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The Best Pie Recipes for Thanksigiving

It's Hard to Choose Just One, So Why Not Make Two?

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Granny Smith Apple Pie

Granny Smith Apple Pie

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Every season has its perfect desserts. Summer was made for ice cream buffets, in the spring we love strawberry shortcakes. In winter there's nothing like a dessert party based around a good coffee cake. But at Thanksgiving, no matter what your favorite dessert is the rest of the year, there must be a pie, or two, or three.

Pumpkin Pie

Nobody thinks about or desires a pumpkin pie in April. That's because the fall is the season that screams all things pumpkin right up until Thanksgiving. The fall is the season when pumpkin lovers can't wait to make pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, and finally pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Autumn Pumpkin Pie - You need to look no further for the quintessential pumpkin pie recipe than this classic version.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie - Apparently nothing is sacrificed in this low-carb version, except for the carbs! And it's none the worse for the adjustment.

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie - This recipe will be great for the vegans, as well as your guests with egg allergies, substituting tofu for the eggs.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe - People have become more aware of gluten allergies in recent years. This recipe allows those with allergies to have their pie and eat the crust too.

Pumpkin Pie with Fresh Pumpkin - It really doesn't take that much more effort to make your own pumpkin puree instead of turning to a can. Our Guide to Busy Cooks, Linda Larsen, shows you how easy it is.

Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie - This two-in-one recipe is perfect for fans of both cheesecake and pumpkin pie - they won't have to choose! A layer of cheesecake is topped with a layer of pumpkin pie for a rich and creamy treat.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake - If you're looking for a decadent twist on pumpkin pie, look no further than this scrumptious variation.

Pecan Pie

In my opinion, pecan pie is the main contender against pumpkin for the best Thanksgiving pie. That's why we usually serve both.

Southern Pecan Pie - This is the classic pecan pie recipe according to Dianna Rattray, our Guide to Southern Food. Since this is the recipe I usually follow, I must be doing something right.

Classic Pumpkin Pecan Pie - Here is another excellent two-for-one pie topping a traditional pumpkin pie with a sweet pecan pie recipe. Irresistible!

Pecan Pie - Our Baking Guide, Carroll Pellegrinelli, says she's not a big fan of pecan pie - except when it's made with this recipe. Try it and see if you agree.

Mock Pecan Pie - Although there aren't any nuts in this recipe, the rest of the flavor profile is the same, giving you a recipe that can be offered to guests with nut allergies.

Chocolate Pecan Pie - It's not the traditional pecan pie recipe, but who's going to complain about the addition of chocolate?

Chocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon - If you think the addition of chocolate to a pecan pie is good, just wait until you add bourbon to the pie.

Apple Pie

It really wouldn't be an American celebration without apple pie. And in the fall, when apples are at their peak, who can resist a slice of this popular pie? The only question remaining is whether your guests will want it with or without ice cream. Just be sure to put a quart of vanilla in the freezer, just in case they fall into the "with" category. And don't forget the whipped cream for everyone!

Granny Smith Apple Pie - Baking a pie with tart apples provides the perfect contrast to the sweet and spicy flavors in this classic recipe.

Cranberry Apple Pie - Another way to add "zing" to your apple pie is by the addition of cranberries to the apple mixture. Delicious!

Apple Crisp Pie - This may be my favorite variety of apple pie. I love a good streusel topping with oats, sugar, butter and pecans. Or as our Guide says, an apple crisp in a pie shell.

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie - Local Foods Guide Molly Watson give us the recipe for a basic apple pie and then shows us how we can easily take this recipe and turn it into 7 variations including Apple-Pear, Cheddar Apple, and Apple Ginger among others.

Ned's Apple Pie - For some people it's more about the crust than the filling. This recipe is for a basic double-crust apple pie.

Easy Vegan Apple Pie - Since this pie uses a pre-made pie crust, it comes together as quickly as you can prepare the apples.

Mincemeat Pie

This is a very hearty pie, not suited to everyone's taste. But for some people it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a mincemeat pie, filled with nuts and dried fruits. And you wouldn't want to disappoint your guests, would you?

Easy Mincemeat Pie - Be sure to allow for the 24-hours required to let the filling ingredients sit together before baking these simple pie that takes the shortcut of using store bought mincemeat.

Mincemeat and Apple Tart - Although a tart isn't exactly a pie, I love tarts and I'm sure nobody would complain about being served this attractive variation on mincemeat pie.

Other, Less Traditional Pies for Thanksgiving

Key Lime Pie - Key limes have nothing to do with Thanksgiving, but since my family loves key lime pie, this holiday gives us an excuse to make this pie.

Chocolate Pie with Cocoa - You didn't think chocolate lovers were going to disappear just because it's Thanksgiving, did you?

Coconut Pie - I've learned over the years that coconut inspires strong feelings in guests - they either love it or hate it! If you have coconut lovers at your table, one of these pies would be a great addition to your desserts.

Banana Cream Pie - Here's a pie for the creamy pie lovers in your group.

Boston Cream Pie - Half cake, half pie, with a thick layer of chocolate on top. There's definitely a place on your dessert buffet for this pie.

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