Learn how to make the prettiest pumpkin pie with these ideas for pumpkin pie decorations. 

Pumpkin pie is the most classic of Thanksgiving desserts but isn’t always the prettiest. There are ways to make it much more interesting, however! 

From pastry leaves to sugared cranberries to nuts and more, here are some of the top ideas for pumpkin pie decorations. 

1. Pastry Leaves

This beautifully decorated pumpkin pie from Lemon Blossoms is topped with perfect fall pastry leaves. 

Pastry leaves made out of pie crust are is my go-to pumpkin pie decoration year after year. They are simple to make and look so pretty. You can also see them on my Vegan Pumpkin Pie, though they don’t puff up as nicely with almond flour pie crust. 

A close-up photo of a pumpkin pie decorated with a turkey made out of pie crust.

2. Turkey Decorated Pumpkin Pie 

Take the fall leaf pumpkin pie decoration idea a step further and make a turkey! This Turkey Crust Pumpkin Pie from Kudos Kitchen is just too cute! 

An overhead photo of a vegan pumpkin cheesecake topped with sugared cranberries.

3. Sugared Cranberries 

Sugared cranberries are one of the most festive holiday treats. They are tasty and beautiful and a wonderful pumpkin pie decoration. We used them on our Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake, pictured above, along with some pomegranate arils and fresh mint leaves. 

A pumpkin pie is decorated with pecans and pumpkin seeds. The pie is cut into slices and sits on a slate tray.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

4. Nuts & Seeds 

For a natural aesthetic, you can’t beat nuts and seeds. Toasted pecans and pepitas are a natural fit for pumpkin pie decoration. Candied pecans or almond brittle broken up into little pieces is tasty too. 

A double chocolate pumpkin pie topped with pomegranate arils.

5. Chocolate

Chocolate is surprisingly tasty with pumpkin. We’ve shared Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Pies here, but this is another lovely Double Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from Family Spice. 

Alternatively, but also with chocolate, dark chocolate shavings could be piled up in the center of a pumpkin pie or over freshly whipped cream. 

Round shortbread cookies topped with edible pressed fall leaves.

Image credit: loriastern.com

6. Edible Flowers/Leaves 

Loria Stern uses edible hibiscus leaves on her Maple Fall Cookies. To use this idea for pumpkin pie decorations, top your baked pie with a few of these cookies, or top the pie with pressed edible hibiscus leaves. 

Mini pumpkin pie tarts topped with whipped cream sit on a tray.

7. Make it Mini

Mini Pumpkin Pies are always adorable. These little pies are great for parties. 

A single slice of pumpkin pie on a ceramic plate. The pumpkin pie is decorated with swirls of piped coconut whipped cream sprinkled with coffee powder.

8. Piped Whipped Cream and Coffee 

Addicted to Dates topped this lovely vegan pumpkin custard pie with whipped coconut cream sweetened with maple syrup with instant coffee. Cocao powder or cinnamon would work well for dusting too. 

Pillowy soft freshly whipped cream tops a pumpkin pie with one piece missing.

9. Freshly Whipped Cream 

Pile pillowy freshly whipped cream (or coconut cream for dairy-free) on top of your pie for a beautiful contrast in color. This lovely Pumpkin Pie From Scratch is from Flavor the Moments

Fall pastry cutters cut small leaves and pumpkins out of a sheet of pie crust.

photo: Williams-Sonoma

How to Make Fall Leaf Pumpkin Pie Decorations 

The trick to making beautiful pastry leaf pumpkin pie decorations is to use cutters that are made for this purpose. You can find them at cooking stores such as Williams-Sonoma, or get them delivered quickly with Amazon Prime. 

Simply roll your pie crust out as usual, then use the cutter to cut out your fall shapes. Brush lightly with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar if desired. 

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes until golden. Top your pie with the pastry leaves after it has baked and cooled, or serve them separately to place on whipped cream. Learn How to Store Pumpkin Pie first. 

Yield: 1 pie

Pumpkin Pie Decorations 9 Ways

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Here are 9 cute and beautiful ways to decorate your pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or any other fall occasion. From pastry leaves to sugared cranberries, learn the best pumpkin pie decorations.

Three beautiful cute pumpkin pies to show pumpkin pie decorations. The first is topped with whipped cream, the second pastry leaves, and the third pecans and pumpkin seeds.


  • 1 unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought)
  • Whipped Cream or Coconut Cream
  • Sugared Cranberries
  • Pecans
  • Pepitas


  1. To make pastry leaves, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Roll the pie crust out and use your fall-shaped small cutters to punch out shapes just like you were making cookies.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with a little sugar, if desired. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool.


See the main post for examples of all the favorite pumpkin pie decorations!

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55