Painted Autumn Leave Crust

I’m an autumn gal. That means that I’m all about the cooler temperatures, autumn colors, and pumpkins. It’s only natural then that I share my hand painted frosted autumn leaves and pumpkin wine glass set. They’re some of my absolute favorites (of course I say that about almost everything I paint,, LOL). This set would make a wonderful gift item for anyone you know who also loves the autumnal celebration of life. Pair them with a nice pumpkin flavored wine (just a suggestion), and you have a holiday gift that will make statement of thoughtfulness, and consideration, to those on your gift giving list.

Hand Painted Autumn Leave and Pumpkin Wine Glass

Also, I recently painted and shipped this fun and whimsical apron for a client who wanted to surprise her friend for her birthday. She emailed me a photo of her friend and expressed to me that her friend’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. After we had shared a few ideas back and forth, this is the apron design we agreed upon, and then I got busy painting. Here’s the completed apron:

Hand Painted Thanksgiving Feast Apron

If there is ever anything I can paint for you (from glassware items to fabrics), please don’t hesitate to contact me, or visit one of my shops: Etsy and Walaza. I always welcome custom orders, and will happily paint and design from any photo, idea, or description you send my way. Glassware items are always shipped in gift boxes, making them perfect for your holiday gift giving needs. All of my hand painted glassware items are dishwasher safe as well as being non-toxic, and all of my hand painted fabrics are machine washable and dryable (no fabric softener, please).

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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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!

  13. These pies are so lovely!

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