If you’re one of fall’s biggest fans, chances are you’re in it for the flavors. After all, some of the best baking recipes of the year are for fall and holiday pies. Whether you’re a fan of pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, cranberry or pecan pie, there’s no denying that fall pies are extra special.
As any professional baker can tell you, baking holiday pies requires the right tools and the right ingredients. Whether you’re a baker from scratch or a frozen pie crust cook, you’ll need a handful of essential tools to make pies as good as they look. In this roundup, we share the key tools bakers use for delicate pie tasks, like making lattice tops. We’ve also included specialty products and ingredients that give your pies a spectacular and undeniably autumnal touch.
Whether you’re an experienced baker or it’s your first time rolling out dough, these pie baking tools will help you nail every step, from filling to decorations – and they’re all available for easy purchase online .
The Four and Twenty Blackbird Pie Book
Also available from Barnes & Noble.
Sometimes deciding what type of pie to bake is the hardest part. This iconic cookbook from a famous New York bakery does the work for you, with tons of fall-inspired pie recipes, like their classic Salted Caramel Apple. If the step-by-step instructions and gorgeous, jaw-dropping color photos don’t give you all the advice you need, skill-building techniques section will complete the job. For even more seasonal cooking inspiration, check out these new cookbooks.
Price at time of publication: $30
Perfect Measurements Silicone Tovolo Baking Mat
Also available from Williams Sonoma.
If you’ve ever read a pie recipe, then you wondered, Wait – how big is a 12 inch circle?, this game-changing item has your name all over it. It’s made from nonstick silicone and comes with labeled guides for rolling dough to the correct diameter (sizes range from 5-16 inches, so you can use it for full-size pies as well as minis). It also lists common weight, volume, and cooking temperature conversions; no more Google “centimeters to inches” with mealy fingers.
Price at time of publication: $25
McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
We don’t mess with the classics, and when it comes to pumpkin pie spice blends, McCormick is the original and one of the best. Its top-secret ratio of warming autumnal spices has inspired legions of devoted fans, many of whom insist that sourcing in bulk is the only solution. The double-opening lid is good for scooping and shaking, so you can sprinkle some fall cheer into your coffee and measure out the perfect amount for a classic pumpkin pie. And just in case you were looking for the perfect measuring spoon, we have them here too.
Price at time of publication: $8
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OXO Good Grips Apple Corer and Slicer
Also available on Bed bath and beyond.
$12 for a tool that makes a tough job easier is a bargain. This dishwasher-safe plastic tool from trusted brand OXO makes quick work of coring and slicing apples, so you can spend more time decorating (and eating) the pie and less time standing at the counter with a paring knife. It’s the right size for most apples, but small enough to store in a utensil drawer when not in use.
Price at time of publication: $12
Set of 3 Fall Handmade Pie Pans
Individually sized hand pies are a fun take on the traditional pie, and these seasonal pans make it easy. Among their clever features: a self-sealing design that seals the crust tightly and steam-release slots on top. The set of three is made from durable plastic and has a hinged opening for easy use and cleaning. With acorn, pumpkin and apple shapes, you’ll find excuses to cook all fall.
Price at time of publication: $29
Discover the Vanilla gift box
Fall flavors are sweet, rich and comforting. While cinnamon gets the most attention, it’s nothing without a base note of vanilla. This duo of ethically sourced Madagascar vanilla extracts is all you need to add depth to your pumpkin pies. If you’ve never cooked with ground vanilla powder, here’s your sign for ordering a box: it’s incredibly fragrant and easy to measure.
Price at time of publication: $50
Autumn Rolling Print Pie Crust Cutter
If intricate pie decorations are your thing, you’ll want to check out this easy to use pie crust cutter. Interchangeable wheels – apple, leaf, acorn and braid shapes – measure perfect 2.25 inch bands with patterned prints. Not only will all of your trellises be uniform in size, but they’ll be ready for their close-up. This is almost too good (and easy) to be true.
Price at time of publication: $20
Harvest Pumpkin Foliage Oven Glove
You’re not using that dodgy kitchen towel to take your pies out of the oven yet, are you? Thick, insulated oven mitts are safer for transferring delicate pies without damaging intricate lattices or a perfectly set crust. These fall mittens from Sur La Table are more than ready to go. We love that they’re machine washable for easy care. Plus, there’s a matching pot holder and tea towel for a quick decorating refresh.
Price at time of publication: $16
Set of 4 Autumn Leaves Pie Crust Cutters
While Halloween or Thanksgiving-inspired decorations are fun, a classic fall foliage pattern will stay in style all season long. This set of four pie crust cookie cutters feature whimsical leaf designs in easy-to-wash plastic. While they’re great for decorating a top crust, we’ll also put them to work with cookies and decorative fondant.
Price at time of publication: $9
Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Dish
Also available from Williams Sonoma.
A perfectly set crust is trickier than it looks. This pie plate from beloved brand Le Creuset does most of the work for you, with a guided rim for professional-level edges. Like all Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware, it is naturally non-stick and a good heat conductor, meaning it will crisp your bottom crust beautifully. The colors available on Amazon change regularly, but the unmistakably autumnal cherry and flame are in stock at the time of writing.
Price at time of publication: $56
Set of 2 deep pie plates
If you prefer deep pies, you’ll need a specific pie plate to get the job done. This style of pie is visually striking and works especially well for apple pies – calling all filling lovers! Choose from four different colors and make plenty of dough: these ceramic pie plates are an impressive 2.6 inches deep.
Price at time of publication: $40
Also available at Walmart.
Crème brûlée gets all the attention from the torch, but this surprisingly useful tool is also indispensable for spectacular meringue toppings. (As proof, take a look at this awesome sweet potato meringue pie.) A handheld kitchen torch gives more even and precise results than a grill; not to mention, it’s fun to use. This one is an Amazon bestseller with an almost perfect rating, and it’s only $30.
Price at time of publication: $30
Rochelle Bilow is a writer and food writer with over a decade of professional experience. Previously Associate Editor and Head of Social Media at Enjoy your meal and cooking light magazines, Rochelle is also a culinary school graduate and former professional baker and line cook. While researching this article, she consulted top bakers across the country.