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"I cannot tell a lie," President George Washington once famously declared. 

Or could he? The folkloric tale of a young Washington chopping down his father's cherry tree with a hatchet may be completely presidential fan fiction, rather than truth (the first alternative fact?), but the image of a cherry tree has stuck with America as a symbol of juvenile honor and honesty. 

So as we memorialize the accomplishments of presidents like Honest Abe and Washington, on a holiday during their birthday month, celebrate with a sugary symbol of integrity and ethics: the cherry pie. We need it. 

National Cherry Pie Day also happens to be Feb. 20 — so you have no excuse not to celebrate! 

Cherry pie with fresh filling

Cherry pieSource: Gimme Some Oven
Cherry pie  Gimme Some Oven

If you're in the mood to pit some cherries — it can be therapeutic, really — this pie is for you. Get the recipe here

Skillet cherry pie 

Skillet cherry pie Source: FoodieCrush
Skillet cherry pie  FoodieCrush

This recipe calls for pre-made dough, which is an easy shortcut, but baking the pie in a skillet still gives it that rustic, homemade flair. Get the recipe here

Cherry cheesecake dip with pie crust sticks

Cherry cheesecake dipSource: A Spicy Perspective
Cherry cheesecake dip  A Spicy Perspective

If baking an entire pie sounds too daunting, go with this mix-and-dip method. Get the recipe here

Tart cherry pie

Tart cherry pieSource: Love and Olive Oil
Tart cherry pie  Love and Olive Oil

The best part of a tart cherry pie is that there's no excuse not to add ice cream for extra sweetness. Get the recipe here

Chocolate cherry pie with chocolate pie dough

Chocolate cherry pieSource: Domestic Fits
Chocolate cherry pie  Domestic Fits

Speaking of honesty, this pie is so decadent you'll wonder why you ever went the non-chocolate route when it came to cherries. Sharing is optional, but not encouraged. Get the recipe here

Rustic balsamic cherry and basil galette

Rustic balsamic cherry and basil galetteSource: food52
Rustic balsamic cherry and basil galette  food52

We get it, you're fancy, so make this pie to outshine all the others on National Cherry Pie Day. Get the recipe here

Easy cherry puff pastry tart

Easy cherry puff pastry tartSource: food52
Easy cherry puff pastry tart  food52

If your baking ability peaks at making toast, this pie-like recipe was designed for you. Get the recipe here

Deep-dish cherry pie

Deep-dish cherry pieSource: food52
Deep-dish cherry pie  food52

If you like a super high filling to crust ratio, this majorly stuffed cherry pie is the pie for you. And all of us. Get the recipe here

Cherry almond torte

Cherry almond torteSource: food52
Cherry almond torte  food52

Almond flour adds extra flavor (and protein!) to this pie crust. Get the recipe here