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Whether you're a rolling pin warrior or a first-time baker, holiday pies are a must.

There’s just about any pie you can dream of at Texas Pie Company in Kyle. The bakers serve thousands of pecan and pumpkin over the holidays, but they also make a mean apple cranberry and almond joy.

Julie Albertson opened the pie shop on Center Street in Kyle in 1989.

"That warm feeling you get when you smell it brings back all those warm feelings of childhood and Christmases and holidays,” Albertson said. “Being in your grandmother's house, and your mom's house when you're little, brings back that magic memory."

Here's two of Albertson's recipes:

Almond Joy Pie

1 1/2c. Sugar
1/4 t. Salt
4 Eggs
4 oz. Buttermilk
1 t. Vanilla
4 oz. Butter (melted)
4 oz. Coconut
2 oz. Shaved Almonds
2 oz. Chocolate Chips semi sweet
Mix all dry ingredients, vanilla, eggs, buttermilk, and butter.
1 prepared pie crust brushed with egg

Place coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips in pie crust.Pour batter mixture into crust and place in oven at 325 for about 30-45 minutes.

Pie should be golden brown on top and bottom should be firm, ie., not buckle in center when held with hot pad.

Cranberry Apple Lattice

2 lbs. Hranny Smith Apples, cored, peeled and sliced
1c. fresh cranberries
1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Flour
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 oz. water
2 pie dough / one for crust and one for lattice top

Mix all dry ingredients. Stir in fruit until coated with mixture, then continue to stir in water. Place in one pie crust.

Roll out the other pie crust, cut strips of dough, and use strips to weave a lattice or any design you wish. Brush top of pie with egg.

Bake at 350o for about 40-50 minutes or until filling begins to bubble up from the center of the pie.

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