23 Traditional Thanksgiving Pies That Never Disappoint
Thanksgiving is all about tradition. Whether it's the turkey or a whole host of traditional side dishes (green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, or sweet potato casserole anyone?) — there's no tradition greater than that of the Thanksgiving pie(s). From classic pie recipes that don't stray from tradition, to twists on traditional pies, we have the recipe inspiration you need this Thanksgiving. Make the grand finale of the feast count with these traditional Thanksgiving pies that never disappoint — take it from the home cooks who've tried them.
Sweet Potato Pie I
You can't go wrong with a classic. "People who have eaten sweet potato pie all their lives say this recipe is the best they have ever tasted," says reviewer SL.
Buttery Cranberry Pie
"Excellent! I hadn't used fresh cranberries before, but now that I know how easy it is (and delicious) — I will use them whenever available," says reviewer REKBA99. This buttery pie is best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Mrs. Sigg's Fresh Pumpkin Pie
The key to this top-rated pumpkin pie? Fresh pumpkin. "This will be the 5th Thanksgiving that I have made this pie. Let me just say that it is fantastic. Fresh pumpkin really makes this pie," says reviewer Dana Hall.
Kentucky Pecan Pie
Rich and gooey, this pecan pie has stood the test of time. Reviewer Ann G. says, "I have tried other pecan pie recipes but always go back to this one when I want the best or want to impress someone."
Caramel Apple Cranberry Pie
So many fall flavors combine in one fabulous pie: apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Reviewer sedona420 says, "The title of this pie was intriguing. The taste... sublime!"
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
Recipe creator MOSHASMAMA says, "This was my grandmother's apple pie recipe. I have never seen another one quite like it. It will always be my favorite and has won me several first place prizes in local competitions." Over 10,000 home cooks have given this classic apple pie glowing reviews — find out why for yourself.
Pecan Pie V
This pecan pie doesn’t require corn syrup, unlike many others. Reviewer ROSEANNEB says, "I'll never make pecan pie with corn syrup again! This recipe doesn't have that sickening sweetness usually associated with pecan pie, but it DOES have that scrumptious nuttiness."
Brown Family's Favorite Pumpkin Pie
Caramel Pecan Pie
"Buttery, nutty, and a touch of caramel, this is a very yummy pie! Full of flavor! Serve hot or cold, with a good size dollop of whipped topping or vanilla ice cream," says recipe creator CORWYNN DARKHOLME.
Chocolate Cream Pie II
For the pumpkin-haters, this chocolate pie will make you a Thanksgiving hero."This is the third Thanksgiving in a row I've made it; see a tradition developing to appease my chocoholic husband," says reviewer team_evans.
Caramel Apple Pie II
"This was the best apple pie I ever made! I usually don't like apple pie but this pie with its added caramel and taffy mixture made it great," says reviewer lindadue. "One tip I thought I would share is to add pre-made caramel dip instead of caramel pieces. You don't have to worry about the caramel pieces melting completely this way."
Double Layer Pumpkin Pie
A layer of cream cheese makes these take on a classic even more decadent. Reviewer H OXLEY says, "I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie, but this is incredible. My husband said that it is the best pumpkin pie he has ever had and it didn't last too long in this house. It is way past Thanksgiving and I STILL crave it. Luckily, I still have a can of pumpkin in the cupboard and may have to make it for Christmas."
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie
"Simple and delicious. Paired with a homemade crust, this pie is everything a fresh fruit pie should be," says reviewer MAMALEIGH. "My cherries were very tart, so I combined them with the sugar and let them chill overnight before baking."
"We generally purchase a buttermilk pie each week from an amazing restaurant ($28 per pie) that we truly love...until we decided to try this recipe. I have already made two pies and they literally disappeared," says reviewer ShabbyChef.
Cranberry Streusel Pie
This cranberry pie has a walnut streusel topping for a combination of nutty and tart flavors. "This cranberry pie was a hit for Thanksgiving! We loved the tartness and since we have a couple of diabetics — they were overjoyed with the lack of sugar," says reviewer AMANDA WARD. "Those watching their weight loved the lack of butter!"
No Sugar Apple Pie
This take on tradition has no added sugars. Reviewer MARIAM says, "I was very skeptical in making this pie at first. I was sure it was going to be too sour because of the lack of sugar. But it is amazing how wrong I was! My mom who usually always wants things extra sweet, said that it was the perfect pie!"
Apple Streusel Pie
Reviewer Melissa Goff says, "The crunch of the streusel was excellent. I...Best way to eat an apple pie!" The streusel topping adds a nutty crunch to every forkful.
Pumpkin Tart With Pecan Crust
Calling all special dieters (and those serving them) —this pumpkin tart not only tastes delicious, it's also vegan! "I made this last year to take to a vegan Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit! I will be making it again this year for my family's traditional Thanksgiving dinner," says reviewer CASEYKENDRA.
Save yourself some holiday stress and make this pie ahead of time. Simply refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Reviewer Kelli G. says, "I made it for Thanksgiving and everyone ate the chocolate pie and left the pumpkin pie! It was very fast and easy to make!"
Pumpkin Torte II
Pumpkin and cream cheese are layered in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped topping and walnuts. "Absolute heaven! I love this recipe, it is so much better than pumpkin pie! I made it for work and they loved it...I am so looking forward to making this for my family for Thanksgiving this year," says reviewer saphirre.
Chef John's Buttermilk Pie
"Not only is this buttermilk pie easy to make and beautiful to look at, it's also bursting with the kind of bright, tangy flavor that no other custard-style pie can touch," says Chef John. "This is sort of like a vanilla custard, meets lemon meringue pie, meets very light cheesecake. Except better."
Apple Crisp Pie
Two traditional desserts combine to make one epic Thanksgiving pie. Reviewer Rachel Ann Pluchino says, "The crispy layer add an almost caramelized feel and taste to regular apple pie."
No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie
Your oven is tired and so are you. Pumpkin pie meets cheesecake in this no-bake pie. "I have been asked to make this at my upcoming holiday meals," says reviewer Carrie C.