Although pies tend to be reserved for special occasions like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, there's no wrong time to dust off your apron, measure out a new recipe, and try your hand at baking a delicious pie from scratch.
Whether you favor sweet, berry-filled pies, ones featuring creamy custard, or classic pumpkin mixtures, there's truly a pie for every kind of craving. Think classic blueberry pie, a super easy, no-bake peanut butter creation, a crème brûlée-inspired dessert, and even a vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie.
With so many flavor combinations, you'll be hardpressed to choose just one. Ahead, discover 10 of what just may be the very best pie recipes of all time.
Chocolate Pecan Coconut Custard Pie
The Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Coconut Custard Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Coconut flakes give this pie an extra boost of flavor and styling points.
Pro Tip: "A refrigerated pie crust is the perfect shortcut for a coconut custard filling studded with dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, and chopped pecans," Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes writes.
Why We Love It: You're just ten ingredients away from creating an indulgent dessert fit for serving a crowd. Not only does it require limited ingredients, it also takes just 10 minutes of prep work before you can stick the pie in the oven.
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
The Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe calls for an organic apple fruit filling that you can buy straight from the store, which also happens to be the hero of this crazy easy recipe.
Pro Tip: Drizzle homemade icing over the top of the pie after its done baking to finish off the sweet dessert, Chelsea Lords of Chelsea's Messy Apron suggests.
Why We Love It: This is a pie recipe for the baking adverse. It calls for a store-bought crust and a pre-made apple filling for the easiest "homemade" pie ever. Because you can work hard, or you can work smart.
Classic Homemade Blueberry Pie
The Recipe: Classic Homemade Blueberry Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Obviously, fresh blueberries are the star ingredient of this classic recipe.
Pro Tip: "Homemade dough is definitely the way to go," says Kayla Howey of The Original Dish. "It’s easy, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you ever bought pie crusts from the store."
Why We Love It: This is a timeless dessert that will never fail to impress. The recipe lets the simple ingredients speak for themselves and calls for homemade pie dough and filling made with fresh blueberries, brown sugar, butter, and cornstarch.
Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
The Recipe: Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Gluten-free flour is what makes this pie possible. It makes for a crisp, flavorful gluten-free crust.
Pro Tip: Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker points out that the homemade dough stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days so you can always make it in advance to save yourself time the day of an event.
Why We Love It: When it comes to vegan and gluten-free pies, this recipe is one of the best. No one would guess it's vegan or gluten-free since it just tastes so good. Plus, with only ten ingredients, it's a cinch to make.
Four Berry Pie
The Recipe: The Very Best Four Berry Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Berries are the star of this pie recipe—it calls for not one, but four different varieties.
Pro Tip: Don't forget to roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface to keep it from sticking to your countertops.
Why We Love It: This pie is filled with a variety of fresh berries, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Perfect for summer (and for anyone who appreciates variety), this pie is as sweet as it is satisfying.
No-Bake Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
The Recipe: No-Bake Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Peanut butter certainly takes center stage in this pie recipe thanks to its powerful flavor and irresistibly creamy texture.
Pro Tip: "When the heat wave hits and you’re craving something sweet, this frozen pie hits the spot," according to Tiffany Edwards, the author of Creme de la Crumb.
Why We Love It: This pie is far from traditional, but it's oh so tasty. The best part is, you don't even have to turn on the oven to put together this frozen dessert, which features a peanut butter filling and a chocolate crust.
The Recipe: Healthy Orange Pie with Almond Crust
The Hero Ingredient: Shockingly, the hero ingredient of this deliciously healthy pie is actually cottage cheese. It's full of protein that your body needs and gives the filling a light, fluffy texture.
Pro Tip: Make this pie at the start of the week so you can have a healthy breakfast (or snack) ready for you throughout the week, Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness suggests.
Why We Love It: It's a gluten-free creation that's healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Made with ingredients like cottage cheese, orange juice, and eggs, it's a dish you can feel good about eating just about any time of day.
Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Liqueur Crème Brûlée Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Hazelnut liqueur gives this pie (and the whipped cream topping) a dose of extra flavor and a deliciously rich scent.
Pro Tip: "It may not look perfect, but it tastes better than any picture perfect store-bought pie out there," according to Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
Why We Love It: Although a crème brûlée pie may sound complicated, any novice baker can pull off this chocolatey dessert. It calls for a flakey crust, a layer of brownies, and a layer of crème brûlée filling infused with hazelnut liqueur.
Maple Pear and Ginger Pie
The Recipe: Maple Pear and Ginger Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Pears serve as the fruity base of this flavorful pie. They're unexpected and work beautifully with the maple and ginger ingredients.
Pro Tip: "We love using the ginger in the pie because it gives it just a hint of freshness," Teri Lyn Fisher, one of the founders of Spoon Fork Bacon, writes.
Why We Love It: This pie is a departure from the typical apple and chocolate creations. It calls for a homemade cream cheese pie dough filled with pears, candied ginger, maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs, and nutmeg.
The Recipe: Homemade Pecan Pie
The Hero Ingredient: Pecans are the star of this dessert, of course. They offer that quintessential fall flavor with just the right amount of crunch.
Pro Tip: By using more natural ingredients instead of corn syrup, your homemade pie will taste even more flavorful, according to Krista Rollins, the foodie behind Joyful Healthy Eats.
Why We Love It: Unlike some other pecan pie recipes, this one omits the usual corn syrup ingredient for a healthier dessert with all the traditional flavors. It's perfect for Thanksgiving or any other time you have a hankering for pecan pie.