The best is saved for last. I'd say it's true, even for the Thanksgiving meal.
The big feast is just days away, so it's time to get your menu locked and loaded. When it comes to dessert (especially for turkey day), we're pretty passionate about pie around here... So if you're looking for the perfect pie for your table, we got you covered. Of the hundreds of pies we have on site, we've collected the crème de la crust, so that you spend less time digging through questionable recipes and more time taking care of business in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for an classic, tried and true recipe or some brand new flavor for a change of pace, you'll find a fit for your Thanksgiving table in our top 10 list of pies.
These pies have been around a while, meaning they've been tested by many Thanksgiving hosts over the years. The five recipes below are some of the most highly-rated we have to offer.
This recipe calls for refridgerated pie dough, which means you can skip a step with making your crust--but feel free to use your own homemade dough if you prefer. Oatmeal adds a wholesome heartiness to the filling, but other than that, this is just like your traditional Thanksgiving pecan pie. Simply unroll the crust, combine the ingredients, fill, and bake. It couldn't be easier or more delicious.
Reviewers say: "Ditto to what all the reviewers have written. This is an awesome pie and the oats add a great texture. You won't regret trying this recipe. I didn't change a thing." -golddome
Put a twist on the typical apple pie and go for this Apple-Buttermilk Custard Pie. The result is a richer, creamier pie with a crispy streusel on top. Layers of delightful complimentary textures make this pie stand out as a sure winner. Use fresh Granny Smith apples for irresistable sweet-tart apple flavor.
Reviers say: "My husband LOVES apple pie, but he is picky. I have tried many recipes over the past 3 years, none that he liked enough for me to remake, until I made this one last night. I followed it exactly as written. It came out perfect! He ate HALF the pie in one sitting! My kids devoured the other half, I was told to make another! There will be no other apple pie I will make from here on out except for this one. If I could give it 10 stars I would!" -TinaMac808
Foolproof recipes do exist, and this is definitely one of them. Our reviewers have used apples other than the Granny Smiths called for, and reported slightly sweeter, but equally delicious results. Toss apples in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and spoon into a pie crust; top with your second crust and you're all set for a seriously satisfying, can't-go-wrong double-crust apple pie.
Reviewers say: "I love this recipe. Mine also came out just like the photo. Shared with neighbors and the LOVED it!! Wish I could upload a picture. I mean this makes ME look good!!!!" -Pkubala60
Here's a pie that's just as tasty frozen as it is at lightly chilled, which is a good thing, because this recipe will make 2 pies (stash one for later, you won't be sorry). This Peanut Putter Pie offers a rich, but pillowy texture and is served with chocolate sundae syrup. The secret to the lucious center described as "cheesecakey" and "ice creamy"? Whipped topping. Yep, and it's one of the most inspired uses for the stuff that we can think of. Leave out the powdered sugar if you want your pie to be a smidge less sweet or if you plan to keep it in the fridge rather than freezing it.
Reviewers say: "My family is a pie family. It trumps all other desserts at our family gatherings. My mom is the queen, whipping out pecan, blueberry, rasberry cream, apple, you know the works. But I was a serious contender with this pie. I froze it because that gave it a better texture. The pie is delicious and many came back for seconds. My little brother confided in me that it was his favorite pie ever." -SuchAGoodCook
Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Whether you look forward to it or are kind of over it, pumpkin pie really is a Thanksgiving must-have. If you can't bring yourself to branch out too too far from the classic, make this pumpkin pie. A toasty walnut streusel topping adds a great crunch and flavor bump that will make your pumpkin pie stand out, but still offers everything you want from the standard Thanksgiving dessert.
Reviewers say: "I'm in love! I made this pie with hesitation; my first pumpkin pie using a family recipe was loose and never set. I made this one and it was perfect, not to mention EASY. I made this in individual-servings for a work birthday party, sent more to my husband's office, and am making it again for Thanksgiving. The streusel gives it a nice bite. I topped it with Maple Whipped Cream-- delicious!" -ak2005
The New and Improved:
These are brand new pie recipes that our staff is going gaga over this year, and we're certain your guests will love 'em too. Change things up this year and break away from the plain and mundane. Pump up the wow factor with dessert, because that's mostly what people remember anyway.
Hector Manuel Sanchez
This pie certainly doesn't leave anything out, with gooey apple filling, crunchy oat topping, hommade crust, and a unique/really addictive salted caramel sauce. White miso adds a delicate saltiness to the caramel drizzled over this pie, setting it apart from your standard apple pie, and even your standard caramel apple pie. Surpirse your guests with a dynamic spin on a traditional favorite.
Photo: Daniel Agee; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Slab pies are perfect for large gatherings because they are as large as a 15 x 10-inch baking sheet. And going bigger legitimately only means going better with this decadent White Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Slab Pie. Leave plain pecan pie behind for a bourbon-pecan filling studded with white chocolate chips and topped with caramel sauce. I can promise you, you're guests are not going to stop talking about this show-stopper.
Photo: Daniel Agee; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
If you prefer something fruity over the richer filling of a nut pie to finish off your feast, try this new Cranberry-Apple Slab Pie. Fresh apples and cranberries combined with sugar, and just a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, provide this pie with the perfect balance of sweet, tart, fruity, and spice. Oh, and it brings some stunning festive color to the table as well. Give it a lattice top for a impressively gorgeous dessert.
Photo: Lara Ferroni
If you have vegan guests or just a few who'd appreciate a lighter option on the dessert table, this is the pie for you. It's incredibly chocolately, silky, and full of goodness from dates, almonds, walnuts, and tofu. Everyone can induge in a Thanksgiving treat with this recipe.
10. Chai Carrot Pie
Hector Manuel Sanchez
This pie is best described as a delicious hybrid of pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and a chai latte; it even has the cream cheese in a layer tucked under the carrot. A combination of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg give this pie its chai personality. It's a great option for anyone who's bored with the usual pumpkin pie, but still wants all of the autumnal feels that it brings to the table.