With Thanksgiving so close, you’ve likely already finalized everything for the main meal. But if you’re anything like the people in my family, you’re using the day before Thanksgiving to make everything for the second part of the main feast—dessert.
I remember being a kid and watching my mom pull out a bunch of cookbooks to search for pie recipes, only to see her eventually make the staples: apple pie, pumpkin pie, and sweet potato pie. While those are definitely classics that should grace every Thanksgiving table this year, they aren’t the most original, and if you’re looking to ‘wow’ friends and family (who isn’t?), you’ll want something really creative and delicious.
It’s not insane to assume you’ll want to make at least a dozen pies for Thanksgiving, right? Right! That’s why this post has as many pie recipes as I could possibly stuff in to it!
And once you see all the drool-worthy photos (credit for all images goes to the source – follow the links for recipes and full details) and easy-to-follow video recipes, I know you’ll be inspired to bake up a ton of tasty pies. Just don’t forget to send one to me!
To make sure everyone gets the most out of this post, I’m starting it off with this great gluten-free pie crust recipe! The measurements in the video are metric, so I’ve added the necessary conversions beneath for all my American friends.
Gluten-free (or almond) flour– about 2 1/5 cups
Butter – 1 stick (1/2 cup)
Cold water – about 2/3 cup
Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie
If you live in the south, you’ll likely be enjoying a warm Thanksgiving, so the typical coffee-plus-pie dessert combo doesn’t always hit the spot. My recommendation is to make this wonderful strawberry cheesecake ice cream pie by Deb Perelman, the cooking and baking mastermind behind Smitten Kitchen.
I’ve been following Smitten kitchen since 2008, and when Deb’s first cookbook came out, I bought it immediately. If you’ve never made any of her recipes, this decadent cheesecake should go to the top of your ‘must make’ list!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
If ice cream pie sounds too cold to make, why not try this no-bake peanut butter pie? With just a few ingredients—graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, cream cheese, whipped cream, and powdered sugar—you’ve got a super creamy, no-fuss dessert. You can even make the crust gluten free by using gluten-free cookies or nuts (and did I mention you can make your crust chocolate with a little cocoa powder? Mm!).
Chocolate Silk Pie
I absolutely love chocolate silk, so I hope you do, too! Nikki, the writer behind Chef-in-Training, adapted this recipe from the Pioneer Woman, and, in my opinion, made it perfect. If you’re short on time or money, or just want a quick version of this pie, you can make Poor Man’s ‘Filk’ Pie (fake + silk = filk). All you need is a box of chocolate instant pudding, a graham cracker crust, and a canister of whipped cream. Easy and tasty!
Peaches and Cream Pie
This pie is an absolute delight for all those folks who’re already missing the perks of summer (like peaches! And being warm).
Chocolate Chess Pie
In my search for the tastiest pie recipes, I came across Eva’s beautiful chocolate chess pie. This pie looks like someone took an entire tray of perfectly baked brownies and smooshed them between two flaky, buttery layers of pie crust. If you’re looking to impress your family and friends at any get-together this year, make this pie (the compliments won’t stop!).
Irish Potato Pie
People who’ve read my food posts before know I can’t resist mentioning how much I love potatoes. This particular Irish Potato Pie by Sommer not only tastes amazing, but it’s sure to get a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ when you pair it with your Thanksgiving turkey. Don’t get me wrong—I LOVE mashed potatoes, but this is a unique way to serve a classic Thanksgiving staple (or to make use of those leftovers).
Hamburger Hand Pies
While you might not be planning to serve these up on Thanksgiving Day, they make a really awesome pre- or post-shopping trip snack on Black Friday. You don’t even need a fork for these tasty little pies, so they’re great for kids, too.
Creamy Sweet Pumpkin Hand Pies
And if you’re going to make hamburger hand pies, why not make some creamy pumpkin ones as well? I highly recommend serving these as an appetizer on Thanksgiving Day because they aren’t very sweet. You can also make these savory by replacing the sugar with browned butter and sage (delicious!). The recipe calls for puff pastry, but you can use regular pie dough instead if you don’t have any puff pastry on hand.
Is your mind blown by this recipe? Mine too! I’ve never thought of using avocados to make a pie, but since it’s an eating frenzy this month, why not give it a try? It’s sugar free, gluten free, and vegan, and if it doesn’t taste that great, you can always tell people it’s grasshopper pie (chocolate + mint) and just wait to see their expression when they take their first bite.
No-Bake Candy Cane Crunch Pie
Oh. My. Gosh. I know I keep saying I love stuff, but… I love candy canes, and Lynn’s no-bake candy cane crunch pie is like edible gold. I’ve never seen a pie recipe quite like this before (chocolate + peppermint + cream cheese + Oreos!) and because it doesn’t require baking, you can whip it up quick for that last-minute gathering you totally forgot about (I’m planning to have a last-minute gathering, so maybe you could bring this to my party…)
Paleo Pumpkin Pie
Everyone has someone in their family who can’t eat dairy or gluten or nuts or meat, and everyone has someone in their family who makes a killer pumpkin pie. For these two reasons, I bring you Michele’s paleo pumpkin pie recipe. This unique, allergy-friendly pie is grain free and dairy free, and it’s also a healthier alternative to the usual roundup of Thanksgiving desserts.
Classic Sweet Potato Pie
I’m always surprised when I meet people who say they’ve never had sweet potato pie because I consider this a ‘must have’ at Thanksgiving. It’s super easy to make and it holds up well in the fridge (unlike pudding pies, which can separate). My recommendation? Get out your stand mixer or mixing bowls, and try this tasty recipe!
Apple Butter Pie
My boyfriend’s mom makes her own apple butter every fall, and then she jars it and gifts it to people. Her apple butter is SUPER good, and I can’t wait to use it to make Tim’s apple butter pie. This is a neat spin on the standard apple pie recipe, and because it utilizes apple butter, you can make this yummy treat any time of the year.
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Since we’re already talking about apple pie, let’s talk about this unique combo: apple pie plus bread pudding. My mom loves bread pudding, but it’s a pretty rare dessert to see in bakeries or even at the family table. This recipe is simple, and you could easily call it ‘apple pie breakfast bread’ and serve it up in slices with cups of coffee.
Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie
What could be more seasonal than this pie recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker? It uses three types of ginger—fresh, ground, and crystallized—and she nukes the fresh pears in the microwave to make them soft enough for the filling (I’ve never thought about doing that! So simple and smart). This pie makes a doubly good dessert because ginger naturally soothes the stomach, which may be what you need after your sumptuous feast.
I hope you’re as inspired as I am to get in the kitchen and start baking! But if you’re in need of some baking supplies first, check out the Cooking and Baking section of TopProducts.com.
August Wright, TopProducts Staff Writer