Thanksgiving Pie Roundup: 64 Recipes from the Top 8 Pies

By Escali in Back of House, Homemade
Escali Thanksgiving pie roundup

We list the top 8 Thanksgiving Day pies and give you 64 mouth watering recipes. You will not believe which pie is number one!

Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a chance to recognize the things in life that we often take for granted. A chance to give thanks for our family, our friends, our health and food!

This year, I plan to give thanks for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, green bean casserole and pie! Every year we cap off our feast with pie, but which one is your favorite? Here are the 8 most popular pies for your Thanksgiving celebration according to a survey conducted by NPR.

#8. Chess Pie

Slice of lemon chess pie from Meg is Well.
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According to PorterBriggs, this rich and smooth custard based pie is believed to have its roots in 17th century England. It was eventually brought to America and popularized through the southern states where it is now considered a staple of southern cuisine.

While there are many variations, Megan Wells of Meg is Well explains her Lemon Chess Pie as, “a perfect tartly sweet Southern creation of eggs, sugar, butter, and a little bit of flour and cornmeal that tantalizes the taste buds with it’s unique flavor and texture. It’s a pretty easy and equipment free pie: just a whisk is needed to pull it all together. Baking times tend to vary, but if the middle is set and top is nice and crusty, then you’re good to go.”

Our favorite recipes:

Lemon Chess Pie from Meg is Well

Grandma’s Chess Pie from The Merry Gourmet

Caramel Chess Pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Sweet Potato Chess Pie from Grandbaby Cakes

Chocolate Chess Pie with Graham Cracker Crust from Crazy for Crust

Brown Butter Chess Pie from Joy the Baker


#7. Chocolate Pie

Bourbon Infused Chocolate Pie
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Our favorite chocolate pie comes from Katrin Björk of Modern Wifestyle. She describes her Rich and Dark Bourbon Infused Chocolate Pie recipe like, “having a bite of quality dark chocolate and taking a sip of delicious dessert wine at the same time.” She adds, “make sure to use dark chocolate, really dark – I like to use 70%. That way the bourbon and the sprinkle of salt will really sing.”

Our favorite recipes:

Rich & Dark Bourbon Infused Chocolate Pie from Modern Wifestyle

Chocolate Pie from Garnish with Lemon

Chilled Dark Chocolate Pie with Toasted Almond Crust & Strawberry Vanilla Compote from Oh She Glows

German Chocolate Pie from The Gracious Wife

Bailey’s Chocolate Pie from Life, Love and Sugar

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Silk Pie from Minimalist Baker


#6. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie
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Lemon meringue pie is as delicious as it is beautiful and just as intimidating to make, so Leah from Truffles and Trends put together a video tutorial to help walk you through her tart inspired recipe. She describes her lemon meringue pie as, “a buttery, tender pie crust, a perfectly tangy lemon curd filling, and a glossy, marshmallow-y meringue topping.”

Our favorite recipes:

An Elegant Lemon Meringue Pie from Truffles and Trends

The Queen of Lemon Meringue from Art of the Pie

Mason Jar Lemon Meringue Pies from It All Started with Paint

Aquafaba Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan & Gluten Free) from The Pancake Princess

Low Carb Lemon Meringue Pie from All Day I dream About Food

A Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake


#5. Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie from Sallys Baking Addiction
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To get the best blueberry pie, Two Fat Cats Bakery (via suggests using frozen blueberries because they were harvested and frozen when they were most rip, which they claim, “preserves their great taste and texture.” Moreover, the secret to using frozen blueberries is to leave them frozen before you bake the pie. They are easier to handle and no one will know the difference!

Our favorite recipes:

Simply the Best Blueberry Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Pie (Refined Sugar-Free) from Unconventional Baker

Fresh Blueberry Pie with Sweet Almond Crust from A Spicy Perspective

Vanilla Bourbon Cherry-Blueberry Pie from Half Baked Harvest

Frozen Blueberry Pie from Alton Brown

Blueberry Pie with a Twist from King Arthur Flour


#4. Cherry Pie

Skillet Cherry Pie
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Many view cherry pie as standard American fare with little room for variation, but Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush builds upon the fun factor by cooking it in a skillet! Whether its baked in the oven, on a grill or over an open camp fire, this is the definition of comfort food. Heidi adds, “don’t forget the finishing touch to this pie, adding a sugary sprinkle. Simply brush the crust with a bit of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.”

