I don’t care who you are, you love pie. Oh? Not a sweets person you say? Well you might just be a fan of chicken pot pie, right? I’m right. 😉 Pies are just one of those feel-good treats (sweet or savoury) that everyone has a favourite of. These are 35 of the all-time best pie recipes according to me. If you are a handmade pie lover, this is for you!
Personally, I never thought I was a pie person. I was a fan of chocolate pie, because well essentially it is just chocolate pudding with a crust. Can you blame me for loving it?
From your sweet grandma’s homemade pie to one of those over-the-top pies you are dying to try from Pinterest, there is a handmade pie for everyone to try! People love their pies so much, they place in competitions throughout the WORLD to see who reigns supreme in the pie game. I mean, they even have made a Pi(e) Day! Isn’t that wild! In fact, it is rather challenging to pick the best pie recipes.
Pie day, aka Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
Technically speaking, March 14th is Pi Day and there is no better reason to eat a pie. Talk about math lovers and foodies uniting for the common good! Pull out the rolling pins and get baking to celebrate the mathematical constant π (pi). From a classic apple pie to a savoury pot pie, you will be on a pie baking spree. And you are likely to witness all of your friends hashtagging about it, too. With classics, such as apple pie and lemon meringue pie, and a few new twists, I am sure you will find a recipe that will become a new favourite.
All-Time Best Pie Recipes
Since I would call myself a Pie Expert, I have a ton of AWESOME and DELISH handmade pie recipes for you all to try! These are the best of the best pie recipes. From creamy and silky pies to savoury to the classic all-American apple pie, you are going to scream for ice cream! On your pies that is!
Delectable Cream Pies
These silky, smooth and creamy pies will make the perfect ending to any meal. You better leave room for a massive slice because you will love these pies. You know how much I love peanut butter, right? Well you are going to be DREAMING of my “Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Pie”. And to obviously win some brownie points, I added in my Dad’s Sweet Potato Pie which is sooo good – you won’t even realize you’re eating a veggie! Cream pies are my favs – they give you some sweet richness, but end on a smooth note that brings harmony to my taste buds.
Scrumptious Nut Pies
All the nut lovers out there will agree that it is impossible to go wrong with a delicious nut handmade pie. No matter how you slice it, these pies are yummy! Adding nuts to pies give them this gorgeous texture that gives you a crunch in every bite. We are all fans of the marriage of chocolate and pretty much any kind of nut. To venture out of your chocolate bubble (how fun would that be?), I dropped a Honey Nut Pie recipe that you will go nuts for! If you ask my mom, all the best pie recipes have nuts.
- Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie
- Salted Greek Honey Nut Pie
- Walnut Turtle Pie
- Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Tart
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cherry Tart
Yummy Chocolate Pies
You will rarely find someone that will turn down a slice of chocolatey pie. Chocolate and pie may just be a match made in heaven. But, seriously – what is more sensational than your fork gliding through the silky layers of chocolate heaven as you anticipate tasting that chocolate goodness? Wow. Okay, if you’re not drooling by now then you might want to go ahead and click on these links because once you see how yummy these look, you will be whipping them up ASAP! All chocolate lovers will agree that the best pie recipes have chocolate in them.
- Italian Amaretto Mousse Pie
- S’more Pudding Pie
- No Bake French Silk Pie
- Chocolate Coconut Banoffee Tart
- Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownie Pie
Delicious Berry Pies
A berry pie, no matter what the occasion, is a fantastic dessert choice. They are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave anyone asking for seconds. You can’t go wrong with making a berry handmade pie because they are the perfect treat all year long! There are very few things that are better than fresh fruit, so why not make that into a whole dessert for you and your loved ones? Or maybe just you 😉 Whether you pick your own fruit or buy it at the store, you are going to have as much fun making them as you are eating them!
- Ice Cream Pie with Peanut Butter Krispie Crust
- Cherry Pie
- Strawberry Cream Pie
- Fresh Strawberry Pie
- Four Berry Pie
Tasty Savory Pies
From a creamy chicken pot pie to heirloom tomato galette, these savoury dinner pies certainly do take the cake. Some of these pies are traditional, European-grade pies. But who can resist this awesome take on chicken pot pie? Savoury pies are great if you are wanting to feed the whole family something hearty and delicious, but would rather not find yourself doing all the dishes. You can have an entire evening dedicated to pies – pies for dinner, then pies for dessert!
- Mini Beef Pies
- Savory Cheese Pie
- Bratwurst Beer Cheddar Pretzel Pot Pie
- Mini Creamy Cheesy Chicken Pies
- Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Caramelized Onion and Feta Galette
Cute Mini Pies
Little desserts are the new big thing! These handmade pie recipes turn classics into miniatures and you may just want one of each – as you should! These galettes are pretty much just mini pies, and they are the cutest things!! You may not even want to eat them because they are so adorable. I mean, if you are looking for something sweet but don’t want to eat all the calories of an entire slice, these might just be your perfect alternative. They are also perfect for tea parties and baby showers.
- Mini Pear Almond Galettes
- Apple Pie Stuffed Apples
- Apple Gouda Hand Pies
- Cinnamon Sugar Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
- Mini Apple and Cherry Pies
Fresh Fruit Pies
Whether filled with apples, pears, or a lemon custard, these fruit pie recipes will add a touch of sweetness to your next dessert. I truly did save the best for last because these are the all-time classics. You can’t go wrong with wanting a fruit pie of any kind! One of my favourite parts in making fruit pies is decorating the top crust in different ways each time. Anyone can get creative on these, but nothing beats Grandma’s Dutch Apple Pie. Looking to satisfy the masses? Look no further than these 5 stellar recipes below.
This is probably a given, but pies made with fresh, in-season fruits are going to taste sweeter and fresher than others. You might even find yourself using less sugar in those, too!
Pie crust isn’t as intimidating to make as you would think. My favourite recipe uses a food processor and takes just minutes to make. Once you get comfortable making pie crust, you can experiment with the countless varieties of pies, tarts and galettes.
Pie crust tips for success:
- Cold ingredients are essential in making a great pie crust
- Chill the dough for at least an hour before rolling it out
- Don’t overwork or over handle the dough
When in doubt, you can blend together graham crackers and a couple of tablespoons of melted butter to make a sweet, quick pie crust.
Did you know that…
- The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie
- The early pies (pyes are they were back then) were predominately meat pies in order to keep people bulky and be able to sustain long working days
- Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623
- Pie was not always America’s favorite dessert – in the 19th Century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food eaten before the start of a long day. And they still are traditionally eaten for breakfast in some parts of Europe!
- The wet bottom molasses pie, Shoo-fly pie, was used to attract flies from the kitchen
- Boston Cream Pie is a cake, not a pie (OMG right?)
- At one time, it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas
- When pie was first brought to America, they called the pans they cooked the pies in “coffins”
- English tradition credits Queen Elizabeth I with making the first cherry pie
Whatever pie you consider your favourite, I hope you consider trying a few of the best pie recipes that I have introduced you to in this blog! Pies are one of the most classic desserts (sorry cake!) and people from all around the world and throughout history have loved pies of every kind. But let’s be honest, we probably find more joy in people getting a pie to the face than anything else, right?! Hopefully you have found a pie that you love or maybe even share a pie from your family recipes with me, and we can continue the love of pie for years to come!
What do you consider the best pie recipes? Share your favourite handmade pie below.