The 15 Best Pies for Thanksgiving Dinner

The 15 Best Pies for Thanksgiving Dinner
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The 15 Best Pies for Thanksgiving Dinner

What would Thanksgiving be without pie? Let these tasty recipes inspire your dessert spread this Thanksgiving.

Secret Ingredient Sweet Potato Pie

What makes this sweet potato pie richer and more flavorful than the rest is a "secret" ingredient...a can of tomato soup. You won't believe the difference this one ingredient makes.

Get the Recipe: Secret Ingredient Sweet Potato Pie

Tina's Pecan Pumpkin Pie

The Kitchy Kitchen blogger Claire Thomas says that this pie is the centerpiece of all her Thanksgiving celebrations. The pie is spicy and rich, but not heavy, and has a brown sugar butter pecan crust. It's perfect. The pumpkin filling is light, not overly dense and thick, and the flavor is spicy in that lovely spice box way.

Get the Recipe: Tina's Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie

To create a crisp crust on the bottom, partially bake the pie shell before adding the filling. If the edge starts to darken too much, cover it with a pie shield or strips of foil.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie With Rum

Dark molasses and dark rum put this pumpkin pie a cut above all the rest. If you don't have a 9-inch, deep-dish pie pan, use a standard 9-inch pie pan and bake the extra filling in a custard cup.

Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Pie With Rum

Frozen Maple-Mousse Pie with Candied Cranberries

Try this frozen pie topped with slow-simmered cranberries for a decadent and unexpected treat for Thanksgiving!

Get the Recipe: Frozen Maple-Mousse Pie with Candied Cranberries

Sweet-Potato Meringue Pie

This dish looks like a pumpkin pie, but the filling is actually made with sweet potato.

Get the recipe: Sweet-Potato Meringue Pie

Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie With Salted Peanut Crust

Rich, sweet, smooth milk chocolate pudding in a crunchy crust with a touch of salt, topped with slightly tangy whipped cream and salted peanuts.

Get the recipe: Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie with Salted Peanut Crust

Cosmos Apple Pie

We like to use Granny Smiths here, since they hold their shape and are tart enough to complement the sweetness and spices. A little dusting of cinnamon sugar makes the pie look and taste great.

Get the Recipe: Cosmos Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

We mix a variety of three apples--Granny Smiths, Pink Ladies, and Honey Crisps--and drizzle them with caramel sauce, then sprinkle on a bit of fleur de sel, a combination that satisfies those salty-sweet cravings.

Get the Recipe: Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Deep-Dish Apple Pie

We use whole-wheat pastry flour to add fiber and lower the saturated fat by replacing some of the butter with canola oil. The brown sugar-sweetened filling in this pie is made with two kinds of apples for the perfect balance.

Get the Recipe: Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie

Add a little crunch to a traditional apple pie recipe by topping it with oatmeal flakes.

Get the Recipe: Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

To get a sweet potato pie that isn’t overly sweet, we use two kinds of sweet potatoes: Japanese sweet potatoes, which are a little drier in texture and mildly sweet, and deep-orange garnet potatoes, which are moist and quite sweet.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

Maple Pecan Pie

This is the kind of pecan pie that has pecans resting in a sweet suspension, somewhere between gel and custard. We’re not going to make any apologies for the tofu in it... it works!

Get the Recipe: Maple Pecan Pie

Free-Form Apple Tart

The dense, tart apples are harvested late in the season, making them a good Thanksgiving choice. Granny Smiths are an easier-to-find alternative.

Get the recipe: Free-Form Apple Tart

Pear, Apple And Cranberry Tarte Tatin

This delightful tart showcases the best fruits of the season: pears, apples and cranberries. It comes out looking beautiful and will definitely add a vibrant touch to the Thanksgiving dessert spread.

Get the Recipe: Pear, Apple and Cranberry Tarte Tatin


Pie is pretty much the turkey of the dessert table during Thanksgiving dinner.

Pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, can you choose? Thanksgiving dessert is equally as delicious as dinner, so we've rounded up some of the tastiest pie recipes.

Check out the slideshow above for some of our favorite pie recommendations for Thanksgiving.

For even more pie, check out The Perfect Pie for Every Meal and Pie: A Slice of Perfection.

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