Nostalgia Alert! 45 Vintage Pie Recipes to Try Today (2024)

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Nostalgia Alert! 45 Vintage Pie Recipes to Try Today (1)Sue StetzelUpdated: Feb. 29, 2024

    There's something about pie that reminds us of days gone by. From meringue-topped beauties to rustic apple treats, these old-fashioned pie recipes bring the nostalgia.


    Sugar Cream Pie

    I love Indiana sugar cream pie; especially the one that my grandma made for me. Here, we serve it warm or chilled and call it “Hoosier” sugar cream pie. —Laura Kipper, Westfield, Indiana

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    Grandma’s Chocolate Meringue Pie

    My grandmother served this old-fashioned chocolate pie recipe after Sunday dinner each week, usually with an apology it was “too runny” or something else was wrong with it. Of course, grandma’s chocolate pie was never less than perfect! – Donna Vest Tilley, Chesterfield, Virginia

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    Fresh Cherry Pie

    If you’re looking to learn how to make a cherry pie, this recipe is the place to start. This ruby-red cherry pie is just sweet enough, with a hint of almond flavor and a good level of cinnamon. The cherries peeking out of the lattice crust makes it so pretty, too. I like to make a few of these cherry pies throughout the summer. —Josie Bochek, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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    Maple Syrup Pie

    Folks in New Hampshire apparently appreciate maple syrup almost as much as we do in Vermont. When my husband and I took a road trip through New Hampshire, we discovered this pie at a number of diners and restaurants. We loved it so much we created our own version. —Laurie Herr, Westford, Vermont

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    Mom’s Peach Pie

    A delightful summertime pie, this vintage dessert is overflowing with fresh peach flavor. Each sweet slice is packed with old-fashioned appeal. The streusel topping makes this pie a little different than the ordinary and adds homemade flair. —Sally Holbrook, Pasadena, California

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    Green Tomato Pie

    When frost nips our garden, I quickly gather all the green tomatoes still on the vine and make this old family favorite. It's been handed down from my grandmother, and now my granddaughters are asking for the recipe.—Violet Thompson, Port Ludlow, Washington

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    World’s Best Lemon Pie

    Mother’s pies were always so wonderful, with tender, flaky crusts. Through the year we enjoyed berry and apple pies, but in summer the order of the day was this lemon pie recipe—so light and refreshing! —Phyllis Kirsling, Junction City, Wisconsin

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    Possum Pie

    We found this Possum Pie recipe in a recipe box from the previous cafe owner. It’s been on our menu ever since. —David Heilemann, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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    Strawberry Crumble Pie

    I host an annual pie-making party before Labor Day. We host a pig roast on our farm every year, but the pies take center stage at the end of the meal. —Beth Howard, Donnellson, Iowa

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    Grandma’s Sour Cream Raisin Pie

    The aroma of this pie baking in my farm kitchen oven reminds me of my dear grandma who made this pretty pie for special occasions. —Beverly Medalen, Willow City, North Dakota

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    Cranberry Walnut Pie

    Here’s a wonderful vintage dessert for Thanksgiving. With ruby-red color and a golden lattice crust, this pie looks as good as it tastes. —Diane Everett, Dunkirk, New York

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    Irresistible Coconut Cream Pie

    My husband and I grow 500 acres of wheat on the farm his family homesteaded in 1889. I grind my own flour and love to use it in this recipe. The easy, pat-in crust has a rich grain flavor. It’s irresistible filled with old-fashioned coconut cream and topped with a fluffy meringue. —Roberta Foster, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

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    Orchard Pear Pie

    I made this pie using Bartlett pears fresh from the orchard. It’s a lovely dessert to include in your holiday menu. You can also use canned pears if fresh are not available. —Mary Anne Thygesen, Portland, Oregon

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    Grandma Pruit's Vinegar Pie

    This historic pie has been in our family for many generations and is always served at our get-togethers.—Suzette Pruit, Houston, Texas

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    Apple Pie

    I remember coming home sullen one day because we'd lost a softball game. Grandma, in her wisdom, suggested that maybe a slice of hot apple pie would make me feel better. She was right. —Maggie Greene, Granite Falls, Washington

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    Shoofly Pie

    My grandmother made the best shoofly pie in the tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Shoofly pie is to the Pennsylvania Dutch as pecan pie is to a Southerner. —Mark Morgan, Waterford, Wisconsin

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    Bread Pudding Pie

    This unique dessert is a bread pudding-pie combo. It was created by my paternal grandmother's family. They had a farm and made their own bread, which made this a low-cost dessert. — Kelly Barnes, Lexington, Indiana

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    Oregon’s Best Marionberry Pie

    I believe Oregon marionberries make about the best berry pie in the world. And when you add some cream cheese and flavorings, you’ll be making the best even better! —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon

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    Mom-Mom Bessie’s Coconut Molasses Pie

    I’m the keeper of my husband’s grandmother’s handwritten recipe book. Mom-Mom Bessie was one of the best cooks I knew, and we think of her every time we make this vintage pie. The flavor combination of coconut and molasses is a family favorite. —Susan Bickta, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

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    Mixed Berry Pie

    Here's a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you're short on one of the berries, just make up the amount with one of the other fruits in the pie. —Elaine Moody, Clever, Missouri

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    Creamy Chocolate-Banana Pie

    You can make almost any dessert more awesome with chocolate. In this cream pie, fresh banana and chocolate make a truly irresistible combo.—Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan

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    Walnut Mincemeat Pie

    As a cold and tasty finishing touch, my husband and I usually put a dip of ice cream on top of our mincemeat pie slices. The recipe comes from my mother. Each year, I make it for Christmas and for my sister-in-law’s New Year’s party. —Laverne Kamp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania


    Grapefruit Meringue Pie

    There’s a grapefruit tree in our backyard, so I like to use fresh grapefruit juice when I make this pie. I just love the unique citrus flavor of this dessert. —Barbara Soliday, Winter Haven, Florida

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    Mixed Berry Pie

    Here's a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you're short on one of the berries, just make up the amount with one of the other fruits in the pie. —Elaine Moody, Clever, Missouri

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    Old-Time Buttermilk Pie

    My mother and grandmother made this pie with buttermilk and eggs from our farm and set it on the tables at church meetings and social gatherings. I did the same, and now our children make it too! —Kate Mathews, Shreveport, Louisiana

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    Granny’s Rhubarb Pie

    This recipe originated with my grandmother, who baked many different rhubarb desserts. This vintage pie was always a favorite of mine. —Blanche Baninski Minto North Dakota

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    Honey Pie

    A hint of honey flavors this old-fashioned honey custard pie that comes together quickly with simple ingredients. Don’t be afraid of blind-baking the crust, it’s easy to do. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Purple Plum Pie

    I can never resist a tempting slice of this beautiful plum pie. It’s a down-home dessert that makes any meal special. This pie is a terrific way to put bountiful summer plums to use. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas

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    Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

    This old-fashioned banana cream pie recipe is full of flavor. Because it uses instant pudding, this no-bake dessert is ready in just minutes. —Perlene Hoekema, Lynden, Washington

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    Chocolate Cream Pie

    Our teenage son, John, has done lots of 4-H baking. This old-fashioned chocolate cream pie recipe with a flaky crust was his favorite thing to make. —Mary Anderson, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas

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    Special Raisin Pie

    When I first made this pie, I thought it was great. Then I entered it at the county fair and I guess the judges thought it was great, too, since it won first place. —Laura Fall-Sutton, Buhl, Idaho

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    Contest-Winning Fresh Blueberry Pie

    I’ve been making this blueberry pie recipe for decades since the ingredients for the filling are readily available in Michigan. Nothing says summer like a piece of fresh blueberry pie! —Linda Kernan, Mason, Michigan

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    Mama’s Buttermilk Coconut Pie

    My mama showed me how to make this vintage pie about 40 years ago, just as her mama showed her how to make it. I was 6 when Mawmaw passed away, but I can still remember her cooking in the kitchen in her beautiful cotton dresses dusted with flour. I am honored to teach my daughter how to make this dessert, too. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama

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    Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    It’s nice to have a fluffy, no-bake dessert that’s a snap to make. Packed with peanut flavor, this pie gets gobbled up even after a big meal! —Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia

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    Grasshopper Pie

    I only need six ingredients to whip up this fluffy and refreshing grasshopper pie. I usually make two of the minty treats for our family, since we’re never satisfied with just one slice. —LouCinda Zacharias, Spooner, Wisconsin

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    The Best Pecan Pie

    Pecan pie is a Thanksgiving tradition in my house, and I was on a quest to create the ultimate version. This might be it!—James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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    Cream Cheese-Pineapple Pie

    I've made this pie many times for friends, relatives, guests, church suppers and bazaars, and I'm always getting requests for the recipe. I've lived on farms all my life—we used to have a potato farm on Long Island, and now my son farms his own land and manages mine here in Delaware, growing soybeans and wheat. —Elizabeth Brown, Clayton, Delaware

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    Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie

    This German chocolate pecan pie combines the ingredients everyone loves in its classic cake cousin. It's so silky and smooth, you won't be able to put your fork down. —Anna Jones, Coppell, Texas

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    Gingersnap Crumb Pear Pie

    This basic recipe was one my grandmother used for making crumble pies from fresh fruit. She simply substituted oats, gingersnaps or vanilla wafers depending on the fruit. Pear was always my favorite, and I added the ginger and caramel to give it a new twist. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas

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    Banana Cream Pie

    Mom's pie recipe is a real treasure, and I've never found one that tastes better! —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri

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    French Silk Pie

    I first made French silk pie when I was in high school. Years later, I tinkered with the recipe until I was happy with it. Now it’s one of my husband’s favorites. —Lisa Francis, Elba, Alabama

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    Peanut Butter Cream Pie

    During the warm months, it’s nice to have this fluffy, no-bake peanut butter pie that’s a snap to make. Packed with flavor, this pie gets gobbled up even after a big meal! —Jesse & Anne Foust, Bluefield, West Virginia

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    Spiced Upside-Down Apple Pie

    My grandma taught me to make this pie when I was 4. Over the years, I've kept it about the same with just a few changes. Flip it out the second it stops bubbling. The glaze makes it look especially delicious. —Francine Bryson, Pickens, South Carolina

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    Originally Published: October 07, 2021

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    Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.

