It doesn’t matter what your beliefs or what you celebrate – pies make everything better. The best part is that there are so many to choose from. In fact, you can just about put anything in a pie crust and call it a pie! But, of course, there are some holiday pies that just, well, take the cake.
Whether you are an experienced baker or not, these are the best holiday pies to bake in 2018.
Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie
This pie takes all the goodness that is ripe and in season and puts it in a pie. It is like taking your apple pie to a whole new level. It is thick and gooey with hints of cinnamon and topped off with a perfect crumble. This pie is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Mexican Chocolate Pecan Pie
Have you ever had Mexican chocolate? It is chocolate with spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla, and sometimes even pepper. If you had to make a chocolate pie this holiday season, why make it with the regular old boring chocolate everyone else will be using? Try something new with Mexican chocolate.
This pie crust is made from crumbled Maria cookies. It has a layer of chocolate and pecans on top of the cookie crust and a layer of pecans on top. Its wonderful served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Black Bottom Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is a classic during the holiday season. So, how about sprucing it up a bit? This black bottom pumpkin pie does just that. Where does the name come from? That black bottom is thanks to a delicious layer of chocolate that is drizzled of the already perfected graham cracker cinnamon crust. A wonderful layer of pumpkin pie in the middle gets topped with homemade whipped cream. The pie is then garnished with chocolate shavings. Yum!
Cranberry Cream Pie
You have heard of Boston Crème Pie and Banana Cream Pie, but what about Cranberry Cream Pie? This holiday delight is worthy of making your dessert menu. It’s a fluffy pie made with shortbread cookies, cranberries, and roasted almonds. It has the sweet and the tart (or naughty and nice) all wrapped into one delicious package.
Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie
Imagine having a pie that kids love. That doesn’t happen too often. But, when you have a pie made with ice cream, it’s sure to be a delicious hit among your friends and family.
Believe it or not, this pie is incredibly simple to make. It is comprised of a crust made from Rice Krispies and melted chocolate. This is pressed into the pie dish and put in the freezer to set. Then, you fill the pie crust with a slightly softened mint chocolate chip ice cream. It is that easy.
Fudgy Chocolate Malt-Peppermint Pie
It is becoming more and more popular to mix chocolate with peppermint for desserts during the holiday season. After all, it is a wonderfully delicious flavor combination. This pie has an almost brownie-like bottom layer and then a layer of peppermint ice cream. The entire pie is topped with a mixed layer of whipping cream and powdered sugar. It is topped off with crumbled peppermint candies.
Toasted Marshmallow Sweet Potato Pie
This pie boasts all the flavors of the holiday season – cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, and others. It’s a traditional sweet potato pie with a magnificent toasted marshmallow layer on top. It is not necessarily the easiest pie to bake but sure is a delightful one to eat.
Cranberry Cherry Cobbler Pie
Cranberries really take the prize during the holiday season. Perhaps it is because they boast such a tartness in comparison to all the sugary sweetness that the holidays bring. And, bringing sweet and tart together is a wonderful combination.
This cobbler pie will have your guests asking – is it a cobbler or is it a pie? It’s a great marriage of both. And, it is so simple. In fact, you don’t even have to make sure the pie crust is perfect – because it is meant to look like a messy, shaggy cobbler. A win-win for the baker.
Chocolate Eggnog Swirl Pie
Instead of drinking your eggnog, why not eat it – in a pie? And, of course, add a little rum. This pie has great flavors of the holiday season, such as chocolate, eggnog, brown sugar, nuts, and others. You can even make this pie alcohol free by using a rum extract or you can just use the real thing. It’s delicious, it’s gooey, and it’s sure to please. But, eat too much and it may have you seeing swirls!
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
What is one of the most loved flavor combinations? Peanut butter and chocolate, of course! If you are looking to bake a pie that will be gone before you can blink, perhaps this one is for you. In fact, it has even been referred to as a pie version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Exciting, isn’t it?
This pie has both a bottom and a top layer of chocolate. Then, in between, you will find an airy, fluffy mixture of crunchy peanut butter, cream cheese, and heavy whipping cream. It’s like a chocolate peanut butter sandwich – and it tastes so good.
This pie is called a millionaire’s pie not because it is expensive to make, but because it is rich and delectable and tastes like a million dollars. It is a combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecans. It’s gooey and crunchy all rolled into one delicious piece of pie – and it deserves a place with your feast this holiday season.
So, what will it be?
Well, there you have it – the 11 best holiday pies to bake this year. Impress your friends and your family with something different and incredible. And, fire up that oven in your kitchen to fill your home with the smells of the holiday season. It’s a recipe for warmth, love, friendship, and nostalgia all baked into one tasty pie.