07/11/2012 09:11 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Creative Ways To Top Your Pies (PHOTOS)

Admit it. When you bake a pie from scratch, one of the most satisfying payoffs is the slew of compliments from guests as you present the gorgeous pie. But after you've made a few, how do you keep things fresh? The answer's easy: Make some seriously impressive designs on the top. You don't have to be an artist -- you just have to have a little creativity (and a sharp knife, or maybe even a cookie cutter).

Lattice pies seem to be the status quo during the summer months, but we've got ideas that go beyond that. Think of patriotic stars, piles of florets or even messages imprinted into your dough. (And the messages don't have to stop at "Happy Birthday" -- we're thinking it'd be genius to imprint "Back Off" to warn greedy roommates.)

If you're looking for some great ideas for decorating pies this summer, look no further. We've gathered all our favorite decorated pies from across the web to show you all the possibilities you can create.

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