Christmas cookies are a popular treat for the holiday season—they are Santa’s favorite, after all! But if you want to expand your Christmas dessert menu, consider pulling out that pie crust recipe you perfected at Thanksgiving just one more time. Adorn your Christmas dinner with a festive and healthy pie full of Christmas flavor.
The Christmas pie ideas are endless, from all-time classics like apple pie to adventurous non-traditional recipes like candy cane pie. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best Christmas pie recipes that can elevate your holiday desserts without sacrificing your health goals. Of all the dessert recipes this season, these will surely end up on the nice list!
Best 20 Pie Recipes for Christmas Holidays
It’s hard to believe that the Christmas holidays are already upon us, but here we are! If you’re planning your holiday menu, you might be searching for the best Christmas pies to prepare for your loved ones. Below are some healthy holiday pie recipes to satisfy your taste for something sweet while keeping your health goals in mind.
1. Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potatoes are rich in carotenoids, the potent compounds behind their rich orange color and health-promoting properties. The root vegetable is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and role in cardiovascular and neurological health.1 But its benefits don’t stop there—it’s also versatile and delicious!
Sweet Potato Pie puts a delectable spin on the traditional sweet potato casserole. And most people have all the necessary ingredients in their kitchen already. For this dessert recipe from Once Upon a Chef, you’ll need two large sweet potatoes, eggs, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, light brown sugar, and a blend of seasonings.2
2. Maple Pecan Pie
Adding a splash of maple syrup to your favorite pecan pie recipe kicks up the Christmas flavor and adds a touch of sweetness to your holiday dessert. Pecans pack a punch nutritionally, rich in healthy fats and protein. Sally’s Baking Addiction found the perfect way to harness their nutrition impact for holiday celebrations.
To make your pie filling, you’ll need pure vanilla extract, pecan halves, dark brown sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, and, of course, maple syrup. Pair it with a graham cracker crust and top it with homemade whipped cream for a festive pie plate.3
3. Christmas Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie
If your holiday traditions include decorating gingerbread cookies, consider saving a few to make the pie crust of a Christmas Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie. The allergen and gluten-free recipe from Enjoy Life highlights the traditional flavors of the holiday by using soft-baked gingerbread cookies for the crust.
You’ll need canned pumpkin, dairy-free milk, allergy-friendly yogurt, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, and tapioca flour for the pie filling. With just 20 minutes of prep time and less than an hour of baking, your holiday table will be decorated with a beautiful Christmas pumpkin pie.4
4. Eggnog Pie
Holiday pie recipes don’t have to be intensive and time-consuming. The Easy Eggnog Pie recipe from Love From the Oven showcases the traditional holiday drink without any baking required. Simply mix your ingredients together and pour them into a pre-made, store-bought crust. Allow it to refrigerate for 24 hours, and it’s ready to go!5
5. Cranberry Streusel Pie
Many kitchens are well-stocked with cranberries this time of year. Some people use the small fruits to decorate their trees, while others make cranberry sauce for dinner. However, consider a cranberry pie if you want to incorporate them into dessert. The Easy Cranberry Streusel Pie recipe from Catz in the Kitchen takes minimal effort to prepare and yields delicious results.
The cranberry-based pie calls for tart cranberries, quick-cooking tapioca, sugar, butter, all-purpose flour, chopped walnuts, and a blend of seasonings. You can accent the taste with 2 to 3 teaspoons of orange zest and serve the pie over vanilla ice cream.6
6. Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut butter is a satisfying and healthy fat source, and with a bit of Christmas magic, it can be a creamy holiday dessert. There are many ways to prepare a creamy, peanut butter-based pie, but the recipe from The Baker Mama keeps it simple. No baking is required! The No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients and the ability to chill for at least 2 hours before serving.7
7. Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie, like that from Preppy Kitchen, is a year-round dessert. This creamy pie stands out among traditional holiday flavors, helping to cleanse the palate after a satisfying meal. However, the light, swooping meringue will really wow your Christmas guests.8
8. Christmas Apple Pie
The apple pie is often considered an all-American dessert and served year-round. However, it can be transformed into a holiday delicacy with a few small recipe changes. The Christmas Apple Pie recipe developed by Cravings of a Lunatic takes a traditional recipe and adds a flair of holiday spirit. The fiber-rich pie filling and the buttery, flaky pie crust create a satisfying and delicious dessert. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to elevate your holiday pie!9
9. Christmas Sugar Cookie Pie
Instead of leaving Christmas cookies out for Santa this Christmas Eve, you might consider a sugar cookie pie like the recipe from Betty Crocker. You can bake a tried and true Christmas pie using a packaged sugar cookie mix. Instead of scooping individual cookies, just pour the mixture into a pie pan and top it with your favorite holiday candies like crushed peppermints!10
10. Mincemeat Pie
For some, Christmas Eve celebrations wouldn’t be complete without a traditional mince pie. The recipe incorporates ground beef, ground pork, and nutrient-dense veggies to create a savory meal and Christmas memories to last a lifetime.11
11. Chocolate Brownie Pie
Chocolate Brownie Pie combines two dessert classics—the brownie and pie. You can make your pie from scratch, but if you need to simplify your meal preparation, don’t hesitate to use a boxed brownie mix and store-bought pie crust. The recipe is simple: mix your brownies as instructed and add the mixture to your pie crust. Bake to your liking and top with chocolate chips!
