This American classic, first made by a Boston chef in the 1850s, isn't actually a pie at all, it's a cake: two sponge layers with custard-cream filling and a shiny chocolate glaze. This recipe calls for a 9-by-2-inch cake pan; if you use an 8-inch wide pan, the batter will overflow.
This scrumptious sweet-potato pie, created by Martha’s daughter, Alexis, strikes all the right balances: Its consistency is dense but not heavy, its flavor sweet but not saccharine, its filling smooth but still somewhat textured. When buying fresh sweet potatoes, choose small- to medium-size examples with smooth, unbruised skins.
Chocolate appears three times in this black-bottom pie: The crust is made of chocolate wafers, the filling is rum-flavored ganache topped with macadamia nuts, and the whipped cream topping is swirled with more chocolate.
A classic Key lime pie gets upgraded for the holidays with coconut milk in the filling. If that wasn't enough, the dessert is gilded with toasted shredded coconut sprinkled on top of a billowy whipped cream topping.
For a sure-fire winner this time of year, nothing beats pecan pie. It's a favorite down-South dessert that is always on the menu for gatherings at my house. Let your little helpers add the pecans and chocolate chips, then measure and mix the easy filling ingredients. The aroma of this pie baking will bring your kids (and guests) running.