15 of the Best Classic Pie Recipes - from apple to chocolate to key lime and everything in between!

If you’ve ever walked into a diner or bakery and stared at the revolving pie case slowly spinning dozens of freshly baked pies behind cruel but necessary glass, then you’ve probably been charmed by more than one of these classic pies before. Although pie has its ancestry back in Europe and Egypt, dessert pie ranks as a dearly loved sweetheart here in the States. These fifteen classic pie recipes cover a variety of flavors, seasons, and textures, yet each staple has earned its reputation for being the best. Even though crazy and trendy pies are fun to experiment with, what can replace the sentimental value of good old apple pie? It’s not just the deliciously baked pie crust and filling with gobs of whipped cream, it’s all the memories intertwined with each kind of pie. When pie is being made then something special is happening. Whether it’s during quality time with family or for the sake of enjoying the season itself, the simplicity of classic pie travels with us no matter how complicated life may get. If you’re looking for a dessert that offers some elegant eye candy as well as therapeutic nostalgia, then roll out the pie crust, get ready to whip up some cream, and pick your filling. There’s a perfect pie for every occasion.

1. Best Apple Pie

The star of this American symbol is its crisp golden delicious apples baked in brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Not many desserts can keep the doctor away, but this double crusted pie has fueled dreamers for centuries. (Recipe and photo: Olive and Herb)

Best Apple Pie

2. Best Peach Pie

Starting with its wedges of freshly picked summer peaches down to its all-butter bottom crust, this treasure is a treat yourself dessert that just can’t get any better if it tried. The tangy and tart peaches are bathed in heavy cream, giving it a delicate sweetness and an amazing texture. You be the judge. See why this heirloom is a prize winner. (Recipe and photo: A Couple Cooks)

Best Peach Pie

3. Best Coconut Cream Pie

The secret to this chilled pie is its cubed cream cheese blended into a rich coconut cream filling. Topped off with airy whipped cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut, one biteful will take your taste buds to a tropical paradise during any season of the year. (Recipe and photo: Cooking Classy)

Best Coconut Cream Pie

4. Best Cherry Pie

Happy 4th! Celebrate with hole punched almond pie crust enveloping sweet and sour cherries finished off with a generous dusting of Turbinado sugar. Whether it’s July or not, you’ll feel like there’s a hole lot to be proud of after you bake this classic for your friends and family. (Recipe and photo: Joanne Eats Well With Others)

Best Cherry Pie

5. Best French Silk Pie

Remember that scene in Julie and Julia when Julie says, “I love that after a day when nothing is sure, and when I say “nothing” I mean nothing, you can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. It’s such a comfort.” Well Julie, we think so too. (Recipe and photo: Dinner, Dishes, & Desserts)

Best French Silk Pie

6. Best Mixed Berry Pie

This pie isn’t picky. Audra used equal parts of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in this slice, but her recipe leaves the ratios up to you. (Recipe and photo: The Baker Chick)

Best Mixed Berry Pie

7. Best Lemon Meringue Pie

If this pie had a title it would be: Lemony Snackers and the Series of Fortunate Eat-ins. Complete with custardy lemon filling and breathtaking toasted meringue, it comes with a whole series of oohs and aahs from the moment you pull it out of the oven to the ever last crumb. (Recipe and photo: Little Artisan Kitchen)

Best Lemon Meringue Pie

8. Best Key Lime Pie

Highlight the zesty flavor of key lime with this ice cream pie. Frozen pie is a great way to enjoy both the creamy melt-in-your-mouth goodness of ice cream, while also getting to munch on the crunchy graham cracker crust and bright taste of lime. (Recipe and photo: Scoop Adventures)

Best Key Lime Pie

9. Best Strawberry Crumble Pie

No strawberry fan should live without baked strawberry crumble pie. The naturally sugary flavor of strawberries is deliciously packaged in between a buttery pie crust and a crumbled topping for flavors that make us hope for strawberry pie forever. (Recipe and photo: Butter Baking)

Best Strawberry Crumble Pie

10. Sweet Potato Pie

Imagine a sweet potato casserole fresh out of the oven with enough mini marshmallows and brown sugar to make you wonder why it isn’t a dessert. Better yet, make this sweet potato pie with its very own marshmallow meringue topping for spectacular roof that’s just as deep as the filling. (Recipe and photo: Completely Delicious)

Sweet Potato Pie

11. Best Banana Cream Pie

Here’s a classic that even banana haters will make an exception for. Bananas fill the edges of its crimped crust in both custard and sliced form. Whipped cream is piped on top and almonds are sprinkled over everything. The balance of the light flavor of banana and the thick custard filling makes for a dessert yummy enough to make peace between banana lovers and banana haters. (Recipe and photo: The Candid Appetite)

Best Banana Cream Pie

12. Best Pumpkin Pie

No November is complete without a slice of pumpkin pie. This deep dish recipe slices clean and stands tall, so when Thanksgiving guests couldn’t possibly imagine anything better than the meal that they already ate, pull out this pumpkin pie for finale worthy of the feastful holiday. (Recipe and photo: Bake)

Best Pumpkin Pie

13. Best Pecan Pie

Sticky, sugary, and candied. Pecan pie has rightfully earned its place around the latter holidays of the calendar year. While this artful fall and winter nut pie might be too good for everyday, the nutty crunch of whole pecans and the gooey filling of pecan pie is a sentimental flavor worth looking forward to. (Recipe and photo: Something Swanky)

Best Pecan Pie

14. Best Blueberry Pie

Did you know that blueberries are better for your eyes than carrots are? Be kind to your eyes and sweet tooth with Cheri’s blueberry pie. Baked between two flaky crusts, you’ll never go back to canned filling after baking this blueberry pie with lemon juice and zest, and the ingredient of honor – fresh blueberries. (Recipe and photo: Kitchen Simplicity)

Best Blueberry Pie

15. Best Buttermilk Pie

As a traditional Southern pie, buttermilk pie is made with a large cup of thick buttermilk, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon. While most custard fillings aren’t made in the oven, buttermilk pie is one step easier to make. You mix in all the filling ingredients, pour it into an unbaked pie crust and bake it the oven, and chill for a few hours. It has a light texture and tangy milky flavor that’s wholesome goodness is stuck to no specific time of the year. (Recipe and photo: Add a Pinch)

Best Buttermilk Pie