Let's be real: Pie is definitely, objectively, without question, the greatest dessert on any dessert table. There's the flaky, rich crust; the thick, flavorful filling; and the triumphant topping, whether it be a shiny double crust, intricate lattice top, butter-smooth meringue, or crispy crumble.
Pie's also good all year round, able to harness summer's juiciest peaches, autumn's crispest apples, and all of the nuts and custards in between. You can let it set in the fridge for a cooling treat, or eat a slice basically straight out of the oven, still warm enough to melt a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Pie merits a course of its own during Thanksgiving dinner and other holiday feasts. It's the centerpiece at 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations alike. You can eat it savory or sweet. You can make it dead simple or extra fancy. Pie is the most versatile sweet out there. Pie is life!
To celebrate the wonder that is pie, we're giving you our 79—yes, 79!—best pie recipes for every filling, season, and mood. Happy baking (and even happier eating).
If you're looking for an all-star apple pie, then look no further than this "truly scrumptious" version that delivers on its name. Every bite is layered with the textures and flavors of three different types of apples, plus a generously flaky crust that's worth making from scratch.
This pie's three-ingredient pie filling—just quality apple butter, eggs, and brown sugar—is a godsend for anyone who doesn't want to spend the whole afternoon peeling, coring, and chopping up fresh apples.
This contest finalist for "Your Best Autumn Pie" treats orchard-fresh apples just as they should be: like the star of the show, coated only in toasty brown butter and a sprinkling of sugar. And don't expect a cheesy crust—the grated sharp cheddar adds a muted burst of flavor that complements the pie's sweetness, but doesn't overpower.
Apple pie meets cheesecake and crème brûlée in this smooth and creamy concoction from Peruvian-born, Amsterdam-based food blogger Cravings in Amsterdam.
A thin layer of almond paste between this pie's crust and filling serves two very important purposes: It not only brings an extra layer of nutty, sugary flavor, but also keeps the bottom crust from getting overly soggy.
According to certified Pie Pro® Erin McDowell (this won't be the last pie of hers you'll see on this list), this cider caramel number has everything you could want: "a bright, intensely apple flavor; a hint of sweetness that has that characteristic caramel flavor; a little bit of salt to tie it all together; and (of course) a tender, flaky crust encasing the whole thing."
To bring those quintessential cozy fall flavors up a few notches, add toasted hazelnuts and a granola-ish crust into the mix for your next apple pie.
If you thought deep dish was just for pizza, this mound-like apple pie will make you think again. Loaded with autumn-spiced apples and topped with a crumbly oat topping, this one's sure to stand out on any Thanksgiving table.
Okay—you probably won't believe us, but this recipe tastes just like apple pie, and it's made entirely with zucchini. We were skeptical, too, but the soft-yet-crisp textures, flaky crust, and cozy spices fooled us bite after bite.
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This apple pie has everything you love about the classic (gently spiced filling, buttery crust, you get the picture) with a few new-fashioned tricks (like using the macerated apple's juices to create a silky caramel for the filling) that make it feel extra special.
We're thankful recipe developer Posie (Harwood) Brien stumbled across the recipe for this perfect summer pie on the back of a Land O' Lakes box. In it, you cook down half of the strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest and leave the other half untouched—that way, you get just the right balance of jammy and crisp, sweet-tart berries.
This blueberry pie from Rose Levy Beranbaum is probably a little bit lighter and brighter than the one you're used to, thanks to an uber-flaky single crust and a simple filling that lets the flavor of summer blueberries shine.
"I may have baked this pie specifically so that I could eat pie for breakfast," says this recipe's author, fiveandspice. And honestly, we might have to as well, because making pie for breakfast means you have your priorities straight.
Aside from citrus, colorful fruits can be few and far between during the winter months—except for cranberries. So community member ElsenEM decided to pair them up with a classic cold-weather herb (sage) to make this holiday-ready pie.
Take traditional blueberry pie over the top by bringing tangy crème fraîche and lemon zest into the fold, along with a crunchy poppy seed streusel sprinkled above and below the filling.
We get it: "Swamp Pie" may not exactly sound appealing, but we guarantee that if you try this custardy, bubbling raspberry pie, you'll find that it's pretty much the definition of "ugly delicious."
Don't let this three-berry (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) pie's rosy good looks fool you into thinking it's devoid of substance (aka lots and lots of flavor) on the inside.
This lemon meringue pie is a classic through and through, with a zesty, velvety lemon filling; buttery crust; and a luxuriously light and fluffy Swiss meringue dolloped over top.
Picture this: an icebox cake with all the flavors and spirit of a summery key lime pie. Oh, and also picture that it takes only 10 minutes to prepare (plus the time it takes to refrigerate). Yep, we're sold.
