The layered finish that tops this apple pie from our Pies & Tarts book is created by shingling the leaves. Pastry cutouts in any shape can be arranged in this manner; here, a flurry of leaves accentuates the pie's autumnal nature.
Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they're edible and prettily packaged. And although the items in our collection are all easy to make, offering them to friends is much more than a small gesture -- it's a personal one, showing the best sentiments of the season.
One of nature's best decorating ideas is the snowflake: It adds sparkle to upturned eyelashes, embellishment to bare tree branches. With crocheted versions of this seasonal icon, you can bring its frosty filigree indoors.