Embark on a culinary journey with these delectable Thanksgiving pies that are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.
Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and of course, delicious food. One culinary tradition that has become synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner is the beloved Thanksgiving pie.
From classic pumpkin and pecan pies to innovative creations like cranberry-apple and sweet potato pies, these delectable desserts have become an essential part of the Thanksgiving feast.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and all things sweet and savory, today we are deep-diving into some crazy good recipes that you have to try!
Wait until you try these Thanksgiving pies!
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Best Thanksgiving Pies
Thanksgiving is a time for indulging in delicious pies, and there are several types that are typically served at Thanksgiving dinners. While individual preferences and regional variations may influence the choices, here are some of the most common Thanksgiving pie recipes.
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Apple Pie
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Cranberry Pie
- Cherry Pie
- Mincemeat Pie
- Chocolate Pie
In addition to these traditional favorites, some families and bakers get creative with unique Thanksgiving pie creations, incorporating different fruits, nuts, and flavors.
For example, my mother likes to bring coconut custard pie and banana cream pie because it is my grandfather and me’s favorite pies each Thanksgiving.
Ultimately, the best pies for Thanksgiving often depend on personal and regional preferences, but the ones listed above remain classics that many look forward to enjoying during the holiday season.
How Many Pies are in Thanksgiving?
The number of pies served at a Thanksgiving meal can vary widely depending on the size of the gathering, personal preferences, and traditions within a family or group.
There is no set number of pies that are “standard” for Thanksgiving. Some families may serve only one or two pies, while others might have a variety of pies to cater to different tastes.
A common practice is to serve at least one pumpkin pie, as it is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Additionally, families might include one or more of the other popular pies like pecan, apple, sweet potato, or even specialty pies like cranberry or chocolate, depending on their preferences.
The number of pie for Thanksgiving ultimately depends on the number of guests and how much dessert each person is expected to consume. But a good rule of thumb is a family should have one full pie for every six guests at the table.
So, whether it’s one pie or a pie buffet with several different varieties, the number of Thanksgiving pie recipes can vary. And it’s all about making sure everyone has a sweet and satisfying end to the feast.
What 4 Types of Pies are Most Popular at Thanksgiving?
The most popular types of pies for Thanksgiving may vary by region and personal preference, but four classic and widely beloved options are commonly found on Turkey Day.
Pumpkin pie is arguably the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. Made from spiced pumpkin puree, this pie is known for its smooth and creamy texture, which is often enhanced with a touch of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
It is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavors, making it a Thanksgiving favorite. We include it in our Thanksgiving dinner party every year.
Since pumpkin pie is my husband’s favorite fall dessert, I shared my recipe for pumpkin pie here that you have to try!
Made with a flaky pie crust and a creamy, spiced filling, this pie is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.
Pecan pie is another classic Thanksgiving treat, especially in the southern United States. This pie features a gooey, sweet filling filled with whole or chopped pecans. The rich, nutty flavor combined with the sweet, caramel-like filling is a perfect contrast to the pumpkin pie’s creaminess.
My good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style shared an amazing recipe for Pecan Pie that sounds like the perfect taste of fall.
It sounds so easy to make and looks delicious, doesn’t it? Wait until you try this Pecan Pie recipe!
Apple pie is a beloved American classic all year round, but it also has a special place at Thanksgiving. Made with thinly sliced apples, sugar, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, this pie offers a delightful mix of tart and sweet flavors. It’s often enjoyed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I have to admit, I don’t bake a lot of apple pies, do you? I lean more towards making this apple crisp recipe because it’s easier to make and similar to a dump cake but tastes like a pie without the crust!
My mother usually brings an apple pie on Thanksgiving too. (Yes she is the Thanksgiving pie queen as she typically brings about four every year.)
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie is another dessert with a Southern tradition that has gained popularity across the United States.
It’s made from mashed sweet potatoes combined with sugar, spices, and sometimes evaporated milk. The result is a smooth, custardy filling with a natural sweetness that’s both comforting and indulgent.
I’ve never made sweet potato pie before, have you? If you have a great recipe, I’d love to try it!
Favorite Twists on Thanksgiving Pies
While these four pies are among the most popular choices for Thanksgiving, there are many other delicious options to explore too.
Here are a few more to try!
Easy and Decadent Keto Chocolate Hazelnut Pie
Indulge your taste buds with an Easy and Decadent Keto Chocolate Hazelnut Pie shared by my good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms.
This rich and creamy dessert combines the luscious flavors of chocolate and toasted hazelnuts in a low-carb, keto-friendly package.
With a smooth, velvety filling that’s sweetened with keto-approved sweeteners, and a crunchy almond flour crust, this pie is the perfect guilt-free treat for those following a low-carb lifestyle.
It’s a crazy good way to satisfy your sweet tooth while staying on track with your ketogenic diet.
Easiest Holiday Cranberry Recipe: Cranberry Dump Pie
Elevate your holiday dessert game with the Easiest Holiday Cranberry Recipe: Cranberry Dump Pie shared by my good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.
This incredibly simple yet delicious treat is a festive spin on the classic “dump cake.” It features a symphony of flavors and textures, with cranberries, cake mix, and butter combining to create a sweet, tart, and crumbly delight.
As the name suggests, it’s a breeze to prepare, making it the perfect addition to your holiday spread when you want a quick and tasty dessert that’s sure to impress your guests.
Eggnog and Gingerbread: Two Holiday Favorites in One Amazing Pie
Experience the best of both holiday worlds with Eggnog and Gingerbread: Two Holiday Favorites in One Amazing Pie shared by my good friend Diane from South House Designs.
This delightful dessert marries the rich, creamy goodness of eggnog with the warm and spicy allure of gingerbread.
The result is a pie that encapsulates the holiday spirit in every bite, featuring a velvety, eggnog-infused filling nestled in a sweet and slightly spicy gingerbread crust.
It’s an insanely good blend of traditional flavors that will undoubtedly leave you craving seconds at your festive gatherings.
Easy Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Indulge in the comforting flavors of autumn with this Easy Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie topped with Cinnamon Whipped Cream share by my good friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs.
This classic dessert combines the smooth and spiced goodness of pumpkin pie with the subtle tang of buttermilk, resulting in a luscious filling that’s both familiar and uniquely delicious.
The pièce de résistance is the velvety whipped cream, infused with aromatic cinnamon, which crowns each slice with a perfect blend of sweetness and warmth.
It’s an easy-to-make yet irresistibly satisfying treat that’s bound to become a cherished addition to your holiday traditions.
Mouthwatering Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
Embrace simplicity and pure pumpkin delight with this mouthwatering Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe that you cannot resist! Because let me tell you, that this dessert takes ease to a new level.
Just layer canned pumpkin, warm spices, and cake mix, and then top it all with a buttery layer of goodness.
As it bakes, the cake mix forms a golden crust while the pumpkin filling becomes a luscious, spiced paradise. With minimal effort and maximum flavor, this pumpkin dump cake is a quick and crowd-pleasing choice for your Thanksgiving table.
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