Pie is a classic American dessert that most people love to enjoy at the end of a meal. Some relate pie to autumn or Thanksgiving, but it really can be the perfect dish for any season. It’s a very easy and impressive dessert and can be filled with fruit, custard, pudding or nuts. Made even easier with pre-made ingredients and shortcuts, pie is so good, there are even cocktails inspired by it.
Pie has been around for centuries, and historians say that the Greeks were the first people to create pie dough using water and flour. In other countries, pies were mostly savory and filled with different kinds of meat. Over time, people realized that they could sweeten pie with sugar instead of being all savory. It’s believed that pie became popular in America around the 1800s. Whether you love a classic banana cream pie or you’re more of a key lime fan, we picked the best of the best pie recipes to try this holiday season, both sweet and savory.
1. All-Purpose Pie Dough
A good start to a delicious pie is flaky, buttery dough. Try not to over-mix it because you do not want to end up with a tough dough. Many recipes will suggest using a food processor to make the dough.
If you do not have one, no problem! You can use a pastry cutter or even two knives.
2. Classic American Apple Pie
There’s something about apple pie that is so comforting. The combination of spices, brown sugar, the sweet apples and of course, the pie dough make this a winner for any holiday from Halloween to Thanksgiving.
Try using different types of apples in your pie to see which you like best, like Granny Smith and Pink Gala. You can also add fresh cranberries for tartness.
3. Cranberry Orange Tart
Cranberries are a great way to brighten up your table this holiday
season! They are a pretty tart fruit, but are sweetened with sugar and
This is the perfect pie for when you’re in the mood for something less traditional during the holiday season. Cranberries and orange are classic combination and whether you use a regular pie crust or graham cracker crust, try out this recipe.
4. Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie
This sweet pie is a great twist on a traditional pecan pie. With the additions of maple syrup and of course bourbon, this pie filling is taken to the next level. A little bourbon is always a good thing! Take a look at this cocktail inspired by pecan pie.
Why have a regular sweet potato pie when you can impress at the dessert table this year with a flaky crust and the sweet taste of bacon and pecans. Get the pie recipe here.
5. Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a personal favorite and even better when topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream! I sometimes add a splash of bourbon and a little cinnamon to my whipped cream for some extra flavor.
This apple pie is definitely something to talk about around the kitchen table! The filling tastes like normal apple pie, but the crust is different because there is cheddar cheese included in the dough. Who would’ve thought that this flavor combination could actually work?
Try out this pie to impress your guests! Sure, you can have a classic
cherry pie or other fruit pie any time of year, but there’s something
about a cheddar crust that just says autumn. Here is the recipe.
7. Free Form Peach Pie
The name pretty much says it all. This type of pie is not prepared in a pie dish, but on a sheet pan much like a galette. You can still use pie dough for that flaky pie crust and it is best if filled with fruit. Try out different fruits that are in season, and make a Strawberry Pie or a Blueberry Pie with this fun recipe.
This type of pie has a very natural, rustic look. Top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and let the games begin. Here is the recipe.
8. Chocolate Cream Pie
If you are a chocolate lover, than this pie is for you! Homemade chocolate pudding is made for this recipe with an added hint of espresso powder to really bring out the flavors. Try using different kinds of chocolate to see which you like best: semi-sweet, bittersweet chocolate, or milk chocolate.
You can also add slices of banana to the bottom of the baked pie
crust for a Banana Chocolate Cream Pie, or frozen raspberries into the
mix for a Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie. Here’s the recipefor this great blank slate! Still not enough chocolate? Try making this chocolate pie doughor adding white chocolate shavings to the top of the pie itself.
Want a break from the sweetness? Well, savory pies do exist and are a
very satisfying meal. Most look stunning on your table whether it’s for
your valentine, an Easter crowd, or a hungry Christmas dinner crew.
9. Mushroom Pie
This pie is filled with with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs. The filling is surrounded by another cheese crust, this time using Parmesan. Mouthwatering!
Even if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, this is a versatile recipe
that can even use meat if you want something heartier. Here is the recipe.
10. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is a perfect meal and has everything you need: vegetables, meat and pie crust. So hearty and flavorful, the great thing you can do is use leftover shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken.
The added egg wash brushed on top of the pie dough before gives you a shiny crust. Check out this recipe.
Do you prefer savory or sweet pies? Let us know in the comments below!
Can’t pick which slice to indulge in? It’s easy as pie, actually!
