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25 Best Thanksgiving Pies and Easy Tart Recipes

From pumpkin and pecan to peanut butter, these Thanksgiving pies will be the star of your table.

And the best part is, they’re all insanely easy to make!

Pear Tart with Almonds
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Picture this: red and gold leaves on the ground, a house filled with family fun, and a table full of festive treats!

That’s right, the holidays are officially here. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll need this list of Thanksgiving pie recipes to get you through the season.

Pumpkin pie is a no-brainer. But what’s a holiday feast without cranberry, sweet potato, and apple?

Are you hungry yet? Let’s dive in!

1. Butternut Squash Pie

Using butternut squash in place of (or in addition to) pumpkin makes a nice change as we approach the holidays. 

The flavor is pretty similar, but butternut squash is often more accessible. And it makes a super tasty Thanksgiving pie recipe.

Serve with some whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. 

Sweet and Buttery Mock Apple Pie

2. Mock Apple Pie

As the name suggests, this apple pie has a secret. Can you guess what it is?

That’s right – there’s not actually any apples in the mix! Crazy, I know. But it works.

This recipe is lightning-fast and a terrific budget-friendly option for anyone feeding a crowd. It’s also a fun conversation starter.

3. No-Bake Butterscotch Pie

Between the Biscoff cookie crust, the no-bake butterscotch filling, and the brown sugar and cinnamon whipped cream, this pie is dangerous.

Seriously, one slice just isn’t enough. And that’s before you add the dreamy toffee drizzle!

Better yet, since this is a no-bake pie, it won’t take up any valuable space in the oven. How’s that for a win-win?

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4. Cranberry Orange Custard Pie

As much as I love old favorites like apple, pecan, pumpkin, etc., I really enjoy putting out something different. 

This cranberry and orange pie has oodles of fresh, tart cranberries with a silky-smooth orange custard to balance out the fruit’s sourness. 

The custard will bake right in the shell, and you don’t even have to blind-bake the pie crust!

5. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

If you checked out my list of 24 Indulgent Desserts (if not, go ahead. I’ll wait), you know I have a slight obsession with salted caramel. 

So when my love of salted caramel and fall-favorite pumpkin can come together, I’m there!

Not only does this recipe give you a smooth a perfect spice pumpkin pie, it actually incorporates salted caramel right into the filling. 

6. Cinnamon Pie

This recipe is essentially a cinnamon-spiced cheesecake, and it’s not for the faint at heart. 

It is creamy, sweet, and packed with cinnamon. 

You know that smell you get when you walk into Michael’s in the Winter? They took that and put it into this pie!

And it works! The cream cheese balances the spice flawlessly, but the flavor is undeniably festive. 

7. Lemon Meringue Pie

You might not think lemon meringue pie is a very festive dessert for Thanksgiving, but I think it’s ideal.

Why? Because in a sea of heavy, rich foods, it’s wonderfully light and zippy.

This one features a layer of creamy cheesecake along with plenty of gooey meringue on top. And every bite is better than the last.

Sliced Homemade Sweet Potato Pie with Pecans

8. Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

If you’re only feeding a few people this year and can’t decide which pie to make, here’s your solution.

Sweet potato and pecan pie in one heavenly bite.

It’s creamy, silky-smooth, and chock full of butter pecans. Who could say no to that?

Slice of Sweet and Creamy Chess Pie

9. Chess Pie

If you’ve never had chess pie before, get ready to fall in love.

Like the mock apple pie above, this one was created to help save people some money.

So it only calls for pantry staples and a single bowl for the filling. But when it’s done, you’ll have a luxurious custard filling with a lovely crust on top.

Sliced Of Homemade Sweet Potato Pie with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream

10. Sweet Potato Pie

If you’re a fan of pumpkin pie but want something a little different, you have to try this sweet potato pie recipe.

It’s just as smooth, spiced, and scrumptious. And it’s just as festive for Thanksgiving.

But homemade sweet potato pie filling is way easier to make than pumpkin. Plus, they’re available all year round!

11. Pear and Almond Tart

This might just be the prettiest Thanksgiving pie recipe on the list. 

The combination of the almond frangipane with the pears is incredible, and the apricot glaze makes the whole thing pop. 

It might not be a classic, but I have a feeling it’ll become a family staple.

Slice of Homemade Texas Pecan Pie

12. Texas Pecan Pie

Pecans are a Southern staple, and nobody does pie better than Texas.

So if you need a fool-proof recipe to please a crowd, this is it.

It’s rich, sticky, and brimming with incredible texture. And if you use a ready-made pie crust, it’ll be in the oven in no time.

Homemade Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

13. Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

I know this one looks a lot like the chess pie recipe. But it’s slightly different when you take a closer look.

As you might’ve guessed, it features buttermilk. So it’s got a noticeably tangy flavor.

