Pep up your next social gathering with one of these impressive desserts.

June 29, 2017

Don't forget the dessert table at your next event. While the main spread may take the most amount of time, ending the meal on a sweet note will leave guests raving. Choose from any of these eight beautiful pie and tart recipes below to get the party started. 

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Miso Caramel-Apple Pie

You’ve no doubt heard of—and enjoyed—salted caramel. Miso caramel takes that concept one step further, offering the irresistible salty-sweet flavor combo along with a richness that’s unparalleled.

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Can't-Be-Beet Tart with Goat Cheese

This is a stunner of a pie—gorgeous ruby-jewel color, sophisticated flavor, and a surprising main ingredient. This is the dessert you make when you want to make a grand impression on your guests, who are guaranteed to rave.

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Chai Carrot Pie

Staple spice-rack spices create all the depth of classic chai tea in this luscious, carrot-packed, whole-grain dessert.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Sweet-and-Sour Cherry Tartlets 

Fresh cherries simply shine in dessert, especially when enveloped in a flaky, buttery crust and baked until the juices are bubbly and syrupy. A mix of sour cherries (often called pie cherries) with sweet cherries is key for a balanced fruit filling.

Chessame Pie

A playful and delicious twist on traditional chess pie, this treat gets a triple shot of rich sesame flavor—white sesame seeds in the crust, tahini in the filling, and black sesame seeds on top (feel free to use white sesame seeds there if you can’t find black).

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Lavender Rice Pudding Tarts

In a stroke of pure genius, we transformed the homey, comforting dessert of rice pudding into pie. And why not? Rice pudding is a starchy, creamy delight, so it makes a perfect pie filling—especially when it’s going into a pine nut–flavored crust.

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Coffee-Hazelnut Pie

Taking inspiration from the best part of classic pecan pie (the sweet goo!), this nutty treat serves several tasty upgrades while still cutting sugar by more than a third. Toasted hazelnuts contribute supreme crunch and a sweetness unsurpassed by any other nut, while instant coffee and coffee liqueur deepen the flavor with delightfully bitter nuances.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Rosé-Glazed Strawberry Tart

Serve this beautiful tart with glasses of rosé or Champagne for a truly memorable dessert. Your guests will love the creamy, lemon-scented filling, crisp graham-almond crust, and luscious (slightly boozy) glaze.