A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.
Cinnamon-Swirl Apple Slab Pie
This fun, cinnamon-scented twist on apple pie can feed a crowd while wow-ing them at the same time. The same homemade pie dough forms both the base crust and the topping—the magic happens when a sweetened cinnamon-butter is spread on half of the dough and rolled up like a log and chilled. Once sliced into swirly rounds, they're shingled on top of the baking sheet of spiced apples and baked until golden brown and bubbly. You can find a step-by-step photo guide to assembling the top crust here.
Ruffled Pumpkin Milk Pie
This ode to a classic Greek galatopita, or milk pie, will knock the socks off your friends who order pumpkin-spice everything. It's also the ideal project to start with if you're new to baking with phyllo: you simply brush sheets of it with clarified butter, scrunch them into accordion-like shapes, and arrange them in a spiral in the pan. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season ($24.49, amazon.com).
Rustic Apple Tart
The store-bought puff pastry crust makes prep time shorter and still produces a quality tart.
Rich, buttery, and oh-so-simple, the classic pecan pie has earned its place as a Thanksgiving mainstay. It's also a wonderful choice to make ahead of time since it will need several hours to cool before serving. Dollop with freshly whipped and barely sweetened cream to balance out the bold sweetness of this pie.
Apple Crumble Pie
Tart apples, sweet raisins, and a crumb topping make for a blue-ribbon dessert. Pack the apples in tightly to minimize gaps between filling and crust once the pie is baked.