9 Melt-In-Your-Mouth Crusts for All Your Thanksgiving Pies

Make your pies a crust above the rest this Thanksgiving!

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If you are anything like me, Thanksgiving is all about one thing, and one thing only: Pie. From cinnamon crumble-topped apple pie to crunchy pecan and classic pumpkin, there's no shortage of options when it comes to indulging in the sweet side of life this Turkey Day. But a pie is only as good as its flaky and buttery crust. Whether you want to make a crispy crust or craft one with a little bit of extra personality, your pie is bound to be the talk of your table. Here are our mouthwatering favorites.

The title of this recipe says it all. Ina uses a combination of butter and extra cold vegetable shortening to make her super flaky foolproof version. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out to make the perfect pie.

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Con Poulos

Make your pumpkin pie a tad spicier with this elevated crust from Food Network Kitchen. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and allspice are pulsed together in a food processor to create this festive take on a holiday favorite.

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Alton's secret to the perfect pie? Really cold ingredients. Follow his lead and chill your butter and lard in the freezer for 15 minutes to keep your crust mixture extra firm.

Food Network Kitchenâ  s Vodka Pie Dough for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Vodka Pie Dough for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.,Food Network Kitchen’s Vodka Pie Dough for KIDS/THANKSGIVING/CAMP CUTTHROAT, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Vodka is the real star behind this oh-so-easy pie crust. Not only does it make the dough easier to roll out, it also evaporates when baked, leaving behind crumbly pockets perfect for holding the most decadent fillings.

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Ryan Liebe

Add an unexpected note to your dessert spread with this crust from Nancy Fuller. Nancy uses one cup of grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese to infuse her pie with a savory base. Fill with sliced Granny Smith and Braeburn apples for a sweet-meets-salty finish.

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Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust

AI0103 Perfectly Flaky Pie Crust

Mark yourself as a master baker by perfecting this pie crust from Aida Mollenkamp. To add a variety of flakiness to her dough, Aida keeps some of her shortening pieces on the bigger side.

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Allpurpose
Flour, Pecans, Sugar, Salt, Unsalted Butter, Unsweetened Chocolate, Eggs, Dark
Corn Syrup, Vanilla Extract, Bourbon

BOURBON AND CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE Tyler Florence Food 911/Southern Roots Food Network Allpurpose Flour, Pecans, Sugar, Salt, Unsalted Butter, Unsweetened Chocolate, Eggs, Dark Corn Syrup, Vanilla Extract, Bourbon

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This old world Southern classic is one of Tyler Florence's all-time personal favorites, and we suspect, it's about to become one of yours too! Tyler uses equal parts ground pecans and flour to form his crispy pie bottom.

Nancy's from-scratch pumpkin pie crust is the definition of easy. All you need is some flour, salt, butter and a cup of ice water and you're on your way to becoming as famous as Nancy's Grammy Carl.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Five ingredients are all you need for this buttery pie crust from Food Network Kitchen. Use apple cider or white vinegar to give your batter some additional lift.

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