Pies are an undeniable staple of the holiday season—Thanksgiving more so than any other time, really—and encompass a broad variety of flavors that cater to just about any taste or preference. Short of having to whip these up yourself (because, who has the time for that these days, anyway?), there is a slew of companies here to take care of all your baking needs. Consider it the elevated version of a store-bought pie, each sourced from one of the country’s numerous homegrown bakeries.
In short: There’s always room for dessert but there’s not always time to make it from scratch. The good news is that you can have the most deliciously decadent pies delivered straight to your door. Ahead, a few of our favorites from across the states.
For the Picky Eaters: Tiny Pies
Sometimes, the best things come in small packages and Tiny Pies exemplifies that to its core. The bakery’s sampler box of personalized mini pies offers a diverse array of flavors such as Cherry, Dutchy’s Apple, Sweet Texas Pecan, and Texas Two Step—a chocolate, brownie pecan filling that is remarkably indulgent.
What to Order: Assorted Tiny Pies 12 Pack, $79.95
Highlight: The pie crust.
Popular Opinion: “An excellent, flaky tart that’s perfectly sized.”
If Your Sweet Tooth isn’t Messing Around: Royers Pie Haven
Here is where we get into the good stuff. In true Texan nature, the family-run bakery’s menu is chockful of decadent options that range from Texas Trash to a Sweet ‘n Salty pie, which has a dense brownie-like filling with caramel and sea salt. While Royers offers a mix of both sweet and savory options, we’re undoubtedly partial to the former of the two.
What to Order: Ann’s Pecan Pie
Highlight: A thick and crunchy pecan top crust that is utterly irresistible.
Popular Opinion: “This one tastes like a giant cookie and pretty much blew my mind.”
The Pie That Makes a Statement: The Blue Owl Bakery
Apple pie lovers, you’re in for a treat. This mile-high confection features layers upon layers of delicious apple slices, encased in a mouthwatering caramel dome. That’s 10 pounds (yes, 10 pounds) of pure pie goodness that’s sure to wow even the hardest-to-please.
Highlight: The caramel shell and wow-worthy effect.
Popular Opinion: “The ultimate, out-of-the-box hostess gift that’ll surely score you an invite back.”
The One We Didn’t See Coming: Achatz Handmade Pie Company
The compliments were rolling with this one. A standout favorite amongst the team, it was the ingenious combination of the fruit filling, crumbled top, and juicy “burst-in-your-mouth” flavor that truly stole the show here.
What to Order: Crumb Michigan 4-Berry Pie, $49
Highlight: The too-good-for-words mixed berry filling.
Popular Opinion: “Incredible! Just like Grandma made her fruit pies. So fresh and it tastes like a little bit of heaven. I don’t even like fruit pie but this is incredible.”
For the Libation Enthusiast: Three Babes Bakeshop
Browned butter and a generous splash of bourbon offer a flavorful twist on this Thanksgiving classic—made sans a trace of corn syrup, nonetheless. Set within a heavenly crust and coupled with its crunchified top, this pie surely brings on the heat.
Highlight: The crunchy, caramelized pecan top crust.
Popular Opinion: “The splash of bourbon here is not for the faint of heart.”
For an Authentically Homemade Experience: Two Fat Cats
Highlight: The utterly flaky crust.
Popular Opinion: “You can’t go wrong with this classic.”
The Underdog: My Sugar Pie
While we generally tend to gravitate towards the nut-based pies come the holiday season, it’s important to keep both our minds and palettes open. Enter this delicately indulgent sugar cream pie that offers a welcome change from the traditional scope of dessert options.