12. Cherry Pie
You can use fresh or canned cherries to make this Cherry Pie Recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch. After cooking down your cherries with granulated sugar and thickening the mixture with cornstarch, you’ll spoon the pie filling into your pie crust and sprinkle with cinnamon. It’s a relatively low-calorie dessert and can be prepped ahead of time!12
13. Coconut Cream Pie
The Coconut Cream Pie recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is like a scene from your favorite holiday movie. The bright white coconut shavings that garnish the top of this white Christmas pie resemble snow falling on Christmas day, and the flavor of this creamy pie transports you to your favorite holiday memory.13
14. Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie
The Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie from Crazy For Crust harnesses many traditional flavors of Christmas, blending them to create a delightful and festive dessert. To make this unique pie, you’ll use unsweetened cocoa, vanilla, and peppermint baking pieces. It tends to be high in calories but is a satisfying dessert, meaning a little goes a long way.14
15. Chocolate Cream Pie Cheesecake
Making the separate layers for this cream pie recipe may require some extra effort, but the end product is well worth it! To make the recipe from Spiced, you’ll start by making the graham cracker crust with graham cracker crumbs. Then, you’ll mix the cheesecake layer, followed by the chocolate layer, and top it with the whipped cream layer.15
16. Mississippi Mud Pie
You don’t have to live in Mississippi to love Mississippi mud pie, like this recipe from House of Nash Eats. It uses an Oreo cookie crust to house a chocolate mousse with a fudgy brownie base. Top it with chocolate whipped cream and crumbled Oreo cookies to appeal to every chocolate lover’s dreams!16
17. Chocolate Pecan Pie
Chocolate pecan pie takes everything you love about pecan pie and elevates it with melted chocolate chips. Adding chocolate chips to your favorite pecan pie recipe adds a gooey texture to the pie filling, creating a satisfying experience with every bite.
18. Christmas Tree Hand Pies
Using pre-made pie crust dough and fresh fruit, you can prepare pre-portioned and portable Christmas pies. Start by cooking down your fruit of choice with a blend of holiday seasonings. Consider nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, but have fun getting creative! Then, roll out the pre-made pie crust dough and cut out shapes using a Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter,
Next, spoon your fruit onto the shape and top with another cut-out dough piece. Brush with an egg wash and bake until golden brown. These little pies add a pop of festivity to your dining table and help you stay mindful of your portion sizes.
19. No-Bake Candy Cane Pie
Candy Cane Pie, like this recipe from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen, is a staple dessert for many at Christmastime. It combines chocolate pudding with peppermint mocha creamer and is served in a delicious chocolate pie crust. Top with peppermint candy canes or crushed peppermints to add to the appeal!17
20. Salted Coffee Custard Pie
If your Christmas celebrations finish around the fire, sipping a warm cup of coffee, consider adding the Salted Coffee Custard Pie from Bon Appetit to your dessert menu. The recipe calls for non-traditional pie ingredients, such as instant espresso powder, vanilla bean paste, and cold brew coffee concentrate.
This delicious Christmas pie pairs well with a cup of decaffeinated coffee or a mug of warm hot cocoa, or you can bring it to your next holiday brunch!
Learn More About Staying Healthy during the Holidays with Signos
The holidays are a wonderful time filled with celebrations, decadent meals, and delicious desserts. Those working towards their health goals may worry about the change in routine and how it will affect their efforts. However, there’s no need to miss out on those special memories with family and friends.
True health requires balance—a balance that includes your culture, social life, sleep, nutrition, and physical activity, among many other factors. And Signos is here to help. Learn more about nutrition and healthy eating habits with Signos’ expert advice and on Signos’ blog.
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Topics discussed in this article:
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- Once Upon a Chef. Sweet Potato Pie.
- Sally’s Baking Addiction. Maple Pecan Pie.
- Enjoy Life. Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie.
- Love From the Oven. Easy Eggnog Pie.
- Catz in the Kitchen. Easy Cranberry Streusel Pie.
- The Baker Mama. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie.
- Preppy Kitchen. Lemon Meringue Pie.
- Cravings of a Lunatic. Christmas Apple Pie.
- Betty Crocker. Christmas Sugar Cookie Pie.
- Pillsbury. Mincemeat Pie.
- Tastes Better From Scratch. Cherry Pie.
- Sally’s Baking Addiction. Coconut Cream Pie.
- Crazy For Crust. Peppermint Chocolate Chess Pie.
- Spiced. Chocolate Cream Pie Cheesecake.
- House of Nash Eats. Mississippi Mud Pie.
- Strawberry Blondie Kitchen. No-Bake Candy Cane Pie.
- Bon Appetit Salted Coffee Custard Pie.