Here is a great idea to decorate your Fall pies (pumpkin and apple) and both can be done ahead of time. For my pumpkin pie this year I used 3 sizes of leaf cutters and some of my homemade pie dough. I have a set of 5 different maple leaf sizes that I bought a long time ago. There are lots of cookie cutters available in all different sizes and designs. You can buy refrigerated pie dough to make it easier if you want. Cut out the different shapes and kind of decide on the design you want on top of your pie. I just made a bunch!
Brush each leaf (if desired) with a beaten egg, then sprinkle with a little sugar. Cut veins in the leaves with a sharp knife. If you want the leaves curled (it does look nice) roll up pieces of foil and place underneath the part of the leaf you want to curve. It really gives another dimension to the leaves. You could also paint the leaves to give them some additional color.
Preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 8 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the leaf. Just watch closely so they do not burn. I baked the large leaves separately and the two smaller ones I baked together.
I also have used pecan/walnut halves, roasted, with one end dipped in chocolate and then rolled in minced nuts to look like an acorn for this apple pie. I need to make more pies and take pictures of other decorations I have used in the past. I will add more ideas as I make them!
How about these cute butterscotch-pecan acorns to decorate a pie or a cake. I think this idea comes from a Better Homes and Garden Magazine.
Toast some pecan halves and place two halves together with a small amount of melted butterscotch morsels. Dip one end in melted butterscotch and sprinkle with minced nuts. Stick a whole clove into the top of each acorn. Refrigerate on wax paper. Be sure not to eat the clove! These would look cute on a caramel spice cake and a pie.