You won't find a checkerboard on this lemony chess pie (chess pies are traditionally a Southern pantry pie with flour, butter, sugar, and eggs), but you will find a tangy-meets-rich custard and an all-butter crust.
This Genius-approved sweet-salty lemon pie just might be our most popular of all time, with just three simple steps and 218 overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Clocking in at just six ingredients, this key lime meringue pie might be basic, but it is also perfect in every way, just as it is.
If you want to be a pie overachiever, then definitely make this Erin McDowell (remember her from up above?) lemon mascarpone pie with the prettiest little meringue flowers. Fun surprise: These require just a little bit of technique.
If those swirly Swiss meringue peaks weren't enough to convince you to make this recipe, this pie's perfectly sweet-tart lemon custard should do the trick.
A buttery cornmeal and brown sugar crumb topping adds sweetness and texture to this simple fruit pie, which stars peaches and apricots. “Sure, I like a fresh apricot every now and then,” recipe author Yossy Arefi says, “but I think they really shine after being cooked.”
Seasoned pastry veteran janeofmanytrade loves biting into a ripe pear and letting the juices drip down her chin. But she also loves baking pears into pies, especially when "pear-ed" with spices that can keep up. “But rather than reach for the usual suspects, like cinnamon and nutmeg or perhaps ginger,” she recommends, “grab some garam masala.”
How our test kitchen nailed the classic banana cream pie: Salty, buttery Nilla wafer crust. Custardy vanilla pastry cream. All the whipped cream (spiked with sour cream for tang).
Courtesy of Gail Simmons, this creamy banoffee (banana and toffee) pie is simple but elegant—and no-bake, to boot. The only part you should plan ahead for is the homemade toffee, which you make by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk in water for 3 hours. The rest is history.
“Fruit butter pies were something I started making like crazy when I lived in New York’s Hudson Valley,” pie master Erin McDowell writes. This one bakes into a gorgeous slab dotted with tiny pie-crust “blooms” that add irresistible crunch without the need to roll out another layer of dough.
Also known as Ohio lemon pie, this Shaker pie has a high crust-to-filling ratio and makes use of sour-sweet kumquats and lime to achieve a balanced citrus flavor. “What you get is something in the same family as a lemon meringue or key lime pie,” Food52 user fiveandspice explains, “but with the dimmer switch thrown all the way up so that the gorgeous super-saturated sweet-tart citrus nature radiates brightly forth. Delicious, with a nice balance of sugar and acidity.”
“This pie is a family favorite, not just in my home, but throughout the extended branches of the family tree,” recipe author Rhonda35 writes. The latest version here, an iteration of her mother’s peach pie (which was itself an iteration of her mother’s peach pie), has a nutty spiced crumb topping instead of classic pastry, but it’s a family-favorite all the same.
Here’s an easy way to elevate any fruit pie: Process sugar with fresh mint, then mix that with the fruit. This recipe opts for peaches and cherries, but don’t let that stop you from doing this with apples, pears, plums, and more.
Coffee-infused cream, a chocolate cookie and coffee crust, and luscious chocolate custard come together in this silky pie. Better yet, this recipe scrappily makes use of an ingredient we often overlook, and even throw away—coffee grounds! It's a total win.
What happens when you take classic chess pie and add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder? This perfectly gooey, chocolatey wonder.
A take on the Nabisco cookie (which is only "in season" from September to March), Erin McDowell has created a version you can make all year round. It has everything we love about the cookie, but in pie form: "a shortbread crust, silky-smooth marshmallow, and a deep, dark chocolate glaze."
Oatmeal–chocolate chip cookie lovers, rejoice. "In olden days, this pie (minus the chocolate) was dubbed 'poor man’s pecan pie' because oats are far less expensive than pecans," recipe author ElsenEM writes. "We up the ante by adding a decadent layer of dark chocolate ganache on the bottom."
This chocolate pie from vegan expert Gena Hamshaw has a secret ingredient: silken tofu! It adds that thick, creamy texture of a classic pudding pie without the need for eggs.
If you love cookies and cream, you love cookies and cream. This pie has four exclamation points in its title for good reason. As Sarah Jampel sees it, "there is no dessert that generates as much floor-stomping, hands-waving excitement as Oreo Pie."
"A phyllo dough crust is the perfect substitute for the crisp, thin wafer of this classic candy," writes Erin McDowell. Ferrero Rocher fans can delight in the luscious gianduja-hazelnut filling in this pie that's finished with a milk chocolate glaze and, for good measure, toasted hazelnuts.
Mint and chocolate is a timeless combination, and you can serve it up all sorts of ways—be it in brownies, cookies, and (of course) ice cream. This grasshopper pie almost has the best of all words, with its fluffy mint filling, minty cookie crust, and cocoa-peppermint whipped cream.
