Food & Drink

Pick Up Your Thanksgiving Pies from These Local Sweet Shops

If you're on dessert duty this year, this guide is for you.

The task of baking pies stares us in the face every holiday season, but not everyone has “master baker” listed as a skill on their resume. This year, if you’re hoping to keep the measuring cups in the cupboard, let one of the following local bakeries take over to sweeten up your table. (Thanksgiving is nothing without the pies, after all.) Trust us, it will make holiday prep a piece of cake—or, pie, in this case.  

Atwater’s: Shop a scrumptious variety of pies and holiday desserts at this local cafe chain, which has locations in Canton, Catonsville, Belvedere Square, and The Shops at Kenilworth. Serve up sweet treats like classic pumpkin an apple pies, an apple-cranberry crisp, or even a sweet potato pie. Order deadline: Orders must be placed online by Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. for in-store pick up on either Nov. 21 or Nov. 22.

Bertucco’s Bakery: Chocolate-covered Oreos, tiramisu, pecan bars—what more could you ask for? This Hampstead bakery has you covered with plenty of pie and dessert options, with gluten-free recipes also available. Holiday pies include apple, pecan, pumpkin, and cherry, as well as crumb varieties like blueberry and peach. Order deadline: Stop in or call ahead (410-374-2500) to place your order ASAP. 

Bethany’s Bakery: This quaint Cockeysville bakehouse offers nine-inch pies to curb even the most intense sweet tooth cravings. Choose from a selection of fruit pies or request custom flavors, like chocolate peanut butter and vanilla cream, for something unique. You can also shop cakes, cookies, and other pastries. Order deadline: Call 240-341-3225 to place orders. For custom orders, allow at least a week’s notice.  

Cake By Jason: Enjoy an assortment of delicious pies from chef Jason Hisley’s sweets shop in Timonium. Traditional apple and pumpkin pies are yours for the taking, as well as bourbon maple pecan and sweet potato marshmallow varieties. Not a pie person? Try the festively decorated Thanksgiving cupcake six pack to add some variety to the dessert spread. Gluten free pies are available, as well. Order deadline: Order online ASAP for in-store pickup.

Cafe Dear Leon: This wildly popular Canton cafe has three gorgeous pie options that will make for the perfect ending to Turkey Day. Indulge in the hazelnut apple tart with mascarpone cream, pecan tart with bourbon caramel mascarpone cream, or a decadent pumpkin cheesecake. Order deadline: Preorder online by Nov. 15 to pick up Nov. 21- 22.

The Charmery: This time of year, Baltimore’s famed scoop shop dishes out limited-edition ice cream pies. Head to any of The Charmery’s locations in Hampden, Towson, Chevy Chase, or Columbia to snag creative flavors like apple Speculoos, brown sugar molasses pecan, caramel pumpkin, and vegan mud pies. Order deadline: Pies are available to preorder online for pickup between Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

Charlsie’s Bakehouse: With these caramel-drizzled, flavor-infused, freshly made pies baking in Catonsville, there’s no need to get messy in the kitchen. Choose from Charlsie’s pumpkin buttermilk pie with rosemary caramel, pecan cranberry pie with shortbread crust, sweet potato whiskey pie, or apple double crust pie that comes loaded with three pounds of locally grown apples. Order deadline: Pre-order now online ASAP for in-store pickup

The Classic Catering People: Holiday pies, cookies, and cakes are a specialty of this full-service caterer in Owings Mills. Enjoy classics like a lattice-topped apple or pumpkin pie. Other inventive desserts include s’mores pumpkin cupcakes, spiced pecan gingerbread Swiss rolls, and cinnamon sugar cookies shaped like turkeys. Order deadline: Pre-orders are due Nov. 16.

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The Corner Pantry: The delightful creations at this Mt. Washington favorite include sweet potato and sage scones, pumpkin s’mores pie, or toffee apple pie. Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 17.

Crust by Mack: If you’re looking for made-from-scratch treats, look no further than Crust by Mack’s brand new Inner Harbor bakeshop. With options including local apple pie with vanilla bean custard and sweet potato pie with a floral crown—and even vanilla bean chocolate chip cookies—these sweets will be the prize of the potluck. Order deadline: Order online ASAP for pick-up on Nov. 22.  

Dangerously Delicious Pies: True to its name, this famed pie shop is almost guaranteed to have you asking for seconds. Choose from more than 50 fruit, cream, savory, or pancake pies (think: a blueberry or chocolate chip short stack in thick pie form) to decorate your dessert table. Stick to the classics, or try creations like the Baltimore Bomb (aptly loaded with Berger cookies), toffee crunch, or roasted cinnamon apple pies. Order deadline: Order by Nov. 14. Walk-ins will be served based on availability.

Fenwick Bakery: This Parkville stalwart will be cranking out its assortment of pies in flavors such as coconut custard, pumpkin, blueberry crumb, and French apple. You can also indulge in other dessert options, such as Boston creme pies and tarts, or grab some fresh pie dough to fill at home. Order deadline: Call the bakery ASAP to place your order.

Maillard Pastries: Head to this Hampden confectionery for a selection of delicious Thanksgiving pies, pastries, and breads. Choose from favorites like the pumpkin cheesecake or pecan tart, or indulge in outside-of-the-box flavors such as butterscotch pie filled with a decadent custard. Order deadline: Pies can only be picked up Nov. 22, as the shop will be closed Thanksgiving Day.  

Pie Time: This Patterson Park shop is no stranger to the art of churning out heartwarming pies—in fact, they do it all year long. Visit Pie Time to pick up an apple, maple bourbon pecan, or caramel pumpkin pie. Vegan varieties include ginger pumpkin and the “Apple Oat Slam” topped with dairy-free crumble. Order deadline: Pies are available to pre-order in the shop by Nov. 18. 

Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering: Let’s stick to the basics—apple, pumpkin, and pecan. Santoni’s in Glyndon is whipping up its time-honored recipes to serve after Thanksgiving dinner. Order deadline: Orders must be placed by Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.

Sugarbakers: Of course, they’ve got pumpkin and Southern pecan pies, but even if you’re not a big fan of pies, this Catonsville cake shop can be your sweet spot. Sugarbakers turns favorite holiday flavors into cakes, with options like a pumpkin Smith Island Cake and pumpkin swirl cheesecake, as well as turkey-themed cakes and cookies. Order deadline: Order online or visit in store.

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm: Pies from this Parkville farm are freshly baked daily. Choose from a selection of more than 15 tasty types, including apple, black cherry, peach, pumpkin, and pecan. Weber’s also serves homemade fudge and ice cream (a pie’s best friend) by the pint and quart. Order deadline: Be sure to order with at least 24 hours notice of your pickup time.