Classic Cream Pie Recipes (2024)

Lemon Cream Pie

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A slice of luscious chocolate, lemon, coconut, or fruity cream pie is the perfect ending to a casual summertime meal.

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Million Dollar Pie

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Million Dollar Pie Recipe

Don't be fooled by the name, this Million Dollar Pie is actually quite inexpensive to make—but it tastes like a million bucks.Plus, it couldn't be simpler to toss together and requires no baking. Whip it up for a holiday meal or spur-of-the-moment party.

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Mixed Berry Cream Pie with Double Chocolate Crust

Mixed Berry Cream Pie with Double Chocolate Crust

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Mixed Berry Cream Pie with Double Chocolate Crust Recipe

Brushing red currant jelly onto the berries makes them shine, like those fruit tarts you see in bakeries. If you can't find red currant jelly, use strawberry jelly (don't subsitute jam or preserves).

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Classic Boston Cream Pie

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Classic Boston Cream Pie Recipe

If you’re looking for the best Boston Cream Pie recipe out there, consider the search complete. Despite the name, this classic dessert lands among the most divine cake constructions we can imagine: Delicate pastry cream sandwiched between two fluffy vanilla cake layers, all topped with a decadent cap of chocolate ganache. Vanilla bean paste, which we call for in this recipe, saves bakers the hassle of scraping beans from the pod, while still delivering a similarly powerful depth of vanilla flavor. Not to mention, grabbing a jar of the paste (from supermarkets like Whole Foods or on Amazon) is a far better value than purchasing vanilla pods and definitely an ingredient we’d encourage home bakers to try. That said, if you already have vanilla extract in your pantry and are ready to start baking, the extract will work just fine!

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Strawberry Ice Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust

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Strawberry Ice Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust Recipe

This summer-centric pie makes is a so-easy, yet impressive, cool and creamy treat. Use your favorite brand of prepared strawberry ice cream or fill the crust using your your best homemade recipe. Set your ice cream out at room temperature about 25 to 30 minutes before you plan to start scooping it into the cooled crust so that it has enough time to soften. This recipe would work equally well using raspberry sorbet and a blend of fresh raspberries and strawberries on top.

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Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie

Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie

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Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie Recipe

Homemade Lemon Curd delivers a burst of bright citrus flavor to this simple-to-fix lemon meringue pie, and--sweeter still--it can be made up to 2 weeks ahead!

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Toasted Almond and Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream Pie

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Toasted Almond and Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream Pie Recipe

Ice cream pies make ideal desserts for big holiday dinners, because you can make them days in advance and just haul them out of the freezer right before serving. Plus, they're easy to make.

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Chocolate Icebox Pie

Chocolate Icebox Pie

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Chocolate Icebox Pie Recipe

This ultra-decadent chocolate pie recipe features a rich homemade chocolate pie filling topped with whipped cream and chopped chocolate candy bar pieces.

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Gingersnap Pie

Pumpkin Ice Cream Gingersnap Pie Recipe

An ice cream pie for Thanksgiving may sound almost revolutionary, but it delivers classic flavors and convenience. Made ahead and frozen, it doesn't require valuable oven or counter space. Plus, you can vary the formula pretty much however you like, with different cookies, ice cream flavors, and toppings.

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Strawberry Smoothie Ice-Cream Pie

Strawberry Smoothie Ice-Cream Pie

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Strawberry Smoothie Ice-Cream Pie Recipe

The waffle-cone crust idea for this frozen ice cream pie came from Cheryl F. Rogers of Kenner, Louisiana.

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Oreo Cookie Pie

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Oreo Cookie Pie Recipe

Oreos on Oreos on Oreos. This Oreo pie recipe is super easy and a must-make for any fan of Milk's Favorite Cookie.

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Mango Cream Pie

Mango Cream Pie

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Mango Cream Pie Recipe

Mango nectar and fresh mango slices provide a taste of tropical paradise in every bite of this silky pie.

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Double-Banana Cream Pie

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Double-Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Thick vanilla custard is layered with ripe bananas in a sweet arrowroot-cookie crust. You'll hear "mmm" with each bite.

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Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pie

Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pies

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Two-Bite Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

These dreamy little pies are a chocolate-lovers delight. Serve these indulgent treats at your summer gathering, family reunion, or girls' night in.

