From fruit fillings made with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries (sensing a theme here?) to refreshing ice cream pies to beat the heat, these 4th of July pie recipes are the perfect summertime treats for America’s birthday weekend.
The basic premise of a fruit pie stays the same: you toss berries, stone fruit, or apples with some sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice, which help to release the fruit’s juices and create a sweet-syrupy filling. Fill this in a pie shell, then top with an intricate design like a lattice pattern or a single layer of pie dough, along with a sprinkle of sanding sugar, and a dollop or two of whipped cream for good measure (after it bakes and cools, of course). The Fourth is a party, after all, and is worthy of a celebratory pie.
More than a quart of fresh Maine blueberries are tossed with a homemade blueberry gel for a jammier-than-ever filling. Now that’s a reason to celebrate.
Apple cider becomes a rich caramel sauce, then gets tossed with thinly sliced Honeycrisp apples, plus brown sugar and cinnamon for the ultimate pie filling.
There’s not one, not two, but three kinds of fresh summer berries (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) in this pie—perfect for the Fourth of July.
“I’ve developed quite a few desserts over the years, and after testing a few rounds of this pie, I declared it one of the best things I’ve ever made,” says recipe developer Alexis deBoschnek. Who would we be to argue with that?
Kids will love this pie and honestly, adults will too. Fill an Oreo cookie crumb crust with vanilla pudding mixed with crushed Oreo crumbs. And if that’s not enough cookies-and-cream magic for you, we recommend sprinkling more cookie crumbs on top.
A lattice top is an Americana staple (this one features nutty rye flour). And a classic combo of peaches and blueberries makes for one super summery filling.
Breakfast for dessert, or dessert for breakfast? You have the freedom to choose! No matter which way you look at it, this slab pie inspired by strawberry toaster strudels is fun and festive for the Fourth.
The secret to this ultra-rich chocolate pie for the Fourth of July is exclusively using egg yolks, which creates a decadent, silky filling.
You can thank refined coconut oil and oat milk for making this all-American classic pie a vegan one.
Celebrate the end of peony season with this brightly colored pie that’s worthy of a celebration like the Fourth of July.
“A simple pie where the crust is parbaked, the filling is thick and creamy, and the strawberries are the star,” writes pie whisperer Erin McDowell.
Cool off from the Fourth of July summer heat with this refreshing mint chocolate pie.
Ground hazelnuts and rolled oats bring welcome nuttiness to this pie crust. The filling introduces a double dose of blueberries and blackberries, with subtle sweetness from honey.
There are so many varieties of seasonal fruits to choose from in the summer, so why stick to just one type for a pie? Here, we’re using both ripe plums and raspberries for a juicy filling.
One of the best things in the world is taking a spoon and gently cracking into a golden, sugary brûlée topping. While we generally only get to experience such satisfaction with creme brûlée, recipe developer Cravings in Amsterdam brought it to life with this twist on apple pie.
“By making mint-sugar—lightly-green sugar that’s been food processed with mint—you can give a pie a subtle herby flavor while steering clear from anything strange or grassy,” writes recipe developer Sarah Jampel.
While this pie doesn’t quite date back to 1776, it certainly has that old-fashioned look and sweet-as-can-be taste that is exactly what we want out of a summertime staple like peaches.
Chocolate and cherry are a combination that we’ll never grow tired of. But just to keep things interesting, Erin McDowell arranged strips of pie dough on top of the filling to mimic a blossoming sunflower.
We don’t throw the word “perfect” around willy nilly, so you can trust that this coconut cream pie, which has coconut in both the pie crust and filling, is as good as it gets.
While making s’mores around a bonfire is a tried-and-true activity on the Fourth of July, this slab pie introduces a whole new way to enjoy graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate…and we may never go back.
It’s not really a proper Fourth of July celebration without a trip to the beach. Take your tastebuds seaside with this super-simple pie filled with a decadent citrus custard.
While no one knows exactly where the name chess pie comes from, we do know that this delicious dessert is a Southern staple that satisfies, thanks to its rich and tangy buttermilk filling.
The beauty of this pie isn’t just in the mesmerizing display of fruit (though that’s certainly part of the equation). It’s also the fact that you have the freedom to choose whatever types of fruit you want to use.
For the smaller guests at your Fourth of July celebration—or an individual serving of pie (it’s a holiday! Go all out!)—this six-inch chocolate-strawberry pie is a party in a pie dish.
What is your favorite type of dessert to bake for the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments below!