In 1986, the American Pie Council began this weird holiday in order to celebrate Crisco’s 75th anniversary of “serving food to families everywhere.” Although other sources claim that Charlie Papazian created National Pie Day in the 1970s and placed it on his birthday, it didn’t become well-known until the American Pie Council adopted it.
In reality, pies have been in existence since around 10,000 BC in Egypt. This time period was also known as the Egyptian Neolithic period or the New Stone Age. Evidence of pies (aka flat round flour cakes with honey) were discovered in the tomb of the pharaoh Ramesses II.
We also see pie recipes in the ancient Roman times. The first known pie recipe was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. Pie was more for meat than dessert. In those times, the crust was only there to hold in the filling – no one actually ate it.
Then pies came to England in the 12th century, still filled primarily with meat. The fact that you could never be sure about what was inside created a plethora of jokes and horror stories, including “Sweeney Todd.”
It was when the Puritans and other English settlers came to the New World in the 16th century that pies were introduced to North America. We traditionally serve sweet pies at Thanksgiving, but they actually weren’t even at the “First Thanksgiving!”
Sweet pies, including pumpkin pie, didn’t become popular until the 1800s, even though pumpkin pie first made its appearance in a cookbook in 1675.
In 1968, McDonald’s introduced its apple pie in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Pie exists all over the world, but the United States especially has a warm relationship with the baked dessert. Whether it’s a symbol of the 4th of July and summer – being “as American as apple pie” – or the 1972 famous country song by Don McLean called “American Pie,” there are quite a lot of cultural references to this delicious treat.
Throwing a pie in a person’s face has been a traditional comedic routine since Ben Turpin got one in the face in 1909 for the film Mr. Flip.
There are several other pie-Themed films, including Labor Day with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Waitress with Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion, Blazing Saddles featuring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, and Julia & Julia with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
This dessert recipe for a no-bake Nutella cheesecake with an Oreo crust will make your mouth water! Satistfy your sweet tooth on National Pie Day with this delicious no-bake Nutella cheesecake with an Oreo crust that is made from scratch!
Do you like pecan pie? There’s no reason to make it with corn syrup and refined sugar when using maple syrup and unrefined sugar is so delicious. The maple flavor is not overpowering nor is it overly sweet. Maple Pecan Pie is simply delicious for National Pie Day!
This no bake chocolate peanut butter pretzel pie is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of savory with their sweets! A pretzel crust is filled with 2 layers of peanut butter and topped with a rich chocolate ganache and more pretzels! You can make this no bake pie in advance of National Pie Day, making it a great dessert recipe for entertaining.
No-Bake Millionaire Pie is made with a graham cracker pie crust, cherries, pineapple, coconut, and nuts for a sweet treat that is creamy, cold and satisfying. This iis a favorite dessert recipe for National Pie Day since it is so fast and easy to make with very little prep time. If you like ambrosia salad, you will love this!
Ready for a pie that whips up fast and tastes fantastic? With only a handful of ingredients making this Brazilian Guava and Salted Caramel Pie on National Pie Day is a breeze even for an inexperienced baker.
Six simple pantry staples come together to make magic in a pie plate with this vintage water pie recipe. Learn how to (re)make this sweet Depression-era dessert on National Pie Day, and never be without a sweet treat after dinner again.
This Saskatoon berry pie filling and sauce is cooked ahead, on the stove top, allowing time for the berries to soften and the flavors to merge, giving your pie a richer, thicker and tastier filling to enjoy on National Pie Day! The hint of almond also lends a delicious depth of flavor that's unlike any other Saskatoon berry pie out there! It also makes a great sauce for topping cheesecake, yogurt, ice cream or filling pierogies!
A spinach feta filo pie is perfect for every occasion from lunch with friends or an easy midweek meal for National Pie Day. Everyone will love the golden, crispy layers of pastry and the healthy and delicious spinach and feta filling inside!
