17 Popular Holiday Pies (and Mini-Tarts) You Don’t Want To Miss
Sneak Preview: These popular holiday pie recipes are so good they might make you famous–especially in your family. If you need some dessert ideas, these are some of the most popular pie recipes on this website, appropriate for any holiday dinner.
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Are you looking for a pie that will start a tradition? Maybe you want something different that will start a buzz. Or maybe you need something quick to throw together at the last minute. You’ll find all of these here.
This collection includes pies for year-round holidays and special occasions. Enjoy watching the video or browse below. I’ve also included a couple of crust recipes if you want to make that, too.
I placed the Christmas pies first. Most of them are also good for Thanksgiving. When summer rolls around, take a look at the fresh fruit pies and mini-tarts. Finally, if you want something different from a store-bought crust, I have included two of my favorite crust recipes at the end.
1. Mini Pumpkin Tartlets Recipe with the BEST Shortbread Crust
These taste like the traditional pumpkin pie we all expect, except they are neater to serve and easier to eat. Another point–the little tartlets don’t crack in the middle like the regular-size pies often do.
2. A Crustless Apple Pie for People Who Don’t Like Making Crusts
Afraid of piecrusts? Try this apple pie with no crust. Apples are covered with a tasty cinnamon-spiced batter and baked until golden brown. You’ll love it with ice cream.
3. Grandma’s Pumpkin Custard Pie with Magical Layers
My dad was never a pumpkin pie lover, but he loved this pumpkin custard pie flavored with a pinch of nutmeg and cloves. Remember this pie when you only have a small amount of pumpkin puree leftover from another recipe.
4. An Unforgettable Deep Dish Fudge Pecan Pie (+Video)
This Chocolate Fudge Pie has a velvety smooth, soft, but firm, and fudge-like texture, similar to a flourless chocolate cake. The filling contains no flour, milk, cream, or corn syrup. Serve this pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. You will love it!
5. Easy French Silk Pie with a Pecan Cookie Crust
The nutty crust sets this recipe apart from all the other French Silk Pies in the world. Skip the whipped cream if you prefer and sprinkle with chopped Heath or Skor bars.
6. Browned Butter Pecan Pie in a Crust That Won’t Stick to the Pan
After you learn how to make a pie crust that won’t stick to the pan, try this recipe for Browned Butter Pecan Pie.
7. Mini Pecan Pie Tarts in a Shortbread Crust: A Pecan-Lover’s Dream
If a full-size pecan pie seems like a big commitment, try this mini version. They don’t take near as long to bake.
8. Microwave Pastry Cream: How To Make it Lump-Free
Skip the pudding mix and learn how to make a silky smooth cream pie filling in a microwave as good or better than making it on top of the stove. No worries about scorching, tempering eggs, lumps, etc. Try it out for yourself with a scrumptious banana cream pie or a coconut cream pie.
9. Speedy Microwave Chocolate Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust
This Speedy Microwave Chocolate Cream Pie with a Graham Cracker Crust is appropriate for any celebration or just because. Using the microwave makes a quick filling with no chance of scorching.
10. Zebra Pie: Surprise Them with Unexpected Stripes (+ Video)
Zebra Pie is a fun layered chocolate and vanilla cream pie recipe in a dark chocolate crumb crust. A video is included to show you how to make the stripes.
11. Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe with Pastry Cream and the BEST Shortbread Crust
This recipe is what you need for your next celebration whether it’s a wedding, shower, party, or reception. These tarts couldn’t be easier to serve and eat. This is the most popular pie in this list.
12. Easy No-Bake Fresh Nectarine Pie
Depending on where you live, this fruit pie would make a good Fourth of July pie. Use peaches if you prefer.
13. Baked Key Lime Pie (and How To Squeeze a Lime the Right Way!)
Baked Key Lime Pie is made with the traditional sweetened condensed milk, but it’s lightly baked, so there are no raw eggs. Don’t miss the discussion about the correct use of a citrus squeezer.
14. Chocolate Ganache Tartlets with the BEST Homemade Shortbread Crusts
Chocolate lovers will go crazy for these easy tartlets with pure and unadulterated chocolate flavor. Don’t forget the whipped cream. There’s a video if making the crust sounds scary.
15. Mini Cheesecake Tarts: Mascarpone is the Secret Ingredient
Change the fruit to suit your tastes or color scheme. Combining fresh fruit, Mascarpone cream in the filling (or substitute cream cheese), and a homemade shortbread crust is unbeatable.
16. Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe with Jello in the Glaze
Fresh Strawberry Pie with Jello in the Glaze is a summer treat you won’t be able to resist. An easy pat-in-the-pan cookie crust recipe is included.
17. Easy Mini Lemon Tarts with the BEST Shortbread Crust
This recipe will satisfy any lemon addiction. Pull it out when lemons are plentiful and less expensive. These tarts have the same fabulous shortbread crust all the other mini tarts boast.
Favorite Pie Crust Recipes When You Want To Make it From Scratch
If you’re a beginning pie baker, I suggest you start with the second recipe. It’s a bit easier to handle. If you love a super flaky, buttery crust, try the yogurt pie crust.
If you have questions or suggestions, email me privately for a quick answer: Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon!