When it comes to the holidays, eating delicious food comes first and foremost! From Thanksgiving turkey to Christmas Eve ham and Hanukkah latkes, so many celebrations involve eating something delicious. But while many festivities center around the savory offerings on the table, for many the real treat and holiday highlight comes last, but not least!
Pie, with flaky crust and sweet filling, topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream (or à la mode if that’s more your style) is simply the perfect make-ahead dish that will ensure any holiday meal ends on a high note.
Pies come in all shapes and sizes, so anyone who says they don’t like pie has obviously been living a rather sheltered life. From seasonal classics like apple pie, pecan and pumpkin, to less traditional holiday pies like chocolate chiffon, sugar cream and Buckeye, there’s an incredible variety of delicious pies that are perfect for the holidays. With a failsafe pie crust recipe up your sleeve and a whole list of inspiring recipes—both traditional and twists on the classics, you can’t go wrong with our 30 best holiday pie recipes!
Enjoy this fall tart that calls for ripe figs baked until sweet and jammy, and then drizzled with balsamic for that little bit of acidity to cut through all of the sugar.
This pie has the flavor of pumpkin pie, but avoids the hassle of making a flaky pastry crust or custard. Instead, this pie calls for a simple nut crust and pumpkin-cream cheese filling.
This Midwestern favorite is made with ground cinnamon, chopped walnuts, cranberries, and tart cooking apples. It jazzes up our classic apple pie perfectly — because let’s be honest, apple pie can be a little predictable.
This classic banana cream pie recipe from Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant in New Orleans is the perfect light and creamy pie for your holiday table.
You can make this recipe using frozen or fresh berries. Along with the typical players — flour, sugar, and butter — the recipe includes lemon juice and, of course, fresh wild blueberries.
Many argue that Boston cream pie is more like a cake than a pie. The Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston claims to be the original home of the dessert, which was created at the hotel’s restaurant in 1856 by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian. The ganache is made from heavy cream and semisweet chocolate, and the pastry cream filling calls for vanilla bean and granulated sugar.
The brown butter sounds simple, but it is bursting with flavor that complements the nuts perfectly.
Butterscotch pie, which is a Midwestern staple, is made with dark brown sugar, butter, cornstarch, and vanilla. A whipped cream topping completes the tried-and-true recipe.
Nothing goes together quite like chocolate and pecans. Serve this pie à la mode or with a dollop of cinnamon-spiced whipped cream for a perfect fall dessert.
Sweetened flaked coconut, vanilla extract, and egg yolks enhance the recipe, and bakers can garnish the creation with toasted coconut.
This old-fashioned pie by Tom Hudgens celebrates the simple goodness of eggs, cream, butter, and milk.
No dessert table is complete without a little chocolate. This Thanksgiving, indulge in this chocolate pie from The Baking ChocolaTess, which uses a simple store-bought crust.
This pumpkin pie recipe uses a store-bought pie crust for a simple solution to those last-minute Thanksgiving menu needs.
The honey in this pie helps to extend its shelf life, making it the perfect make-ahead pie for busy Thanksgivings.
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This pear and juniper berry pie from the Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook is filled with tender, sweet pears and the fresh, floral flavor of the juniper berry.
Kate McDermott-Art of the Pie
This classic American pie uses sweet and sour apples piled high and encased in a flaky, buttery double crust, baked until golden brown.
Loganberries, similar to blackberries, are often used in jelly, pies, and wines. One of the states they thrive in is Washington, so when you’re next there, think about trying a hearty slice of loganberry pie. Ingredients include cinnamon, sugar, and four cups of loganberries.
The salty bacon combined with the sweet, gooey pecan pie filling makes a perfect match.
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The sweet maple syrup provides a subtle but not overwhelming flavor to the buttermilk custard, and the star of the pie is the cornmeal crust, which is a welcome change from traditional pastry crusts in this pie from the Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook.
For the Maple Buttermilk Custard Pie recipe, click here.
For this pie, bake the crushed gingersnap cookies right into the flaky pie crust. The added flavor and crunch will make this pie a new tradition for your Thanksgivings to come.
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The authors of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book adore this standby pie. “By design it is neither heavy on the caramel nor heavy on the sea salt; they are supporting actors to the tangy apples and the buttery, thick crust. This is simply a really good apple pie — the kind of apple pie you could eat every day.”
Gentl & Hyers
The smooth filling in this sweet and salty pie sets like a custard. Enjoy this pie in addition to or as an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
This classic pecan pie recipe is baked into a deep crust and tastes of warm molasses and freshly toasted pecans for a pie that is rich and sweet.
Sticky and sweet, molasses is an under-utilized pantry staple. Make this simple pie crust or use a store-bought crust for easy baking.
The streusel topping adds a crunch to your smooth pumpkin pie filling, plus an infusion of spices and flavor.
The Hungry Hutch
This Thanksgiving-ready sweet potato pie uses a store-bought pie shell for simplicity, but get creative with the filling by adjusting and adding spices to your taste.
The creamy filling of this pecan pie and the tender crust make it an instant hit.
What may look like your average chocolate cream pie is so much more. This recipe from tofu brand Nasoya tastes as indulgent as it looks, but is made with tofu for a healthier, protein-packed filling. Guaranteed to satisfy all sweet-tooth cravings.
Vegan baking doesn’t have to be complicated. This vegan pumpkin pie recipe keeps it simple and delicious. Make any of these pies ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer in order to prep for you easiest holiday season yet!
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