Our 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Pies for Your Feast
The pies have it!
It's just not Thanksgiving without pie. Culinary historians date the tradition of serving pie on Thanksgiving back to the 18th century, and judging by modern search trends, pie is still the Thanksgiving dessert of choice today.
We've crunched the numbers (and our fair share of pie) and have come up with a list of our 10 most popular Thanksgiving pies, as rated and reviewed by our passionate community of home cooks. Take a look to see if your favorites made the cut.
Our 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Pies
If you only make one pie this year — or if you've never made one before — there's no better place to start than here. With more than 11,000 five-star reviews, Apple Pie by Grandma Ople is the most celebrated pie recipe on Allrecipes.
VIDEO: Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Finally! A pumpkin pie recipe that solves the problem of the cracked surface you often get when you bake custard-based pies. Allrecipes home cook jcfrk01 agrees: "Just made this last night and WOW!! My husband who loves pumpkin pie said it was the best he has ever had. Believe the 'no cracking' statement because mine came out flawless! The texture of the pie was spot on, smooth and creamy."
Some reviewers opted out of the Chinese 5-spice powder that flavors this 5-star pie, and went with a more traditional pumpkin pie spice blend instead. It's your pie — you do it the way you want to.
Top with a flourish of bourbon whipped cream for an extra layer of decadence.
While pumpkin pie reigns supreme in the majority of American households, sweet potato pie is still the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert in the heart of Dixie. According to one theory, it was Henry VIII's love of sweet potato desserts that kicked off the popularity of yams in a pie. The dish eventually spread to the new world and firmly cemented itself in the Deep South's soul cooking tradition. If sweet potato pie doesn't already have a place on your pie table, make this the year.
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It may be esoteric, inside-baseball pie minutia for some, but pecan pie connoisseurs know about the dirty little secret of most recipes — added corn syrup. If a pecan pie without any corn syrup sounds good to you, this is a great recipe — and nobody complains about it not being sweet enough.
Many reviewers said they had better results baking this pie at a lower heat than specified. Allrecipes home cook (and restaurant owner) AJ gives it rave reviews, saying, "My husband and I run a restaurant and we have used this recipe as one of our desserts. Our customers always rave about it! The only thing I do differently is that I reduce the temperature of the oven to about 300 and cook it longer, until it starts to crack on the top. This way it does not get over-browned on the top. A great recipe!"
This is one of those non-traditional pies that some of you might not have seen coming to the Thanksgiving dessert buffet, but the numbers don't lie: Lemon meringue pie shows a steep spike in popularity right at Thanksgiving.
Home cook MZMUFFIN added her praise to the 1,000+ 5-star reviews, saying, "This recipe turned out perfectly, even I was surprised how much I love the taste. Took the suggestions to use 1/4 c. lemon juice, and milk (2%) instead of water. The filling was beautifully creamy, not too sweet, not too tart. I piled the meringue high on a hot filling. Make sure to nudge the meringue all the way to the edge of the crust to seal the filling. Was very happy with the results. No shrinking meringue, no watery layer, no seepage of the filling after the pie was cut."
This old-fashioned coconut cream pie takes 20 minutes to make and only 30 minutes to bake—just be sure to leave enough time for it to chill before serving! You can treat the required chill time as a gift to a harried cook, though, as you'll be forced to plan ahead. Add this one to the rotation; it's easy enough for anyone to master. Take it from Cheryl Andrews-Morreales, who says, "This pie is amazing. This is the first time I made a pie (any pie) and it turned out perfectly."
VIDEO: Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
Fresh cranberries make this gorgous streusel-topped pie a bit more puckery-tart that you might like, but no worries — just bump up the sugar to taste like many reviewers did. Others simply served it with a side of ice cream to balance the tartness.
The directions say to smash the berries, but you can give them a few quick whirls in your blender or food processor to speed things up (and contain the juice).
This rich and creamy pudding-like pie will satisfy the chocolate-lovers in your Thanksgiving crowd.
Home cook Steph R offers these expert prep tips: "You must temper the eggs by slowly adding hot chocolate mixture while beating rapidly, otherwise, they will start to cook and you will end up with a rubbery custard. This custard can also end up runny if you don't cook the eggs enough after returning to the stove top. If you have a candy thermometer, bring your mixture to 170 degrees F. If not, make sure the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon so that if you drag a fingertip through the mixture the spoon retains a clean line for several seconds."
Chef John's buttermilk pie is a great way to round out your dessert table and expand your offerings beyond the traditional.
According to Chef John, this Thanksgiving pie is "bursting with the kind of bright, tangy flavor that no other custard-style pie can touch. This is sort of like vanilla custard, meets lemon meringue pie, meets very light cheesecake. Except better."
This list of most popular Thanksgiving pies starts and ends with apple pie, and this rustic skillet-baked beauty rounds it out nicely. Ready-made pie crust speeds up the prep, and the homey presentation gives your Thanksgiving dessert course a cozy feeling of tradition. Home cook CARTOONRCKR says, "This is still my go-to apple pie! It's demanded every Thanksgiving. I actually didn't bring it one year and there were some bummed relatives."
The recipe doesn't specify what size skillet to use (there are so many!) but if your ready-made pie crust is 9 inches around, then use a 9-inch skillet.