Consider this the ultimate resource for all of your Thanksgiving pie needs. I’m sharing my top 20 holiday pie recipes, plus pie baking tips and more!

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It turns out that I have a thing for pie. And in the 12 years that I’ve been blogging I’ve created quite the collection of pies and tarts in my recipe archives— over 75!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away I thought I’d highlight a few that would be right at home on your holiday table, plus my favorite pie crust recipes, tips, and resources so you can bake the perfect pie this holiday season.

Start with the Best Flaky Pie Crust

The best pies start with homemade pie crust— NO EXCEPTIONS. Check out my foolproof all-butter pie crust recipe where I’ll walk you through it all step-by-step. I guarantee you’ve never made pie crust like this! See also, my favorite buttermilk pie crust variation. And if you’re looking for a shortcut, I also have a tutorial on how to make pie crust in the food processor.

filling in pie crust and pie ready for oven

Can I Make Pies Ahead of Time?

Definitely! Here are a few ideas of how to prep pies ahead of time:

Make Pie Crust Ahead of Time

Pie crust will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer (double wrapped) for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using. I like to get my pie crusts done and out of the way a week or so before Thanksgiving.

How Long Do Baked Pies Keep?

For best results, I typically bake pies up to no more than 2 days in advance if I plan to store them in the fridge or at room temperature. All pies made with eggs and dairy products like milk, cream, cream cheese, sour cream need to be refrigerated. This includes pumpkin pie, cream pies, etc. Fruit pies made with fruit will keep at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Can I Freeze Pie?

In most cases, yes you can! You can freeze baked and unbaked fruit pies and pecan pies for 1-2 months. Let baked pies cool completely, then freeze baked or unbaked pies uncovered for a few hours, and then wrap twice in plastic wrap before freezing long-term.

To bake a frozen pie, bake from frozen (do not thaw) and plan on additional baking time. To thaw a frozen pie, leave it in its wrappings and set on the counter overnight, or warm in a 350°F oven for 30 minutes (covering with foil if the topping starts to brown too much).

Pumpkin pies, custard, and cream pies unfortunately do not freeze well.

More Pie Tips

Here are a few last pie resources, if you need additional help:

20 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Looking for the perfect holiday pie recipe? Look no further! Here are my favorite pies that would be perfect on your Thanksgiving table, organized by the following categories— pumpkin and sweet potato pies, fruit pies, nutty pies, and cream pies.

Pumpkin pie with nut praline is a delicious twist on the classic that's perfect for your holiday table!

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato

This cranberry blueberry pie is the perfect combination of sweet and tart, with plenty of cozy spices and a buttery flaky pie crust. It's perfect for the holidays!

Fruit Pies

  • Cranberry Blueberry Pie— (pictured above) If you’re looking for a seasonal fruit pie that isn’t apple, this is it!
  • Apple Pear Praline Pie— (pictured below) This pie is a reader favorite! And the caramel nut praline topping is reason enough to love it.
  • Cranberry Pear Pie— This pie is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and the flavors are so perfect for fall.
  • Sour Cream Apple Pie— The combination might sound unusual, but this pie is sweet and creamy, with a delicious crumb topping.
  • Mile High Apple Pie— With 6 pounds of apples in this over-sized pie, this is the ultimate apple pie!
  • Dutch Apple Pie— This apple pie has it all, a flaky crust, sweet apple filling, and crisp streusel topping.

apple pear praline pie slice on plate
pecan pie piece with whipped cream on top

Nutty Pies

Creamy caramel pudding pie with gingersnap and pecan crust - so decadent and stunning!

Cream Pies

Mile High Apple Pie | completelydelicious.com