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Our test kitchen has baked thousands of pies over the years, refining recipes for shoofly, chess, meringue, and other classics. Berries and stone will soon give give way to pumpkins and apples, but before we say bye bye to summer, consider whipping up a single- or double-crusted wonder (a marble pastry board helps!). With a bit of practice, it’ll be easy as, well, you know.  

Next time you crave a slice of Americana, take your pick from our favorite pie recipes from the archives.

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble
Photography by Joseph De Leo

This updated Southern classic gets a chocolate boost by adding cacao nibs to the butter crust. The nutty cornbread topping provides a welcome crunch. Get the recipe >

Lallah Rookh Pie

Lalla Rookh Pie
Photography by Kat Craddock

Originally an old-fashioned dessert and cocktail from New York, this boozy freezer pie of vanilla ice cream and rum has a digestive biscuit crust studded with toasted walnuts. Get the recipe >

Nell Huffman’s Blueberry Pie

Nell Huffman's Blueberry Pie
Photography by Kat Craddock

In Takotna, Alaska, where Iditarod dogsled racers stop for pie, locals freeze wild blueberries for baking in the long winters. Checkpoint coordinator and pie master Nell Huffman adds a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to her berry filling. Get the recipe >

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie for fall pies
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Known in the Heartland as “Hoosier Pie,” 19th-century Amish and Shaker settlers introduced this recipe with a creamy nutmeg-dusted custard filling. In summer, serve it with fresh berry compote or a dollop of dulce de leche ice cream. Get the recipe >

Nectarine Blueberry Vanilla Bean Hand Pies

Nectarine, Blueberry, and Vanilla Bean Hand Pies
Photography by Matt Taylor-Gross

Bakers Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga of Ovenly in Brooklyn shared this recipe for a grab-and-go berry treat that doubles as a breakfast tart. Get the recipe >

Lemon Meringue Pie

Modern Snack Bar Lemon Meringue Pie
Photography by Landon Nordeman

A diner classic from Modern Snack Bar on Long Island’s North Fork, this lemon meringue pie has a cloudlike topping piled sky high over lemon curd filling. Get the recipe >

Plum Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Plum Lattice Pie
Photography by Belle Morizio

In many parts of the country, late summer means plum season. In this recipe, the ripe, juicy fruit gets a tart lift from the last of the season’s blackberries. Almond extract lends a floral, nutty note. Get the recipe >

Plum Pie

Plum Pie for plum recipes
Photography by James Roper

Sweetened with grape jelly, this late-summer fruit pie is a favorite at big family picnics on a ranch in Oklahoma. Get the recipe >

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie
Photography by Helen Rosner

The mother of Cincinnati restaurant critic Keith Pandolfi was known for this custard-filled pie topped lovingly with mounds of whipped cream. Get the recipe >

Sour Cherry Pie

Sour Cherry Pie
Photography by Brian Klutch

Sour cherries from Michigan’s fruit belt are the sweet-tart secret to this bubbly number enclosed in a buttery crust. Get the recipe >

Lemon Chiffon Pie

Lemon Chiffon Pie
Photography by Grant Cornett

Adapted from an easy Pennsylvania diner recipe, this pie’s chilled citrusy filling is more mousse than meringue. Get the recipe >

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