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When you think of Thanksgiving desserts, the number one pick is always pie. Here are 20 Thanksgiving pies that would be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving menu, including everyone’s favorite, pumpkin!

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

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Dutch Apple Pie

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. Get our Dutch Apple Pie recipe.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie recipe


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.

Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie

Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie recipe

Joy the Baker

Set aside those apples 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 it’s sure to be a winner.

Banoconut Cream Pie

Coconut Banana Cream Pie recipe


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 recipe brings both of these flavors together so you don’t have to choose.

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. Try our traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe or live on the edge and try our outrageously rich Eggnog Pumpkin Pie recipe.

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.

Banana Pudding Pie

Banana Pudding Pie recipe


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.

Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies

Chocolate Pudding Mini Pies


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.

Classic Apple Pie

Classic Apple Pie 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 Classic Apple Pie recipe a try.

Salty Honey Pie

Salty Honey Pie

Lottie and Doof

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.

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.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie


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” recipe for a classic take, or experiment with our Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie recipe


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 Sweet Potato Pie recipe and see for yourself.

Cranberry Pie

Cranberry Pie recipe

Bon Appétit

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? Get the Cranberry Pie recipe.

Pear-Rosemary Pie with Cheddar Crust

Pear-Rosemary with Cheddar Crust recipe

The Bitten Word

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. Get the Pear-Rosemary with Cheddar Crust recipe.

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.

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie recipe

Modern Honey

Everyone loves chocolate, so why not put it into a pie? This recipe has fresh whipped cream as a topping and is absolutely luscious. Get the Chocolate Cream Pie recipe.

Apple Tarte Tatin

Apple Tarte Tatin recipe

Smitten Kitchen

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. Get the Apple Tarte Tatin recipe.

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. Get our Buttermilk–Lemon Chess Pie recipe.

For more Thanksgiving tips, 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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