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4 Easy Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving That Everyone Will Love

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Wondering what to make for Thanksgiving dessert? While birthday parties need a cake and Christmas and cookies go hand-in-hand, this holiday is all about pie. And though apple and pumpkin may be the seasonal favorites, the vast world of pie includes something for everyone. We’ll list our favorite easy pie recipes for Thanksgiving from the classic apple to newcomer Nutella to conclude your holiday feast.

Holiday Dessert Made Simple: Easy Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving

Though almost everyone can find a pie to love, not everyone loves pie prep, especially when laboring over how to cook Thanksgiving turkey. Our easy pie recipes for Thanksgiving keep it simple with basic ingredients and techniques so they’re a joy to both guest and host.

Apple Pie

There are reasons apple reigns supreme as one of the best Thanksgiving pies. It’s sweet and buttery and full of fall flavor. But while the crust can be intimidating and apple slicing tedious, this recipe has a few secrets that simplify the process. For tender crust, don’t over process the dough. Balance the apples’ sweetness with lemon juice and salt and let the pie rest for 3-4 hours after baking to let the juices set. One bite and it will all be worth it for pie perfection.


  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honeycrisp apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice
  • Nutmeg

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Frozen Mud Pie

Wondering what pies are easy to make? This frozen mud pie is the answer, with just three ingredients. Bake a store bought pie shell according to the package instructions. While it’s baking, melt semi-sweet chocolate until it’s smooth and shiny and warm coffee ice cream to a spreadable consistency. Pour the melted chocolate into the baked crust and fill with the ice cream before freezing for an hour. Before serving, drizzle with melted chocolate for a dessert that’s easy as….well, you know.


  • 1 store-bought pie shell
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coffee ice cream

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl

Just the name of this pie is enough to entice a pumpkin or cheesecake lover. Plus, it’s one of the best Thanksgiving pie recipes to make in advance, since any cheesecake benefits from a chill in the fridge. After preparing the pumpkin filling, combine softened cream cheese, sour cream and sugar and mix ⅓  into the pumpkin mixture. Pour in a pie shell and top with the remaining cream cheese. Wondering how to get those gorgeous orange swirls? Simply drag a toothpick across the top. Easy pie recipes for Thanksgiving never looked so beautiful.


  • Pumpkin puree
  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Evaporated milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream

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Nutella Pie

If you forgot to include dessert in your Thanksgiving planner, not to worry. This pie comes together in one hour with a no-bake filling and secret weapon: Nutella. Bake a store-bought chocolate cookie pie crust for ten minutes. While it’s baking, combine Nutella with mascarpone cheese and a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and chill for one hour. Top with chopped hazelnuts for one of the most easy-to-make Thanksgiving pies you now can’t live without.


  • 1 chocolate cookie pie shell
  • Nutella
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Salt
  • Hazelnuts

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Image: Epicurious

We hope these easy pie recipes for Thanksgiving bring a sweet ending to your celebration. From all of us at your local cooking appliance service, have a healthy and happy holiday!

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