Unconventional Thanksgiving-Worthy Pies

Friends and family will survive without the usual slice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie, so make something fun and unexpected.

Turkey and mashed potatoes may be staples you don’t dare mess with, but this year, have some fun in the dessert round. Friends and family will survive without the usual slice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie, so make something fun and unexpected (which we often think means adding chocolate). Below is our roundup of unconventional pies that deserve the spotlight at your feast.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pie (pictured above)

As difficult as it may be to believe, not everyone is a pie person. But we’d have a hard time finding anyone who could pass up a freshly baked cookie, especially if it was oatmeal raisin. With a chewy cookie filling baked into a traditional pie crust, this recipe will win everyone over. If you usually prefer an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to the raisin kind, go ahead and swap in chocolate chips. No one will judge.



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Buttermilk pie is an easy dessert calling for humble ingredients. But one bite of the lemon-kissed custard-like filling proves that it’s greater than the sum of its parts. After an extravagant turkey feast, you’ll be thankful for something this wonderfully simple.

Alex Guarnaschelli's Sugar Cranberry Pie for An Early Thanksgiving (Guests) as seen on Food Network's Alex's Day Off

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Take a cue from Alex Guarnaschelli and sub in a tangy cranberry pie for the standard apple variety. After all the turkey and stuffing, you’ll be craving something slightly tart.



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Pecans aren’t the only dessert-worthy nuts to use for a pie. In this new recipe from the November issue of Food Network Magazine, toasted walnuts are folded into whipped cream, which is dolloped on top of a smooth maple pudding filling. Pecan pie, we’re sorry, but you won’t be missed.

There’s usually enough action going on in the oven and on the stovetop on Thanksgiving, and this decadent dessert requires absolutely no cooking. (Technically we’ve classified this as a cheesecake, but it’s shaped like a pie; and truthfully, it’s too delicious for anyone to care what you call it.) As unconventional as the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate is for Thanksgiving, it’s one of the best combinations in the world.



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Con Poulos

In case you haven’t noticed, a lot of people really like their pumpkin treats. So if excluding pumpkin pie from your dessert lineup will cause family upset, don’t skip it — reinvent it. Food Network Magazine came up with five new updates, including swirling brownie batter into the filling. Not even pie traditionalists could complain about an update like that, because chocolate.

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