There is nothing Texans love more after a hearty Southern meal than a homemade, sweet dessert, especially if it is a fresh-baked pie. While pecan pie is the official pie of Texas, everyone has their favorite. There are endless flavors, from peach, cherry, and everything in between, that will surely please all taste buds. Many recipes were passed down from one generation of Texans to the next. It is these homemade recipes that make every bite of pie even sweeter than the last. Whether you love the sweet fruit filling or the flaky homemade buttery crust, you are bound to find your “little slice of heaven” from some of Texas’s tastiest pies in our roundup of unique, locally owned pie bakeries in the Lone Star State.
Texas Pie Company – Kyle, Texas
Julie Albertson, chef and owner of the Texas Pie Company, has baked pies from her grandmother’s recipes long before she opened her first bakery in 1986. The cherished recipes of their “true Southern comfort food” have been handed down throughout generations of Albertson’s family. The full-service restaurant in Kyle is known for its fresh homestyle pies, casseroles, and other sweet baked goods. The fresh-baked pies come in a 10-inch-deep dish or a 4-inch individual size ranging from customer favorites like Southern pecan pie and peanut butter mousse to strawberry peach and Dutch apple. Each pie is handcrafted with farm-fresh fillings and a special homemade crust.
“Southern pecan pie has been our number one bestseller for over 30 years,” the owner said. “It’s made with Texas pecans and our fantastic pie dough.” Enjoy a classic cream pie or fruit pie, available with Dutch crumb topping, lattice topping, or a closed top. Texas Pie Company’s motto is, “Life is short, eat more pie,” and we could not agree more. The atmosphere of the Texas Pie Company is colorful, fun, and inviting with unique art, and walls covered with precious generations of family photos that speak true to the heart of Texas Pie Company.
Texas Talking Pies – Rockdale, Texas
“While people have trouble choosing just one of our five specialty fillings, whichever you choose is sure to delight,” Sales Manager Callie Limes said. Texas Talking Pies is the first in pie messaging, using a laser engraving method to transfer any logo, message, or design onto their homemade pie crust. The founder, Collier Perry, teamed up with Donnie Rinn, an experienced baker, to develop a personal gift that allowed both individuals and businesses to express real sentiment. Texas Talking Pies first debuted at a local farmer’s market, and the taste was so popular that word began to spread. A fast-growing company quickly formed. Made just outside of Austin, Texas Talking Pies in Rockdale is definitely a one-of-a-kind way to advertise your business, send well wishes, or surprise friends and family with a Texan favorite dessert.
“Your custom greeting is the first thing they will see when your recipient lifts the lid on this made-from-scratch, oversized 10-inch pie,” Limes said. “Our precision laser engraver is able to transfer details from your logo, message, image, or even photograph, onto our buttery crust.” Messaged pies come in a variety of fillings, like pecan, lemon, coconut, buttermilk, and chocolate, to meet everyone’s taste. Each pie is handcrafted to a creamy, sweet, and rich perfection. Whether you decide to order online and ship or choose a local pickup, Texas Talking Pies is the perfect personalized gift and homemade treat to give to loved ones, businesses, coworkers, and everyone in between.
Pie Bar – Lubbock, Texas
Locally owned and operated, Carson and Mary McCabe opened the Pie Bar in 2011 with just a few of his grandmother’s recipes. The Pie Bar is a welcoming and cozy dessert bistro, with modern Texas character filled with sweet aromas and friendly faces. “I wanted to start an original dessert concept that allows you to enjoy pie in a way that you never have before,” owner and founder Carson McCabe said.
“We deconstruct the pie, so that you can reconstruct it the way you want it.” The Pie Bar consists of traditional pies, but there is a twist. The Lubbock staple is known for its “Build Your Own” section, where customers can build an individual pie to their liking. Choose a base, mousse filling, toppings, and voilà! Your own individual, personalized tasty pie available in a small and large mousse bite size. There are endless options of fillings to satisfy your taste buds, like SNICKERS®, birthday cake, brownie batter, and even orange Creamsicle®.
Pie Bar also offers an assortment of 4-inch mini traditional pies – like coconut cream and Mexican chocolate – whole pies, cobblers, and cheesecakes. Whether you approach the “Build Your Own” bar, choose a classic cobbler, or traditional 9-inch whole pie, the Pie Bar will doubtlessly satisfy your sweet tooth.
Royers Pie Haven – Round Top, Texas
Royers Pie Haven has become a staple in Round Top since its opening in 2011 by owner and baker Tara Royer Steele. Royers is a place where people can relax, eat pie, drink a cup of coffee, sip a tall glass of tea, and sit under beautiful, hearty oak trees. Steele spent her childhood baking loaves of homemade bread and cookies on Saturdays and delivering them to her church on Sunday. Having the opportunity to open her own bakery was a dream come true, and she wanted to open before Round Top’s renowned Antique Week. After only two months, Royers Pie Haven opened to the masses, and its sweet farmhouse charm and vintage character fit perfectly. The menu is brimming with specialty, homemade pies full of rich flavor and boasting special names, too.
“The Junkberry and Sweet n’ Salty are the most popular of our pies,” Steele said. “The Junkberry is made with apples, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries with a sour cream and sugar topping. The Sweet n’ Salty is like a big ‘ole brownie baked in a pie crust with caramel and sea salt.” Royers Pie Haven offers a variety of sweet pies, like the Texas Trash pie made with coconut, chocolate chips, graham crackers, pretzels, and caramel, as well as seasonal and Texan favorites like Ann’s Pecan and Key Lime Chess. They are also known for their other sweet treats like Piewiches: creamy buttercream frosting sandwiched between two of their famous homemade cookies. Royers is a haven where friends can gather, eat a sweet slice of pie, and spread love, laughter, and fellowship.