Thanksgiving Pie Alternative – Donut Pie!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to sneak in one more Thanksgiving-themed post for you. This time with a pie alternative in case you’re sick of all of the typical Thanksgiving pies and want to bring something a little more interesting (and sweet!) to the party this year! So behold, the best of both worlds, the DONUT PIE! That’s right, we combined the beloved donut hole with a delicious pie crust and topped it all off with a chocolate syrup. I can already hear a sugar rush calling your name!! But you know you still need to try this baby. First we had the cronut, then the cruffin, now the (ponut? pinut? die?). Haha, let’s stick with ponut or pinut! Anyways, make sure to show up to Thanksgiving with a sweet tooth if you’re planning on eating this pie, you’ll definitely need it! 


This recipe was adapted from one by The Domestic Rebel

For the donut pie:

Pie tin
Pie crust from your favorite recipe
1 pound donut holes
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Rainbow sprinkles

For the chocolate glaze:

1 1/2 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons light corn syrup


For the donut pie:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Put pie crust over pin tin and create scallops in the edge using your fingers.

2. Put donut holes in the pie tin, making sure to fill the whole tin. 

3. Combine melted butter, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Pour this evenly over the donut holes. Put some sprinkles over the whole pie.

4. Cut a few more donut holes in half and place on top of the ones already in the tin to make sure the pie is completely filled.

5. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool completely. 

For the chocolate glaze:

1. In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add in cocoa, vanilla, salt, and corn syrup. Whisk until everything has dissolved.

2. Reduce and allow syrup to thicken. Cool to room temperature before pouring over pie. This will thicken it some more as well, so don’t worry if it’s a little runny. 

3. Once cooled, pour over pie and top with more rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!

Don’t mind me, I’m going to go into a sugar coma now. This is definitely a pie you should eat in moderation, but you’re not going to want to with how tasty it is! I’ve already had two slices this morning and I have no plans to stop eating it anytime soon. Ha!

What’s your favorite kind of Thanksgiving pie? Think we can make the donut pie (or the ponut) a new Thanksgiving staple?!

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