But where the chess pie has a slightly grainy texture (due to the cornmeal), this one is silky smooth.

14. No-Bake German Chocolate Pie

German chocolate cake is wonderfully moist and dark with a unique coconut and pecan topping.

And this German chocolate pie is no different!

Between the luxurious ganache filling and the nutty top, it’s beyond decadent. Serve it with whipped cream, and your guests will go wild.

Homemade Peanut Butter Tart Pie

15. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

When you’re busy making a million sides, and the perfect turkey, a no-bake pie can really take the stress away.

It’s a delicius make-ahead dessert the whole family will love.

The filling is a delicious mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, milk, and Cool Whip. So it comes together in a snap.

Amish Sugar Cream Pie

16. Amish Sugar Cream Pie

Need an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dessert? It doesn’t get more old-fashioned than Amish!

Made with white sugar, half-and-half, whipping cream, brown sugar, and cornstarch, it’s not exactly healthy.

But it’s the holidays, right? And this dish is worth every calorie.

Sweet and Crumbly Homemade Dutch Apple Pie with Ice Cream

17. Dutch Apple Pie

Nothing says Happy Holidays quite like an apple pie. It’s a comforting favorite for a reason.

And when you add a buttery crumble to the top, you take it to another level.

It’s way easier than adding a fancy pastry pattern, and you’ll love the extra crunch.

18. Spiced Plum Pie

The color of this pie alone makes it worthy of your holiday table. Not to mention the fact that it’s vegan!

And while plum might not be in your top Thanksgiving pie ideas, nobody will be able to resist a slice.

I think it’s best served warm with ice cream. But if you let it cool, it’ll be wonderfully jammy.

19. Shoofly Pie

My Nana used to make a simplified version of shoo-fly pie, and as good as that was, this recipe takes the cake, or should I say, “takes the pie!”

When baked, you will end up with three layers: a crumble top, a sweet cake-like filling, and a syrup on the bottom. 

I like to add bourbon-soaked raisins to my pie, just like my Nana did. But it’s just as good without them.

20. Apple Cheddar Pie

Ok, hear me out! Apple and cheddar works. It just works, and you really should give it a go.

And I’m not talking about adding a block of cheese to the apple filling. I’m not a monster!

But it does have cheese in the crust and just a little with the apples.

There’s something about the savory mature cheddar with the tart and sweet apples that is so satisfying. 

21. Honey Pie

This pie’s creamy custard is flavored with honey, for something wonderfully different but equally as delicious. 

Custard pies are simple, smooth, and incredibly moreish. 

I love that this recipe incorporates honey for something out of the box. I think you’ll love it too!

22. Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe

It’s not Thanksgiving without a classic pumpkin pie.

And while there are a million recipes out there, I almost always come back to Libby’s.

It’s quick, easy, and never disappoints.

Slice of Kentucky Derby Pie

23. Kentucky Derby Pie

If you need a medal-winning pie, this is it.

It starts out with a pastry crust, which is buttery and delightful. But it’s the filling that’s the real star.

Chocolate chips, walnuts, corn syrup, and bourbon – what more could you ask for?

24. Gingersnap Cranberry Lime Pie

This one is definitely not your typical pie for Thanksgiving, but it so should be.

It’s filled with flavor and is absolutely beautiful. 

The crust is a mix of gingersnaps, walnuts, butter, and brown sugar and doesn’t need to be rolled. Just press it into the pie dish and bake for 12-15 minutes. 

And while the cranberry filling is a bit more involved, the curd is to die for!

25. Toffee Almond Pie

Pecan pie is always top of the list during the holiday, with its crunchy top and gooey center. 

This pie has all the same textures and a very similar filling. The critical difference is that it uses almonds.

Unlike pecans, which have a substantial crunch, the sliced almonds provide a wonderfully crisp texture with each bite. 

25 Best Thanksgiving Pies

Looking for the best Thanksgiving pies? From pumpkin to pecan, to peanut butter, these traditional pies will be the star of your Thanksgiving table.


  • Butternut Squash Pie

  • Mock Apple Pie

  • No-Bake Butterscotch Pie

  • Cranberry Orange Custard Pie

  • Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie

  • Cinnamon Pie

  • Lemon Meringue Pie

  • Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

  • Chess Pie

  • Sweet Potato Pie

  • Pear and Almond Tart

  • Texas Pecan Pie

  • Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

  • No-Bake German Chocolate Pie

  • No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

  • Amish Sugar Cream Pie

  • Dutch Apple Pie

  • Spiced Plum Pie

  • Shoofly Pie

  • Apple Cheddar Pie

  • Honey Pie

  • Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie Recipe

  • Kentucky Derby Pie

  • Gingersnap Cranberry Lime Pie

  • Toffee Almond Pie


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  • Prep a delicious pie in 30 minutes or less!
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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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