20 Festive Pies for Holiday Dinners

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Thanksgiving is the best day of year for a lot of reasons, but one in particular: pies for holiday dinners. It’s also the unofficial kick-off to what I will at this time refer to as “pie season.” It’s when pumpkin spice everything gives way to all kinds of holiday goodies that just aren’t everyday desserts.

Cookies and brownies? Those are more routine treats that pop up more often at the office, with your afternoon cup of coffee. Pies though, are generally reserved for special occasions.

Luckily for pie, special occasion season is upon us. 

1. French Apple Pie

Photo: Leia Carter Bushman

Photo: Leia Carter Bushman

The filling in this French apple pie is almost like a custard, only with apples added. Think: good. Really, really good.

2.Pumpkin Praline Pie

Photo: Renee Goerger

Photo: Renee Goerger

Here’s a pumpkin praline pie that’s traditional…but with a twist.  Graham crackers and cornflake crumbs combine together to make a crunchy and delicious crust for a rich and creamy pie.

3. Swedish Cranberry Apple Pie

Photo: Christie Palmatier Daruwalla

Photo: Christie Palmatier Daruwalla

Sweet apple and tart cranberry pie, topped with a crunchy walnut crust. No, happy Thanksgiving to you. 

4. Coconut Sweet Potato Pie

Photo: Cassie Johnston

Photo: Cassie Johnston

If you’re not a pumpkin enthusiast, this healthier sweet potato pie is a perfect Thanksgiving alternative to pumpkin pie.

5. Bourbon Apple Streusel Pie

Photo: Emily Loving

Photo: Emily Loving

This bourbon apple streusel pie elevates the entire category of pie to the next level. Bourbon, streusel…be still my heart.

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Gingersnap Crust

Photo: Kate Mathis

Photo: Kate Mathis

I love everything about this pumpkin cheesecake pie with gingersnap crust and I have it on good authority that your guests will too.

7. Caramel Apple & Pumpkin Pie

Photo: Zoë François

Photo: Zoë François

Caramel apple pumpkin pie is pretty much everything that’s good in the world.

8. Oatmeal Pie

Photo: Amy Johnson

Photo: Amy Johnson

I’m not a big fan of oatmeal, but as it turns out, you don’t need to be a fan of oatmeal to be a fan of oatmeal pie.

9. Pumpkin Cream Pie

Photo: Sommer Collier

Photo: Sommer Collier

This pumpkin cream pie with candied walnuts sounds like the kind of pie you’ll want to eat over the sink with a spoon. Or maybe that’s just me.

10. Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie (No Bake)

Photo: Lindsay Landis

Photo: Lindsay Landis

Say it five times fast: honey-roasted peanut butter banana cream pie.

11. Homemade Apple Pie with Chai Spices

Photo: Sally McKenney

Photo: Sally McKenney

If everyone had a slice of homemade apple pie with chai spices, the world would be a better place.

12. Chocolate Pie

Photo: Ree Drummond

Photo: Ree Drummond

Silky chocolate pie is going to be on my Christmas list this year.

13. Banoffee Pie

Photo: Amanda Rettke

Photo: Amanda Rettke

This banoffee pie? Needs no explanation.

14. Cranberry Custard Pie

Photo: Karen Gifford

Photo: Karen Gifford

This elegant cranberry custard pie is the perfect dessert for any holiday meal or festive dinner party.

15. Streusel Pumpkin Pie

Photo: Jaclyn Bell

Photo: Jaclyn Bell

What could be better than pumpkin pie? Streusel pumpkin pie.

16. Buttermilk Pie

Photo: Robyn Stone

Photo: Robyn Stone

Light and tangy, this buttermilk pie is the perfect complement to your more elaborate, rich holiday desserts.

17. Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie

Photo: Michelle Lettrich

Photo: Michelle Lettrich

Cranberry, ginger and pear are the perfect winter flavors. Now, cranberry-ginger pear pie is the perfect pie.

18. Almond Custard Pie with Plums

Photo: Regina Braun

Photo: Regina Braun

This almond custard pie with plums is almost too pretty to eat. That’s right, almost.

19. Frozen Nutella Chocolate Mousse Pie

Photo: Chelsea Lords

Photo: Chelsea Lords

Say it with me: frozen nutella chocolate mousse pie. Be still, my heart.

20. Classic Pumpkin Pie

Photo: Elise Bauer

Photo: Elise Bauer

Traditional pumpkin pie has a place at the table too. Oh, does it ever.

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