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The United States of Pie

by Hannah Berner

Get your sweet tooth ready. Sure, cake is great, but there is nothing like a good slice of pie.

We did our research on state traditions, foods, and fruits to ultimately pick a different pie to represent each state in America.

Pies are defined as a baked dish made of a pastry dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of ingredients. The pilgrims were actually the first to bring their pie recipes to America. We thank them for all the sweet calories.

Check out which pie we picked for your state!

P.S. This post is guaranteed to make you hungry.

Alabama: Moonpie

This traditionally Southern treat consists of two graham crackers dipped in chocolate with marshmallow filling.

alabama moonpie

Instagram via @leyasofpaint

Alaska: Baked Alaska

Okay, so Baked Alaska was not actually invented in Alaska, BUT it was named in the 1870’s by Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York as a tribute that the United States purchased Alaska. It is a dessert known for it’s browned meringue on the outside and ice cream cake on the inside.

Baked Alaska Pie

Instagram via @frederiekekarina

Arizona: Cactus Pie

Did you know that cacti are also an integral part of Arizona’s cuisine? The prickly-pear cactus has large, colorful blossoms that grow from the tip of cactus nodules, which later ripen into delicious red fruit (you won’t have to look out for thorns!) This pie is made of prickly pears and apples with a buttery crust.

Arizona cactus pie

Instagram via @ohsweetblindness

Arkansas: Possum Pie

Don’t worry, there are no possums in this pie! It is made of chocolate pudding and cream cheese on a pecan crust topped with Cool Whip.

arkansas possum pie

Instagram via @cherecoen

California: Avocado Pie

This regional Cali dish originated in the 1950’s by Avocado grower John Scudder. This creamy no-bake pie is made of blended avocados, lemon juice, and condensed milk in a graham cracker crust.

california avocado pie

Instagram via @jinlovestoeat

Colorado: Rocky Road Pie

This heavenly pie is made with marshmallows, almonds, chocolate, and graham crackers. Some say that it tastes even better than rocky road ice cream, but that’s still up for debate…

colorado rocky road

Instagram via @sweetrosecreamery

Connecticut: Red, White, and Blue Sugar Cookie Pie

This patriotic pie has blueberries, kiwis, and strawberries over frosting on a sugar cookie base. A perfect party favor for the Fourth of July!

Connecticut pie

Instagram via @shawna_wheeelan

Delaware: Strawberry Shortcake Pie

Strawberries were declared the official state fruit of Delaware in 2010, and despite the name this pie never comes up short.  Strawberry shortcake pie consists of strawberries and fresh whipped cream in a flakey crust.

delaware strawberry pie

Instagram via @f2skinner9

Florida: Key Lime Pie

Don’t miss the annual Key lime pie festival in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This classic pie is made of tangy key lime and condensed milk filling on a graham cracker crust.

florida key lime pie

Instagram via @keepsmiling_kyja

Georgia: Peach Cobbler

Georgians take their peaches seriously, and the peach cobbler is no joke. Fresh peaches are poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or scone before being baked.

Georgia Peach cobbler

Instagram via @kat_irie

Hawaii: Haupia Cream Pie

Haupia is a sweet, gelatinous Hawaiian dessert made with coconut milk. This pie includes chocolate pudding, haupia, and whipped cream on a rich crust.

hawaii pie

Instagram via @saltandwind

Idaho: Mudslide Pie

Mudslide pie is the stuff chocolate lovers dream of. It is jam packed with chocolate cookie crust, coffee ice cream, and chocolate sauce.

idaho mudslide pie

Instagram via @lilpandamania

Illinois: Pumpkin Pie

Every American knows the pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and eaten traditionally during Thanksgiving. In April 2015, Illinois voted to make pumpkin pie their official state pie.

Illinois Pumpkin Pie

Instagram via @tomjoewood

Indiana: Hoosier Pie

Any Big Ten fans out there? Hoosier pie, also known as sugar cream pie or finger pie, is simply a pie shell spread with layers of creamed butter and maple or brown sugar, then filled with vanilla-flavored cream and baked.

indiana hoosier pie

Instagram via @unionbakingco

Iowa: Sour Cream and Raisin Pie

This midwest classic pie is made of sour cream, raisins, cinnamon, sugar, and eggs with a meringue topping.

Iowa Pie

Instagram via @jcstrutz

Kansas: MoKan Pie

“MoKan” is short for the Missouri Kansas boarder, but these pies are not short of flavor! If you’re “nutz” over chocolate, this pie is for you. It is made with black walnuts, pecans, chocolate, and caramel over a crispy crust.

Kansas pie

Instagram via @ssolvely

Kentucky: Derby Pie

If you ask anyone in Louisville, Kentucky what to eat and drink during the Kentucky Derby, the chances are pretty good that they’ll tell you two things: mint juleps and “derby pie.” Derby pie is a sticky and sweet pie made of pecans, chocolate, pastry, and the special ingredient… bourbon!

