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 {this takes about 15-20 minutes, so BE PATIENT}. Remove from heat.
  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. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the whipped cream. {Use as much of it as you like ~ I don't use all of it. Then I place the extra in a zip-lock bag and place it in the freezer for use on the next coconut cream pie I make.}

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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