Monday, February 27, 2017

4 Uses for Pie Dough...other than pie!

Y'all, it's TexFest time. Without even knowing what it is, doesn't it sound fun? TexFest is when my favorite grocery store, my second home, my Cheers (where everybody knows my name...they don't, but wouldn't it be cool if they did ala Norm and poured me a beer?), H-E-B highlights Texas products throughout the store.

Star Empanadas : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

*this post is sponsored by H-E-B.

4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

I discovered a new product this week...the Texas Pie Company Orignal Dough Puck. It's a wonderful little gem of a pie crust located in the freezer section. Oh, by the way, it's made right here in the Lone Star State.

There are SO many things you can do with a pie crust, other than make pie (which is never a bad thing, obviously). I'm going to share 4 of them with you today.

1. Pie Dough-Nuts

Pie Dough-Nuts: 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

These go over like gangbusters in my house. Roll the dough to 1/8", cut with a cookie cutter (I used the end of a piping tip for the centers, and fry in a bit of oil. (I use vegetable oil, flipping the doughnuts once during cooking until lightly golden.) One Dough Puck makes 8-12 pie dough-nuts with some re-rolling.

pie dough-nuts

pie dough-nuts

(The dough cooks up a bit on the oval side. That's ok.)

Once the dough bits are cooked and patted with a paper towel, you'll douse them with a good bit of glaze and sprinkles.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon corn syrup
pink gel paste food coloring

Pie Dough-Nuts! : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Mix well with a fork. Pour over the doughnuts and quickly scatter sprinkles over the top as the glaze will set quickly.

2. Cheese and Jam Breakfast Squares

Cheese and Jam Breakfast Squares : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Oh my. This combination is pure heaven. The inspiration comes from a little creamery in California where they serve cheese and jam sandwiches on a soft roll.

These are even better because A. they're on pie crust, and B. the cheese and jam come from Texas. ♥

4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Roll the dough to 1/4" thick. Cut with a 3.5" square cookie cutter (or cut with a knife). Use only one rolling of the dough for this one as they tend to shrink and poof with re-rolling.

Prick the dough squares with a fork, leaving a thin edge. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Cheese and Jam Breakfast Squares : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Once cooled, spread with Lone Star goat cheese and Prairie Farms Blackberry Jam. I call these breakfast squares, but they're also perfect for lunch or a snack.

3. Empanadas

Star Empanadas : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Basically, you can cut out pie dough, fill it with anything your heart desires, and bake it until golden brown. It'll be delicious.

These are chicken, bean, and cheese empanadas...served with Mark's Good Stuff Lone Star Restaurant Salsa. You guessed it, made in Texas.

4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Roll the dough to 1/16" thickness. Cut with a 3.5" circle cookie cutter. You should get 6 rounds from one roll of the dough. Place 3 of the circles on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Pile rotisserie chicken, black beans, and cheddar in the center of each round. Sprinkle with salt, Mexican oregano, and chile powder.

Whisk 1 egg with 1 teaspoon of water with a fork. Brush this around the edge of each circle.

Cut a small star from the remaining 3 rounds. Place the round part over the filled side. Place the cut-out star on top. Use a fork to seal the sides, then brush the top with the egg wash.
(Instead of the star cut-outs, cut a few vent holes in the top crust.)

Star Empanadas : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees until golden brown. Serve with Texas salsa.

4. Cinnamon Sugar Chips with Chocolate Sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Chips : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Pie dough brushed with butter and covered in cinnamon sugar? What's not to love?

You'll want two Dough Pucks to make a batch of these for sharing. Roll the dough to 1/16" thickness. Re-rolling is fine here. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter. Brush with melted butter.

Bake on a parchment-lined cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of the shape. The edges will be golden brown.

While the chips are baking, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2 tablespoons cinnamon in a pie plate. Stir to combine.

Cinnamon Sugar Chips : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Once the chips come out of the oven, toss a few at a time in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Cinnamon Sugar Chips : 4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

Serve as is, or heat some chocolate sauce for dipping.

Grab yourself a little Texas Pie Company Original Dough Puck and get creating! Also, be sure to crank up the Dixie Chicks and Lyle Lovett while you work.

4 Uses for Pie Dough other than pie! |

PS: the cute bluebonnet bowl, platter, and Texas cutting board are all available at H-E-B.
Yay, Texas (and TexFest)! 



  1. Pretty sure an empanada is just a pie. A handheld pie, but a pie nonetheless.

    1. I don't know....if someone told me they were baking a pie and handed me and empanada, I'd be a little confused. The two aren't synonymous where I live. :)

      Happy baking!

    2. I thought they were mince pies at first XD

  2. Ha! Last week I made a batch of freezer pie dough and these are all great ideas!

  3. What a fun little your creations..and your board:)

    I have my fave doughs..but they are flaky and do not keep all the shapes some of the beautiful pie bakers on IG make..

  4. I love HEB! I live 2 blocks from one and go there several times a week.

  5. That cheese and jam pastry is right up my ally!! I don't love pie crust typically, but as a venue for cheese and jam, i'll give it a try. FYI toast some pumpernickel and smear it with cream cheese and top with cherry jam!

  6. We lived in San Antonio for 10 years. I was a big fan of HEB. I really miss that store.
    Now I have Fred Meyer here in Washington state. Me and Freddy are great buddies.

  7. All great ideas! Can't wait to look for these next time I am at HEB, which will probably be tomorrow!


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