by Freelance Momma
When the holidays roll around, most people tend to go with apple or pumpkin pie on the dessert table. Traditional, yes. Exciting? Not so much. Why not shake things up a bit this year by trying something new that will go stunningly with your holiday spread?
Apple and pumpkin always get all the attention, but with these holiday pies, you may find everyone ignores the old traditional standbys and digs right into your new pie offering! Click on Pie Title for recipes
Both cranberries and pears are in season during the fall and winter holidays. Yet, they’re seldom made the star of the show. Make it up to them by melding them both into a pie crust. Weave strips of pie crust together at the top for a beautiful presentation.
Pressed for time? Nothing makes a holiday dessert table better than a chocolate pie. They’re quick to make, require no baking, and can even be made the day before to give you a little more time to enjoy your guests.
Chess pies are a southern tradition, but if you want to shake up that tradition with a modern twist that’s sure to get passed down for more generations, then try making rich chess pie with flakey, buttery pie crust brimming with rich maple syrup-flavored custard and the decadence of browned butter. There won’t be a sliver left!
Instead of baking chocolate chip cookies, make a pie out of them. Using cookie dough to create that buttery, chocolatey heaven we know and love makes for an easy pie to get on your dessert table, one that travels well should you need to bring something for a holiday party. And here’s something else…if you serve it with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, you will be a holiday pie hero!
Pecan pie is another holiday pie we often see too much of. Give yours a makeover by merging it with all the thing that make German chocolate cake so divine – that rich chocolate and sweet coconut. When you do, you’ve got the kind of holiday dessert that truly makes festivities even more special of an occasion.
Back in the days of the Great Depression, this was one of those pies that your grandma or great grandma baked to make use of the limited ingredients. But it’s that simplicity that is perfect for holidays because it’s easy to make and it tastes astoundingly good. Buttermilk pie has a smooth, custardy filling that’s a bit sugary with hints of vanilla and a little zing of lemon.
Why don’t we use more purple sweet potatoes? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself when you put together a classic sweet potato pie with maple syrup using purple sweet potatoes instead of the traditional orange ones. It looks gorgeous, plus despite the deliciousness, you’re treating your guests to plenty of heart-healthy nutrients from those purple potatoes.
When life gives you bananas that your kids won’t take in their lunch boxes, turn them into banana cream pie. It’s creamy and sweet all on its own, but if you really want to elevate it for a more sophisticated flavor, when you serve each slice, drizzle it with warm caramel and chocolate sauce. It’s out of this world!
If you like your holidays with a healthy debate, then serve Boston Cream Pie. The traditional pie, originally created by the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1856, certainly looks and eats more like a cake. Regardless, everyone will find the vanilla-flavored pastry cream wedged inside of it and the rich chocolate ganache to be absolutely heavenly.
One of the most highly-searched pies on the internet just so happens to be coconut cream pie. That begs the question…why aren’t we making it for our holiday dinners? Coconut cream pie is light yet rich all at once, a cooling and soothing pie that is a merry welcome after a heavy holiday dinner.
Better yet, if you want to take coconut to the next level, turn it into a coconut chocolate cream pie. Toasting the coconut shreds gives it a unique flavor and texture that everyone will love. Melded with rich chocolate and served in a buttery, chocolatey crust, this dessert becomes the epitome of decadence.
Raspberries have such an elegant color, perfect for celebrations. And cheesecake? It can do no wrong. What we love about cheesecake is that there are so many ways to make it. You can bake it or use a no-bake recipe. You can serve it plain, with chocolate, and so many other ways your head may very well spin. In fact, if you really want to make the holidays easier on you and make every guest at your dinner happy, serve a plain cheesecake and create a bar of toppings that they can choose from to enjoy it their way!
13. Key Lime Pie
Florida’s state pie is a winner for any holiday. Made with limes that come from the Key lime tree, it is refreshing yet creamy and indulgent. Ideal for helping cleanse the palate, sweet, citrusy, and creamy key lime pie should never be bright green. It almost resembles cheesecake in color but has a totally unique taste you’ll love.
Can’t give up apple or pumpkin pie? We don’t blame you there, but if you’re going to serve them, try serving one of these other pies that are perfect for the holidays too and give everyone even more reasons to celebrate!