If you make your own piecrust, you no doubt have had the experience of finding yourself with leftover dough when you trim around the edge of the pie pan. It seems a shame to throw it away, but it’s not enough for another pie. Fortunately, over the years, people have gotten creative with uses for this unused dough. You can find recipes online for everything from tiny pies to a variety of cookies. One of the simplest of these is cinnamon-sugar cookie that looks like a mini cinnamon roll.

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Gather the leftover pie dough and form it into a ball. Avoid any pieces that have excessive amounts of flour on them. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Press the ball to flatten it slightly. This should be done on a floured piece of wax paper for ease of manipulating the dough later in the process.

Roll the dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. A rectangular or oblong shape is best to ensure that the cookies end up being of roughly similar size.

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the rolled-out dough. You can mix the cinnamon and sugar ahead of time to insure you have them proportioned just as you want. Or simply sprinkle first one, then the other. The dough should be covered with the mixture from edge to edge.

Peel a long edge of the dough off the wax paper. Roll the dough tightly until you have a log of pie dough. Press the loose edges of dough so they adhere to the log.

Cut slices from the log about ¼ inch wide. Each slice should look like a little cinnamon roll. If any of the rolls seems loose, don’t be afraid to press around its perimeter to make it hold together better.

Place the slices on a cookie sheet. They won’t expand very much, so the spacing between cookies is not critical. Bake for about 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the cookie sheet immediately and allow to cool.


  • Other varieties of piecrust cookies can also be made. One possibility is to use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from the rolled-out dough and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Or, top your cookie shapes with chopped walnuts, a blob of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Get creative!