15 Beautiful Pies to Make This Summer

Peach Blueberry Pie
Photo: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

No summer barbecue or outdoor gathering is complete without a pie — and if you're tired of your standby recipe, we have more than a few options to help you switch it up. There are fruity pies, of course, like peach-blueberry and sour cherry, and then there are the creamy, indulgent recipes too, like coconut cream and lemon meringue. Check out some of our favorite summer pies below.

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Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust

Blueberry Pie with Rye Crust
© Con Poulos

This sensational blueberry pie has small circles cut out of the rye crust, which not only looks dramatic but also allows moisture to evaporate from the fruit filling as it cooks, deepening the flavor.

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Georgia Peach Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream

Georgia Peach Pie
William F. Dickey II

When you slice into this delicious pie, don't be surprised by the gap between the filling and the top crust. This happens when a pie is baked at high heat because the crust sets before the fruit in the filling has cooked down. It's worth it, since the high heat also helps the bottom crust get nice and crispy.

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Sour Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Margret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

Sour cherry season is fleeting, so be sure to make this pie while they are around. Almond and sour cherries have complementary flavor profiles; together, they create a delicious and elegant pie with ideal flavor balance. The frangipane along with the sour cherries give the pie a tender and custard-y filling with a pop of tartness and textures. 

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Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

This recipe elevates key lime pie with a riff on the crust, using chocolate graham cracker crumbs and finely ground almonds.

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Black-and-Blue Pie with Brown Sugar Crumb

Black and Blue Pie with Brown Butter Crumb
Victor Protasio

Pie queen Nicole Rucker crushes a single large handful of the berry filling to help create the perfect saucy consistency for juicy — but never runny — berry pie. Huckleberries and blackberries create the namesake black-and-blue filling, but a mix of any brambleberries and blueberries will do. A crumb topping adds texture and helps absorb some of the pie's juices, allowing it to slice cleanly.

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Lemon Meringue Pie with Marcona Shortbread Crust

lemon meringue pie
Jennifer Causey

Here, a pat-in shortbread crust studded with salty, crunchy bits of toasted marcona almonds holds an assertively lemony filling, all topped with a creamy, dense Italian meringue. 

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Berry Ice Cream Pie

Berry Ice Cream Pie

© Jody Horton

This recipe turns out a berry ice cream pie that is as beautiful as it is deliciously refreshing. It's layered with balsamic blueberry jam and strawberry ice cream atop a graham cracker crust, then served with fresh blueberries. 

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Pay de Plátano de Yelapa (Yelapa-Style Banana Pie)

Yelapa-Style Banana Pie
Victor Protasio

Yelapa, a tiny beach community about 45 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta via water taxi, is known for its tropical pies; this version features caramelized bananas and vanilla custard. The sturdy crust is salted and shortbread-like because the pie has always been eaten while sunbathing, with no utensils around. Take big bites — it’ll taste better.

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie
© John Kernick

If you don't want to make a caramel or fudge sauce, chef Nancy Silverton suggests using high-quality jarred ones like King's Cupboard cream caramel sauce and Scharffen Berger chocolate sauce.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

© Christina Holmes

Every part of this fluffy pie from pastry chef Kierin Baldwin has coconut: the crust, the fillling, and the topping.

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Piña Colada Pie

Piña Colada Pie
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Christina Daley

In this swoon-worthy dessert, the classic tropical flavors of a piña colada cocktail are transformed into a pie featuring layers of silky coconut custard and a caramelized pineapple jam made by simmering fresh pineapple with brown sugar. Adding rum to the hot pineapple mixture burns off the harsher taste of the alcohol while leaving a pleasant kick. 

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Strawberry Slab Pie

Strawberry Slab Pie
© Andrew Purcell

With a perfectly buttery crust and a sweet, jammy filling, this slab pie from baker Joanne Chang is one of the most delicious desserts you’ll eat all summer.

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Thalheimer's Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Scholar and cookbook author Jessica B. Harris' good friend Karen Finley shares her family recipe for buttery, silky, and lusciously tart lemon chess pie. The flavor of the filling is similar to a lemon bar, but a touch sweeter and with some pleasant texture from floral lemon zest.

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Peach-Blueberry Pie

Peach Blueberry Pie
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Ali Ramee / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

The flavors in this pie scream summer, but don't let cold weather keep you from baking it; thawed frozen fruit works beautifully here. The tart lemon zest and juice in the filling balance the sweetness of the fruit, in contrast with the crunchy turbinado sugar on top of the geometric pieces of pie crust.

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Mud Pie

Mud Pie
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

This decadent ice cream pie has a crunchy cookie crust, a fudgy chocolate-pecan layer, and lots of coffee ice cream. To top it off: a blanket of homemade hot fudge plus a generous heap of whipped cream. 

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