Sure, the Thanksgiving turkey is the main event. But, for many, it’s all about the Thanksgiving pie. Thanksgiving pies are a meal unto themselves. When it comes to a Thanksgiving dessert, it doesn’t have to be just pumpkin pie. In fact, there are all kinds of Thanksgiving pies standing by to be part of your dessert line-up. Here are 10 delicious thanksgiving pies reinvented to add dimension and interest to your Thanksgiving Table.
10 Thanksgiving Pies to Reinvent Your Thanksgiving Meal
With so many options for Thanksgiving Pies, have you ever wondered which one is America’s favorite? Let the inner nerd in you geek out for a second because the team over at the chefspencil.com crunched those numbers just for you. Using Google search data, Chefs Pencil looked at which desserts had the most queries during Thanksgiving Week, the time when dessert recipe searches tend to spike online.
Which dessert is in the top spot for America’s favorite Thanksgiving Pies? If you guessed pumpkin pie, you’re right! Nearly 98% of all recipe searches for Thanksgiving pies are for the pumpkin variety. Runners up include cheesecake (score of 81), apple pie (score of 62), pecan pie (score of 51) and sweet potato pie (score of 34). We’ve got you covered for all of those Thanksgiving pies, and then some, with our list of Thanksgiving Pie recipes reinvented below.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake
If you’re a fan of Pumpkin Pie, you’ve probably already got a favorite recipe. Maybe it was grandma’s recipe or one of the recipes that 98% of America searched, but if you’re looking to put a twist on a classic pumpkin spice recipe, then here’s a new recipe for you. Using fall’s favorite spice, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake reinvents an otherwise traditional pumpkin pie recipe.
The apple harvest season is synonymous with the fall. Did you know that there are a number of varieties that harvest in the late fall thru November? If you’re looking for recipes to change up your Thanksgiving pies routine, you’ll want to try this yummy Cranberry, Pear and Apple Crisp. It’s sweet and tart, and when served with vanilla ice cream, is a treat on any Thanksgiving Table.
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Lemon Meringue is kind of like eating sunshine. It’s bright, cheerful and makes you want to smile. The lemon meringue pie was invented in Philadelphia by a Mrs. Goodfellow, not in Europe as many believe. In honor of her legacy, consider Aunt Tootsie’s Lemon Meringue Pie recipe for one of your Thanksgiving pies this year.
If the look of a cinnamon roll gets you weak in the knees, then check out this recipe for a Cinnamon Swirl Apple Slab Pie. When it comes to Thanksgiving pies, this one takes the cake!
If you take your pie in square form, instead of triangles, check out this recipe for Pecan Squares. Just as delicious as a regular pecan pie, these pecan squares are oozing with delicious goodness. Thanksgiving pies should always taste this good!
Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake
If the idea of no-bake has got you at hello, then this Thanksgiving treat yo’self and your family to this decadent Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake. With a prep time of 20 minutes, you can spend your time with your guests instead of stressing over Thanksgiving pies.
Pumpkin Pecan Tart
If you like pumpkin and you like pecan, but you only want one pie, then this Pumpkin Pecan Tart is right for you. This is the kind of Thanksgiving dessert that will get gobbled up quickly, so you better make two.
With a name like Silky Sweet, you wouldn’t expect this recipe to be Paleo, sugar-free AND gluten-free. Well, it is! Sweet Potato Pie is not only a southern staple but tops the searches for Thanksgiving pies recipes. If you’re looking for a recipe that’s friendlier to your waistline than most, then give the Silky Sweet Potato Pie recipe a whirl.
Every serious cook has an iron skillet. A well-seasoned skillet adds dimension to your cooking and baking like no spice can. Level up your apple pie game with this recipe for an Iron Skillet Apple Pie. Take a note from reviewers on this one, and use some non-stick spray to keep your skillet-seasoned crust in one piece.
Got leftovers? On Thanksgiving, who doesn’t? Thanksgiving pies needn’t be all about dessert. Take those leftovers and make hand pies for the next day, and the next day after that.
As family and friends gather ‘round your Thanksgiving table to give thanks, rest easy knowing that everyone will survive should you choose to serve something other than pumpkin pie. Rumor has it, the Pilgrims didn’t have Pumpkin Pie at their dinner table, so don’t worry if you think you’re breaking with tradition. Enjoy Thanksgiving pies, however you choose to reinvent them this year.
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