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Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie

Pistachio-Cardamom Ice Cream Pie

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Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie Recipe

Kulfi, a lusciously dense, almost chewy Indian ice cream, is often flavored with pistachios and cardamom. It inspired this pie. If you'd like your topping to be a true pistachio green, use in-shell roasted pistachios—they tend to retain their color better than the type sold out of the shell.

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Rebecca's Black Bottom Icebox Pie

Rebecca's Black Bottom Icebox Pie

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Rebecca's Black Bottom Icebox Pie Recipe

A slice of luscious cream pie is the perfect ending to a casual summertime meal.

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Double Coconut Cream Pie

Double Coconut Cream Pie

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Double Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

From the chocolate-coconut crust to the toasted coconut on the top, if you love coconut then this indulgent cream pie is for you.

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Black Bottom Vanilla Cream Pie

Black Bottom Vanilla Cream Pie

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Black Bottom Vanilla Cream Pie Recipe

A gingersnap cookie crust is the perfect foil to the creamy vanilla filling in this cool cream pie, which costs just 76 cents per serving. Chill overnight, or for at least 3 hours, before serving.

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Mocha Cream Pie

Mocha Cream Pie

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Mocha Cream Pie Recipe

Impress guests by serving individual pies to each dinner guest or couple at the table. Make the heavenly crust by crumbling chocolate cookie sandwiches and combining with a little butter, for good measure.

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Double-Chocolate Cream Pie

Double-Chocolate Cream Pie

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Double-Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Double chocolate. What else need be said about this cream pie recipe, other than "yum"?

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Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie

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Dulce de Leche Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Layer bananas into this delectable cream pie featuring only five ingredients. To make the dulce de leche, you simply cook sweetened condensed milk over simmering water until it's golden brown.

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Coconut Cream Pie with Pineapple

Coconut Cream Pie with Pineapple

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Coconut Cream Pie with Pineapple Recipe

Even if you're not relaxing at a secluded Caribbean resort, you'll feel as though you are with a slice of this island-inspired cream pie.

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White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie

White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie

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White Chocolate-Key Lime Pie Recipe

They say opposites attract, and, in the case of this pie, it's true. The rich sweetness of white chocolate and the tart crispness of key lime juice create a match made in flavor heaven.

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Chai Cream Pie

Chai Cream Pie

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Chai Cream Pie Recipe

The chai spices in this pie are delicious, warm, and inviting with cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom.

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Sky-High Chocolate Pie

Sky-High Chocolate Pie

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Sky-High Chocolate Pie Recipe

Dive right into the sweetness of the impressively tall meringue topping to reach the rich, dense chocolate filling. And you need not worry about overindulging because one slice contains only 5.2 grams of fat.

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Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

When it comes to pie recipes, this classic coconut pie recipe takes the blue ribbon. The use of a refrigerated pie crust makes it easy and the whipped cream makes it stunning.

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

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Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Chocolate lovers will delight in the bittersweet chocolate filling and the chocolate wafer-crumb crust. For a finishing touch, sprinkle each slice with a bit of grated chocolate.

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Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

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Key Lime Pie Recipe

Fresh limes are a must for this perfect citrus pie. Key limes, often found only in specialty produce departments, are smaller and rounder than the more common Persian limes. They also are more yellow than green. You can substitute Persian limes, but we don't recommend using bottled lime juice for this recipe.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

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Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

A triple dose of coconut—from coconut milk, coconut extract, and flaked sweetened coconut—gives this light coconut pie its extraordinary flavor.

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Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie

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Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

Ground red pepper adds a subtle but distinct kick to the pie, while instant espresso powder intensifies the flavor. Omit either or both if you prefer a standard chocolate cream pie.

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Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie

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Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie Recipe

Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie is a chocolate-lover's dream. A crunchy cookie crust is filled with a decadent chocolate filling before being topped off with Coffee Whipped Cream.

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Candied Orange Walnut Ice Cream Pie

Candied-Orange Walnut Ice Cream Pie

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Candied Orange Walnut Ice Cream Pie Recipe

Ice cream pies make ideal desserts for big holiday dinners, because you can make them days in advance and just haul them out of the freezer right before serving. Plus, they're easy to make.

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Lemon Cream Pie

Lemon Cream Pie

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Lemon Cream Pie Recipe

This lightened cream pie classic is sweet-tart perfection and a delicious lemon ending to any meal. You'll love the make-ahead convenience. Brush edges of crust with egg wash for nice browning.

