Our Favorite Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts

No matter which types you prefer, almost everyone can agree that Thanksgiving means pie! From traditional to modern, from fruit to tubers to squash fillings, there are so many choices. But with so many mouths to feed, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make more than one and allow a little indulgence to try them all. Here are our favorites to try this holiday season.

Cranberry Cheesecake Tart

With its deep garnet-red cranberry curd topping and silky cheesecake filling, this Cranberry Cheesecake Tart from Tish at Pastry at Home is an ideal dessert for the holidays. The combination of the sweet cheese and tart cranberry curd strikes the perfect balance, while piped dollops of sweetened whipped cream topped with sugared cranberries add a festive touch.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

There’s no other way to put it: the Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie from Josh at Two Peas & Their Pod is epic. The secret ingredient is Josh’s homemade salted caramel sauce, which can be made days ahead of the pie and will transform your mundane pumpkin pie into something truly spectacular.

Best Apple Pie

This apple pie from Sonja & Alex of A Couple Cooks is a thing of beauty and deliciousness. The filling is tender and gooey, with some added zing from fresh ginger, while the crust is extra flaky with a crisp bottom. A maple glaze, painted on before baking, gives the top crust a beautiful shine and a hint of maple flavor.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

This Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie from Paula of Vintage Kitchen Notes has our vote for the most enticing twist on a Thanksgiving classic. Aside from lots of chocolate chunks, the filling features bourbon and maple syrup, additions that offer a layered sweetness that balances the bittersweet chocolate notes.

Lemon Meringue Pie

This mile-high lemon meringue pie from Tatyana of Tatyana’s Everyday Food is seriously over-the-top, which is in keeping with the spirit of abundance that prevails during the Thanksgiving meal. The filling is a zesty lemon curd encased in an all-butter tart shell, and the crowning glory is a ridiculous amount of fluffy meringue, which is dramatically torched at the final moment.

Coconut Cream Pie

When AnnMarie from Pastry at Home wants to make something for her family, coconut is the way to go. Coconut Cream Pie is a classic execution, but classics are always the best for holidays, aren’t they? A sweet coconut pudding is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream and a little crunch from toasted coconut.

Minnie’s Chocolate Pie

If you’re a fan of The Help, you know this pie is practically a character itself. Thanks to blogger Amanda Jane Brown, you can make your own version (without that terrible, awful ingredient, of course). Dense, rich and chocolatey, it’s easily made with a few ingredients, and you’ll be channeling your inner Minnie in no time.

Maple Sugar Cream Pie

Mix the texture of creme brulee with the rich, deliciousness of maple for this incredibly tasty pie from Hayley Parker of The Domestic Rebel blog. This is a twist on a traditional sugar cream pie, making it more appropriate for the colder months and of course, the holidays. A rich custard bite with a crunchy traditional crust? A perfect match!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut butter is quintessentially American, so even though it’s not a traditional flavor for Thanksgiving, it may as well be. Amy from Little Spoon Farm uses a few easy ingredients and whips this up in a jiffy… get it? The mousse-like texture comes with no eggs, no thickeners, no stove. Add a little crunch from chopped peanuts and you’re ready to go in no time.

Cheryl Day’s Sweet Potato Pie

This recipe, a Southern classic, comes straight out of the glorious new book, Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking. Made with golden baked sweet potatoes and a panoply of spices, this creamy custard pie is a Southern classic that is always expected on the Thanksgiving dessert table. Trust us, Cheryl knows her pies!

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