Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie 1

If you would have asked me one year ago if I liked Coconut Cream Pie I would have said, “No.  I don’t like cream pies, only fruit pies.”  That was before I made this Coconut Cream Pie.  I’m not really sure why I was drawn to it but I’m sure glad I was.  From the flaky crust to the custardy-coconuty filling to the fluffy-hint-of-coconut whipped cream topping this pie is an all-around crown pleaser.  I’ve seen coconut cream pies made with a graham cracker crust, but for me a regular pie crust adds so much to this pie that I haven’t even considered making it with a graham crust.  And this coconut cream pie is so easy to make from scratch there’s no reason to use boxed pudding mixes. Come to think of it, I think that’s why I’ve never liked cream pies ~ I’m pretty sure the only ones I had ever tasted were made from boxed pudding.  Try this pie the next time you want a light, refreshing dessert.

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie


  • 1-1/2 cups half and half
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut milk (a little less than 1 can)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 {9 inch} pie shell, baked
  • Topping
  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine half and half, coconut milk, eggs, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over LOW heat, whisking constantly. When it starts to boil a little bit and thickens up to about the consistency of a thick pudding remove it from the heat. (This takes about 15-20 minutes, so BE PATIENT.)
  3. Stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and chill for at least 2 to 4 hours.
  5. Whip the cream with the powdered sugar, and add the coconut extract. Spread on top of the pie.
  6. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the whipped cream. (Use as much of it as you like - sometimes I don't use all of it. Then I place the extra in a zip-lock bag and freeze it for another use.)

Coconut Cream Pie

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9 Responses to Coconut Cream Pie

  1. Kim June 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Coconut Cream Pie is one of my favorites!! This looks wonderful!!

    • Lori June 14, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      I can’t say it’s one of my favorites {I still like fruit pies better} but it is mighty delicious. If you ate things with sugar I’d tell you go give it a try. 🙂

  2. Maureen June 14, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    Looks good! I love cream pies in the summer and fruit pies in the fall!

    • Lori June 14, 2013 at 10:07 am #

      Great pie plan, Maureen. I’m going to think whether or not I should adopt it for myself!

  3. Leilani June 14, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    I, too, am a fruit-pie-only kind of girl. Hmm…maybe this will change my mind. 🙂

    • Lori June 14, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      I’m not sure if it will change your mind, Leilani. I still consider myself a fruit pie girl + coconut cream pie. I still don’t like chocolate pie or custards or pudding. But this coconut cream pie is YUMMY.

  4. Foodie in WV June 14, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love anything with coconut, it is so yummy. This looks great!

  5. Lori June 24, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Thanks for the feature. 🙂


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