Kentucky Pie

Instagram via @carlton522

Louisiana: King Cake Pie

King Cake Pie is the ultimate Mardi Gras dessert. It tastes like a nutty cinnamon roll and is famous for its vibrant decoration in the Mardi Gras colors of gold, green, and purple. Funniest part about the pie? Traditionally, there is a tiny baby hidden in it (whoever gets the piece with the baby has to host the Mardi Gras party next year).

Louisiana Pie

Instagram via

Maine: Cranberry Pie

Maine is known for it’s acres and acres of cranberry farms. This traditional fruit pie is made simply by adding sugar to the cranberries on top of a buttery crust.

maine pie

Instagram via @tajutka

Maryland: Bill’s Pear Pie

This fruit pie recipe was handed down from a guy named Bill who clipped it out of a newspaper 20 years ago. Bill brought this Pear Pie to family gatherings and it became known as Bill’s Pear Pie.

Maryland Pie

Instagram via @chelseapolson

Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie

Known as the official dessert of Massachusetts, owners of the Parker House Hotel in Boston say that the Boston cream pie was first created at the hotel in 1856. It is filled with a custard or cream filling and frosted with chocolate.

Massachusetts Pie

Instagram via @saharaci

Michigan: Cherry Pie

This “great American dish” is served a lot during the Fourth of July.  This pie is baked with a cherry filling (traditionally, made with tart rather than sweet cherries).

Michigan Pie

Instagram via @vargaarpad9105

Minnesota: Raspberry Pie

Red, black, and purple raspberries can all be found in Minnesota. This scrumptious pie is perfect for a summer cookout. The tart berries and sugary crust make a mouth watering combination.

Minnesota Pie

Instagram via @doughhousebaker

Mississippi: Mud Pie

Originated in Mississippi, this pie is for all the chocolate lovers out there. Gooey chocolate sauce is poured over a crumbly chocolate crust.

Mississippi PIe

Instagram via @theaskywalkerin

Missouri: Buttermilk Pie

This custard-like pie takes its name from battleship Missouri, where Master Chief Steward Harry Hightower served it to President Harry Truman. When president Truman asked for the recipe, the chief steward refused. But in 1970, Harry Hightower retired and decided to share his famous recipe and Americans have been enjoying it ever since.

Missouri Pie

Instagram via @kendallmorganb

Montana: Huckleberry Pie

You may be asking, what is a huckleberry? Huckleberries are smaller and sweeter versions of blueberries. Huckleberries aren’t commercially sold, so you can find them in patches around Montana. This pie is the ultimate comfort food, especially after you have been picking huckleberries all day.

Montana Pie

Instagram via @elmer_dulla55

Nebraska: Apricot Pie

This Apricot Pie is tangy perfection. It tastes great with sliced almonds, a granola crust, and even some yogurt in the filling!

Nebraska Pie

Instagram via @julia_patisse

New Hampshire: Whoopie Pie

Whoopie pies are chocolate cake disks sandwiched around vanilla frosting or marshmallow fluff.  It is believed that the original Whoopie pies were made from cake batter leftovers. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these desserts and put them in farmers’ lunch pails. When farmers would find the treats, they would shout “Whoopie!”  New Hampshire, Maine, and Pennsylvania have all claimed ownership of the Whoopie pie, but word on the street is that the best pies are made at a bakery in the Granite State.

New Hampshire Pie

Instagram via @mingmakescakes

New Jersey: Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie is made with fresh blueberry filling and usually has a top and bottom crust. Blueberry pie is considered one of the easiest pies to make because it does not require pitting or peeling of fruit. New Jersey has many local blueberry farms and the pies are often eaten in the summertime when blueberries are in season.

New Jersey Pie

Instagram via @lukindae

New Mexico: Green Chile Apple Pie

Get your taste buds ready. Green chile apple pie is a New Mexico classic. In this savory and sweet treat, apples are layered with roasted green chilies, made with Cheddar cheese in the crust and sprinkled with a streusel of walnuts and brown sugar.

New Mexico Pie

Instagram via @amr005

New York: Cheesecake Pie

New York Cheesecake consists of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese (typically cream cheese or ricotta), eggs, and sugar with a bottom layer often made from crushed cookies or graham crackers. Drizzle some strawberry or raspberry sauce to add some extra tartness to this creamy classic!

New York Pie

Instagram via @mimi.miau

North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potato pie appears in the southern United States from the early colonial days. Apparently, North Carolinians grow more sweet potatoes than residents of any other state, which gives them dibs on this dish. Sweet potatoes are boiled, peeled and mashed together with butter, sugar, milk and eggs, then seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla.

North Carolina Pie

Instagram via @ginapat

North Dakota: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

A strawberry rhubarb pie is the ultimate tart and sweet combination to drive your taste buds crazy. This pie looks beautiful with a lattice crust topping.