Steak and stilton pie is a crowd-pleasing and easy to assemble recipe that is packed full of exciting flavours. Also known as Nottinghamshire pie, this potato topped pie combines beef steak with leeks and Blue Stilton cheese to create a particularly tasty and satisfying dish that would be a perfect dinner on National Pie Day.
This keto banoffee pie is heaven on a spoon, espeically on National Pie Day! With a gluten-free almond flour crust and a silky-smooth sugar free caramel layer, it has oodles of banana flavor thanks to my secret ingredient, banana extract.
This very easy Rhubarb Impossible Pie comes together in a flash, which is perfect for National Pie Day. The custard filling is made in the blender and a crust magically appears on the bottom while baking.
This Strawberry Pretzel Pie has a salty pretzel crust that balances the sweet cheesecake filling and delicious fresh strawberry gelatin topping perfectly! Each bite is heaven - give a try on National Pie Day!
Easy Coconut Cream Pie features a flaky pie crust, coconut custard, toasted coconut, and fresh whipped cream. It’s a coconut-lovers dream come true on National Pie Day. Make it with a regular or gluten free pie crust.
Chicken Pot Pie is a great idea for comfort food on National Pie Day! Tender chicken, vegetables, and gravy, baked into a flaky pastry crust. This homemade, easy chicken pot pie recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken, too!
Filipino egg pie is a rich, creamy custard baked in a buttery pie crust. A childhood favourite of many Filipinos, this egg pie will transport you back to the Philippines at first bite. Enjoy some on National Pie Day!
Cheesy and Delicious, this Spinach Square recipe is a great way to get your kids to eat spinach on National Pie Day! This kid friendly take on the traditional Greek spinach pie (Spanakopita) is incredibly tasty and relatively simple to make.
This is an easy and delicious homemade blueberry pie with frozen blueberries, perfect on National Pie Day when blueberries are out of season. The filling is thick and flavorful, encased in a buttery and flaky pie crust.
This gluten-free Dutch Apple Pie is a sweet and cinnamon-spiced apple pie baked in a gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie crust. This is an amazing combo of snickerdoodle cookies, apple crisp and apple pie! You'll want to have it more than just on National Pie Day!
These classic southern-style fried apple pies are easy to make and so very fun to serve and eat. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll be making them all the time, not just on National Pie Day!
This Huckleberry Pie Recipe is as gorgeous as it is tasty. It's the perfect National Pie Day treat and the last huckleberry pie recipe you'll need! You'll love the fact that it's not overly sweet, like so many other pies are, yet still bursting with huckleberry flavor! Make sure to save some huckleberries to make huckleberry wine!
Have you ever had a homemade chilled Raspberry Pie? If not, give a try this National Pie Day! Tart meets sweet in this easy to make chilled no-bake Raspberry Pie in a cinnamon graham cracker crust. It's so good you'll want to make a double batch.
This ooey-gooey, sweet and tart lemon chess pie bakes up with a sweet delicate candy-like top crust. Made with simple ingredients and easy directions, this pie is an old-fashioned southern favorite for National Pie Day that everybody loves.
This delicious carrot pie is a great addition to any National Pie Day menu! Made with cooked carrots and warm spices, you won’t be able to resist getting a second piece. Move over pumpkin, carrot pie is here to stay!
Tomato Pie is a great way to use up an abundance of tomatoes on National Pie Day. This easy fresh recipe is baked in a pie crust and covered with cheddar and ricotta cheese. It’s tasty served warm or cold. It tastes like pizza – it’s delicious!
You'll love this Brownie-Bottom Chocolate Pudding Pie on National Pie Day! It features a delicious chocolate pudding recipe, but you can use instant pudding for convenience. Top it all with whipped cream and chocolate curls for a fabulous dessert!
This salted caramel apple pie is a decadent combination of flavors and textures you should try out on National Pie Day. From the flaky bottom crust to the saucy caramel apple filling and buttery crumb topping, this pie is impressive and indulgent.
Egg custard pie is a light-tasting, sweet treat for National Pie Day. This is is an ideal dessert because it isn't too heavy while still adding a nice finish to any meal. Or as a little afternoon delight. At just 244 calories per slice, this easy dessert recipe isn't going to put you over the top!
