While March 14 is officially Pi Day for mathematicians everywhere, that doesn’t mean that pie is limited to the holidays. Pie recipes are an easy, warm dessert to whip up in a pinch, and you can cut even more corners using pre-made pie crust. From chocolate pie recipes to classic apple pie recipes, we’ve compiled the best pie recipes this side of the Mississippi, including a few personal favorites.
While pretty pies are always dessert goals, the best pies never last that long out of the oven anyways. The best dessert recipes don’t, so let’s get started.
1. Salted Caramel Pear Pie with Spelt Sour Cream Crust
This easy pie recipe combines the freshness of the seasons with a decadent salted caramel spread. And can we also talk about this adorable crust?
You can accomplish your own secret message by overlaying alphabet cookie cutter letters over the lattice crust. Find the recipe here.
2. Lemon Buttermilk Pie
Lemon pies might be considered a summer specialty, but the reality is that lemons are freshest in the winter and early spring months. This lemon buttermilk pie plays with the seasons and is not short of lemon juice.
Similar to the base of a lemon meringue pie with its use of egg yolks, this lemon custard pie is tangy and tart with the buttermilk. Find the recipe here.
3. Peach + Marzipan Hand Pies
Nothing says summer quite like fresh peaches, though defrosted peaches from your freezer would work well, too. Hand pies are the perfect little dose of pie, they’re just enough to satiate the craving.
There’s nothing like homemade pie, except for 12 mini homemade pies. Find the recipe here.
4. French Silk Brownie Pie
There are chocolate pies, and then there are chocolate pies. This, lovingly, falls into the latter with a brownie batter base.
Throw in some bittersweet chocolate for a less sweet take, and this will easily become one of your favorite dinner recipes because sometimes, you just need pie for dinner. Find the recipe here.
5. Cinnamon Whiskey Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is a Texas tradition, especially when you use shelled pecans straight from the tree in your backyard. Use your favorite pie crust recipes, or use Pillsbury® pie crust in its place – that’s our favorite.
Brush a little brown sugar around the crust with an egg wash before you place it in the oven for a delicious, crystallized treat. Find the recipe here.
6. Sweet Potato Pie
Pie purists will tell you that no one can compete with Patti Labelle’s recipe for it, one that has become as beloved as her musical catalog. But those same purists cannot deny the deliciousness of this take, one that relies on teaspoons ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
Top with whipped cream, and you’ve got one of the best sweet potato pies around. Find the recipe here.
7. Easy Peanut Butter Pie
Nothing is as easy as peanut butter and that’s a fact. This core recipe is one of our favorite 5-ingredient recipes: graham cracker crumb crust, cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and whipped topping.
It all comes together in a large bowl, making eligible for a spot on our beloved one-pot recipes list. From Easter recipes to Halloween recipes, the peanut butter pie is always welcome. Find the recipe here.
8. Cherry Lemon Ginger Pie
Using only the freshest ingredients (or their frozen versions if not in season!), this cherry pie is a refreshing and tart take on the typically sweet pie recipe.
Whether you use homemade pie crust or store-bought, you can’t go wrong with a fresh filling that is also great for helping out those under the weather with its lemon and ginger. Find the recipe here.
9. Maine Blueberry Pie
Fresh blueberry pie is best enjoyed in an old Adirondack chair with a glass of chilled white wine on the arm rest while your toes dig into the sand and you look out over the Casco Bay. However, from the comfort of your kitchen table will do just fine.
The homemade pie crust is flaky, while the blueberries still maintain a little shape in the filling where they burst in your mouth. Can you tell blueberry pie is my favorite? Find the recipe here.
10. Pumpkin Pie
What would a pie list be without pumpkin pie? This Thanksgiving recipe sticks to a traditional take, using pumpkin purée and an autumnal blend of spices.
This is one of the easiest-ever holiday recipes, and it has even made its way into our favorite brunch recipes because pumpkin pie just works like that. Find one of our favorite Halloween pie recipes here.
11. S’mores Pie
You cannot dent the classic combination that is milk chocolate and marshmallows. There’s just something irresistibly simple and decadent about s’mores pie, and surprise! This recipe is vegan.
It doesn’t skimp on flavor, and you’ll feel even better after eating a slice or two. Because you can totally have another. You won’t even miss the milk chocolate. Find the recipe here.
12. Sour Cream Apple Pie
What would a pie list be without apple pie? Nothing! So that’s why this sour cream apple pie makes an appearance. Do not fear the sour cream, it adds a delicious tanginess to the filling.
This is so good, you could even use the filling as a part of a slew of crescent roll recipes with Pillsbury crescents, or top Pillsbury biscuits with the spread. Find the recipe here.
13. Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
If you’re not a fan of tomatoes, I really urge you to try a tomato straight from the vine in the summer sun. It just might change your entire life. That’s what this savory pie is made for: late summer afternoons where dinner just seems impossible, but pie seems just right.
Cook bacon to desired crispness and toss in the filling, then lay out the tomatoes. It is the prettiest pie this side of the Mississippi. Find the recipe here.