It may be hard to see the resemblance at first, but Kendall Jenner and your Thanksgiving turkey have a lot in common. They both get tons of attention, but at the end of the day, they’re both overshadowed by their curvier, sweeter siblings. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about Kim Kardashian—and pie, the flaky, round pastry that makes fielding Uncle Jim’s awkward dinner questions totally worthwhile. It goes without saying that you’re going to eat a slice or two—even if you’re trying to watch your weight. But that doesn’t mean you have to gobble down the very worst slice on the table to satisfy your taste buds.
To help you pick the best indulgence for your belly, the staff at Eat This, Not That! took a look at America’s most popular pies. After examining the nutritional profiles of each, we ranked them by their calorie, fat, and sugar contents. Although the actual nutritional numbers of your mom’s recipe may vary, we’ve gotten pretty close to what you can expect on your table this year.
From Best to Worst…
Coconut Cream Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 240 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 260 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 2 g protein
Of all the pies on your holiday table, this airy tropical-flavored treat is the very best bet for your waistline. You have its “topless” design and egg-based filling to thank for that.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 262 calories, 10 g fat, 5 g saturated
fat, 145 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 2 g protein
Strawberry pie is another variation that’s usually made without a top crust, which helps to keep the calorie and fat count on the conservative side.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 290 calories, 12.5 g fat, g saturated
fat, 359 mg sodium, 43.6 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 12.4 g sugar, 2.2 g
This oft-overlooked pie is surprisingly low in sugar compared to the
other options on your holiday table. Plus, the berries pack a big
antioxidant punch and can help your body stave off heart disease and
cancer. It’s a win-win your taste buds and your waistline are sure to
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 302 calories, 12 g fat, 2.4 g saturated
fat, 297 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 4.8 g protein
Not only is this slice one of the best bets for your belly, it’s also high in beta-carotene, a nutrient that fights prostate cancer, protects your eyesight, and keeps mucous membranes resistant to infection. Pair your slice with a cup of one of these weight loss teas for a healthy—yet totally comforting—dessert.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated
fat, 390 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 2 g protein
The phytonutrients in apples may help fight colon and liver cancers, but you’ll want to skip the ice-cream topper if you decide to indulge. Although this slice ranks high on our list, it already contributes enough calories to your meal.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 7 g saturated
fat, 370 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 3 g protein
Cherries are chock-full of anthocyanins, which increase the strength of blood vessels and protect your lungs from smoke. Bonus: This pie is surprisingly low in sugar for a dessert. For an added hit of vitamins, top your slice with a serving of fresh cherries. Noshing on the fruit will keep your hands occupied so you aren’t tempted to go back for more treats.
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 19 g fat, 8 g saturated
fat, 350 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 3 g protein
Although this pie is more popular during the summer months, many people still include it as part of their Thanksgiving spread. This is another pie that’s lower in sugar than we anticipated, but its high fat content still makes us raise an eyebrow. Indulge if you must, but we suggest steering clear of fattier side dishes like mac and cheese if you don’t want to bust a button.
Sweet Potato Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 330 calories, 13 g fat, 6 g saturated
fat, 270 mg sodium, 48 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 4 g protein
A single slice of this Southern delicacy carries more than day’s worth of sugar! If you decide to indulge, cut yourself off after round one. And if Grandma sends you home with leftover treats, fight the urge to nibble them all at once with the help of some low-calorie snacks.
Mixed Berry Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 340 calories, 17 g fat, 8 g saturated
fat, 330 mg sodium, 44 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 3 g protein
Raspberries and blueberries and strawberries, oh my! A mixed berry pie packs a hefty vitamin and antioxidant punch, but its health benefits are a bit overshadowed by the artery-clogging saturated fat in the crust. But honestly, did you expect anything less? We’re talking about pie, after all!
Banana Cream Pie
Filled with bananas and a just-sweet-enough pudding mixture, this classic recipe may look a bit healthier than the rest, but in reality, it falls towards the middle of the lot. If you want something creamy for fewer calories, have some bread pudding instead. A standard serving of a homemade recipe will cost you a cool 190 calories.
AND THE #1 WORST PIE IS…
Peanut Butter Pie
1 piece (1/8 of 9″ pie): 531 calories, 41 g fat, 19 g saturated
fat, 390 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 2.1 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 11 g protein
Cream cheese, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, confectioners sugar,
and whipped topping all join together to create this caloric,
fat-filled, mushy mess of a dessert. You could literally down 14 mini
peanut butter cups and still not take in as many calories or fat. This
is a definite Not That! Just say no when Uncle Joe offers you a slice—no
matter how much slack he gives you.