When you think of Thanksgiving dessert, the number one pick is always pie. Here are 14 kinds that would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving menu, starting with everyone’s favorite, pumpkin!
1.Spiced Pecan Pie with Star Anise
Add intense flavor to classic pecan pie by cooking down maple syrup with star anise to create a thick, spicy syrup that’s the base for Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Melissa Clark’s recipe.
2.Dutch Apple Pie
A crunchy walnut streusel topping and the addition of cider vinegar to the filling set this apple pie recipe apart from the traditional double-crust version.
3.Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie
Peanut butter and chocolate lives in our dreams as one of the best mashups in human history. We’ve combined them here in pie form in our peanut butter chocolate pie recipe.
4. Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie
Set aside those apples and use pears instead this year with Joy the Baker’s pear crumble pie recipe. Pears spiced with ginger, brown sugar, and bourbon – what’s not to love? Top it off with a crunchy pecan and oat streusel topping it’s sure to be a winner.
5.Banoconut Cream Pie
For many fans of cream pie it’s almost impossible to choose between the tropical headiness of coconut and the delicate fruitiness of banana. Our banoconut cream pie brings both of these flavors together so you don’t have to choose.
7. Pecan–Sweet Potato
A layer of spiced sweet potato purée gives this beauty the suggestion of pumpkin, while pecans give it the texture and nutty sweetness of Thanksgiving’s other essential pie. Connecting both: a brown sugar and bourbon filling that’s all about sweetness and nuance and deep, in-your-bones comfort. Get our Pecan–Sweet Potato Pie recipe.
8. Banana Pudding
A pie so firmly in the Southern tradition you can practically hear its drawl. A buttery, crushed–Nilla Wafer crust is the landing pad for a creamy pastry custard, upon which sweet, ripe, fragrant sliced bananas exude charm. Crowning everything is a light, crisp-topped, and beguilingly sweet meringue. Get our Banana Pudding Pie recipe.
9. Chocolate Pudding Minis
Flaky pie pastry cups baked in muffin tins are only the beginning. A rich, velvet-smooth chocolate pudding is spooned into said pastry cups, and a soft, lightly sweetened and vanilla-scented whipped cream is spooned gently on top of each. Kids and other dedicated pie fans love these—who doesn’t love getting his or her own individual pie, no sharing necessary? Get our Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies recipe.
Thanksgiving comes toward the end of apple picking season, so apple pie is a fresh and seasonally appropriate choice with so many different recipes to try out. Give our fresh apple pie recipe a try.
11. Salty Honey
Brooklyn’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ salty honey pie is one of a kind, but thanks to the shop’s recent cookbook the recipe is out and you shouldn’t hesitate to add it to your repertoire. Sweet, salty, and perfectly smooth and creamy, it goes great with coffee and is a lovely end to a big meal.
Whether you’re making a classic pecan pie or adding a Southern touch with a bourbon pecan rendition, this pie is a favorite in the South, with a rich, buttery crust and toasted nuts. Try our recipe for “John Thorne’s Best-Ever Pecan Pie” for a classic take, or experiment with a bourbon pecan pie or even chocolate pecan pie.
13. Sweet Potato
A cousin of pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is packed with holiday spices (allspice, cloves, and cinnamon) and is a beautiful color when it comes out of the oven. Try our recipe and see for yourself.
Make this pie ready for winter with cranberries (fresh or frozen). The berries are a great pairing for vanilla ice cream, and since it’s fruit it’s almost good for you, right?
Photo: Cranberry Pie / Bon Appétit
15. Pear-Rosemary with Cheddar Crust
Change up the traditional pie crust with this cheesy substitute. Pears and rosemary are an unusual combination and the sharp cheddar crust is so good you’ll want to eat this pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
16. Brown Butterscotch
Our brown butterscotch pie is nutty and sweet, with a smooth custard filling. It’s a great alternative to pumpkin and you can make it again and again throughout the year.
17. Mile-High Chocolate
Everyone loves chocolate, so why not put it into a pie? This recipe has fresh whipped cream as a topping and is absolutely luscious.
18. Apple Tarte Tatin
With a premade puffed pastry crust, tarte Tatin is a beautiful and impressive dessert that comes together quickly. The syrupy caramel that forms in the skillet goes great with a dollop of crème fraîche.
19. Buttermilk–Lemon Chess
Our recipe for this Southern classic doesn’t require blind baking the crust so you don’t need to plan ahead. The egg and buttermilk custard mixed with tangy lemon zest is a refreshing end to a heavy meal.
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