The Best Pie Recipes for Pi Day

Ashlae Warner

On March 14, we pay homage to pi, the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, often abbreviated to 3.14. You can celebrate this day by making mathematical calculations of round things. But eating pie is far more delicious.

From sweet to savory, classic to contemporary, healthy to wholeheartedly indulgent, here are the best pie recipes to help you celebrate Pi Day.

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Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie is an American classic, and with canned pumpkin puree widely available, you don't have to wait until autumn to make it. If you prefer a creamier pie rather than a firm pie, add an extra egg to the recipe.

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Blackberry Ale Pie

Jackie Dodd

Put a fun twist on traditional berry pie with this Blackberry Ale Pie. A hoppy, crisp ale can really elevate the fruit filling. And with only five ingredients and five easy steps, even the most novice chefs can get into the Pi Day spirit.

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Egg Custard Pie

Sarah Vantassel, Demand Media

If you've never had an Egg Custard Pie before (and for that, we are truly sorry), imagine a slightly firmer creme brulee with a warm, flaky crust. Sweet, creamy and comforting, this recipe should be a staple in every chef's repertoire.

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Lemon Ice Box Pie

Anne Dale, Demand Media

What's great about this Lemon Ice Box Pie recipe (other than the flavor, of course) is that you have the option to bake the filling for a firm pie, or set the pie in the refrigerator for a creamy filling similar to key lime pie. Whichever way you choose, your tastebuds are in for a treat.

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Old-Fashioned Chess Pie

Diana Westberg, Demand Media

Chess Pie is a popular Southern recipe that dates back to colonial America. While the recipe has been enhanced with lemons and buttermilk over the years, this classic version highlights the rich flavor of brown sugar and vanilla.

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Healthier No-Bake Pecan Pie

Ashlae Warner

If you want to participate in Pi Day without the guilt, this No-Bake Pecan Pie is for you. Medjool dates are a healthy substitute for corn syrup without losing any sweetness or richness while rolled oats provide both fiber and texture.

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Beer, Chocolate and Irish Whiskey Mini Pies

Jackie Dodd

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's only natural to want to incorporate a little Irish tradition into your Pi Day recipes. These mini-pies use rich chocolate stout for moisture and flavor. Drizzle them heavily with Irish whiskey chocolate sauce; you know, for good luck.

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Shepherd's Pie

Julia Mueller

Speaking of St. Patrick's Day, Shepherd's Pie is a traditional Irish savory pie that epitomizes the meaning of comfort food. Juicy ground lamb, fluffy mashed potatoes, and hearty root vegetables make the perfect dinner pie for Pi Day. No ground lamb? Substitute ground beef for Cottage Pie instead.

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Curried Spinach and Artichoke Skillet Pot Pie

Sala Kannan

Vegetarians can have pie for dinner, too. This Curried Spinach and Artichoke Skillet Pie is a meatless remix of chicken pot pie and spinach and artichoke dip. Curry powder makes the vegetables pop without elaborate seasoning, and you don't have to worry about the crust - simply drape puff pastry over your skillet pan for a crispy, flaky contrast to the creamy veggies.

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Mini Cherry-Blueberry Pies

Ashlae Warner

Fans of fruit pies will love these Mini Cherry-Blueberry Pies. The individual pies are assembled in a 12-cup muffin tin for perfect personalized portions. Best of all, this recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.

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Muffin Tin Apple Pie

Sarah Vantassel, Demand Media

The all-American apple pie gets an adorable upgrade with this recipe. By molding traditional pie crust to cupcake liners, you have a delicious and portable Pi Day treat.

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Crescent Roll Hand Pies

Sarah Vantassel, Demand Media

A hand pie is similar to an empanada in that the entire single-serving pie is encased in crust, making it easy to eat without utensils. These Crescent Roll Hand Pies combine store-bought crescent roll dough with your favorite pie filling for yet another great way to enjoy Pi Day on the go.

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Easy Pudding Pie

Sarah Vantassel, Demand Media

If Pi Day caught you by surprise with very little time on your hands, this Easy Pudding Pie is exactly what you need. Prepared pie crust and instant pudding combine for an almost effortless indulgence. Best of all, you can customize it with your favorite toppings and pudding flavors.

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