Here's Lizthechef's family story behind this heirloom recipe: "As a young bride from New York City transplanted to Lebanon, PA, my mother was slow to embrace Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Nonetheless, over the years she developed this delicious recipe that still gets a laugh when I refer to it by name. A classic Pennsylvania Dutch favorite, it schmeckt gut (tastes good)!"
"We created our own version of a classic chess filling with robust grade B maple syrup from Imlay City, Michigan, and highlighted with local heavy cream, eggs, stone-ground yellow cornmeal, and light brown sugar," writes Detroit-based bakery, Sister Pie. "On Saturdays at the shop, we’ll buy applewood-smoked bacon from the market to crisp up in the oven right before opening. It’s a match made in pancake breakfast heaven."
"This is a recipe that originally came from Naselle, Washington, where my stepdad lived in the '70s," says recipe author Hannah Petertil. "When he and my mom got together, he talked about few foods more often than this pie, sold at a small family-run café. Turns out the world is small and Washington state is smaller and, 10 years into their marriage, my mom ended up working with the niece of the original pie shop owner. My family put their own twist on this pie (the biggest being the removal of the meringue topping) and a new tradition was born."
A couple teaspoons of gloriously green matcha powder add depth to this otherwise classic sweet custard pie. Don't forget to par-bake the crust beforehand for even cooking throughout.
From Erin McDowell herself: "Brûléed vanilla custard = wonderful. Rich vanilla custard inside a buttery pie crust = amazing. Brûléed vanilla custard pie = supercrazywonderfulamazing." Need we say more?
If eggnog and pie were to have a baby, this is probably what it would look like. A little gelatin and five egg yolks help set this beautifully simple, rum-flavored custard.
In the 1970s, brandy Alexander pie was one of The Times' most-requested dessert recipes, according to Amanda Hesser. "The chiffon filling will be fluffier if you let the egg whites come to room temperature before whipping," Hesser advises. "Be careful not to chill the base too much or the filling will be lumpy."
Pumpkin pie is a Thanksgiving tradition, but this recipe by Meta Given is anything but traditional—in a good way! Notably, you caramelize the pumpkin purée for intensely pumpkiny flavor, without relying on warming spices to perk it up. That alone would be enough, but there's more: You don't have to blind-bake the crust, nor do you need evaporated milk in the filling (just real cream and milk). Everything bakes at an extremely high temp in just 25 minutes. This will be your new go-to pumpkin pie recipe, guaranteed.
A creamy pumpkin pie with plenty of candied ginger flecked throughout, and a hint of Cognac in the mix to give the filling a kick? We'll take it—thank you, James Beard.
Tahini, or sesame paste, is one of our go-to moves when we need to add a little creaminess, nuttiness, richness, or je ne sais quoi–ness to just about anything—and pumpkin pie is no exception. Here, recipe author Grant Melton pairs tahini with pumpkin purée and some spices for a savory-sweet kind of filling. All this goes on top of a flaky, deeply chocolatey crust for even more flair.
If you're looking for something a little fluffier and more mousse-like than classic pumpkin pie, look no further. Food52 Food Editor Emma Laperruque layers cloudlike pumpkin pastry cream with sweetened, sour cream–tinged whipped cream over a crunchy gingersnap crust, to excellent effect. We'll take another slice, please.
Really and truly, the only way to make pumpkin pie even better is to add a sticky, caramelly pecan pie on top, and that's what Yankee Magazine gives us with this recipe. You're welcome.
Part shortbread, part pumpkin pie, part pecan-laden crumble, this dessert does it all. As one reviewer notes, this is a pie "for people who like a traditional pumpkin pie with a little twist." We can think of one someone like that (raises hand).
Kind of like a pumpkin pie, but not quite, this one's starchier and more savory and utterly delicious. Pie guru Erin McDowell does it again with this simple recipe, which has a tangy buttermilk-custard filling and makes great use of an all-butter crust.
Pecan pie's a favorite in our book, but oftentimes it can be a bit stodgy and cloying. A few smart pinches of salt and deep, slightly bitter, earthy cocoa powder offset the sugar here, making for a complex and ridiculously flavorful riff on the original.
A sweet, custardy filling and tender milk-based dough perfectly tie together the unconventional pairing of blackberries and pistachios in this pie—and we're very glad for it. All hail recipe author (and avid baker) MarieGlobetrotter.
Our co-founder Merrill Stubbs (who got this recipe from cookbook author Melissa Clark) finds the resulting pie spicy, maple-y, and just a little bit wild. The best part, though? It's fuss-free, with an easy-to-handle dough.
This no-bake peanut butter pie made recipe author Carlos Olaechea stop hating peanut butter—it's that good! It's got a buttery graham cracker crust and a crunchy praline topping, in case you needed any more convincing.