Our favorite recipes:

Skillet Cherry Pie from Foodie Crush

Cherry Pie from Gimme Some Oven

Tart Cherry Pie from Love and Olive Oil

Double Crust Cherry Pie from Joy the Baker

Cherry Pie Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker

Caramel-Apple Cherry Pie from Better Homes & Gardens


#3. Pumpkin Pie

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Did you know that before there was pumpkin pie there was “Pie in a Pumpkin?” According to PBS, the original pilgrims of Plymouth would have baked a custard filled pumpkin to celebrate the early days of Thanksgiving.

To help you bake the perfect (modern style) pumpkin pie, Jenn Segal of Once Upon a Chef offers solutions to 3 common problems:

Problem 1:  The pie shrinks during baking.

Solution:  Add a tiny bit of baking powder to the dough, which helps the crust expand into the pan rather than slip down the sides.

Problem 2:  The dough becomes soggy from the wet filling.

Solution:  Blind bake the crust until it is completely cooked.

Problem 3:  Unsightly cracks in the pie filling.

Solution:  Add a little flour to the filling and replace some of the whole eggs in the recipe with egg yolks to help stabilize the pie.

Our favorite recipes:

Perfect Pumpkin Pie from Once Upon a Chef

Pumpkin Pie Parfait from Kimberly Snyder

Coconut Macaroon Pumpkin Pie from Tori Avey

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes with Salted Caramel from Cooking Classy

Salted Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie from Half Baked Harvest

Pumpkin Silk Pie from The Gunny Sack

Mini Pumpkin Pies from Home is Where the Boat Is


#2. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Before rhubarb made an appearance in the first strawberry rhubarb pie, The Kitchen Project points out it was used as a medicine to treat inflammation in Rome as far back as the 1st century.

The sweet strawberry and tangy rhubarb flavors blend perfectly, but their high water content can lead to a sloppy mess. Lily of Little Sweet Baker says, “to avoid this it is important to add enough flour to thicken the filling so it holds together when you cut into the pie.”

Our favorite recipes:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Little Sweet Baker

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie from Joy the Baker

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars from Cooking Classy

Rosy Rhubarb & Strawberry Pie from The Kitchen McCabe

Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies from The Merchant Baker


#1. Apple Pie

A slice of apple pie with whipped cream and caramel.
Thanksgiving pie, as American as apple pie!

According to Rose Levy Beranbaum of The Baking Bible, “the most important thing about baking an apple pie is to keep the bottom crust from getting soggy.”

When making her apple pie recipe, Rose suggests macerating the sliced apples with the sugar mixture long enough to release most of the liquid in the apple. Then, separate the sugary liquid and heat it in a sauce pan or in the microwave until it is almost caramelized before returning it to the apples. “This will create a delicious flavor and keep the bottom crust crunchy,” she explains. Finally, she suggests baking the pie on a preheated oven stone for a perfectly dry crust.

Our favorite recipes:

My Very Best Apple Pie from Rose Levy Beranbaum

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie from Inspired by Charm

Salted Caramel Apple Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

The Best Apple Crumb Pie Ever! from Spending with Pennies

Apple Pie Tacos from Spending with Pennies

Apple Pie Bites from The Blond Cook

Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars from The Baked Been

Caramel Apple Pie Magic Bars from Crazy for Crust

Apple Pie Bread from The Country Cook


More Thanksgiving Pie Recipes That We Love!

No Bake Nutella Pie from Recipe Boy
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Approximately 23% of the people who voted in the NPR survey chose a different favorite Thanksgiving pie! Here is a selection of our favorite recipes that did not make the top eight:

Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Pecan Pie from Gimme Some oven

Pear and Cranberry Pie from Bakers Royale

Peanut Butter Pie from Handle the Heat

Homemade Banana Cream Pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

No Bake Nutella Pie from Recipe Boy

No Bake Pistachio Cream Pie from The Recipe Critic

Best Key Lime Pie from Mom on Timeout

Lemon Cheesecake Pie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Maple Cream Pie from Taste and Tell Blog

Coconut Cream Pie (Vegan & Gluten-Free) from Minimalist Baker

Super Easy Gluten Free Cannoli Pie from Gluten Free on a Shoestring


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