8 blue-ribbon pie recipes

  • Award-winning Dutch apple pie

    Shelby McCreedy's grandmother told her the simple secret to pie baking. "Don't get fancy," she would say. "It doesn't have to be pretty to taste good. When you make something, you eat it whether it comes out the way it was supposed to or not!"

    That's great advice, but McCreedy made sure her recipe for Grandma's Dutch Apple Pie was both delicious and attractive. McCreedy was one of three prize winners in Living the Country Life magazine's recipe contest at the Iowa State Fair. 

  • Blue-ribbon gooseberry pie

    When Kaye Postma of Rhodes, Iowa, asked her 89-year-old father what he wanted for his birthday, he said, "A rare steak, wilted lettuce, and gooseberry pie." The pie she made him turned out to be one of three prize winners in Living the Country Life magazine's recipe contest at the Iowa State Fair

  • Very berry pie

    Betsy's mom and dad are berry growers in Maryland. Her mom, Ruth Ann, created this recipe using strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries grown on their farm. Delicious! View recipe in the Related Link area at bottom of page. 




  • Apple, rhubarb, and raspberry pie with almond star crust

    This pretty, patriotic pie is perfect for your Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day picnic, but it's so delicious, you'll want to make it more often than that!

  • Double cherry pie

    With not one, but two types of cherries, this amazing pie is as good -- if not better -- than the cherry pie your mom made. It's sweet and tart, and your family will love it!

  • Rhubarb cream custard pie

    Some of the best recipes on the planet come from old church cookbooks, and this is a prime example! The tartness of the rhubarb and the sweet creaminess of the custard give this pie a unique flavor you'll love. Get the recipe:

  • Ruth Ann Johnson's pecan pie

    Betsy's mom, Ruth Ann Johnson, makes amazing pecan pie! When they can't be together for the holidays, Betsy feels closer to her mom when she serves her famous dessert. Ruth Ann, a champion pie maker, was nice enough to share her recipe with us.

  • Double pumpkin pie with oat crust

    This recipe punches up the pumpkin flavor with both canned pumpkin and pumpkin butter. The oat pastry adds a unique texture and flavor to this wonderful pie. Get the recipe below.

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