10 Pie Recipes You Have to Make

It's a pie kind of day. image: denine anderson-regan

It’s a pie kind of day. image: denine anderson-regan

There is nothing quite like a pie. Utterly simple but with flaky buttery crusts that pose a challenge to make, pies are the ultimate comfort food both to eat and create. From fruity pies to decadent chocolate ones to savory options that take the place of dinner, it’s impossible to have too many pie recipes. Here are selections of our favorite pie recipes from Pulse readers, staff and professional chefs. Start the oven.

Individual Apple Pie Recipe

image: mpessaris

image: mpessaris

This recipe has been passed along for generations within Annie Falk’s, author of Hamptons Entertaining, family. These individual mini-pies make their way onto holiday dessert buffets, appear at festive gatherings and are served to special guests after intimate dinners. Enjoy gooey and fresh out of the oven with some homemade ice cream on the side. Sharing not obligated. Get the recipe.

Blueberry Bourbon Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Bourbon Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

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Sweet blueberries pair perfectly with the slightly salty cream cheese, and the bourbon laces it all together in every sweet, savory bite. Get the recipe.

Brennan’s Cookie Pie Recipe

image: denine anderson-regan

image: denine anderson-regan

Calling all those with a wicked sweet tooth. This cookie pie recipe from Long Island Pulse reader Denine Anderson-Regan is rich, sweet and full of chocolate. It’s also easy to mass-produce, making it perfect for all those holiday gatherings you’ll be going to. Get the recipe.

Hazelnut Pie Recipe

hazelnut pie recipe

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Move over pecans, there’s a new nut ready to steal the pie show. Portland Oregon Red Star Tavern pastry chef Stacey Needham created a twist on the classic pecan pie by using hazelnuts. The result is a pie that has a nuttier crunch and gives more balance to the sweetness of the filling. Get the recipe.

Kentucky Pie Recipe

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To call this a true taste of Kentucky is an understatement. Just mix in Maker’s Mark for a pie that’s sweet, flaky, nutty and delectable. Get the recipe.

Mint Julep Cream Pie Recipe

Mint Julep Cream Pie

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As the name suggests, Churchill Down’s famous Derby cocktail inspired the cream pie recipe from Chef Robin Richardson, executive pastry chef at The Bakery at Sullivan University. It goes beyond standard fruit-filled varieties in a decadent combination of flavors from the Bluegrass state. Think chocolate, bourbon, mint and more bourbon. It might be even better than drinking a mint julep. Get the recipe.

Nutella Pizza Pie Recipe

For a twist on a traditional pie try this nutella pizza. image: spuntino wine bar

image: spuntino wine bar

Nutella may be the only thing better than pie. But thanks to the creative geniuses at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City, specializing in small plates that put modern twists on Italian classics and fine wines from around the world, you can have the two together. This twist on a traditional pie comes with pizza dough as the crust, Nutella as the sauce and delectable strawberries, pistachios and mint as the toppings. Get the recipe.

Pecan Pie with Honey Pecan Topping Recipe

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image: lesyy

Apple and pumpkin pies get all the love this time of year, sure, but it’s the person that arrives to the gathering with the pecan pie that ultimately steals the show. And this pecan pie from cookbook author Holly Clegg has a few tricks up its sleeves that make it even better. Think a honey pecan topping and the option to turn it into a chocolate pecan pie. “I promise this is the best pecan pie ever and I have been known to eat half the pie,” Clegg said. “Heat in the microwave for pure ecstasy.” Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Pie Recipe

pumpkin spice pizza

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Pumpkin spice lovers rejoice. This is the pie that will take you from fall through those cold winter nights. Heather Saffer, author of The Dollop Book of Frosting and a winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” specializes in creating all-natural healthier gourmet frosting and being that it’s fall a pumpkin spice pie with pumpkin cream cheese frosting was a must. Decadent and full of your favorite fall flavors, make this pie perfect for a hearty fall brunch or as dessert. Get the Recipe.

Tomato Pie Recipe

tomato pie recipe

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Think of this savory pie as the ultimate tomato grilled cheese. “You know how you have one go-to dish that you bring to every get-together because it’s so good? This is going to be that dish for me, it’s that delicious.” Long Island Pulse graphic designer Rebecca “Pepper” Canese said. Flaky, buttery crust surrounds tomatoes, Gruyere cheese, onions and basil. Add some hot sauce to kick it up a notch. Get the recipe.