    Nostalgia Alert! 45 Vintage Pie Recipes to Try Today (2024)


    What is Dolly Parton's favorite pie? ›

    In her cookbook, Dolly's Dixie Fixin's, the country music legend shared one of her favorite recipes for walnut pie that's very similar to a classic southern pecan pie. It couldn't be any easier to make, and her holiday table is rarely complete without it. Find the recipe for her delicious walnut-studded pie below.

    What did the first pie look like? ›

    The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent a dish close to what we know as a pie today. They had a honey filling covered in a crusty cake made from oats, wheat, rye or barley.

    How to make a pie without a pie dish? ›

    If you're pretty desperate to make a pie, you'll use whatever you have that will hold the crust and filling. Including filling half a circle of pie crust, folding the other half over and sealing it, and cooking it on a flat sheet pan.

    Who invented pie crust? ›

    The Greeks were the first to make pie crusts more recognizable as what you would use today, combining fat with a flour and water mixture to make a pastry type dough that could be filled with fruit. There is evidence of this as early as the 5th century BC in the plays of Aristophanes.

    What is a Dolly Parton pie? ›

    Dolly Parton Pie is the world-famous singer's favorite, a walnut pie with a rich, sweet filling you can enjoy whenever you get the Mule Skinner Blues!

    Who is Dolly Parton's BFF? ›

    Dolly Parton places great value on her friendships. She has known her best friend, Judy Ogle, since childhood, and built solid relationships with many of the people who support her career. When she moved to Los Angeles, she relied on a network of friends in the city.

    What is the most popular pie in America? ›

    Apple pie is arguably one of the most popular pie flavors. A symbol of America, the apple pie was actually invented by the British.

    Why are pies called coffins? ›

    A coffin or coffyn referred to a container made of pastry, a precursor of the modern pie crust, and food was served in the coffin it had been cooked in. The first printed use of the word coffin as a box for a corpse appeared later, in the 16th century. Historians trace pies back to ancient times.

    Which country invented pie? ›

    Historians trace pie's initial origins to the Greeks, who are thought to be the originators of the pastry shell, which they made by combining water and flour. The wealthy Romans used many different kinds of meats — even mussels and other types of seafood — in their pies.

    Can you make a pie in a Pyrex dish? ›

    If you're looking for pie dishes that are nearly impervious to damage, and won't need to be replaced for years, these glass Pyrex dishes are for you.

    What is blind bake method? ›

    Many sweet and savory pie recipes require pre-baking or "blind baking" a crust. No one really knows where the term got its name, but "blind" baking a crust means baking it without a filling.

    Can I use a cast iron skillet as a pie pan? ›

    Cast iron skillets have been one of my preferred pie plate substitutes for many years. In addition to being handy and naturally nonstick, cast iron retains and evenly distributes heat—two important features for achieving a crisp, evenly baked crust.

    What is the oldest type of pie? ›

    The world's first pie

    Many historians trace it all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, who had a kind of pastry made from grains like wheat or oats, but this is more like a galette — a pan-less, looser-form pastry — which arguably isn't very pie-like.

    What is a pie with no base called? ›

    Pies that have a pastry lid - but not pastry sides and bottom - are known as 'pot pies' and many people believe they aren't actually real pies at all.

    What is Dolly Parton's favorite dessert? ›

    In case you are curious to know what Dolly Parton eats, she has a number of favorite dishes. Her favorite dessert, however, is a Southern classic that is a big crowd-pleaser -- banana pudding.

    What does Dolly Parton like to cook? ›

    Dolly still loves making Southern food. Some of her favorite dishes to cook (and eat) are meatloaf with mashed potatoes and homemade coleslaw, pork roast and her specialty, chicken and dumplings. The key to making them delicious shouldn't be surprising: Make sure you're using enough fat, salt and pepper.

    What is Dolly Parton's favorite things? ›

    Parton has named banana pudding, chicken and dumplings, and roast pork among her favorite foods, the latter of which she prefers a bit fatty. And she told The New York Times in 1992, "The greasier the food, the better."

    What is Dolly Parton's favorite breakfast? ›

    And Parton loves scrambled eggs in the mornings as well, she noted in an interview with Insider. She even has a secret to making them fluffier: add a sprinkle of ice water to the pan while you cook the eggs. Safe to say, the singer is rising and shining with eggs on her plate one way or another.


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