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11 Perfect Pies and Tarts for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, there’s no better way to showcase your baking prowess than by crafting the perfect pie or tart from scratch. The aroma of a fresh bake either with a buttery, golden Pâte Brisée or a perfect, flaky piecrust is enough to entice anyone at your next gathering. Find your next favorite recipe from this list!

1. Deep-Dish Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie – The only thing that could make golden, rich pecan pie better? Chocolate chunks, stirred into the divinely sweet filling, of course. With our Deep-Dish Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie, you can satisfy any sweet craving!

2. Apple Crumb Pie – Traditional apple pie gets an updo with a creamy crème fraîche custard filling in this Apple Crumb Pie. Layers upon layers of crisp sweet apples are topped with a creamy base and baked until soft. With a splash of spiced rum and a crunchy Almond Streusel topping, this recipe begs for ice cream.

3. Banana Pudding Meringue Pie – A classic turned upside down, our delicious take on this fruit-studded cream pie inspired by Erin Jeanne McDowell’s #mydreampie challenge is totally bananas. Vanilla wafers are crumbled into a fluffy meringue, which is piped into a pie plate and then baked. The vanilla-scented meringue shell turns both crunchy and chewy—a flawless vessel for holding creamy homemade vanilla pudding and fresh-cut banana slices. A special shout out to Rose Levy Beranbaum for this incredible meringue shell technique.

4. Triple-Chocolate Pie – Some days require chocolate; others call for triple chocolate. A crunchy, press-in crust is filled with a silky bittersweet chocolate custard and a fluffy, cocoa-scented Swiss meringue topping creates this Triple-Chocolate Pie. “It’s a chocolate lover’s dream, and I would know—I come from a long line of them.” – Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon

5. Sweet Potato Tart – A twist on the classic sweet potato pie, our tart has a speculoos cookie crust filled with vanilla bean seed-speckled sweet potato filling and garnished with a billowy meringue that’ll inspire only the fluffiest of marshmallow fantasies.6. Honey Nut Pie – If you like a pie with some crunch, this is the recipe for you. Our remix on the classic pecan pie abounds with texture. Smooth orange blossom honey and a tender Pâte Brisée crust soften the unique blend of pine nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and walnuts.

7. Red Velvet Cheesecake Tart – The flavors of red velvet cake meet cheesecake in a showstopping tart. To add an edible optical illusion, the filling is swirled on top, but once sliced it maintains perfect red and white stripes. With a no-bake filling, this tart not only is stunning to look at, but it comes together in record time.

8. Sweet Potato Pecan Pie – Our Sweet Potato Pecan Pie is a beautiful mash-up of two favorites. This spiced, pecan-studded, sweet potato pie packs the best of both southern desserts into one slice.

9. Spiced Chocolate Fudge Pie – Guajillo chili and cayenne pepper give this fudge pie spicy depth and a kick. Velvety cocoa notes and a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar curb the heat. 

10. Appeltaart (Dutch Apple Tart) – Inspired by the world-famous appeltaart at Amsterdam’s Winkel 43, this recipe is everything an appeltaart should be: a buttery, tender crust brimming with sizeable pieces of aromatic spiced apple. Baking the apple chunks before assembling ensures a hefty filling with height while preventing a soggy bottom.

11. Sweet Potato Hand Pies – The perfect pastry package, these Sweet Potato Hand Pies hide the welcome surprise of a spiced brown sugar-laden sweet potato filling. Drizzled with a warm glaze, each one is the buttery celebration of autumn’s sweetest tuber.


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