ComScore

The 60 Best Pie Recipes to Make for Every Single Season

Cake is great and ice cream is nice, but there’s one dessert that reigns supreme…in our humble opinion, at least: pie. Why? Because it’s impressive, nostalgic and adaptable to every season and every holiday. And don’t get us started on the merits of a flaky, buttery crust. The choose-your-own-adventure dessert will always hold a special place in our sugar-obsessed heart, so we wrangled up the 60 best pie recipes to bake for fall, winter, spring and summer, from classics like Thanskgiving pumpkin and lemon meringue to surprising modern favorites like birthday cake pie. (Yep, we’d eat pie every day if we could.)

55 Easy Fall Dessert Recipes That Make the Most of Baking Season


Best Fall Pie Recipes

1. Pumpkin Pie With Cinnamon-roll Crust

You had us at cinnamon-roll pie crust, aka the easiest way to make pumpkin pie *that much* better.

2. Brown Butter Apple Pie With A Cheddar Crust

Fun fact: Sharp cheddar cheese has actually been paired with apple pie since the 1800s in the U.S.

3. Cranberry-orange Pie

Cranberries on their own are almost too tart to enjoy, but pair them with a subtly orange-flavored cream and the results are magic. (This one would look mighty fine on your Thanksgiving table.)

4. Maple Pecan Pie

It’s essential the traditional holiday pie you know (and love), but sweetened with maple syrup for a bit of je ne sais quoi.

5. Sweet Potato Pie

This Southern dessert staple is sweet and spiced much like a pumpkin pie. But whereas pumpkin itself can lean toward tasteless, the spuds in this pie are bursting with rich flavor.

6. Gluten-free Apple Rose Tart

It’s almost too pretty to eat. (We said almost, didn’t we?)

7. Mini Apple Tarts

The secret to baking these cuties? Mason jar lids instead of a traditional tart pan.

8. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

No messy slicing, minimal cleanup and zero fuss. We’re in pie heaven.

9. Easy Apple Galette

A galette is basically a freeform pie for lazy bakers. Swoon.

10. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

The individual portions are just the right amount, and the whole mason jar packaging is a lot cuter than a standard pie dish.

11. Mini Cranberry Potpies

The only thing better than pie? A pie all to ourselves, of course.

12. Ginger Cherry Pie

Sour cherries work best in this pie (and it’s OK to use frozen or canned), but sweet ones will work in a pinch. Take your time with the gingerbread lattice—it’s worth the wait.

13. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies With Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

What looks impressive but is actually ready to eat in under an hour? These lil’ guys.

14. Apple Tart With Soft-pretzel Crust

Save this one for a rainy Saturday. It’s definitely a project, but the results are delish.

15. Fig Tarte Tatin

It all comes together in a single skillet, the most work you’ll have to do is slice some figs, and the results are sticky-sweet dessert bliss.

16. Goat Cheese, Apple And Honey Tarts

Permission to eat itty-bitty pies before you’ve even had dinner, granted.



Best Winter Pie Recipes

17. Cinnamon Meringue Pie

Fruit options are sparse in that awkward period between winter and spring, but don’t let that stop you from making a stunning dessert.


18. Birthday-cake Pie

TBH, this confetti custard pie is seasonless, but we could use an excuse to celebrate in the middle of winter.

19. Chess Pie

Never heard of chess pie? Well, it’s a Southern classic that should be in your repertoire. The filling is a simple custard made of eggs, sugar, butter and a little flour.

20. Peanut Butter Cream Pie With Raspberry Meringue

We’re already drooling over the swoops of raspberry meringue, which is flavorful with freeze-dried fruit.

21. Banoffee Pie With Honeycomb

Wait, you’ve never heard of banoffee? This magical British dessert (made from bananas, toffee and whipped cream) should be first on your to-bake list.

22. The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

Is it a casserole or a pie? One bite, and it won’t matter what the correct answer is.

23. Brownie Pie

Winter isn’t the most bountiful season for fresh produce, but that’s OK. You always have chocolate to warm your heart.

24. Baklava Pie

Greek baklava is crunchy, gooey, flaky and sweet. This pie is all that and more.

25. Peanut Butter Freezer Pie

You don’t even have to turn on your oven. And it only requires eight ingredients, almost all of which you probably have on hand.

26. Kale And Cheddar Cheese Galette

Serve it as a showstopping main course, or make it a side dish (we suggest going all out and pairing it with mac and cheese).


