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21 Stunning Pies to Bake or Chill This Summer

Blackberry Pie in a Pie Dish with a Slice Cut Out and Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream
Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

Do you know how to tell how much we love pie around here at Simply Recipes? It’s by counting the number of pie recipes we have—dozens of sweet and savory pie recipes over the years.

But it’s also the number of pie crust recipes we have that lets you know we’re serious about pie in all its forms. We have recipes for perfect pie crust, sour cream pie crust, all-butter pie crust, vegan pie crust, and a super-easy graham cracker crust. You can use them in these 21 pies that you can bake (or chill) this summer. Or, if you want to go with store-bought pie crust, we’ve reviewed of the best and the worst. Whether you choose to DIY pie crust or buy it from the store, these summer pies are sure to please when you use the summer’s fresh bounty to fill them.

Strawberry Pretzel Pie

Strawberry Pretzel Pie in Pie Dish with a Slice on a Plate
Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Sweet, salty, and tangy, this pie has the spirit of the strawberry pretzel salads of yesteryear. Use pretzels to create a buttery crust, fresh strawberries for the filling, and whipped cream cheese to create the topping for this treat.

Blueberry Icebox Pie

Whole Blueberry Ice Box pie with blueberries on the top.
Angie Mosier / Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking by Cheryl Day

This no-bake pie has a creamy lemon filling topped with chantilly cream. A fresh blueberry sauce tops it all. The end result is a refreshing, chilled summer pie that makes the end of a meal special.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Overhead view of a summer peach and raspberry pie.
Cambrea Gordon

Sweet peaches and tart raspberries create a balanced fruit filling that fills a buttery, flaky pie crust. Yellow peaches are best for this pie, and frozen raspberries are just as good as fresh in this summer fruit pie.

The Bet Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie in a glass pie plate with a lime green napkin next to it
Elise Bauer

Mouth-puckering tart, Key lime pie is excellent for a summer’s day. It’s easy to make, and if you can’t find Key limes, you can swap out standard Persian limes (they’re the type of limes you usually see in bulk at the grocery store). The creamy lime filling goes into a graham cracker crust. Bake the pie, let it cool, and top with fresh whipped cream.

Cherry Hand Pies

Hand Pies with Cherries
Nick Evans

If you like your pies to be single serving, hand pies fit your needs. These sweet tart cherry hand pies made with puff pastry make good use of the abundance of fresh cherries when they’re in season. Don’t forget a good cherry pitter to help your prep work go quicker.

Lemon Icebox Pie

Lemon Icebox Pie recipe
Sally Vargas

Get yourself a big bag of lemons because it takes a full cup of fresh lemon juice to make this old-fashioned lemon ice box pie. Use either store-bought or homemade graham cracker crust to hold all the creamy, tangy, people-pleasing filling and its sour cream topping.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Slice of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie on a Plate, and in the Background, More in a Glass Pie Pan
Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Strawberries and rhubarb are abundant in late spring and early summer. The flavors of the sweet strawberries and the tart rhubarb are perfect for combining in one of the season’s first pies. A little orange zest adds extra brightness to mix.

Peach Blueberry Crumb Pie

blueberry peach pie with crumble topping
Alison Conklin

Combine fresh peaches (peeled or not—your call) and blueberries for this pie that you sprinkle with a crumb topping. It’s just begging for a scoop of sweet vanilla ice cream!

American Flag Pie

Sheet pan pie with blueberries, strawberries and pie crust to make an American Flag
Elise Bauer

This is THE pie to make for the unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day—or the Fourth of July. This sheet pan pie is full of blueberry and strawberry filling, but you can switch up the fruits if you want by adding raspberries, cherries, or rhubarb to the strawberries, or use blackberries instead of or in addition to blueberries.

Coconut Banana Cream Pie

Coconut Banana Cream Pie
Cindy Rahe

Fill graham cracker crust with creamy coconut custard and ripe bananas, then bake. Top the cooled pie with whipped cream, sprinkle with shredded coconut, and chill. This pie combines two favorites in one, but if you’d rather not have coconut with your banana cream, try our plain banana cream pie. Or if you’d rather not have bananas with your coconut cream, try our plain coconut cream pie.

Blueberry Pie

A slice of blueberry pie on a white plate.
Elise Bauer

Is there anything better to do with fresh blueberries when they’re in season than make a classic blueberry pie? It’s one of summer’s greatest treats, and this simple recipe stuffs as many fresh blueberries in one pie as your heart desires.

Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

mint chocolate chip pie topped with whipped cream on a china plate
Cindy Rahe

Chocolate cream pie is such a treat. Adding mint takes that treat up a notch, combining high quality cocoa and peppermint to create a creamy filling inside a buttery chocolate wafer crust. You only need to use the oven to bake the crust. Make the rest of this tasty pie on the stovetop and then chill to create a refreshing pie for summer.

Old-Fashioned Peach Pie

Peach Pie
Cindy Rahe and Elise Bauer

When peaches are in season, one of the best things you can do with them is bake this old-fashioned peach pie. It’s so worth the work of peeling fresh peaches. This is a straightforward fruit pie recipe with a sugar sweetened fruit filling between double crusts. It simply tastes like summer.

Plum Galette

rustic plum galette on a burlap placemat
Elise Bauer

A galette has all the flavors of a pie without the fuss of worrying if the pie crust is perfect or not. This version is a delicious rustic fruit tart full of a variety of sweet and tart plums and pluots. Galettes are a quick way to create pie-like deliciousness when you have an abundance of any fruit—like peaches, figs, or apples.

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie on Plate with Fork
Simply Recipes / Annika Panikker

Serving apple pie at your Fourth of July picnic is as American as… um…apple pie. Use a combination of baking apples for the best flavor in everyone’s favorite pie that’s perfect in the summer—and all year round.

Sweet Cherry Pie

Slice of cherry pie on a green plate
Elise Bauer

In the summer, make this pie with fresh, sweet cherries. In other seasons, frozen cherries will work, too. The secret to its scrumptious filling? A touch of almond extract.

Rhubarb Meringue Pie

slice of rhubarb meringue pie on a blue plate
Elise Bauer

This pie lets tart rhubarb shine, sans strawberries, with the help of orange zest, cinnamon, and ground ginger. A light and fluffy meringue adds a little extra sweetness to this unexpected, but delicious, pie.

Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie in a Pie Dish with a Slice Raised on a Pie Server
Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

Why do blueberries get all the love when it comes to pies made with dark fruits? Blackberries deserve as much love and this pie gives it to them. Lemon, cinnamon, and almond extract intensify and enhance the blackberry flavor and a buttery crust holds in all the goodness.

Boysenberry Pie

boysenberry pie with a slice removed in a glass pie plate on a blue and white print tablecloth
Elise Bauer

Boysenberries have a flavor that’s a cross between blackberries, loganberries, and raspberries. Sounds perfect for pie, right? A trick to making this pie the best it can be is to macerate the berries in sugar for a half hour to help them release all their goodness.

Grasshopper Pie

Overhead view of grasshopper pie cut into slices with one on a plate.
Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

Inspired by the grasshopper cocktail, this pie uses creme de menthe and creme de cacao (or non-alcoholic substitutions) to flavor this pie which gets its creaminess from marshmallows. Crushed Oreos make for a delicious, chocolatey pie crust.

Apple Cranberry Pie

Slice of apple cranberry pie on a white plate
Elise Bauer

Because this pie uses dried cranberries, this pie works as a summer pie. (If it used fresh cranberries, you’d need to wait until the fall when cranberries are in season.) Finely ground almonds enhance the crust of this pie, giving it a light nutty flavor that complements the fruits.

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