The Pie Exchange

Featuring Snickerdoodle Pie

As I posted yesterday, I hosted a pie exchange at my home yesterday in conjunction with using my new Swiffer Bissel Steamboost steam mop. A what? A pie exchange. We’ve all heard of cookie exchanges, but why not a PIE exchange? We’re coming up on the Most Wonderful Time of the Year when we indulge in good food, good company and good desserts, so why not kick it off in style with a pie exchange.

I had 7 friends, along with their children, over and we each brought a pie. Some went the storebought route with red velvet and chocolate peanut butter cup pie. Both delicious! And the rest were rounded out with chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, caramel pecan pie, chocolate walnut pie, apple cranberry oatmeal cookie pie, chocolate amaretto pie, and snickerdoodle pie. There was not a bad pie in the bunch. Even I, not a huge fan of nuts in things, loved each and every pie that entered my house.

I LOVE to bake. LOVE IT. But I don’t do it much because then I eat what I bake, and not in moderation. So these kinds of events are where I get to do my thang. By the end of the exchange when all was said and done, we each had about 8 slices of pie to take home. When you share that with your family, can’t really overindulge. Unless your husband is out tailgating and ends up staying for the game and doesn’t get home until almost midnight. Then you get extra pieces of pie. But I digress.

The pie I chose to make was Snickerdoodle Pie with a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. It had the distinction of being a bit more like a cake or breakfast type pie, but it was absolutely delicious!

Before the oven:snickerdoodle pie before

After baking:
snickerdoodle pie after

It does take a while to prepare, in several steps, but when eating it warm (and perhaps with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream), it’s worth every second! Here is the recipe, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens:


  • 1 recipe  Single-Crust Pie Pastry, see recipe, or 1 rolled refrigerated unbaked piecrust (1/2 of a 15-oz. pkg.)
  • 1 tablespoon  raw sugar or coarse sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 2 teaspoons  butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 3 tablespoons  water
  • 2 tablespoons  light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon  vanilla, divided
  • 1/4 cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup  milk
  • 1 1/4 cups  all-purpose flour
directions1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare pastry and line 9-inch pie plate. In bowl combine raw sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Brush melted butter over crust. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set aside.

2.For syrup, in saucepan combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, the water, corn syrup, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Set aside.

3.In mixing bowlbeat 1/4 cup softened butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Beat in granulated sugar, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar until well combined. Beat in egg and 1 tsp. vanilla. Gradually beat in milk until combined. Beat in flour. Spread evenly in crust-lined pie plate.

4.Slow pour syrup over the filling in pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture. Cover edges of pie with foil.

5.Bake pie 25 minutes; carefully remove foil. Bake about 20 minutes more or until top is puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes on wire rack. Serve warm. Makes 10 servings.

The pie exchange as a whole was a hit! It was fairly small, as I gave fairly short notice, but it was successful! I hope it’s the first of many for years to come!

What are your favorite pies? Do you participate in holiday food exchanges?

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One comment

  1. Rosie says:

    A pie exchange – how cool is that ! And those pies!! I’d love to try this Snickerdoodle pie – I like the cookie! I have to keep this idea in mind, it is too good to not try!!! I love baking pies.

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