My birthday is in late November so my mom often morphed the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie into my birthday "cake" and had all the family sing for me. This is an update on her recipe, adding lots more of our mutual favorite ingredient, ginger. The pie's best after it's nice and chilled. Birthday candles optional. —Emily Tyra, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Butter-flavored crackers make the crunchy crust for this frozen take on coconut cream pie. "A mixer works great to easily combine the ice cream, milk and pudding mix," suggests Carol Beamer of Glenville, West Virginia. Try sprinkling chopped nuts or cracker crumbs on top instead of the coconut.
We usually have a good selection of pies at our neighborhood get-togethers, but I always come home with an empty pan when I bring this classic. Friends line up for a creamy slice, topped with golden meringue and toasted coconut.
-Betty Sitzman, Wray, Colorado
Fetch the forks! Guests will be eager to dig into this festive tart. Destined to become a favorite holiday dessert, it looks and smells as delightful as it tastes. —Bernice V. Janowski, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Here’s a gorgeous pie that really looks like you fussed. It features a crunchy graham cracker crust with a touch of ginger, a lovely fresh strawberry layer and tasty banana cream topping. Julie Guntzel - Bemidji, Minnesota
I take this giant pie to almost every potluck. The crust is so easy, and we have lots of berries since they grow here on our small acreage. With a dessert this size, everyone can enjoy a luscious piece.
—Janelle Seward, Ontario, Oregon
"A FRIEND gave me this recipe, and I love it so much! The secret is in the baking—I just let it barely show little bubbles on the surface before I take it out of the oven. You don't want cheesecake to bake too long."
This pie recipe is one I clipped years ago that became a big hit with my husband and three daughters. I've been baking since I was 9 years old. Back then, my friends and I would get together on Saturdays to bake chocolate chip cookies...but we liked the dough so much we ate lots of it raw! Of all the cooking I do today, I think I still enjoy baking best.
Like the spices in traditional pumpkin pie? Then try this tasty twist from Tammy Covey of Huntington, Arkansas. "Most people make this cool fluffy version for the holidays, but I think it's wonderful anytime of year," she says.
No one can resist a slice (or two!) of this tart "cherry-berry" pie. Growing up, my sister and I requested this pie for our birthdays instead of cake. Now it's a favorite of my own family.
-Mari Anne Warren
Next time you get a pint or two of perfectly ripe strawberries, make my favorite pie. It combines fresh berries and a lemony cream cheese layer. If you’re in a hurry, use a premade pie shell. —Janet K Leach, Granger, Washington