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25 Seriously Worthwhile Pie Recipes To Impress Each And Every One Of Your Holiday Guests

I'm just going to say it: Pie is better than cake.

I don't want to re-ignite the Pie vs. Cake Wars, but when it comes to holiday meals — pie reigns supreme.

There's just something about a slice of pie after a big, celebratory meal! It just feels right

Whether you want a holiday classic, a fruit pie, an ice cream pie, a pudding pie, or even a wildcard, there's guaranteed to be a pie on this list that'll simply delight you. Just make sure you stock up on lots of whipped cream or ice cream to serve with each and every one of these beauties.

1. Apple Pie From Scratch

Apple Pie From Scratch

If you can master apple pie, you can bake pretty much anything — and this recipe is a great place to start. The crust is approachable, and the filling is delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness. Top it off with a scoop of ice cream, and you'll be in pie heaven.

Recipe: Apple Pie From Scratch | Shop This Recipe 

2. Chocolate Pretzel Crust Pie

Chocolate Pretzel Crust Pie

More pies should have a pretzel crust!! The salt! The texture!! The subtle sweetness!! It's all there, folks.

Recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Crust Pie | Shop This Recipe 

3. Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Pecan pie can sometimes be too rich for me, so pairing it with this creamy, tangy cheesecake filling makes for a well-balanced pie filling. If you don't have bourbon in the house, you can easily replace it with a teaspoon of vanilla extract. It'll still be delicious!

Recipe: Kentucky Derby Pecan Pie Cheesecake | Shop This Recipe 

4. Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Roasting fresh pumpkin really concentrates its flavor, making it a big upgrade from the stuff in a can. Sure, this could be considered an "extra step," but it's mostly hands-off anyway, and I guarantee it'll make all the difference.

Recipe: Fresh Pumpkin Pie | Shop This Recipe 

5. Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie

Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie

This is basically a chocolate mousse in a pie, and it is divine. It would be delicious without the peppermint extract, too, but that extra mint-chocolate hit really makes it special.

Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie | Shop This Recipe 

6. Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

While this pie is classic and yummy with a standard pie crust, just think about how delicious it would be with a cookie crust. Especially if it's Nilla wafers, because then you basically have banana pudding in pie form!

Recipe: Banana Cream Pie | Shop This Recipe 

7. 4 Ingredient Berries & Cream Hand Pies

4 Ingredient Berries & Cream Hand Pies

If your holiday post-meal includes watching a game on TV or playing a board game, these hand pies are a great option. They don't require utensils or plates — just a napkin to catch any crumbs.

Recipe: 4 Ingredient Berries & Cream Hand Pies | Shop This Recipe 

8. Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie

For whatever reason, banoffee pie is still mainly a British thing, but it really should be bigger in the States! Banana, dulce de leche, soft whipped cream, and a cookie crust?! I mean, how can you say no to that?

Recipe: Banoffee Pie | Shop This Recipe 

9. Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

You can transform just a few ingredients into a total showstopper with this recipe. Dare I say...canned cinnamon rolls have never looked better. Commenters do recommend blind baking the bottom crust — aka par-baking the bottom crust pre-filling — for a few minutes, so you won't end up with a (cue Paul Hollywood voice) soggy bottom.

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie | Shop This Recipe 

10. Lemon Shaker Pie

If you (like me) never feel like lemon desserts come out lemony enough, this is the pie for you. You'll macerate two whole lemons — skins and all — for hours, until they get soft and lovely.

Recipe: Lemon Shaker Pie | Shop This Recipe 

11. Aunt Vivian's Sweet Potato Pie

Aunt Vivian's Sweet Potato Pie

While I personally love both, people have strong feelings about sweet potato pie vs. pumpkin pie — this is the perfect recipe to convert the detractors. Pumpkin-heads won't be able to resist this creamy-yet-light pie, and (I hope) they'll eventually join me on Team Both.

Recipe: Aunt Vivian's Sweet Potato Pie | Shop This Recipe 

12. Basic Pecan Pie

Basic Pecan Pie

Basic doesn't always equal boring. This pie is nutty, rich, and gorgeous. The filling is perfectly sweet, the crust is buttery and flaky, and it's the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee. I promise not to tell if you sneak a piece for breakfast the next morning.

