Best Summer Pies and Tarts

With these summer pie recipes, one slice just isn't enough

Whether you crave sweet summer fruit baked into a buttery, flaky pie dough, the refreshing tang of lemon icebox pie, or the cool creaminess of a chocolate cream pie, we’ve got dessert recipes perfect for summer. Whatever the filling, there’s one thing everyone can agree on—one slice just isn’t enough. Check out our favorite summer pie recipes.

Pies are wonderfully seasonal. Summer provides an abundance of fruits to use as fillings. It’s hard to pick a favorite—try our blackberry pie with lemon and nutmeg, boysenberry with cinnamon, or concord grape with tapioca.

Fruit pies are great, but sometimes you want the richness of a cream pie. To lighten them up for the summer, tart lemon and lime is the way to go. Lemon meringue pie is always a winner, with a layer of lemon curd topped with a cloud of meringue. We’ve got a basic key lime pie recipe if you’re feeling traditional, you should also try our coconut lime custard pie. Coconut milk provides a rich sweetness that is balanced by the zing of lime zest and juice.

Regardless of the season, sometimes decadence is the way to go. Chocolate pies are rich, sweet, and perfect any time of year. Our chocolate pudding pie is pure nostalgia. The simple homemade pudding and whipped cream is everything we wanted as children. Chocolate chess pie is a more grown-up version—a chocolate custard is spooned into a crust studded with cacao nibs and topped with a nutty cornbread crumble.

Find these recipes and more in our collection of great summer pie recipes.

Black and Blue Berry Pie

Inspired by his neighbor Olivia Pattison’s recipe, chef Chris Fischer uses tapioca in the filling of this pie because it thickens the juicy berry mixture without imparting its own flavor or becoming gummy. Minute tapioca pearls are easy to find in grocery stores, but if you like, substitute an equal amount of cornstarch.

Summer Peach Pie

Bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg add warmth to this bright summer peach pie from SAVEUR Food Editor Ben Mims.

Santa Claus Melon Tart

This unusual Santa Claus melon tart makes for the perfect summer dessert. A bright melon curd fills an almond crust, topped with fresh slices of the fruit. Get the recipe for Santa Claus Melon Tart »

Chocolate Pudding Pie

My mom, Ellendean, would occasionally surprise me with this creamy chocolate pie when I came home from school, then watch as I devoured a quarter of it while watching “M*A*S*H” reruns. —Keith Pandolfi Get the recipe for Chocolate Pudding Pie »

Blackberry Cream Pie with Toasted Oat and Sesame Crumb Crust

Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery in Durham, North Carolina makes cream pies all summer long that incorporate different fruits as they become available. This recipe works just as well with strawberries, peaches, cherries, or whatever is in peak season. It’s also a great way to use fruit that is just beyond its usability, whether bruised or overly ripe.

Blackberry Pie

When Jon Rowley was a child, his grandmother used to make juice from fresh-picked blackberries. In it, he says, “you could taste and smell the briar.” In this recipe, Rowley’s wife, Kate McDermott, has combined that flavor from his youth with a tender, flaky pie crust to create an exemplar of the Pacific Northwest’s cuisine.

Apricot Almond Tart

A combination of all-purpose and potato flours gives this simple summer tart a delicate, crumbly crust. Plums, peaches, or berries can be substituted for apricots.

Concord Grape Pie

This recipe comes from the so-called Grape Pie Queen of Naples, New York, Irene Bouchard. She started baking these sweet pies in the early ’70’s.

Boysenberry Pie

Blackberries or raspberries can be substituted for boysenberries in the filling for this jammy pie. Get the recipe for Boysenberry Pie »

Key Lime Pie

Condensed milk and Key lime juice serve as the base of this Floridian classic.

Plum Pie

Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris.
This summery pie can be made any time of year by substituting frozen, thawed raspberries and peaches for fresh fruit.

Rhubarb Pie

Make this pie with fresh rhubarb when in season, although frozen will do when not in season. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe for Rhubarb Pie »

Lemon Icebox Pie

This creamy lemon pie with homemade candied lemon peel is a delicious frozen treat. Get the recipe for Lemon Icebox Pie »

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble

Chocolate Chess Pie with Cornbread Crumble

Strawberry Pie

In this pie, orange zest nicely offsets the sweetness of the strawberries.

Coconut Lime Custard Pie

Coconut Lime Custard Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

A cloud of meringue is piled sky-high over lemon-curd filling in this recipe inspired by a diner classic served at the Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue, New York. Get the recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie »

French Silk Pie

This dreamy chocolate pie is a customer favorite at the Country Dove restaurant in Elk City, Oklahoma. Get the recipe for French Silk Pie »

Banoffee Pie

This banana-filled, caramel pie is a traditional English treat—topped with grated chocolate, it’s perfect for tea time. Get the recipe for Banoffee Pie »
Parisian chef Paule Caillat melts butter in the oven for a fast, versatile tart crust with intense nutty flavor that pairs beautifully with pastry cream and fresh berries.

Razzleberry Pie

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are brightened with lemon juice and zest to make the filling for this juicy pie. Get the recipe for Razzleberry Pie »

Amaretti Peach Tart (Crostata di Pesche Cotte e Amaretti)

Amaretti Peach Tart (Crostata di Pesche Cotte e Amaretti)

Chocolate Cream Pie

Creamy, pudding-like filling sits atop a crunchy cookie crust in this chilled chocolate dessert. Get the recipe for Chocolate Cream Pie »