Top Ten Thanksgiving Pies

Roadtested by our readers of The What

David Mamet was quoted as saying “Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” Perhaps this explains the reason it’s the Thanksgiving dessert of choice when families gather round and raise our levels of cortisol. Here’s a shortlist of tried and true recipes recommended by our readers of The What.

Crack Pie

Anyone who has taken a bite of Milk Bar’s best selling crack pie immediately knows the reason for the sassy name. This rich, salty-sweet pie recipe has an irresistible oat cookie crust.

Tony’s Chocolate Pecan Pie

Courtesy of The Neely’s, Pat and Gina bake an incredibly delicious chocolate pecan pie that his brother Tony dreamed up for Thanksgiving.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Apple pie is one of our favorite desserts, but baking this classic as bars is so much easier and more original.

Cranberry Frangipane Crostata

Emmer farro flour, made from whole-grain emmer wheat, gives the crostata a rustic texture and great flavor. Low in gluten, it needs to be mixed with all-purpose flour to hold the crust together. Sweet frangipane (almond pastry cream) mellows the tart cranberries.

Lazy Mary’s Lemon Tart

This smooth, fragrant tart is a perfect last minute recipe for a house full of holiday guests.

Silky Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Sweet potato pie is a Southern staple, fragrant with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Most versions pair roasted sweet potatoes with evaporated milk, but this recipe has them simmering with whole spices in milk and cream.

Chocolate Pumpkin Tart with Gingersnap Crust

A pumpkin pie for those underwhelmed by traditional pumpkin pie (that’s us) — a tart lined with a gingersnap cookie crust, filled with creamy pumpkin and spices, and topped with a dark chocolate ganache.

Spiced Persimmon Tart with Brandied Mascarpone

Let Fuyu persimmons (the flat-bottom variety) ripen until they’re deep orange and sweet, then set them off simply in a buttery crust with a big dollop of rich mascarpone cheese.

Baked Apple Roses

These were inspired by a cook named Ana, a Brazilian food blogger living in Italy. Give these gorgeous looking, and delicious apple roses anytime this holiday season.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

What is super awesome about pumpkin pie is that it’s not sickly sweet. It’s perfectly sweet, and wonderfully textured, but not super sweet. This just means you can have a really LARGE slice and feel perfectly fine about it.

Amy Parker is the Chief Exec and assistant pie taster at The What, a clever list for curious people. If you like our picks, you’ll love The What List. Get The What in your inbox.