We mostly only make pies around the holidays but seeing that today was National Pie Day has motivated me to sprinkle pies in throughout the ...

National Pie Day - Favorite Pies Roundup

We mostly only make pies around the holidays but seeing that today was National Pie Day has motivated me to sprinkle pies in throughout the year! I'll have to search my pantry and fridge to see if I have the ingredients to make some kind of pie today, but in the meantime, I've collected some of our favorite pie recipes to share.

I have made this chocolate pecan pie for many Thanksgivings. Plain pecan pie was always too sweet for me but the addition of chocolate in this one helps balance out the syrupy sweetness. Unfortunately, the only picture of our chocolate pecan pie I could find was before we baked it...

Chocolate Pecan Pie


  • 1 pie crust, premade or refrigerated store bought
  • 1/2 cup (3.5oz) of semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9" pie plate with pie crust.
2. Microwave half of the chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl for 1-2 minutes, stirring after each minute, until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
3. Brush bottom of pie crust with a small amount of beaten egg. Stir sugar, corn syrup, eggs, and vanilla into chocolate mixture until well blended. Stir in pecans and the remaining chocolate. Pour into pie crust.
4. Bake for 55 minutes or until knife inserted 2" from the edge comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

We made this pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year and it was perfect! I can be pretty critical of pumpkin pies when they're overly sweet or overly spiced, but we all though this one was perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here: No Fail Homemade Pumpkin Pie

I made this chocolate cream pie for the pie eating contest during our Backyard Fair this summer. I completely forgot to take a picture of the pie and all I have is this slightly blurry photo of a half eaten pie slice! I really wish I had heavy cream in the fridge so I could make this pie again - it was so delicious! 
Get the recipe here: Chocolate Cream Pie

Lastly, we have apple pie. This apple pie was actually made a few years ago when I began using the Build Your Library Level 0 curriculum with Lil C. Level 0 is an around the world study and we began with the adorable book, "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" by Marjorie Priceman. At the end of the book is the apple pie recipe we used (you can find the recipe in the book preview on Amazon) - it was our first time making homemade pie crust together and we had so much fun! If you're interested in the book and not just the pie, Teaching Mama has some fun activities (she also has a picture of the recipe from the book) and just below is a read aloud of the story. I hope you try out some of these recipes and enjoy them as much as we did!