25 Pie Recipes to Make the World Go Round (Especially on Pie Day)

Happy Pie Day! Bake your way to perfection with our best pie recipes from molasses to banana cream

Who doesn’t love a slice of pie on a hot summer day or a cold winter night? Whether it’s a flaky, doughy crust, or a warm graham cracker crust, pies make for the perfect dessert. And on π Day, er, Pie Day, we want nothing more than a fresh, round pie straight from the oven.

Pie is incredibly versatile and can include everything from juicy fruit pies like blackberry pie, strawberry pie, and apple pie, to savory meats like huntsman’s pies, made with the same dough. They’re also a great way to use this summer’s bounty of fresh fruits, whether you favor stone fruits, berries, or citrus. Whipping up a fresh, homemade pie is a fun, easy summer activity, and any project that ends in a buttery, sweet slice of pie is definitely one that we like to take on.

Before you get started, make sure you’re all studied up on the best technique for how to roll pie dough and decide if you want to weave an elegant lattice atop your pie. Once you feel confident on how to bake pie, check out our collection of our favorite pie recipes that will have you coming back for seconds, and maybe even thirds.

Molasses Pie

Shoofly pie—a molasses-filled, crumb-topped concoction from Pennsylvania Dutch country—was supposedly given its name because its shiny, sweet, and aromatic filling attracted flies that needed to be politely asked to leave. The pie, which is sprinkled with buttery crumbs that sink into the molasses and give it a cakelike consistency when baked, is classically served one of two ways: “wet bottom” (cakelike up top and still fudgy below) or “dry bottom” (cakelike throughout). To us, it was a no-brainer to stop baking when the bottommost layer remained gooey and custard-like. Get the recipe for Molasses Pie »

Classic French Banana Cream Pie

This nearly forgotten recipe comes to us from the beloved Ships Diner in Los Angeles that closed in 1995. The whipped cream filling doesn’t require any cooking—no custard here—while some slices of banana and toasted almond add texture and flavor. A fast, easy-to-make pie from a bygone era that deserves a comeback. Get the recipe for Classic French Banana Cream Pie »

Blackberry-Plum Lattice Pie

Brown Coconut Pie

The original recipe for this pie, adapted from Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook, was a mere few lines—devoid of even a dough recipe and intended for laid-back, confident bakers. Using fresh grated coconut is essential: It creates the ideal texture and keeps the sugary filling from skewing too sweet. Use the fine side of a box grater, or place small pieces of fresh coconut in a food processor. Get the recipe for Brown Coconut Pie »

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. Get the recipe for Black and Blue Berry Pie »

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

This autumnal dessert is a lighter and more refined version of plain old pumpkin pie, thanks to egg whites folded into the filling. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie »

Summer Peach Pie

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

Plum Pie

Grape jelly intensifies the flavor of ripe plums in this sweet-tart summer pie from Drummond Ranch pie contestant Tracy Harris.

Blue-Ribbon Pecan Pie

This pecan pie’s toffee-like interior and beautiful bronze top layer of halved pecans takes the first prize.

Vanilla-Scented Quince and Pear Pie

This sweet, tart fruit pie is a beautiful showcase for the flavors of fall and winter. It’s great on a holiday table, and is at its best when served alongside a plate of cheese: the rich quince flavor balances beautifully with a wedge of funky, crumbly blue beside it on the plate.

Strawberry Pie

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

Get the recipe for 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. Get the recipe for Blackberry Pie »

Caramel-Apple Pie

A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling.

Key Lime Pie

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

Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Home baker Louise Piper won a 1997 blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair with this pie. The recipe appeared in Leah Eskin’s “State Fair” (July/August 1998).

Bouchon’s Apple Pie

Classic apple pie gets an upgrade at Las Vegas’ Bouchon Bakery, where pastry chef Scott Wheatfill tops a flaky sweet crust with housemade apple butter and almond cream. The result is a delicate, refined tart with a creamy interior and a concentrated spicy flavor. Get the recipe for Bouchon’s Apple Pie »

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.

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chef Scott Crawford of the forthcoming Standard Foods in Raleigh updates the simple Southern custard pie by adding cacao nibs to the butter crust and sprinkling a nutty cornbread crumble on top.

Indiana Sugar Cream Pie

As Indiana’s state pie, this rich, nutmeg-dusted custard pie also goes by the name “Hoosier Pie.”

Chocolate Pudding Pie

This rich, creamy chocolate pudding pie is pure nostalgia.

Summer Peach Pie

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

Nectarine and Blueberry Hand Pies

These pies sell themselves, so my only goal with this photo was to bring you as close to their gorgeous, crusty details as possible.

Black-Bottom Pie

Creamy chocolate custard flavored with a touch of rum fills a buttery, chocolate cookie crust in this popular dessert.

Navy Bean Pie

The silky, custardlike base of this autumnal pie is made from sweetened navy bean purée spiced with nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. Get the recipe for Navy Bean 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.

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