Although pumpkin pie is a time-tested classic that will always be appreciated at this time of year, sometimes it's nice to shake up your traditional Turkey Day dessert. November is the month of pies, and there are dozens of different kinds to try if you're willing to branch out a little. However, you don't want to whip up a dessert for the big dinner only to find that it's not up to par, and trying new recipes is always risky.
That's why we've rounded up some of the best pie recipes floating around the baking blogosphere. These popular creations have earned numerous positive reviews and are sure to impress everyone at your Thanksgiving gathering.
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Triple Berry Pie
Can't decide on one pie flavor? Then don't! Lauren at Tastes Better From Scratch concocted a recipe that calls for three kinds of berries (blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries), and it's incredibly easy to make. Her post will walk you through the process and leave you with a restaurant-quality dessert. The filling is bursting with fruity flavor, and the crust is Lauren's original creation.
Brown Sugar Peach Crumble Pie
This pie is a beautiful assortment of cinnamon, peach, and brown sugar flavors. The recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction calls for chunks of fresh peaches drizzled with a specially-made mixture of sweet and sour ingredients. The yummy filling sits atop her homemade pie crust and pairs perfectly with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Lauren Conrad's Wedding Apple Pie
This blogger decided to serve apple pie at her wedding instead of cake, and it's truly one of the most impressive pie recipes you can find. Lauren's recipe calls for plenty of apples, a mouth-watering caramel cinnamon glaze, and a homemade pie crust. Give her popular dessert a try and you might start opting for pie over cake, too.
Heavenly Cinnamon Pie
With a creamy filling that has just the right amount of spice, this holiday pie is the perfect way to top off a family feast. Sommer from A Spicy Perspective worked hard to create a recipe that balances the intensity of pure cinnamon with nutmeg and other fall flavors. An added bonus? You can whip it up in under an hour, so you'll have plenty of time to work on the rest of your Thanksgiving dinner.
Easy Eggnog Pie
In just ten minutes, you can have this delightfully simple pie by Meatloaf and Melodrama ready to serve. All you'll need is some vanilla pudding mix, eggnog, whipped topping, and nutmeg. Mix it together and plop it in a pre-made pie crust, then voila! You've got yourself a dessert that's refreshingly light after a heavy turkey dinner.
Apple Cranberry Pie
Sally's Baking Addiction strikes again with this delectable autumn dessert. November is the best month to bake with fresh cranberries, and the apples blend well with the seasonal fruit. The pie will have to cool for a solid three hours before serving, so you'll probably want to bake the dessert in advance to make sure you have enough time. If you can't mimic Sally's impressive lattice top and braid, don't worry: the pie will still impress your diners.
Mini Pecan Pies
Sometimes it's more fun to hand out mini-desserts for everyone than to spend time cutting several slices from one large pie. This recipe from Live Well Bake Often can show you how to prepare a dozen scrumptious but small pecan pies the night before your big dinner. You can use storebought dough or your own recipe to create the mini pie crusts, then fill each with a gooey mixture of brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and pecans. The best part? You can go back for seconds and thirds without feeling guilty!