Recipe: Basic Pecan Pie | Shop This Recipe 

13. 3-Ingredient Cookies & Ice Cream Pie

3-Ingredient Cookies & Ice Cream Pie

This recipe is greater than the sum of its parts. All you need are chocolate cookies, ice cream, and melted chocolate — but they come together for a truly decadent and special pie experience.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Cookies & Ice Cream Pie | Shop This Recipe 

14. Key Lime Pie With Toasted Marshmallow Meringue

If key lime pie and lemon meringue pie had a baby, that would be this pie — and trust me, it's a game changer. If you've never made meringue before, just remember to be patient! Whip your egg whites until they're suuuuuper thick, even if it takes a little longer than you'd expect.

Recipe: Key Lime Pie With Toasted Marshmallow Meringue | Shop This Recipe 

15. Dairy-Free Avocado Key Lime Pie

Whether you're a vegan, have a dietary restriction, or are feeding a group with both, this is the pie for you. It's packed with flavor, and the avocado adds a ton of creaminess without any noticeable avocado flavor. I pinky promise it won't be a guacamole pie.

Recipe: Dairy-Free Avocado Key Lime Pie | Shop This Recipe 

16. Chocolate Cookie Crust Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Cookie Crust Peanut Butter Pie

This one is for the peanut butter lovers, and they will not be disappointed. It's also a great pie to decorate with the kiddos. Whether they want to add a swirl of melted chocolate, a scattering of candy, or turn the reserved cookie crumbs into a cute shape, it's sure to come out totally adorable.

Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Crust Peanut Butter Pie | Shop This Recipe 

17. Blueberry Slab Pie

Blueberry Slab Pie

The best thing about slab pie? More pie! The second best thing about slab pie? More crust! You can't go wrong.

Recipe: Blueberry Slab Pie | Shop This Recipe 

18. Thai Tea Pie

Thai Tea Pie

The bright orange hue of this pie might trick you into thinking it's pumpkin or sweet potato, but no! The filling is a pudding made from Thai tea, and it includes layers of hazelnut spread, coconut, and a cornflake crust. Important tip: Make sure to use plain cornflakes instead of the sweetened kind, or else you might end up with a sugar bomb.

Recipe: Thai Tea Pie | Shop This Recipe 

19. Pumpkin Pie With Maple Pecan Crumble

Pumpkin Pie With Maple Pecan Crumble

If you can never decide between a slice of pumpkin pie and a slice of pecan pie, this is the recipe for you. The two flavors complement each other beautifully, and the maple in the topping really ties everything together.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie With Maple Pecan Crumble | Shop This Recipe 

20. Mini S'mores Pie

Mini Smores Pie

Be careful toasting the marshmallows on these adorable lil' pies! Keep a close eye on them while they're under the broiler, so they get nice and toasty (but not totally charred).

Recipe: Mini S'mores Pie | Shop This Recipe 

21. Banana Split Ice Cream Pie

Banana Split Ice Cream Pie

Banana splits are an underrated dessert, and this pie brings them right into the spotlight. You don't have to fuss with scooping and decorating each individual sundae — just slice and enjoy.

Recipe: Banana Split Ice Cream Pie | Shop This Recipe 

22. Root Beer Pie

Root Beer Pie

I made this for my brother's birthday a few years ago, and we were all shocked by how much we loved it. It's creamy, silky, and tastes just like you transformed a classic root beer float into a pie.

Recipe: Root Beer Pie | Shop This Recipe 

23. Mississippi Mud Pie

This is the ultimate pie for chocolate lovers: It's got a chocolate crust, a chocolate brownie layer, a chocolate pudding layer, and then a layer of whipped cream — just so you don't completely drown in the richness of it all.

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Pie | Shop This Recipe 

24. Dairy-Free Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Dairy-Free Purple Sweet Potato Pie

If you're a fan of Filipino food, you might already be familiar with the mighty (and gorgeous) purple sweet potato, or ube — if not, you're in for a real treat. They're similar to their orange cousins, but with a more floral, vanilla-y flavor. In this context, they make for a great pie filling, which will definitely stand out.

Recipe: Dairy-Free Purple Sweet Potato Pie | Shop This Recipe 

25. Sugar Spice Pear Galette

Sugar Spice Pear Galette

Sugar, spice, and everything nice — that's pretty much what this galette is made of. A galette is basically just pie without the pie dish, but it comes out looking rustic and wholesome and absolutely delicious.

Recipe: Sugar Spice Pear Galette | Shop This Recipe 

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