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Best Pie Recipes to Make and Take for Thanksgiving

Being asked to bring a pie for Thanksgiving can be a lot of pressure. Sure, the turkey gets top billing, but let’s be honest—dessert is the star of the show.
 
Good news: you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and traditional pies are not just okay, they are celebrated and thoroughly enjoyed. There’s a reason they’ve survived the test of time! But if, in your eyes, basic = boring, you can certainly spice things up a bit while still bringing in the traditional flavors folks know and love. Here are three popular pie flavors, each with a traditional recipe and a “tradition transformed” recipe.
 
Pumpkin
Traditional: With the perfect mix of pumpkin and warm spices, this traditional pumpkin pie will not disappoint.
 
Transformed: A pie/cake marriage made in flavor heaven, try a marble pumpkin cheesecake. It combines two favorite desserts and is beautiful to boot. Points for presentation!
 
Apple
Traditional: Just like grandma made, this apple pie is tart and sweet and oh-so-delicious. And in terms of appearance, “rustic” is A-ok. Grandma wasn’t fussy.
 
Transformed: Bite-sized means fewer calories, right? These apple pie bites are dangerous—you can’t have just one.
 
Pecan
Traditional: Decadent, rich, and always a winner, you can’t miss with pecan pie.
 
Transformed: Ditch the forks and turn pecan pie into a fan favorite finger food, in bar form.
 

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