As the temperature drops outside, things start to warm up in the kitchen. With a bounty of seasonal produce available and a host of earthy spices, it means only one thing — it’s pie time! From the Thanksgiving classics to more unusual twists, here’s a veritable buffet of recipes you’ll be dying to stick your fork into.
14 fall pies to fall for as the holidays draw near
Pumpkin PieThanksgiving means pumpkin pie. If you haven't tried your hand at it yet, this is a good recipe to experiment with. Starting with a homemade crust, blogger Willow details every step so you'll feel like she's right with you in your kitchen. We like that.
GET THE RECIPE HEREWill Cook For Friends
Mini Cranberry Apple PiesYou know these cuties are going to be a hit with the kids, but watch the adults try to sneak an extra one when you're not looking. Blogger Jillian describes them as "sweet, tangy, buttery, flaky and delicious," pretty much ticking all the boxes in our pie books.
GET THE RECIPE HERECatch My Party
Salted Caramel Apple PieThis recipe guarantees your house will be filled with sweet aromas, like a bakery, according to blogger Sally. And if salted caramel in the filling wasn't decadent enough, the pie gets a generous drizzle just before serving. Naturally, serve it with ice cream.
GET THE RECIPE HERESally's Baking Addiction
Apple Butter PiePumpkin pie naysayers (who are you!?), this is the pie recipe you've been waiting for. Fall-tastic apple butter makes for a filling that's reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but is full of delicious cinnamon-apple notes instead. Bonus: The filling takes five minutes to make.
GET THE RECIPE HERETastes of Lizzy T's
Cherry PieThere's something to be said about this classic pie, and we think blogger Ali sums it up perfectly: "Homemade cherry pie is the best!!!" There are five cups of cherries to be pitted, but the end result will make all the effort worth it.
GET THE RECIPE HEREGimme Some Oven
Apple Quince Tart with Gluten-Free Buckwheat CrustOK, technically, this is a tart, but we're looking at it as sort of a single-crust pie. Just look at how gorgeous it looks! Bursting with cardamom-infused quince and caramelized apples, it makes for a real showstopper. Get in our belly now!
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Bojon Gourmet
Sour Cream Raisin PieBlogger Toni found this recipe in her grandmother's recipe box, so you know it has to be excellent. Just imagine a silken custard filling with vanilla-scented raisins delicately spiced with cinnamon and cloves. Warm or cold, this pie is always a winner.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBoulder Locavore
Vegan Purple Sweet Potato PieVegan folks, rejoice. Paleo and gluten-free peeps, join the celebrations as well because this pie has all your names on it. If you can't find ube yams, substitute them with regular sweet potatoes instead. The coconut almond crust will taste good either way.
GET THE RECIPE HEREThe Endless Meal
Chocolate Pecan PieWhen the first ingredient is chocolate, it's obviously hard to resist. So don't. Set on a buttery graham cracker crust, this version takes the traditional Thanksgiving pie to a whole new level. But be nice, go on and share it with your guests.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFeasts for All Seasons
Coconut Sweet Potato PieA healthier pie? Shhhhh, you don't need to tell anyone. It starts with a crust made partly with whole wheat flour and a spiced sweet potato filling that's enriched with coconut oil and coconut milk instead of butter. We'll take two slices, please!
GET THE RECIPE HEREBack to Her Roots
Ginger Pear PiePear is not the first fruit that comes to mind for pie, but we're loving this version warmed up with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and crystallized ginger. Of course, serve it warm with a delicious (albeit generous) scoop of vanilla ice cream.
GET THE RECIPE HEREBoulder Locavore
Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach PieYes, yes, yes yes! Channel the enthusiasm of Sally from When Harry Met Sally. There's nothing in this pie that doesn't make us salivate instantly. Topped with a buttery streusel and served with vanilla ice cream, watch slices vanish in no time.
GET THE RECIPE HEREHost The Toast
Canadian Maple Pie"Quebec maple pie = Heaven in a pastry crust," writes blogger Julie. With the main filling ingredients of pure maple syrup and heavy cream, we can see why. This recipe saves time using a pre-baked crust, so all you do is refrigerate the pie and then devour.
GET THE RECIPE HERETastefully Julie
Cheesecake Pumpkin Pecan PieErm, this is three (yes three!) desserts in one. That means you don't have that terribly stressful task of deciding which kind you want to indulge in. This pie really does let you have it all. And we are not complaining.
GET THE RECIPE HEREParsley, Sage & Sweet