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FAQs

What thickens a cream pie? ›

All-purpose flour is an easy solution, as you're sure to have it in your pantry. Since it's lower in starch, you'll use more of it than you would higher-starch thickeners. Quick-cooking tapioca makes filling bright and clear, but also gives it a stippled and somewhat sticky texture.

What is the best thickener for pie filling? ›

Very often flour or cornstarch is used, but in certain instances tapioca, arrowroot and potato starch can also help achieve the desired consistency. Tapioca starch is preferable for products that will be frozen because it will not break down when thawed. We like tapioca in blueberry, cherry or peach pies.

What is a cream pie made of? ›

A cream pie, crème pie, or creme pie is a type of pie filled with a rich custard or pudding that is made from milk, cream, sugar, wheat flour, and eggs and typically topped with whipped cream.

Is cornstarch or flour better for pie filling? ›

Cornstarch as Pie Filling Thickener

Cornstarch is faster-acting than flour and forms a smooth, relatively clear filling. Just be aware that too much cornstarch can create a slimy texture.

Which is better, flour or cornstarch? ›

Cornstarch is a pure carbohydrate, but flour has more nutrients. Cornstarch is a common ingredient in a wide variety of foods and beverages. It's used by home cooks and in commercial settings. Cornstarch is not a very nutrient-rich food, though, so it's an open question whether or not cornstarch is bad for you.

What is a natural thickening agent for pie filling? ›

Cornstarch makes for a shiny, glossy filling. A little goes a long way because it has twice the gelling power of flour. Flour thickens nicely but leaves more of a matte finish. You'll need to use twice as much as you would with cornstarch.

What is a substitute for cornstarch in cream pie? ›

All-purpose flour is an easy substitute for cornstarch; in fact you may see recipes for thickening pie fillings or soups with either. You'll need 2 tablespoons of flour for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a recipe.

How do you keep pie filling from being runny? ›

Adding Thickener

A thickener prevents the filling from being too watery by adding a substance that will absorb some of the liquid that seeps out of the fruit. A small amount of thickener should not alter the flavor of your pie. Use cornstarch as a thickener.

What state is known for cream pie? ›

Massachusetts's state dessert has a layered history. The Boston Cream Pie carries a history beyond its confusing name. Courtesy of Omni Parker House. The Boston Cream Pie is a confusing dessert in more than just its name.

What causes a cream pie to get watery? ›

The watery layer between the meringue and the filling (weeping) is usually caused by undercooking. This is where it is important to put your meringue onto hot filling so it can begin cooking right away.

Why is my cream pie watery? ›

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 5-10 minutes until the mixture is thick enough to mound slightly _ until it looks more like pudding than sauce. If it is not cooked sufficiently at this stage, it will be runny even after it is chilled. If you're not sure, cook it more, not less.

Why chill a pie before baking? ›

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or up to overnight. Tip: Chilling hardens the fat in the dough, which will help the crust maintain its structure as it bakes. And the short rest before rolling relaxes the dough's gluten, helping prevent a tough crust.

Where is the best place in the oven to bake a pie? ›

Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place the pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet (to catch any drips), and put the pie and baking sheet onto the lowest rack of your oven.

What is the best temperature to bake a pie? ›

No soggy bottom pie crust Not nessary to blind bake! Just bake a filled pie at 425° for the first 15 min to set the crust then reduce temperature to 350° for the rest of the time.

What do I do if my cream pie is runny? ›

To fix this, you can cook the pudding mixture over low heat until it thickens, or add a thickener such as cornstarch or tapioca flour. Another possible reason for a runny banana cream pie is that the pie filling was not chilled properly before being added to the crust.

What can I add to cream to thicken it? ›

You want to slowly whisk in milk or cream until it comes to a boil each time until you reach the desired consistency that you're looking for. Try adding a cornstarch slurry. Mix together equal parts cold water and cornstarch, whisking the mixture to create a slurry.

What if cream pie filling is too runny? ›

The absolute last resort to fixing your runny pie is:
  1. Remove the filling from the pie and add it to a saucepan on the stovetop.
  2. Add a bit of cornstarch (refer to the table above for measurements) and gently heat it to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down and let the fruit simmer for a few minutes to activate the cornstarch.
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