Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

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  • Annette McKenzie

    10-12 pies are baked in our home every Thanksgiving Eve. Family members and friends join us for a little wine and a lot of pie making the Wednesday before Thanksgiving every year. It’s always so much fun. My husband prepares the pie dough early in the morning and then everyone grabs a pie recipe or two to prepare. We get to catch up, laugh, act silly, and enjoy each other’s company before the chaos of Thanksgiving dinner and the start of the holiday season.

  • Mary

    Two pumkin, & two Rhubarb cheesecake pies. Pumkins for me and the father-in-law, Rhubarb cheesecake pie’s for my husband. He won’t eat the Pumkin pie, lol.

  • Juli Cook

    It’s good to know our family is not alone…I’ll be making four….count em’….FOUR desserts for our Thanksgiving dinner this year…pumpkin pie (I’ve always used the recipe on the back of the Libby’s canned pumpkin label), pecan pie, my mother’s “Jewish Apple Cake”, and for the first time, we’ll be going with your recipe for Indian pudding. Finally, we’ll “gild the lily” with mounds of fresh, homemade whipped cream. For the lightweights, I’ll serve fresh mandarin oranges, pears and apples with nuts. Note: there’ll only be five of us together this year (we have six children, but only three will be with us).

  • marilyn

    Does anyone have a recipe for pumpkin crunch pie?

  • Carol Shani

    With much concentration, I prepared Suzanne’s old fashioned pumpkin pie from scratch (including filling and recommended pie crust). The proof will be in the eating tonight but it smelled absolutely delicious and looks wonderful. Many thanks!

  • Cecelia

    I am currently baking an apple pie and about to start making the crust for the pumpkin pie. We will be having 8 adults here…but we also have a just finished homemade cheesecake.

  • radish

    Have a great thanksgiving!! I am also making an apple cranberry pie – I can’t wait! one pie though as it’ll just be the 2 of us!

  • Espahan

    I started making my pies today before coming to read this blog. I made two standard pumpkin pies, homemade crusts, extra spices, and one apple/quince pie, an experiment. So we will have three pies for eight grownups and one four year old grandson. Now I’m wondering it this will be enough. I may have to try Elise’s caramelized nut tarts. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, you all.

  • Alanna

    Smart man, your father!

    I’m making three pies this year, even though we’ve only four for dinner. Two are for other families who put in ‘special requests’! And then the next day I’m making six (I think) for a church bazaar on Saturday. Tell your dad we’ll do Battle of the Pie someday! Happy Thanksgiving, Ms Elise …

  • Robin

    I love pie! I grew up in a pie family (my husband is from a cake family) and Thanksgiving is my opportunity to revel in pies. My mom is the master pie baker and she will be bringing pies to the feast: huckleberry (picked by my parents in the forests near Mendocino), blackberry (from along their creek), apple (my grandma’s recipe), pumpkin chiffon, key lime, and regular pumpkin spice. One year, she made 14 different pies for our feast. There were only 9 people at the dinner!!! We indulged in pie for days afterward. Yum…

  • Kathleen

    I’ve never been sure if all the little ones really like pumpkin pie or just want the chance to squirt Ready Whip all over it (and straight in their mouth if the grownups aren’t paying attention.)

  • Jessica

    I brought the Sour Cream Apple Pie with Streusel Topping to the Thanksgiving party that I attended last year. It was a big enough hit that I am bringing it again this year. Thanks for posting such great recipes.

  • Lindsey

    Elise, thank you so much for posting the apple cranberry pie recipe! I made one years ago that was so delicious, but I lost the recipe. I was just planning to wing it tonight.
    I’ll take a slice of pie over a piece of cake any day. Apple is my hands-down favorite, but this year I’m making the apple cranberry pie and a pumpkin pie. I wasn’t going to make a pumpkin pie, but a very sweet lady gave me a jar of canned pie pumpkin that looks so delicious I just have to use it. Her recipe does not turn out a smooth, custard-style pie but a nice, chunky, textured pie. I will attach the recipe. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

    Pumpkin Pie

    2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin or winter squash
    3/4 cups packed brown sugar
    2 Tbsp. molasses
    1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
    3/4 tsp. salt
    3/4 tsp. nutmeg
    3/4 tsp. ginger
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
    9-inch pastry shell

    In a bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Using a wire wisk, stir in the milk. Pour into pie shell and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 50-55 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Serve with whipped cream.

  • courtney

    Glad to see I am not the only wierdo making 2 pies for 5 people. I don’t like pumkin (my husband doesn’t really care for it either) and love pecan, but my husband won’t eat it. So I am making apple and pecan because when I mentioned the possibility of not having pumkin in front of his parents and grandmother no one said anything.

  • Devlyn

    I’m actually making mini pie-pudding things in ramekins. There are only 2 of us for the big day this year, and making a whole pie is just going to be too much. I am, however, making my “mini-pies” the same as my normal favorite Thanksgiving pie – layered rum-raisin cheesecake (bottom) with spiced pumpkin pie (top). I’ll have to take some photos this year… Have a fantastic holiday!

  • Alyssa

    I’m making 4 pies for 9 people. 2 apple, 2 pumpkin because that’s the way we roll at my house. And yes, apple pie is wonderful for breakfast and lunch and dinner.

  • Steve Nordstrom

    Our pie strategy is to have a pie night extravaganza (it’s tonight!), where we’re inviting 50 friends over to eat pie at our house. Each family (there are 15 coming) will bring a pie to share, and we’ll also be providing the wassail. Everyone can sample all the different types of pies they want, and everyone goes home happy. That way, we won’t have to make lots of pies that we’ll have to eat all by ourselves on Thanksgiving and the days following. It sure saves calories, if you are counting them! We’re making a pecan-butterscotch chip pie to share. Mmm pie.