The holiday season is just around the corner, complete with the glory of cozy weather, winter cheer, and, most importantly, an abundance of pecan pie. What could be better? But even though the holidays are a lot of fun, they can also be a stressful time, especially if you're hosting. The key to keeping everything under control is planning. So if you want to avoid any last-minute grocery store runs and kitchen emergencies, prepare your meal ahead of time, paying particular attention to the grand finale: the pie.
Whether you're looking for a foodie-approved recipe (that also happens to be gluten-free or vegan-friendly) or you're all about pure indulgence this time of year, we've compiled the perfect roundup to complete your holiday menu. The hardest thing about this list of dessert recipes is choosing which one to make.
After perusing our favorite options, you'll be saying, "Let them eat pie!"
Salted Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie
If you're anything like us, you end up in a fetal position from fullness at the end of your holiday meal because you insist on "trying" all the desserts. But this pie delivers all your favorite flavor fixes in one slice. So if you only have time to make one pie this year and don't want to choose between pumpkin or pecan pie—no worries. You don't have to pick just one, thanks to this salted bourbon pecan pumpkin pie from Half Baked Harvest. Our holiday pie roundup wouldn't be the ultimate list without a recipe that calls for both pecans and pumpkin (and bourbon—who are we kidding?).
Gluten-Free Lemon Maple Pies
These personal pies from My Darling Lemon Thyme are major crowd-pleasers. Bake them in a muffin tin as a sort of elevated, unique spinoff of the classic cupcake. The small size makes them super charming and fun to dress up for displaying them. You can get crafty by piling them high on a tiered platter stand.
Apple Rose Caramel Tart
If you think this Sweet Simple Vegan apple rose tart is almost too pretty to eat, you're not alone. The good news is that it tastes even better than it looks. The best part about this decadent dessert is that it's actually pretty healthy. The crust is made of dates, figs, cinnamon, and a pinch of ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
In order to get those apple slices in such a beautiful and intricate rose formation, you need to warm them up first. Whether you throw them in the oven or the microwave for a few minutes, they'll be perfectly pliable after they're exposed to some heat.
Boozy Pecan Pie Bars With Sea Salt
With only five ingredients, under 10 minutes of prep, and zero oven time required, these Minimalist Baker pecan pie bars are the perfect dessert for anyone short on time. And just because you're in a hurry doesn't mean you have to neglect your sweet tooth. They're packed with all of our favorite things: booze, vanilla, pecans, dates, and a dash of sea salt. Plus, just when you thought this dessert was too good to be true, this rendition of a pecan pie is also vegan-friendly.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Tofu Peanut Butter Pie
Who doesn't love pie crust made from ground-up ginger snaps? And filled with creamy, rich peanut butter, no less. If you're planning on featuring two pies, one with a classic flaky pie crust and another that will accommodate your vegan and gluten-free guests joining you this holiday season, this My Darling Lemon Thyme chocolate tofu pie will fulfill the latter request. This recipe calls for vegan ginger-nut biscuits and coconut oil, so the pie is gluten-free and dairy-free. It's a unique dessert that'll leave an impression!
Pumpkin-Spiced Apple Pie
This Minimalist Baker recipe may be a traditional apple pie, but it comes with a pumpkin spice twist. And it's vegan, so your dairy-free and unrestricted guests alike will be able to enjoy it. Just add a little bit of coconut whipped cream or a scoop of vegan ice cream, and you'll be good to go!
Poppy Seed Sweet Zucchini Pie
How perfect is that little fir tree cut out of the center in this Mitzy at Home pie? While zucchini season is usually winding down by November, it's actually the perfect ingredient to use if you want to add in some creative, wintery motifs in anticipation of December. This is a great option if you love apple pie but want to try a new texture—just swap out the apples in favor of finely grated zucchini!
Vanilla Pudding Apple Cream Pie
This Mitzy at Home pie features a delicate vanilla pudding that pairs perfectly with the acidic apple filling layer. The contrasting flavors balance each other out to perfection. Beyond the comfort we associate with the flavors in this pie, it also looks like a soft, nurturing cloud. Good luck stopping after one bite (just try not to eat the whole thing before your guests arrive).