27. Caramel-chocolate Macadamia Tart

You can go ahead and file this one under “gorgeous and secretly easy,” thanks to the press-in chocolate crust.

28. Sea Salt Butterscotch Tart

Whoa, this pie is plant-based and gluten-free? Better believe it.

29. Vegan And Gluten-free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

With a fudge-like consistency and irresistible combination of rich dark chocolate and zingy ginger, don’t expect any leftovers.

30. Muffin-tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

Fruit might be sparse during the colder months, but did you know it’s actually when lemons are in-season? Take advantage with these tart tarts. (Heh.)

31. Neapolitan Pie

This pie looks really simple at first glance. But slice in and you’ll reveal a trifecta of custard goodness.

33. Banana Tarte Tatin

Tarte tatins are traditionally made with apples. But we love breaking tradition (and we also love caramelized bananas).

34. Chocolate-caramel Pretzel Tart

This tart has a secret. The crust is made from crushed pretzels for a treat that’s as easy to make as it is to eat.

35. Beet And Goat Cheese Tart

Use store-bought puff pastry and the whole thing will be ready to serve in about an hour.

36. Chocolate-chip Cookie Tart With Chocolate Ganache

This recipe combines our two passions (chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, of course) into one seriously decadent dessert. Add a swoop of whipped cream on top and it’s like sliceable milk and cookies.



Best Spring Pie Recipes

37. Asparagus, Pea And Ricotta Tarts

This begins with store-bought dough and the first green produce from the market, and ends with you enjoying every last crumb.

38. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

When rhubarb arrives at the farmers market, you can bet we’re snapping up as much as our reusable tote can hold and baking these cute little tarts ASAP.

39. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This is a flavor match made in heaven. Luckily, both fruits peak around the same time.

Get the recipe

40. Strawberry Pie With Strawberry Crust

If there’s a pie destined to grace your Instagram feed, it’s this one. Even better, the crust is dyed with actual fruit instead of food coloring.

41. Mini Strawberry Ice-cream Pies

This looks fancy, like it took a lot of effort. But all you have to do is roast strawberries, crush graham crackers and add a scoop of ice cream.


Best Summer Pie Recipes

42. Whole-wheat Feta Tart With Caramelized Onions And Herbs

Gather up all the fresh herbs you can find and toss them with a bunch of feta for this savory stunner. Serve it with a side salad and dinner is done. (Easy, right?)

43. No-bake Coconut Cream Pie

This tastes like a tropical vacation but you don’t have to leave your kitchen or heat up the oven.

44. Tart Cherry Pie

Sour cherries are in season for only a short time in the summer, so use frozen if you can’t find fresh.

45. Key Lime Pie With Coconut And White Chocolate

The ideal key lime pie nails the sugar-to-lime-juice ratio, so it’s not too sweet and just tart enough to make your mouth pucker. Like this recipe, for example.

46. Berry Galette

Sure, you could add those fresh berries to your oatmeal or a smoothie…but you could also do better. And by that, we mean pile them into a pie crust (homemade or not) and bake until juicy.

47. Cherry Slab Pie

Behold, the slab pie. It’s the ultimate way to serve pie for a crowd, and it happens to have our ideal ratio of crust to filling.

48. Salted Key Lime Pie

Don’t worry if you can’t swing a weeklong getaway. This pie is like a vacation in every bite.

49. Mini Key Lime Pies

These cuties are silky, sweet, tart and crunchy just like the classic, but they bake and chill faster since they’re so small.

51. Blueberry Crumble Pie

When life hands you copious amounts of blueberries, there’s only one thing to do.

53. Mini Peach Tarts With Goat Cheese And Honey

When we’re not eating fresh peaches straight over the sink with juice dribbling down our wrists, we’re probably putting them in these sweet and spicy tartlets.

54. Cherry Tomato Galette

If you thought you loved pizza, wait ’til you try this guy.

55. Everything Bagel Tomato Galettes

We’d choose this over a bagel any day. Is it brunch yet?

56. Gluten-free Pistachio Apricot Tart

Why should gluten eaters have all the fun? This one is worth waiting for peak apricot season.

57. Puff-pastry Plum And Thyme Galette

Galettes are easy enough to make as-is, but add a skillet to the mix and they’re even simpler.

58. Mini Apricot Meringue Pies

If you want to go in for seconds, your secret’s safe with us. They are mini, after all.

59. Vegan And Gluten-free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart

You could use any fruit to fill this almond and pine nut crust, but apples and blackberries are a nice mix of late summer and early fall.