Signs of fall have arrived: Leaves are turning, flannel is in full force, and the aroma of buttery pie crusts and cinnamon sugar are filling our kitchens. So of course, we’re sharing our favorite fall pies to celebrate the season. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin to go around, but we couldn’t help but sneak in a few unsung fall flavors, too. Why wait for Thanksgiving when you can start perfecting your pies now?

Secret Ingredient Apple Pie Kristin Teig
Take your apple pie to the next level.

1) Secret Ingredient Apple Pie

The secret’s out … it’s boiled cider! A quarter cup of this concentrated syrup will supercharge your apple pie filling. Plus, an extra-long bake time — two hours! — ensures a beautifully golden crust. (No soggy bottoms here.)

Get the recipe: Secret Ingredient Apple Pie 

Shop the recipe: Lattice Pie Crust Set and Pie Filling Enhancer 

Chocolate and Pecan Candy Bar Tart Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Caramel, chocolate, and flaky salt are a no-fail combination. 

2) Candy Bar Pecan Tart

Classic pecan pie meets a candy bar in this sophisticated tart, which features caramel and silky chocolate ganache. Rye flour in the crust adds an extra dimension of nutty flavor. And if you bake it in a rectangular tart pan, each slice can be eaten like a luxurious chocolate candy bar.

Get the recipe: Candy Bar Pecan Tart  

Shop the recipe: Organic Medium Rye Flour and Rectangular Tart Pan

Purple Sweet Potato Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
A vibrant, velvety-smooth pie that tastes as good as it looks. 

3) Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Break up all the beige and orange on the fall dessert table with this stunning purple sweet potato pie. But this beautiful pie isn’t all looks, either — the filling is also perfumed with cardamom, orange zest, and ginger. While the topping is optional, the torched marshmallow is a fine finish.

Get the recipe: Purple Sweet Potato Pie 

Shop the recipe: Pie Crust Bag

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Cheesecake, pumpkin custard, and gingery cookie crust make the ultimate fall dessert

4) Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

Why decide between cheesecake or pie when you can have both? Fall flavors are abundant in this two-toned dessert: The crust is made with gingersnap cookies, while seasonal spices flavor the custardy pumpkin filling.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie 

Shop the recipe: Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Delicata Squash Galette with Cheese and Herbs Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Bonus: You don't need to peel any squash skin.

5) Delicata Squash Galette with Cheese and Herbs

This recipe is what fall dinner party dreams are made of. Goat cheese, za’atar, and rings of delicata squash are nestled in a tender, flaky crust, which gets an extra tablespoon of the za’atar mixed directly into the dough. This step ensures the spice mix’s signature woodsy, herby aroma perfumes each slice.

Get the recipe: Delicata Squash Galette with Cheese and Herbs 

Shop the recipe: Za’atar

Cinnamon-and-Sugar Apple Pie Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
If you've tried every pie crust out there, give Claire Saffitz's butter-chopping method a try. 

6) Cinnamon-and-Sugar Apple Pie

Do we really need another apple pie recipe? If it comes from baking superstar and cookbook author Claire Saffitz, the answer is yes! The difference is in the details: her butter-chopping technique for ultra-flaky pie crust, high-quality Vietnamese cinnamon, and a sneaky dash of orange bitters.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon-and-Sugar Apple Pie 

Shop the recipe: Vietnamese Cinnamon

Turkey Dinner Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
Stash this leftovers pie in your freezer to bring back Thanksgiving dinner any time of year. 

7) Turkey Dinner Pie

Meet the grand finale of Thanksgiving pies: Turkey Dinner Pie. To make it, layers of leftovers are encased in a hot water pastry — stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, turkey, or whatever else you have on hand. Each slice is like reliving the best parts of your holiday dinner.

Get the recipe: Turkey Dinner Pie 

Shop the recipe: Loaf Pan

Maple Cream Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
The sweet flavor of maple takes center stage. 

