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When you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the number one pick is always pie. But pumpkin pie is just the beginning. Here are 19 of the best Thanksgiving pie recipes to grace your table this holiday season.

From variations on pumpkin and pecan to seasonal fruit pies (with apples, pears, and cranberries), plus year-round favorites with chocolate and butterscotch, every one of these pies would be a welcome end to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Pie Baking Tips

If you’re making your own pie dough, see our tips for perfect pie crust. (If not, no shame; even pastry pros use store-bought pie crust sometimes!) Plus, find out whether glass pie pans are best for even browning. And if you’re having trouble picking just one pie from this amazing round-up, see how to bake three pies in one morning and try tackling a few of your own.

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Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Here are 19 of our top contenders for Thanksgiving dessert.

1. Melissa Clark’s Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise

maple pecan pie


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. Serve it with tangy whipped crème fraîche to cut the sweetness and add even more sophistication. Get Melissa Clark’s Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise recipe.

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2. Eggnog Pumpkin Pie

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie recipe


It’s the classic choice and it’s the only time of year you get to eat it—but if you’re bored with traditional Pumpkin Pie, live on the edge and try our outrageously rich Eggnog Pumpkin Pie recipe instead.

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3. Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

chocolate pecan pie recipe


You can jazz up pecan pie in various ways too; with bourbon, for instance, or chocolate—or both! With a rich, buttery crust and the nutty crunch of toasted pecans in every sweet bite, a traditional rendition like John Thorne’s Best-Ever Pecan Pie recipe is always welcome, but adding the warm bite of bourbon and the bittersweet nuance of dark chocolate makes it even better. Get our Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.

4. Secret Ingredient Pumpkin Slab Pie

If you need to feed a big crowd, a slab pie is a great way to go. This creamy pumpkin slab pie from A Spicy Perspective swaps out the usual pumpkin spice for Chinese five spice powder, and also brings cream cheese into the filling. Get the Secret Ingredient Pumpkin Slab Pie recipe.

5. Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie


Feeling fruity? Autumn apples are a perfect choice. 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—and no need to fret over a lattice top, of course. Get our Dutch Apple Pie recipe. (But if you’re partial to the original, give our Classic Apple Pie recipe a try.)

6. Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie

Don’t like them apples? Set ’em aside and use pears instead this year with Joy the Baker’s Bourbon 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 and it’s sure to be a winner.

7. Pecan–Sweet Potato Pie

Pecan–Sweet Potato Pie recipe


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.

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8. Cranberry Pie

Cranberries don’t have to be relegated to side dish status—fresh or frozen cranberries steal the show in this sweet-tart pie from Baked by an Introvert. The bright red color and intense flavor are just begging for a billow of whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream). Get the Cranberry Pie recipe.

9. Cranberry Pear Crumble Pie

Not sure about an all-cranberry pie? Compromise with this cranberry pear pie under a brown sugar crumble topping from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Get the Cranberry Pear Crumble Pie recipe.

10. Brown Butterscotch Pie

Brown Butterscotch Pie recipe


Our Brown Butterscotch Pie recipe 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.

11. Salty Honey Pie

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. Get the Salty Honey Pie recipe.

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12. Salted Maple Pie

Sister Pie's Salted Maple Pie

E.E. Berger

Inspired by the above pie and Christina Tosi’s legendary Crack Pie, this creation is Sister Pie’s signature sweet at their Detroit bakery. It’s creamy, caramelly, and sparked with salt in a flaky butter crust. Get the Salted Maple Pie recipe.

13. Toasted Coconut Sweet Potato Pie

Sister Pie toasted coconut sweet potato pie recipe

E.E. Berger

A cousin of pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is typically packed with holiday spices (allspice, cloves, and cinnamon) and is a beautiful color when it comes out of the oven. Our Sweet Potato Pie recipe is classically delicious, but Sister Pie’s Toasted Coconut Sweet Potato Pie recipe holds back on the spices in favor of just cardamom, adds coconut milk, and gilds the lily to great effect with a generous shower of toasted coconut shavings.

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14. Buttermilk–Lemon Chess Pie

Buttermilk–Lemon Chess Pie recipe


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 and might just become a new tradition. Get our Buttermilk–Lemon Chess Pie recipe.

15. Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie

Think of this as an autumnal take on the above chess pie, and even better than the original. With nutty brown butter and sweet, deep maple syrup flavor, how could it not be? Get Broma Bakery’s Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie recipe.

16. Banana Pudding Pie

Banana Pudding Pie recipe


Here’s another pie so firmly rooted 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. (Or if you’re a fan of the tropical headiness of coconut with the delicate fruitiness of banana, try our Banoconut Cream Pie recipe.)

 17. Chocolate Mousse Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe


Everyone loves chocolate, so why not put it into a pie where it’s the clear star? This recipe has an easy press-in chocolate cookie crust, a luscious chocolate mousse filling, and airy fresh whipped cream as a topping. It’s absolutely fantastic, whatever the occasion. Get our Chocolate Mousse Pie recipe.

18. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe


For an even easier option, this humble but delicious pie showcases one of the best mashups in human history: peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a pairing that knows no season and is never unwelcome at the party. Get our Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe.

19. Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies

Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies


If you’re always tempted to take too big a slice, though, these mini pies might be just the thing. 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. Get our Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies recipe.

For more Thanksgiving tips, tricks, hacks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide and our Ultimate Guide to Friendsgiving.​

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Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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