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We’ve collected our ten best Thanksgiving pies for you to consider—from traditional pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie to a kid-friendly chocolate peanut butter cup pie and other favorites. Plus, discover a couple of Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie!
Here at the Almanac, we love to bake. Yes, there’s the turkey, but aren’t we all looking forward to the classic Thanksgiving pie? On the fruit side, we have a caramel apple pie, a maple cream pie, and a make-ahead cranberry cream pie. On the creamy side, we have a sweet potato pie, fluffy pumpkin cheesecake, and peanut butter pie.
Pumpkin pie is the most popular pie eaten at Thanksgiving in the United States. (America’s top choice is Apple for the rest of the year.) An estimated 50 million pumpkin pies are devoured in November! Were pumpkins eaten at the first Thanksgiving? Find out what the Pilgrims ate.
This pumpkin pie recipe won the blue ribbon at the Goshen (Connecticut) Fair. The filling is nice and firm, not too custardy. It’s a basic pie recipe, but the crust turns out well. After all, appearance and taste count most at the fair!
A simple Cranberry Pie brings beautiful color to the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. It’s similar to cherry pie but not too sweet, and it showcases the cranberry, an American native berry harvested in late fall.
Who doesn’t love a creamy New York-style cheesecake? The texture of this sour cream cheesecake is like velvet on the tongue. Top with red berries for color, or make a quick cranberry-raspberry topping. In a saucepan: Combine 12 ounces of cranberries, 2 cups of raspberries, 1 lemon zested, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 cup water. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice (from the lemon). Bring to a boil and then simmer 15 minutes. Let cool completely! You can prepare this cranberry topping in advance, store in fridge, and then add on the big day.
This pudding is like pumpkin pie but with a firmer, denser texture. Skip making the crust and try this twist on the classic pumpkin pie. Once it’s done cooking, all you have to do is top it with whipped cream and serve! (Kids love this recipe, too!)
A classic New England dessert, Indian Pudding is made with cornmeal, milk, and molasses. The “Indian” refers to cornmeal, which was introduced to European colonists by Native Americans and is sometimes called “Indian flour.” Despite its messy presentation, this “pudding” tastes fantastic, especially topped with ice cream or whipped cream.