North Dakota Pie

Instagram via @gussiegayle

Ohio: Buckeye Pie

A “Buckeye” is the state tree of Ohio (and the Ohio State mascot), so this pie celebrates some serious state pride! Buckeye balls are made of delicious peanut butter dipped in chocolate. They are decorated on a pie filled with peanut butter mixed with cream cheese.

Ohio Buckeye Pie

Instagram via @fewfavthingblog

Oklahoma: Strawberry Pie

Oklahoma is known for it’s strawberry festivals! Strawberry pie mostly consists of strawberries, sugar, and a pie crust. Usually about 70% of the pie by weight is strawberries. It is often served with whipped cream, or sometimes with ice cream.

Oklahoma Pie

Instagram via @sofialagar

Oregon: Blackberry Pie

Oregon is the top producing blackberry state. Blackberry pie is a pie composed of blackberry filling, usually in the form of blackberry jam, actual blackberries, or a combination. Blackberry pie is tart, so it requires more sugar than blueberry pie.

Oregon Pie

Instagram via @rlopp

Pennsylvania: Shoo Fly Pie

Shoo fly pie is a molasses pie traditional among the Pennsylvania Dutch. The pie supposedly got its name because the sweet molasses odor attracts flies that must be “shooed” away. Some versions are dry and soft while others are quite gooey and moist.

Pennsylvania Pie

Instagram via @bccdny

Rhode Island: Chocolate Fudge Pie

When you combine cocoa, flour, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla, you’ll get this simply wonderful chocolate fudge pie. The creamy texture sits on top of a graham cracker crust.

Rhode Island Pie

Instagram via @yay_cakes_

South Carolina: Coconut Cream Pie

This southern classic is a crowd pleaser. Sweetened toasted coconut is stirred into a homemade cream custard filling and poured into a pie shell.

South Carolina Pie

Instagram via @piepiemydarling

South Dakota: Raspberry Rhubarb Pie

Rhubarb is a beloved pie classic, but it has a strong tartness that sometimes needs moderating. Sweet raspberries do that job perfectly. A slice of this pie screams for a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.

South Dakota Pie

Instagram via @ellfow

Tennessee: Chess Pie

This southern classic can be made in a variety of ways, known as a “chameleon confection” but at its heart are always the basic four ingredients- flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. Preparation for this gooey rich pie is never much more than a little stirring and about half an hour in the oven.

Tennessee Pie

Instagram via @thejudylab

Texas: Pecan Pie

The pecan tree is the official state tree of Texas, the pecan the official state nut of Texas, and San Saba, Texas, is the self-proclaimed “pecan capital of the world.” Does it surprise you that the Texas House of Representatives recently named pecan pie the official state pie? Nope! Texas has conquered the pecan, and to give this Thanksgiving dessert to any other state would just be wrong.

Texas Pie

Instagram via @big_city_eats

Utah: Salted Honey Pie

This rendition of chess pie is made by adding honey to the custard and topped with sea salt. It’s gooey, and salty, and creamy, and sweet. Yum.

Utah Pie

Instagram via @johnnymaddenimages

Vermont: Maple Pie

Vermont is known for it’s homemade maple sugar and syrup, and believe me, you can’t substitute it with supermarket maple flavored syrup. Nothing beats the real thing! Maple pie is a single-crust pie with a filling made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, cream, and maple syrup. When baked, these ingredients combine into a mixture similar to caramel.

Utah Pie

Instagram via @xiogr

Virginia: Peanut Butter Pie

They say that Virginia Peanuts are the most sought after peanuts in the world for their crunchy large kernels, high nutritional value, and distinctively unique taste. This creamy pie has a chocolate wafer crust, a peanut butter filling that’s simply mixed and folded together, and chocolate ganache to top it all off.

Virginia Pie

Instagram via @adamfoodstyle

Washington: Apple Pie

When you think of pie, apple is always at the top of the list. Fresh apples are used for the filling spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice, with a lattice or shapes cut out of the top for decoration.

Washington Pie

Instagram via @shizukoyoshino

West Virginia: Gingerbread Pie

Gingerbread Cookie Pie tastes exactly like a ginger bread cookie, except with a golden brown flaky crust. It’s the perfect pie for Christmas.

West Virginia Pie

Instagram via @michelleycc

Wisconsin: German Chocolate Pie

If you love German chocolate cake, then you ‘ll love this pie. The rich chocolate filling is cooked first and then poured into a baked pie shell. You can add some coconut and pecans for added flavor.

Wisconsin Pie

Instagram via @nobiggie

Wyoming: Banana Cream Pie

For a sweet and billowy dessert, you have to try banana cream pie. Bananas are layered with a rich custard or pudding on top of a pie shell.

Wyoming Pie

Instagram via @snacksinthesky

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