Thanksgiving Pie Recipes ~ Apple, Cherry and Lemon Meringue

Growing up in Germany, I wasn’t too familiar with pies or pie making. My sister and I would make fancy German fruit cake or some other creamy torte for the traditional coffee and cake time on Sunday afternoons.

So, when I got married and realized how much my midwest American husband loves pies, I had to learn how to make them. There were some major flops along the way {for which I still get teased}, but here are some of our favorite pie recipes.

Apple Pie

I use Martha Stewart’s Classic Apple Pie recipe. The pie crust is delicious and you can make it ahead, which is nice when you’re making several for Thanksgiving.

Last Thanksgiving, I used apples that I had frozen for pie. It turned out really well. I just had to increase the bake time.


Lemon Meringue Pie

This may not be a traditional Thanksgiving pie, but we love it. Once again, I use Martha Stewart’s Lemon Meringue pie recipe.

She uses the same pate brisee dough for all the pies, so I make those all at once. It’s quick and easy when you use the food processor.


Cherry Pie

This one is the tricky one. It’s my husband’s favorite and I am competing with the cherry pie his grandma used to make.

As I was looking through the USA Weekend Sunday paper insert several years ago, the following headline caught my eye: Can you bake a cherry pie? My thought was: “No, John laughs at my cherry pie”. So I cut out the article with this cherry pie recipe on it and finally got the courage to make it for his birthday. It really wasn’t hard at all.

In fact, it was a big success. Almost as good as grandma’s, I was told. And I can live with that!

*Note- You can use 5 cups of fresh picked tart cherries instead of canned cherries. The pie will taste even better!


What are some of your favorite pie recipes? Please leave a link in the comments below. :)

Don’t forget to check out our family’s favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!


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