A sampling of our favorite holiday pie recipes, from tried-and-true classics like Apple and Pecan to the more adventurous Eggnog Chiffon.
By Cathryn McCann
Nov 16 2016
Pies – a lovely, welcome, and anticipated addition to most Thanksgiving and Christmas dining tables. They come in many forms, from sweet apple pies to tangy cherry pies to decadent Boston cream pies and beyond. But holiday pies are of a certain variety, with many families having their own specific pies for each holiday that they simply can’t go without. Here at Yankee, we compiled a list of favorite holiday pie recipes, from the classic pecan pie to something with a little twist, such as the eggnog chiffon pie.
We love this apple pie recipe – the more fruit the merrier! Add a slice of sharp cheddar cheese for an authentic New England apple experience.
This Boston cream pie recipe relies on the familiar combination of golden cake, sweet pastry cream, and smooth chocolate glaze.
Here’s a cross between coconut cream pie and pumpkin pie. Unexpected? Perhaps, but it was inspired by a friend who makes her pies with coconut milk and swears by their improved flavor and texture. The pairing makes for a completely delicious, fresh take on a classic dish, with layered flavors of squash, nut, coconut cream, and spice.
This Eggnog Chiffon Pie tastes like a glass of creamy eggnog and is based on a wartime Thanksgiving recipe from November 1942. Yankee’s food editor at the time, Marjorie Mills, wrote, “It departs a bit too much from the traditional for our taste, but it’s a delectable concoction.”
In a 2011 food feature, chef Frank McClelland shared that his sister, Cathy Kelly, makes this pie not just at Thanksgiving, but also for birthdays and for her husband, Tim’s, annual office bake sale. There, her six pies sell out in seconds. “Our grandmother always made a pecan pie,” Cathy says. “I tweaked it with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla.” It has quickly become one of our favorite holiday pie recipes, too.
This is one of the easiest desserts you may ever make. This pie holds up beautifully and is delightfully sweet – yet the filling contains no eggs or added sugar. (The crust, a rare indulgence, contains 6-9 grams of sugar.) A dab of whipped cream really makes this dish sing.
Bold and juicy with a tender and flaky crust, this tart cherry pie is an American classic! Top with vanilla ice cream for a complete sweet treat.
Use grade B maple syrup if possible when making this maple-pumpkin pie; its robust flavor withstands the heat of baking better than more-delicate grade A. Use leftover pastry to make delicate leaf cutouts to decorate the top for an extra-impressive touch.
A quick, company’s-coming pie that makes its own crust and tastes like a macaroon cookie with cranberries. Serve this Cranberry Surprise Pie during the holidays, when cranberries are most available, with a dollop of whipped cream.
Do you serve specific pies at each holiday? Which holiday pie recipes are your favorites?