Best Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Our Favorite Seasonal Pies and Puddings

November 19, 2020
Apple Crumb Pie for Thanksgiving
Becky Luigart-Stayner

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, a traditional pie is a sure bet for us. But which pie to pick? Here are some of our favorite pie recipes made with seasonal ingredients—pumpkin, apple, pecans, sweet potato, cranberry, and more. Plus, we’ve included two delicious Thanksgiving puddings and a seasonal pound cake!

Favorite Thanksgiving Pies

Sour Cream Apple Pie

One of the editors’ grandmothers made this pie every Thanksgiving and it was always a hit. Add a scoop of ice cream for pie à la mode!

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Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Apple Crumb Pie With Caramel Sauce

For those who love a crumb topping, we offer an apple pie that looks as good as it tastes with a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and apples. These ingredients are impeccably combined to create the perfect flavor and aroma for autumn.

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Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Cranberry Dream Pie

This icy-cold Cranberry Dream Pie is sure to be a favorite at any table. Made ahead of time and waiting in the freezer, it’s like having an ace up your sleeve (and is one less thing to think about on the big day itself).

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Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Bacon Maple Cream Pie

Bacon and maple in a pie? It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Irish Potato Custard Pie

Here’s an interesting one. If you decide that a few helpings of mashed potatoes just aren’t enough potatoes for you on Thanksgiving, try this potato pie for dessert! (Don’t worry—it’s sweet, not savory!)

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Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Grandma’s Pecan Pie

This delicious pecan pie is sweetened naturally with maple syrup. Gran’s pie recipes are the best!

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Photo by MSPhotographic

Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie

We can’t leave off the classic pumpkin pie. This recipe won a blue ribbon at the Goshen (Connecticut) Fair. The pumpkin pie is nice and firm, not too custardy. It’s a basic pie recipe, but the crust turns out very well. After all, appearance and taste count most at the fair!

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Photo by Brent Hofaker

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Already had your fill of traditional pumpkin pie back in October? Try this cheesecake version for a slight twist on the classic. Plus, it can be made ahead well in advance.

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Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes for dessert? Yes, please! This simple-to-make sweet potato pie recipe will perfectly complement holiday dinner.  

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Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Mini Cranberry-Apple Pies

These cranberry-apple pies are sweet, yet tart. What a great combination in one pie! Single-serving pies also work really well at a holiday gathering or dinner party.

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Warm Brownie Pie

Per special request, here’s a pie for all those chocolate lovers out there. If you like your brownies gooey in the middle, this pie ought to be on your holiday menu!

Warm Brownie Pie. Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner.
Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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. All you have to do once it’s done cooking is top it with whipped cream and serve! (Kids love this recipe, too!)

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Photo by Istetiana

Indian Pudding

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 sometimes called “indian flour.” Despite its messy presentation, this “pudding” tastes amazing, especially topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Have you decided on the Thanksgiving dinner menu? Check out ALL our Thanksgiving recipes.

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