12 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes To Try
If you haven’t started planning your Thanksgiving pies, now’s the time! To give you the inspiration to exceed expectations or embrace the extremes, we put together a list of 12 Thanksgiving pies to try this year.
When you’re entertaining friends and family for your Thanksgiving feast, there are certain expectations for what kind of pies should be served. Some refuse to deviate from traditional pies, and others are more open to tasty new customs. In the spirit of Thanksgiving menu rituals — with a nod to non-conformity — we put together a roster of our best Thanksgiving pie recipes along with a few charming changes to the old standbys.
Silky Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
Thanksgiving is the classic pumpkin pie’s moment to shine, but it sparkles and dazzles with this Silky Gingersnap Pie. The custardy pumpkin filling is an expression of glory for the gourd, while the crunchy gingersnap cookie crust adds a pleasant counterpoint to the silky texture without straying too far from tradition.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie
If you follow a paleo diet, no need to worry about avoiding pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving — we’ve got your back! In this Paleo Pumpkin Pie, almond flour gives the pie crust a deep, toasty flavor in addition to crunch, while the filling gets its strikingly simple sweetness from maple syrup for a flavor experience to complement fall’s final hurrah. As a bonus, it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free for those with dietary restrictions.
Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie
Don’t be fooled by the title — this Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie is an elegant adult dessert disguised in a shroud of fluff that kids will swoon over. It's made the way you might make chocolate cream pie, only instead of folding whipped cream into chocolate pudding, you fold pumpkin puree into melted marshmallows. If you’re looking for a twist on Thanksgiving tradition, this could be the exclamation mark at the end of your meal.
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Standard pecan pie is already gleefully delicious, so what could possibly elevate the perfect dessert? You guessed it: chocolate! This Chocolate Pecan Pie has all the trappings of a pecan pie — the gooey center, the toasty nuts — but it’s all loosened up with a generous addition of chocolate mixed in with the pecans. If you really want to, you can gild the lily with a scoop of ice cream. Pecan we have some more?
Vanilla Pecan Pie
If you were thinking about serving pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, let me divert your attention toward the veritable Vanilla Pecan Pie. This is a dessert romance between silky cream cheese and pecans joined in holy sweetness by vanilla and sugar. Do you take this pie to be your best Thanksgiving dessert? I do! I do!
Vegan Pecan Pie
Egg is a crucial ingredient in a pecan pie — it suspends the nuts just above the spirited sweetness of sugar for a delightful bite of crunchy-gooey goodness. It’s no different for this Vegan Pecan Pie! But instead of eggs, this pie recipe uses a flaxseed egg replacement to give the pie filling structure. This recipe would also be good for a pecan tart. However you present your pecans, we say: No egg? No problem!
Amazing Sweet Potato Pie
This Amazing Sweet Potato Pie is Southern simplicity in pie form. There’s nothing complicated about the ingredients or the production, making it a great selection for Thanksgiving dinner. But don’t be surprised when your guests ask for seconds.
Sweet Potato Cheesecake Pie
Is it cheesecake? Or is it pie? After one bite, the only question will be ‘Who cares?’ It's THAT good. All the flavors of fall are swirled together to make a creamy, dreamy dessert you’ll want to serve for Thanksgiving again and again.
Sweet Potato Pie With Bourbon Meringue
So many layers of flavors and textures! The crust is made with ginger snaps to give you that warm, gingerbread spice with a crunchy finish. The filling is a pure blend of roasted sweet potatoes and sweetened condensed milk that stands up quite nicely without egg. But the bourbon meringue topping is where this pie really sings — bourbon gives the whipped egg whites a deep fall richness that’s uncommon — it’s the fluff you want to get stuffed with!
Apple Cranberry Pie
Each bite of this Apple Cranberry Pie alternates between the sweetness of the apple and the tartness of the cranberry — it’s what transitioning from fall to winter tastes like, making it the perfect Thanksgiving pie — and it satisfies any guest's craving for an apple pie. What’s even better about it is that it’s one of the few double-crust pies you’ll eat between now and when summer fruits are harvested — but it still showcases the fruit with a lattice top. If you prefer a crumble pie, feel free to add a streusel topping for a little extra texture and sweetness.
Nantucket Cranberry Pie
The framework of this recipe is eerily similar to that of a blackberry cobbler, but the flavors are those of a traditional Thanksgiving dessert. The tartness of the cranberries is offset by the sweet batter, and while the “crust” is cakey, the walnuts give it the customary crunch you expect from a pie. It’s an unconventional pie, but you won’t regret swapping out your regular pie for this one.
Cranberry Walnut Pie
The thought of a cranberry pie may make your face pucker a little bit, but it will relax after your first bite! Here, the cranberries' tartness is tempered by corn syrup — but what makes this fruit pie unique is that it uses egg and cream in the filling to create a slightly custardy texture, even though custard pies are uncommon for Thanksgiving. This pie is best served after a day’s rest, so you can put it on your make-ahead list for Thanksgiving dinner.