Favorite Holiday Pie Recipes
Sweeten your holidays with our pie recipes for an array of seasonal flavors: chocolate, pecan, apple, pumpkin, eggnog, cranberry and more.
Chocolate Cream Pie
The filling of this chocolate-crust pie is luscious, but not too rich. (Think old-fashioned chocolate pudding.) A bit of sour cream in the whipped topping balances the chocolate perfectly.
Cranberry Crumble Pie
Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie in Detroit says this sweet-tart recipe, which she shares in her Sister Pie cookbook, might be her all-time favorite-especially served with vanilla ice cream. Note: There is a step of blind-baking the crust (par-baking it before filling so that the crust gets nice and crispy). You'll need pie weights or a couple pounds of dried beans.
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
A spiced filling, made from whipped cream, creates a lighter-tasting version of traditional pumpkin pie. The gingersnap crust adds more kick than classic crusts.
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Coconut Pie
This classic pie recipe comes from Miss Aimee B's Tea Room in St. Charles, Missouri.
Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Pie
This rich, chocolate-y pie's flavor really depends on ripe, flavorful pears. (In other words, if they're still rock-hard, don't bother.) For a topping idea, try making homemade whipped cream with a dollop of sour cream whipped in; the slight acidity nicely cuts through the pie's chocolatey richness.
Toasted Marshmallow Sweet Potato Pie
This pie is a bit of a time commitment, but what a showstopper! The recipe comes from the Sister Pie cafe in Detroit. Note that you'll need pie weights or a couple pounds of dried beans for blind-baking the crust. Also, if you don't have a broiler-safe pie plate (metal is safest), you will need a kitchen torch to toast the topping. They are quite inexpensive.
Frango Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Pie
This decadent pie is a favorite at Macy's on North State Street in Chicago. Stir in candy from a box of famous Frango Mints (order at Macys.com ), or use solid mint-flavored chocolate candies from the grocery store.
Black-Bottom Pecan Pie
This pie is from Miss Aimee B's Tea Room in St. Charles, Missouri.
Caramel-Pecan French Silk Pie
Caramel and pecans form a gooey base for this chocolate dream pie. Make this decadent pie at least a day ahead so it has plenty of time to chill before guests arrive.
Christmas Apple Pie
Choose your favorite dried fruit to pair with apples for this double-crust pie. Present the cooled pie on a bigger pie plate full of gumdrops for a holiday-festive look.
Chocolate Eggnog Swirl Pie
Serve your Christmas eggnog in this creamy pie, swirled with chocolate. The recipe is from the former Elsah Landing Restaurant in historic Elsah, Illinois, which was famous for its pies.
Finnish Blueberry Pie
This berry pie proves that there's beauty in simplicity. The piecrust is wrapped around a three-ingredient filling that includes fine dry breadcrumbs. You don't even need a pie plate to make this juicy treat.
Peppermint Brownie Pie
This rich blend of two favorite holiday flavors— chocolate and mint—might start a new dessert tradition in your house. Can't find the mint-flavored pieces? Use regular chocolate chips and add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract to the batter.
Harvest Pie, Sweet Potato Pie and Sweetie Pie
The holiday Pie Fest at Southmoreland on the Plaza, a historic 13-room inn northeast of Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, features several dozen pies including Harvest Pie (front of picture), Sweet Potato Pie (left) and Sweetie Pie (top).
Harvest Pie blends the tastes and aromas of apples, cranberries and baked spices. Sweet Potato Pie has a soft filling with just a touch of sweetness. Pie lovers with a serious sweet tooth need to try the Sweetie Pie, full of melted chocolate, butterscotch, pecans and coconut.
This gooey-rich pie blends the flavors of walnut, coconut and chocolate.
Luke's Lemon Meringue Pie
This lemon meringue pie recipe, which includes candied lemon peel, is a favorite at Southmoreland on the Plaza, in Kansas City, Missouri. The recipe comes from Luke Reichle, brother of Southmoreland co-owner Mark.
Cherry pie is the specialty of Betty Reichle, mother of Southmoreland on the Plaza co-owner Mark Reichle. Her filling has a hint of cinnamon and almond. And she weaves a handsome lattice crust on the top. "I make points with Mark when I make this pie," she says.
Triple Pear Pie with Walnut Crust
You can't mistake the fruit in this cardamom-spiced beauty. Pear nectar and dried pears complement thick slices of fresh, juicy Bosc pears.
Chocolate-Pecan Whiskey Pie
A Madison, Indiana, reader makes this chocolate version of pecan pie for her supper club. Club members thought it was their best dessert ever!
Mystery Pecan Pie
The mystery ingredient in this pecan pie is cream cheese! A Harrietta, Michigan, reader, likes this double-layer treat that combines two holiday favorites: cheesecake and pecan pie.
Spiced Cherry Pie
Bring all-time favorite cherry pie into the holidays. Although we tested it with refrigerated piecrust, you can use your own homemade crust, if you like. The filling gets a tasty boost from cinnamon and allspice.
This creamy rum-spiked yuletide pie makes an impressive holiday-dinner finale.