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Coconut Cream Pie

A creamy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 1 hour
Cook 22 minutes
Chilling time 3 hours
Total 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Calories 635 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Crust:

  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 9 graham crackers about 5 ounces, broken into rough pieces
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

For the Filling:

  • 14 ounce coconut milk, well stirred (not cream of coconut)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into pieces

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

  • cups heavy cream chilled
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
  • teaspoons dark rum
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread the 5 tablespoons of coconut in a small baking pan and toast in the oven until golden brown, about 9 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. When cool enough to handle, reserve 1 tablespoon for garnishing the finished pie.
  2. Pulse the graham crackers and the remaining 4 tablespoons toasted coconut in a food processor until the crackers are broken down into coarse crumbs, about ten 1-second pulses. Process the mixture to evenly fine crumbs, about 12 seconds more. Transfer the crumbs to a medium bowl and stir in the sugar to combine; add the melted butter and toss with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Empty the crumb mixture into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides, forming a crust. Bake the crust until deep golden brown and fragrant, about 22 minutes. Cool the crust on a wire rack while making the filling.
  3. Make the Filling: Bring the coconut milk, whole milk, shredded coconut, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the salt to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture reaches a simmer, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl to break them up, then whisk in the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch until well combined and no lumps remain. Gradually whisk the simmering liquid into the yolk mixture to temper it, then return the mixture to the saucepan, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until 3 or 4 bubbles burst on the surface and the mixture is thickened, about 30 seconds. Off the heat, whisk in the vanilla and butter. Pour the filling into the cooled crust, press a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the filling and refrigerate until the filling is cold and firm, at least 3 hours.
  4. Make the Whipped Cream Topping: When ready to serve, beat the cream and sugar in the chilled bowl of an electric mixer at medium speed to soft peaks; add the rum and vanilla. Continue to beat to barely stiff peaks. Spread or pipe the whipped cream over the chilled filling. Sprinkle the reserved 1 tablespoon toasted coconut over the whipped cream and serve. Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 33g206%
Cholesterol 212mg71%
Sodium 224mg10%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1175IU24%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.