Thanksgiving Pies - Old Traditions With a New Twist

Thanksgiving is a holiday rich in tradition. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are often the star desserts because they feature fall harvest produce. If you are not a fan of either, here are some recipes that are a little different, but so delicious. They are sure to become a new favorite tradition for your family.

Melba Pie

16 oz. Cool Whip brand, thawed
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
12 oz. jar butterscotch topping
7 oz. coconut
3/4 cup chopped nuts
2 graham cracker pie crusts

Toast coconut and nuts; set aside. Beat together cream cheese, Cool Whip and sweetened milk. Layer half the cream cheese mixture in each pie shell. Spread 1/4 of the butterscotch topping over each layer in the pie shell. Top with 1/4 of the nuts and coconut. Pour remaining cream cheese mixture over the nuts and coconut. Spread remaining butterscotch over the top and top that with the remaining nuts and coconut. Freeze until firm.

Fudgey Pecan Pie

9" unbaked deep dish prepared pie shell
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup pecan halves

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add cocoa and whisk until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, eggs and corn syrup; blend thoroughly. Stir in the chopped nuts. Pour into the unbaked pie shell. Place pecan halves over the top. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cover. Let stand about 8 hours before serving.

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

1 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 cup apple butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk
9" deep dish unbaked pie shell

Streusel Topping

3 Tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine filling ingredients in order given. Pour into prepared, unbaked pie shell. Bake 50 - 60 minutes or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Top with Streusel Topping and bake an additional 15 minutes.

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