Pie of the Month Club: This Month's Featured Recipe

Twelve pies in twelve months. Let's get the dough rolling.

By America's Test Kitchen | March 01, 2020

Our new cookbook, The Perfect Pie, includes more than 180 recipes for display case-worthy pies, tarts, and galettes of all types: classic takes like Apple Pie, regional specialties like North Carolina Lemon Pie, and uniquely flavored creations like Lavender Crème Brûlée Pie. We're so excited about this collection of new recipes and old favorites that we decided to start a Pie of the Month Club so we can share twelve of our favorite seasonal recipes with you, our community of fellow pie-lovers. (And yes, those three aforementioned recipes are included in the Club, but you'll have to stay tuned to see which months they represent. . . )

Your Pie Guide

The Perfect Pie

Bake beautiful versions of the corner bakery classics and French patisserie favorites—plus a host of whimsical, modern pies and tarts of all kinds.


How to Join the Pie of the Month Club

Joining the Pie of the Month Club is as easy as, well, pie. (We couldn't help it.) All you need is a sweet tooth and our recipes. 

Through the Club, you’ll get to connect with fellow pie-lovers, share photos of your beautiful results, improve your pie-making skills, and learn unique flavor pairings. If this all sounds intriguing to you, here’s how to join:

  1. Sign up for our weekly Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter, where we’ll be announcing the featured pie on the first Friday of each month. If you don’t already subscribe, you can do so here. (We’ll also be updating this article with each new pie, so be sure to check back at the beginning of each month.)
  2. Make the recipe. Each recipe will be free for the month it’s featured (or accessible anytime for online subscribers).
  3. Take a picture before you dig in and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #ThePerfectPie and your photo may get featured on the @testkitchen Instagram account.

April's Pie of the Month: French Coconut Pie

French Coconut Pie

With everything going on, you may have a little bit more time to bake. April’s pie—French Coconut Pie—is a great way to use that time. It’s easy and fun to make, and it celebrates the arrival of spring. Despite having French in its name, this pie actually comes to us from the American South. It contains a rich and satisfying custard that is infused with strong coconut flavor. A lot of versions of this pie are just a little too sweet, so we swapped sweetened shredded coconut for unsweetened shredded coconut and soaked it in buttermilk, which contributed to the richness of the custard. With minimal ingredients, this pie is sure to help bring a little sunshine into your day. Happy baking!

April's Pie

French Coconut Pie

Bright, fun, and easy to make.


March Pie Post of the Month

Past Pies of the Month

Make Every Day Pie Day

March's Pie North Carolina Lemon Pie

Salty, sweet, and sour, this pie really has it all.


February's Pie Blood Orange and Chocolate Tart

A romantic and elegant tart that will be perfect for date night or any night.


January's Pie Cherry-Chocolate Pie Pops

A classic flavor combination in a trendy little package.


December's Pie Holiday Eggnog Custard Pie

From classic holiday drink to perfect holiday pie.


November's Pie Butternut Squash Pie with Browned Butter and Sage

Classic fall ingredients work perfectly together in this show-stopping Thanksgiving pie.


October's Pie Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

If a slice of cheddar cheese makes apple pie even better, how good could it be if we put the cheese right into the crust?

September's Pie Plum-Ginger Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

Sweet, spicy, and complex, this unique fruit pie is nothing short of special, and it all starts with fresh plums, ginger, and whole-wheat flour.

Next up in May: A showstopping pie with showstopping flavor. Check back here or subscribe to our Notes from the Test Kitchen newsletter to get updates on the Pie of the Month Club.