8) Maple Cream Pie

The gentle sweetness of maple is front and center in this twist on cream pie. A generous pour of maple syrup flavors the luscious filling, and a quick blast of heat from a baker’s torch gives the top a glassy, almost crème brûlée-like finish.

Get the recipe: Maple Cream Pie 

Shop the recipe: Maple Syrup and Natural Maple Flavor 

Chocolate-Bottom Almond Chess Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne
A hint of chocolate at the bottom takes this pie from good to great. 

9) Chocolate-Bottom Almond Chess Pie

At first glance, you’ll notice this non-traditional custard pie has quite a few flourishes. There's a layer of slivered almonds across the top, which add texture and flavor, and once you start slicing, a fudgy layer of chocolate is revealed right above the crust.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Bottom Almond Chess Pie 

Shop the recipe: Pastry Blender and Adjustable Pie Crust Shield

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
Coconut is an excellent swap for dairy in this vegan pie

10) Vegan Pumpkin Pie

This recipe from Los Angeles baker Nicole Rucker nails the creamy, custardy texture of a classic pumpkin pie, but with all plant-based ingredients. A cornstarch slurry adds structure, while sweetened condensed coconut milk stands in for heavy cream.

Get the recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Pie 

Shop the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Spice and Vanilla Bean Paste

Walnut & Oat Slab Pie Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
A nutty, crunchy slab pie that's built for sharing. 

11) Walnut & Oat Slab Pie

This recipe takes the spirit of pecan pie and crosses it with a comforting bowl of oatmeal. Toasted oats and walnuts are bound together by a brown butter custard sweetened with maple syrup. Baked in a 9" x 13" pan, this large-format pie is built for a crowd — and makes baking for big holiday gatherings much easier. 

Get the recipe: Walnut & Oat Slab Pie 

Shop the recipe: Ultimate Pie Chain

Cranberry-Fudge Pie Photography by Mark Weinberg; Food Styling by Erin Jeanne McDowell
Cranberry and fudge are an undersung combination, but here, they're the star. 

12) Cranberry-Fudge Pie

The tartness of cranberries can be polarizing, but when you cook them down into a jammy sauce and add chocolate ganache, you’re sure to change some opinions.

Get the recipe: Cranberry-Fudge Pie 

Shop the recipe: Guittard Semisweet Chocolate Wafers

Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Pocket Pies Photography and food styling by Liz Neily
Apple and cheddar are a winning sweet-savory combination for autumn. 

13) Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Pocket Pies

Think you’ve tried all variations of apple pie? Think again. Flaky, all-butter crust gets a savory upgrade with the addition of cheddar powder, and encases a sweet and savory filling of tart Granny Smiths, onion, grated cheddar, and ground sausage.

Get the recipe: Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Pocket Pies 

Shop the recipe: Rolling Mat and Better Cheddar Powder

Cranberry Chiffon Pie Photography by Rick Holbrook; food styling by Liz Neily
This retro pie will be a guaranteed hit for your dessert table. 

14) Cranberry Chiffon Pie

This airy chiffon pie is as eye-catching as it is delicious. Cranberry curd folded into Swiss meringue supplies the tart flavor and bright color, while a tender rye shortcrust adds a nutty contrast. Garnishing with sugared cranberries provides an extra-special touch.

Get the recipe: Cranberry Chiffon Pie 

Shop the recipe: Organic Medium Rye Flour 

15) Fried Apple Pies

Fried Apple Pies
If you're nervous about frying at home, read our 5 tips on how to fry without fear

These handheld treats harness all the nostalgia of a steaming hot McDonald’s fried apple pie but are infinitely better, thanks to the triple threat of a homemade flaky pie crust, a fresh apple filling amplified by boiled cider, and a generous coating of cinnamon sugar.

Get the recipe: Fried Apple Pies

Shop the recipe: Boiled Cider and Apple Pie Spice

Ready for pie season? Shop our Pie Must-Haves collection, from essential tools to high-quality ingredients. 

Cover photo (Cinnamon-and-Sugar Apple Pie) and food styling by Liz Neily. 

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