Blogger Danielle Oron may not eat oysters, but she certainly loves tahini—and we're with her. Here, she whips up an airy, nutty mousse on top of a chocolate wafer crust and garnishes the whole thing with halva (flaky sesame candy), black sesame seeds, sea salt, and caramelly date syrup. Swoon.
Another pecan pie, this time from New York Times Cookbook mastermind Craig Claiborne (well, Craig's mother, to be exact). Aside from being "sweet but not too sweet" and also "less jiggly" than most, it's got a seal of approval from our community, too.
All the flavors from our childhood-favorite sandwich, only in a pie—even better! Thanks, Erin McDowell; we really owe you one for carrying this list. Mousse-like peanut butter custard is layered over a sweet-salty graham crust (made with graham flour and not crackers, so it's less crumbly and has more stability). Then, the whole thing gets glazed with a jelly of your choosing. (We'll go for strawberry.)
This. Pie. It's good for many, many reasons, like the fact that it has only five ingredients, one of them is buttery Ritz crackers, and its filling is basically a cross between a gooey blondie and a thick chunk of peanut butter fudge. But we like it most of all because of the crunchy, flaky salt that's tossed with near-reckless abandon all over the top, mimicking crunchy peanut butter eaten straight from a jar.
We know, it's not technically a nut—but it's close enough! And this pie by Food Editor Emma Laperruque is the very coconuttiest one we know. Here, coconut's featured four ways: in the shortbread crust, in the coconut pastry cream filling, in the coconut whipped cream topping, and in the crisped-up coconut flakes showered over it all.
Here's a more traditional take on coconut cream pie, in case the last one was a little nutty (sorry, not sorry). The Food52 editors loved this one because it's "rich but not heavy, sweet but not cloying" and because it ostensibly "has it all—from a layer of almost caramelized coconut pudding to the light whipped cream, the toasted flakes of coconut on top, and the pecan-cookie crust that holds it all together."
There's a story behind every recipe, but the one surrounding this butterscotch-pecan pie is especially remarkable.
Consider this slab pie a template for your favorite fruit, or whatever's in season.
A weekend project sort of pie, but one that rewards you with a flaky crust, chocolatey filling, and so much homemade marshmallow fluff.
Adding rye flour to pie dough turns it into something infinitely more nutty, complex, and grainy. We love how this plays off sweet, juicy fruit, like blueberries.
Why have a personal-sized Pop-Tart when you could have a sheet pan–sized one? This cheeky recipe has a gooey strawberry filling, milky glaze, and rainbow sprinkles for good measure.
Bonus category—savory pies! They're good and we like them. Mollie Katzen's mushroomy pie with a greener-than-green crust is no exception. This totally meatless main "will feel substantial enough to make the vegetarians feel special, but you might need to make extra for the omnivores." Into that, for sure.
Tomato pie can mean a lot of things—a type of pizza, a mayonnaise-laden mixture from the South, and this jammy, cheesy, out-of-this-world dish. A mustardy crust and a good bit of herb action in the filling take this one to a whole new level.
Sausage, apples, and rosemary are an age-old cold-weather combination. Put them between layers of flaky, savory crust (which sops up all the delicious apple juices, don't you know), and you pretty much have it made.
All the flavors of Thanksgiving, baked very efficiently into an unbelievably delicious vegetarian pie. You can make most of the components ahead of time, too, so all you have to do on
Turkey Root Vegetable Pie Day is assemble and bake.
Recipe author Phyllis Grant warns that this tomatoey lamb pie is rich: "You don't drain the fat from the lamb (but you can if you want). You line the interior with cheddar cheese. You use a butter crust. So make sure you cut the fat by serving the pie with something refreshing." Yogurt or pomegranate arils are Phyllis' suggestions.
See! Told you tomato pie can mean a few different things. This one's the mayonnaise-based, chock-full-of-tomato-and-bacon kind that we mentioned above, from Food52er Oui, Chef's mom. One reviewer mentioned that this pie is "not for the faint-of-tomato heart"—which means it's just right for us.
This deep-dish looker is packed to the brim with richly spiced, coconutty vegetables. A sturdy hot water crust helps seal everything into a pretty package. And once you cut in, the colorful layered result is extra-pleasing.
Our test kitchen’s go-to chicken pot pie recipe has a buttery crust and savory, creamy filling, with rotisserie chicken (juicy meat! varnished skin! convenience!) plus lots of vegetables, like carrots, onions, and peas.
This quiche has an ultra-flaky crust (thanks to both butter and cream cheese) and foolproof silky custard (thanks to a low oven temperature and smidgen of flour mixed in with the eggs). Best part? You can customize the mix-ins however you'd like.
An adaptation of the traditional Italian-Peruvian Swiss chard pie called pastel de acelga (you might hear it referred to as torta pascualina in countries like Argentina and Uruguay), this is one savory pie you'll want seconds (and thirds) of.
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