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The 10 Fall Pie Recipes Our Editors Love Best

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fall? For us, it’s baking all the many kinds of pie! We get excited about using up our apple-picking hauls during a Sunday baking session, cutting into a spiced, creamy bite of pumpkin or sweet potato pie for a breakfast treat, and even upgrading a weeknight dinner by cobbling together a quick savory pie.

Here are 10 pies that eleven of our staff love making and eating to celebrate the season.

1. 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

Last year, I couldn’t stop making this easy five-ingredient pumpkin pie. It’s practically as fast as buying one, but you still get to have all the fun and satisfaction of baking, and your kitchen fills up with the delicious smell of pumpkin pie! It’s perfect for potlucks or weeknight get-togethers. — Grace Elkus, Deputy Food Director

Get the recipe: The Absolute Easiest 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

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2. Sweet Potato Pie

I was never a fan of pumpkin pie, so this sweet potato pie was a revelation. It’s lighter yet creamier than its cousin, with a heavy dose of vanilla and subtle spices. Plus it’s so much easier to bake: The pie crust doesn’t require pre-baking and there’s no need to cook the filling since the sweet potatoes are baked in advance. — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor

I am a huge fan of sweet potato pie (from long before I lived in the South). I love it for all the reasons roasted sweet potatoes are better to eat than roasted pumpkin: It’s sweeter, the texture is better, and when bits of it caramelize, it’s like heaven in your mouth. Plus sweet potato pie isn’t tied to one single holiday the way pumpkin pie is. I can eat it whenever I want and it doesn’t feel weird. — Chris Michel, Food Editor

Get the recipe: How To Make Sweet Potato Pie

3. Rustic Pear and Apple Galette

Galettes are basically free-form pies. They’re just as tasty as their traditional cousins but much more unfussy. Pears are such an unsung hero of the season and I love making them the star of this dessert (apples are the sidekick). The dough is quick and easy to blitz together in the food processor, but store-bought works just as well and is even simpler. — Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor

Get the recipe: Rustic Pear and Apple Galette

4. Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

There are certain foods I crave the instant the weather changes, and a chicken pot pie is one of them. A great homemade one can be labor-intensive, but this shortcut version is perfect for when I don’t have all day to cook. — Sheela Prakash, Senior Contributing Food Editor

Get the recipe: Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

5. Double-Crust Apple Pie

This started out as my go-to Thanksgiving pie, but it quickly became one of my favorite crust recipes! The dough is very pliable and still bakes up nice and flaky. This just turns out right 100 percent of the time. — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor

Get the recipe: Double-Crust Apple Pie

6. Curried Veggie Galette

I just got my first box from Misfits Market, and it was filled with more fall veggies than I could handle. My favorite solution to a problem like that is a savory free-form pie! — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer

Get the recipe: Curried Veggie Galette

7. Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorites, but adding a layer of streusel takes it totally over the top. — Christine Gallary, Food Editor-at-Large

Get the recipe: Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

8. Classic Pecan Pie

My husband isn’t much of a dessert person but he loves pecan pie, and I’ve tried a few different recipes over the years. This one is his favorite — and it’s also the one that gets the most compliments from dinner guests. — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director

Get the recipe: How To Make Classic Pecan Pie

9. Better-than-Grandma’s Buttermilk Chess Pie

I love a pie that can go from measuring cups to oven in minutes, and this old-fashioned buttermilk chess pie is it! If buttermilk in a pie sounds odd, don’t worry — it’s amazing. This custardy dessert is the grandmother of pecan pie, so you know it’s got to be good. The sweet custard filling needs only eggs, sugar, butter, buttermilk, and a sprinkle of cornmeal. So it’s easy to make with ingredients you keep on hand (you can even make a quick buttermilk out of regular milk). — Patty Catalano, Contributor

Get the recipe: How To Make Better-than-Grandma’s Buttermilk Chess Pie

10. Maple Pecan Pie Bars

I am not a great pie-baker so I love how easy (and crowd-friendly!) these bars are. Also, you can sneak a piece before the party without it being so obvious. — Faith Durand, Editor-in-Chief

Get the recipe: Maple Pecan Pie Bars

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