25 Dreamy Cream Pie and Custard Pie Recipes to Swoon Over

Chocolate Meringue Pie
Photo: Blaine Moats

Cream pies and custard pies are great for any time of the year because there's a flavor to fit every occasion. The classic coconut cream pie and chocolate meringue pies are here, but when the holiday comes around, there are delicious cream pie recipes in seasonal flavors (think peppermint and eggnog) to really make your menu festive. Here are some of our favorite cream pie and custard pie recipes to treat you and your family.

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Triple-Coconut Cream Pie

Triple Coconut Cream Pie
Jason Donnelly

It's all in the name of this luxurious cream pie. That's right, three kinds of coconut (cream of coconut, coconut extract, and flaked coconut!) make this dessert irresistible. Layered with vanilla meringue, you'll have a picture-perfect presentation for your dessert table.

02 of 25

Cashew-Crusted Caramel Cream Pie

Cashew-Crusted Caramel Cream Pie
Andy Lyons

Cashews add a nutty crunch to the graham cracker crust in this cream pie recipe, making it the perfect base for the caramel cream filling. The brown sugar meringue pie topping helps add an extra delicious caramel note to every bite.

03 of 25

Crème Brûlée Pie

Creme Brulee
Hannah Bigot

The crunchy topping on this custard pie recipe tastes (and cracks!) exactly like your favorite restaurant's fancy crème brûlée. The best part about this delicious custard pie is that you don't even need a culinary torch. All you'll have to do is allow your broiler to crystalize the delicious sugar on top.

04 of 25

Vanilla Cream Pie

vanilla cream pie in pie pan
Jason Donnelly

If you were to pin just one cream pie recipe from this gallery (though how could you not want ALL the pies?!), this one is a keeper. Not only does the recipe feature a classic vanilla cream base, but also includes variations for other dreamy favorites: banana, dark chocolate, and coconut. This traditional cream pie recipe features a meringue topping, but you can substitute it with fresh whipped cream if you prefer (or are running short on time).

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Banana-Butterscotch Cream Pie

Banana-Butterscotch Cream Pie
Blaine Moats

The only way to make your banana cream pie more memorable is by giving it a candy-like filling. The warm, caramelly notes in this butterscotch cream pie pair beautifully with fresh banana slices. It will look even more tempting with piles of fresh whipped cream and swirls of chocolate on top.

06 of 25

Classic Chocolate Meringue Pie

Classic Chocolate Meringue Pie
Andy Lyons

This might be the quickest route to chocolate nirvana. In our top-rated chocolate meringue pie recipe, peaks of fluffy meringue adorn rich chocolate filling for an unforgettable experience. Refrigerate your custard pie at least two hours before serving to allow it to set completely.

07 of 25

Cookies and Cream Silk Pie

Cookies and Cream Silk Pie
Courtesy Naomi Robinson

Your favorite sandwich cookie just got a silky makeover. For this take on a classic chocolate cream pie, we've added a cookies and cream layer spiked with white chocolate. Seriously, it will steal the show at your holiday dinner.

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08 of 25

Snickerdoodle Custard Pie

Snickerdoodle Custard Pie
Andy Lyons

If snickerdoodles are your go-to holiday cookie, have we got the custard pie recipe for you. Use a refrigerated pie crust to save you some time. Oh, and you can make this cookie-inspired custard pie up to a day in advance so you can have more quality time with the family when they arrive.

09 of 25

Peppermint Cream Tart in a Chocolate Crust

Peppermint Cream Tart in a Chocolate Crust
Jason Donnelly

This delightful cream tart recipe tastes like Christmas on a plate. Delicious peppermint cream rests on a chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream with crushed peppermint candies add a cool, festive touch. The best part? You can make this holiday stunner the night before your big event.

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Extreme Chocolate Pie

Extreme Chocolate Pie
Steven McDonald

This decadent cream pie will leave all the chocolate lovers at the table very satisfied. A rich chocolate pie filling gets piled on a chocolate brownie crust. Sweetened whipped cream makes this showstopping pie more delicious with every bite. For an added touch, top the pie with freshly-shaved curls of dark chocolate (just use your vegetable peeler to make perfect curls).

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Spiced Cider Custard Pie

Spiced Cider Custard Pie
Blaine Moats

Put seasonal apple cider to good use by simmering it into a thick and delicious syrup for the base of this silky custard pie recipe. Warm cinnamon infuses the custard filling, but you can also add extra spice to your pie by using the festive gingerbread crust variation.

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Two-Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Two-Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie
Peter Krumhardt

Calling all peanut butter fans! This dessert is easy to make and dangerously delicious. Layers of creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate rest on a crust of (you guessed it) crushed peanut butter cookies. As if that wasn't enough nutty goodness, this cream pie gets topped with a peanut brittle whipped cream.

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Coconut Cream Banana-Topped Pie

Coconut Cream Banana-Topped Pie
Blaine Moats

Can't decide between coconut cream pie or banana cream pie? Combine them into one! The decadent filling gets its rich flavor thanks to cream of coconut with an additional layer made with sweetened cream cheese. A glaze over the banana-topped layer gives this cream pie recipe a showstopping finish.

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Caramel-Pecan French Silk Pie

Caramel-Pecan French Silk Pie
Mark Thomas

A classic holiday pie gets a tasty makeover with help from sweet caramel and crunchy pecans. For an extra-special touch, form piecrust scraps into decorative leaves (or another festive shape) and bake them. Place on pie just before serving so they don't get soggy.

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Lemon Velvet Cream Pie

Lemon Velvet Cream Pie
Squire Fox

This bright lemon cream pie recipe is the perfect addition to your next holiday meal or fancy dinner menu. A small amount of unflavored gelatin is the trick to keeping your lemon cream pie recipe from falling after baking. Save some lemon peel to add a zesty pop of color to the finished cream pie.

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Apple-Cardamom Custard Pie

Apple-Cardamom Custard Pie
Jason Donnelly

Together, aromatic cardamom and tart apple will make you feel like it's a beautiful, brisk autumn day. Bake this unique custard pie for your next fall dinner or for your holiday guests.

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Brown-Bottom Butterscotch Cashew Cream Pie

Brown-Bottom Butterscotch Cashew Cream Pie
Jason Donnelly

The key to this standout cream pie recipe is the delicious surprise. There's a layer of chocolate tucked between its graham cracker crust and sweet butterscotch filling. Top with salty cashews for a crunchy, satisfying finish.

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French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie
Andy Lyons

Known for its soft crust and decadent chocolate filling, a slice of French Silk Pie is hard to resist. The silky filling with a tender and flaky crust will have your guests swooning. Serve with a steamy cup of coffee and you'll be set.

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Black Raspberry Cream Pie

Black Raspberry Cream Pie
Andy Lyons

The deep burgundy hue of fresh black raspberries makes for a festive (and irresistible) treat for the family. Bonus: this cream pie recipe comes together super quick and can be made a day in advance. Garnish with grated lemon peel and fresh mint.

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Whipped Key Lime Pie

Whipped Key Lime Pie
Jason Donnelly

It only takes five ingredients to make this light-as-a-feather key lime pie. Instead of taking the time to make a custard base that usually goes in a classic key lime pie, you'll only need 25 minutes to prep this easy cream pie.

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Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie
Scott Little

Yes, this is just like the buttermilk pie Grandma used to make. It traces its roots back to the South and has a down-home taste that truly hits the spot. This custard pie is comfort food dessert at its finest.

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Apricot Custard Pie

Apricot-Custard Pie
Blaine Moats

Sweet apricot plays the starring role in this delicious custard pie recipe. Top with fresh whipped cream and ground cardamom before serving to enhance the flavor. The family is definitely going to love the sweet fruity flavor in your holiday dessert lineup.

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Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Cream Pumpkin Pie
Constatine Poulos

Your holiday table will look very festive with this layered pumpkin and caramel cream pie that gets topped with a sky-high layer of meringue. The light, airy meringue is a perfect complement to the rich, comforting flavors of fall that the caramel and pumpkin provide.

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Chocolate Chai Pie

Chocolate Chai Pie
Scott Little

Chai is a spiced black tea with origins in India, where street vendors called chai wallahs sell individual servings in earthenware cups. In this cream pie recipe, chai lends its medley of warm spices to a rich chocolate filling and vanilla wafer crust.

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie
Kritsada Panichgul

It's technically not a pie since it has a cake base instead of pastry crust, but how could we not include Boston cream pie on this list? Invented more than 200 years ago (and still one of the most popular American desserts), it got its name due to being made in pie pans. Our recipe stays true to the original, with two layers of yellow cake, rich vanilla custard, and a generous helping of chocolate glaze.

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