Crusty on the outside, moist and spicy on the inside, Nigerian Meat Pie is a delicious snack that will be hands down the star of any meal, any time of the day on National Pie Day. The light, small, and flavor-packed Nigerian meat pies will leave your guests begging for more!
Quebec sugar pie is a traditional French Canadian dessert with a smooth, rich, creamy filling you'll really enjoy on National Pie Day. This version is made with both brown sugar and maple syrup. It's super cheap and easy to make!
No Bake Cranberry Cream Pie uses fresh cranberries in three ways, which you'll love eaating on National Pie Day. Layers of bright cranberry raspberry custard, fluffy and creamy cranberry cheesecake. And also the sugar frosted cranberries that are sprinkled on the fluffy lemon whipped cream.
Peach Crumble Pie is the dessert recipe that will help awaken your love for baking. Don’t let National Pie Day go by without grabbing some peaches and trying this easy peach pie with crumble top for yourself!
When you think Chocolate Crack Pie think amazingly-rich-and-fudgy, addictively delicious, scratch-made gooey brownie ... in a crust. And it truly just doesn't get much better than that, especially on National Pie Day.
This brown butter sweet potato pie recipe is an old fashioned sweet potato pie recipe with the added richness of brown butter, along with the "black-bottom" technique of Patti LaBelle's famous pie. The only soul food National Pie Day pie you need!
If you love vanilla custard or creme brulee, this recipe for Indiana Sugar Cream Pie will be your new favorite dessert on National Pie Day. A flaky pie crust filled with sweet decadent vanilla custard is heavenly. There is nothing like a fresh-baked pie and this sugar cream recipe is at the top of the list of amazing desserts.
Vanilla Pear Pie has a heavenly flavor and aroma. A hint of vanilla bean enhances but doesn’t overwhelm the delicate flavor of fresh pears. Move over Apple Pie, this just might become your favorite new National Pie Day dessert.
This is the best Pumpkin Pie Recipe from ccratch for National Pie Day! This easy pumpkin pie contains no sweetened condensed milk and is the only pumpkin pie recipe you'll ever need - perfect for Thanksgiving.
Cranberry Apple Pie is a unique National Pie Day dessert your whole family will love! This post will explain everything you need to know about making this delicious apple and cranberry pie, make ahead tips, how to store it, and what to serve with this Deep Dish Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie.
Keto Taco pie is a family friendly and delicious weeknight meal. This easy low carb recipe will soon make it on your regular dinner plan rotation, especially on National Pie Day. Keto Taco Pie includes everything that you would enjoy in actual tacos, but with no need for a tortilla to hold everything together. This is a satisfying and hearty meal.
Look no further, this very Easy Banana Cream Pie can be made the same day on National Pie Day with a few basic ingredients! It takes about 10 minutes to make, then it needs time to set up in the fridge for a few hours. This pie is always a crowd-pleaser. It's made with delicious vanilla pudding. No gross fake banana flavored pudding in this one. It's banana-y and vanilla-y and creamy and delicious and will be eaten so quickly!
Frozen Open Faced Chicken Pot Pie is a quick and easy alternative to cooking pot pies at home from scratch. It's a great dinner for National Pie Day. These are made in a fraction of the time and taste just as good as any other.
Sweet Italian ricotta pie is a traditional Italian dessert perfect for National Pie Day. It’s a cheese pie with ricotta, vanilla, orange, and spices. You can use pre-made pie crust to simplify the recipe instead of pasta frolla.
If you love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, then you’ll go crazy for this Reese’s Peanut Butter Pie recipe on National Pie Day! It’s an easy, no-bake dessert that comes together in just a few minutes. The peanut butter filling is rich and creamy, and the chocolate topping is simply heavenly.
There’s nothing like a pecan pie on National Pie Day, especially for all you Southerners out there. You don’t have to be a Southerner to like chocolate pecan pie, though. It’s indulgent and tasty no matter where you’re from!