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Best Thanksgiving Pies

Be sure to save room for these holiday favorties

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Nobody passes up dessert on Thanksgiving. It's the crowning moment of the ultimate dinner, and everyone looks forward to a fabulous pie spread. You may think your guests will balk at anything other than the traditional versions, but these recipes take the classics to a new level, each featuring a delectable twist.

There's a pie flavor here for everyone—pumpkin with ginger and honey, apple cranberry, maple pecan, pear, and a rustic apple tart—and because no holiday can be without chocolate—a double chocolate cream pie. Encourage everyone at your table to indulge, after all, Thanksgiving comes only once a year.

1. Apple Cranberry Lattice Pie

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The tartness of the fresh cranberries combined with sweet, juicy ripe apples makes this pie a standout. This recipe jazzes up classic apple pie in a way that traditionalists at the your table would approve. It's also the perfect dessert for the holidays due to its vibrant red color. And with almost all pies a dollop of some creamy would be the perfect garnish.

2. Ginger Pumpkin Pie

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Who says you can't improve a good thing? This pumpkin pie, flavored with fresh ginger and honey, proves you can elevate the classic dessert into something extra-special. This recipe is sure to become one of your go-to holiday recipes.

3. Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Pecan Pie
Everyone will save room for a piece of this decadent and rich pie. Maple syrup adds a distinctive sweetness. This pie is wonderful served with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream.

4. Pear Walnut Pie

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Thanksgiving demands a humble yet delicious sweet dessert and this pear-walnut pie is just the ticket. It's a fitting home-style dessert for a holiday steeped in family culture and American history. Serve it with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla or maple-walnut ice cream.

5. Rustic Apple Tart

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This country-style tart is one of the easiest to make because of its free-form shape. To make the recipe even easier when you're short on time, use purchased pie crust dough for the pastry. The recipe calls for sweet Golden Delicious and tart Granny Smith apples, but you can use any apple, or combination of apples, that you like.

6. Double Chocolate Cream Pie

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Who can resist the appeal of a homemade chocolate cream pie? Smooth, rich chocolate custard in a dark chocolate crust and topped with snowy mounds of whipped cream - it's simply irresistible! The recipe calls for a chocolate pastry pie crust, which is simple to make and tastes delicious. But if time is short, you can always use a refrigerated ready-made pastry crust in its place.

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