Mince Pies on a Cooling rack

5 Homemade Holiday Pies That Take Dessert To The Next Level

It seems like everywhere you look, Christmas cookies are popping up, whether it’s your favorite baking show, home magazine, or Pinterest. But we have another perfectly round dessert in mind this holiday season — pie!

Why should cookies have all the festive fun? Leave plain old pumpkin and apple in the past and check out these homemade holiday pies that take your Christmas dessert game to the next level.

Sweet Mince Pies

Mince pies are a traditional holiday dessert with deep roots in England. Fruity and boozy, mince pies features currants, raisins, tart apples, and candied orange peel. You’ll also need cinnamon and nutmeg from your spice rack and brandy from your home bar cabinets. For the complete list of ingredients and a recipe for bite-sized Christmas Sweet Mince Pies from Culinary Ginger, click here.

Peppermint Icebox Pie

Cool and minty, Peppermint Icebox Pie is easy to make and looks as pretty as any present under the tree. Best of all, this pie doesn’t require any baking! To make the crust and filling, you’ll need a few simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet and fridge, like confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, cream cheese, marshmallow cream, chocolate cookies, and peppermint extract. You’ll also need to lift your stand mixer for this sweet recipe from Country Living.

Creamy Coconut Pie

The flaky coconut atop this Creamy Coconut Pie reminds us of a snowy white Christmas morning. With just 15 minutes of prep time, this easy recipe from King Arthur Flour also takes the stress out of holiday baking. With a few basic ingredients from you kitchen pantry cabinet, you’ll have an impressive, custard-based pie for your holiday guests to enjoy.

Cranberry Pie

Also known as a Nantucket Christmas Pie, this dessert calls for fresh cranberries that add a seasonal pop of red to the dessert table. Tart and just slightly sweet, this pie offers a nice alternative to those common and way too sugary Christmas desserts. With a crunchy sugar and pecan crust, this traditional recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen can also be made gluten free!

Bourbon-Pecan Pie

This isn’t your typical pecan pie. Infused with bourbon from your home bar cabinets, this pie will warm up a cold December evening. It has a flaky homemade pie crust filled with the rich flavors of brown sugar, honey, bourbon and pure vanilla extract. Topped with crunchy toasted pecans, this Bourbon-Pecan Pie recipe from Food and Wine is sure to spread some holiday cheer.

 

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