Recipe Box: Pies, Pies and More Pies!

Make a tasty choice when you select one of these dessert delicacies for your next holiday meal.

German chocolate pie

German chocolate cake is a familiar confection, but what about German chocolate pie for a new twist on an old favorite?

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The holidays are prime time for desserts. Cakes, cookies, candies and more grace buffets, dining room tables and coffee tables everywhere. When serving dessert to your guests, though, why not add pie to that list?

We found a number of pie recipes in GRIT's archives that may be just what you're looking for this year. Try one and let us know the reactions of your family and guests! Email jteller@grit.com with reviews, comments and recipes.

Delicious Holiday Pie Recipes

Classic Pie Crust
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Peanut Butter Chocolate Mud Pie
Grandma Wilson's Simple Apple Pie


Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Coconut Cream Pie
Luscious Turtle Pie
German Chocolate Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie with Banana

Editor's note: A recipe in our March/April issue was missing ingredients. For the Navy Bean Cookies, please add 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda.


Help Wanted

• Michelle Roth, Punta Gorda, Florida, remembers a dip her great-aunt brought to family gatherings. It was made with cream cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and possibly sweet pickle relish. “The dip was not creamy, like a sour cream dip, but stiff like cream cheese,” she writes.

Do you have a favorite dip recipe – for fruits, veggies, bread, crackers or chips? Does your family like a particular sour cream dip? Or perhaps you’re the one everyone asks to make a cream cheese dip. If so, would you share your recipe?

• Bernadine Hardin, Hot Springs, Arkansas, hopes someone has a recipe for Cathedral Cookies. She says they are sometimes called Stained Glass Window Cookies, as they contain miniature colored marshmallows in the dough.

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? What cookies do your loved ones clamor for each holiday season, or for special occasions?

• Barbara Peterson, Moab, Utah, is searching for a lost recipe for carrot cake and/or bread that was baked in empty cans. She says it was the best carrot cake recipe ever, and that nothing else works in the cans.

Send in your favorite cake or bread featuring a vegetable – zucchini, carrot, etc. What’s your favorite recipe that is baked in a can?


If you’ve been looking for a long-lost recipe, or can provide one, please send an email to recipebox@grit.com, or write to Recipe Box, c/o Grit, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609. Email is our preferred method of communication, and requests and submissions will be more likely to be answered in a timely fashion if sent electronically. Please include your name, full mailing address, and daytime phone number on all correspondence. Recipes cannot be returned; we will forward the first 10 recipes to the person who made the original request, and then file the rest for possible online or print publication. Addresses are not printed to allow us the opportunity to publish recipes before sending them on to the requesting party.