Coconut Cream Pie

04.02.2019

This is the ultimate Coconut Cream Pie! It’s starts with a buttery flakey pie crust then it’s layered with a rich and luscious coconut custard, fluffy whipped cream and finished with toasted coconut. A must try pie recipe that’s sure to impress coconut lovers!

Slice of coconut cream pie on a white plate set over a dark grey tabletop.

Dreamy Coconut Cream Pie

After many attempts I finally came up with my idea of the perfect cream pie. From top to bottom you’ll love everything about it!

This coconut cream pie turns out perfect every time. It’s thickened with both cornstarch and egg yolks so you won’t end up with a droopy, soupy pie. The key is to just be sure to cook the custard long enough to get it to that nice and thick state.

Then in this recipe you’ll use a little cream cheese to balance out the sweetness of the pie and to and a nice faint tang (reminiscent of cheesecake) which pairs perfectly with the coconut.

And if we are going to make a coconut cream pie it better have plenty of coconut flavor so here we use shredded coconut, coconut milk and coconut extract. No one will be left wondering what type of pie this is, it has an abundance of real coconut flavor.

It’s one of those desserts that will have people fighting for the last slice. Soon enough people will be requesting this for the next holiday celebration!

Photography credit: Jenn Davis from Two Cups Flour.

Showing coconut cream pie filling in a baked pie crust.

Ingredients Needed for Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

  • Blind baked pie crust – I prefer a homemade pie crust here but store-bought will work fine too.
  • Shredded sweetened coconut – use the medium shredded coconut here.
  • Canned coconut milk – only use full fat coconut milk here for best results.
  • Milk – stick with whole or 2% milk.
  • Heavy cream – this will make the pie perfectly rich and creamy.
  • Sugar – a staple pie ingredient, it adds the perfect sweetness.
  • Salt – this will balance out the sweetness.
  • Cornstarch – a key ingredient, used to thicken the filling.
  • Egg yolks – these also help thicken up the filling so they’ll stand in nice sturdy slices.
  • Cream cheese – once you have coconut cream pie with this you’ll never look back. It adds a delicious flavor.
  • Butter – you’ll only need a hint of butter in the filling.
  • Vanilla extract and coconut extract – using both kinds of extract gives this pie the perfect coconut and vanilla flavor blend.

Whole coconut cream pie in a pie dish with slices cut. Pie is sitting on a wooden cutting board over a dark surface.

How to Make Coconut Cream Pie from Scratch

  • Blind bake the pie crust. Set aside to cool.
  • Grind coconut: Pulse 3/4 cup coconut in a food processor for grind.
  • Make cream pie filling: In a saucepan combine coconut milk, 1/2 cup of the milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the salt.
  • Cook pie filling: Bring mixture nearly to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix thickeners: Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until well blended.
  • In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks with remaining 3 Tbsp sugar until pale.
  • Add thickeners: While whisking, pour 1/2 cup of the nearly boiling milk into egg yolk mixture.
  • While whisking mixture in saucepan, pour egg yolk mixture followed by cornstarch mixture into saucepan. Cook mixture until thickened, whisking constantly and vigorously to prevent curdling, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Mix in flavorings: Remove from heat stir in cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and coconut extract and ground coconut.
  • Pour cream pie filling into baked pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 2 – 3 hours.

Removing a slice of coconut cream pie from the whole coconut cream pie in pie dish.

How do You Make Whipped Cream?

  • In a cold mixing bowl, whip heavy cream with remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar on low speed until thickened slightly then increase to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Check out my tutorial and post all about it HERE.

How do You Blind Bake a Pie Crust?

Since the pie isn’t cooked with the filling (the filling is cooked separately to thicken properly) you’ll first need to blind bake your pie crust. HERE is a good step-by-step tutorial on how to do so.

Single slice of coconut cream pie made from scratch on a white dessert plate.

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Coconut Cream Pie

5 from 5 votes

This is the ulitmate Coconut Cream Pie! It's starts with a buttery flakey pie crust then it's layered with a rich and luscious (non-runny) coconut custard, fluffy whipped cream and finished with toasted coconut. A must try pie recipe that's sure to impress coconut lovers!

Servings: 8
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-baked 9-inch pie crust
  • 3/4 cup (65g) shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup (235ml) milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp (138g) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup (43g) cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, diced into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp coconut extract, to taste (the intensity varies by brand)

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups (355ml) heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup (60g) shredded sweetened coconut, toasted

Instructions

  1. Pulse 3/4 cup coconut in a food processor until ground into small pieces, about 1 minute, set aside. In a medium saucepan combine coconut milk, 1/2 cup of the milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the salt.
  2. Set mixture over medium heat, and bring mixture nearly to a boil, stirring occasionally. 

  3. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl (or liquid measuring cup used to measure milk), whisk together remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until well blended. 
  4. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks with remaining 3 Tbsp sugar until mixture is slightly pale, about 2 minutes. While whisking, pour 1/2 cup of the nearly boiling milk into egg yolk mixture. 

  5. While whisking mixture in saucepan, pour egg yolk mixture followed by cornstarch mixture into saucepan. Cook mixture until thickened, whisking constantly and vigorously to prevent curdling, about 2 - 3 minutes. 

  6. Remove from heat and add in cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and coconut extract, stir until well blended. Stir in ground coconut. Pour mixture into baked pie crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 2 - 3 hours.
  7. For the topping: In a cold mixing bowl, whip heavy cream with remaining 3 Tbsp granulated sugar on low speed until thickened slightly then increase to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form.

  8. Spread over chilled pie and top with toasted coconut. Cut into slices. Store pie in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 615 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 201mg67%
Sodium 323mg14%
Potassium 250mg7%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1295IU26%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coconut Cream Pie
Calories: 615 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
Recipe originally shared November, 2013 photos have been updated. Recipe inspired by Cook’s Illustrated.

 

39 comments

  • Yasmeen: Hi, I’m so excited to make this! is there a pie crust recipe you prefer to use! thanks July 17, 2019 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Irene: This pie was delicious and I will be making it again. I used whole milk since I read a few reviews that were concerned the mixture was runny. Whole milk was perfect to make a nice thick pudding. I accidentally used whole eggs, vs egg yolks, didn’t seem to impact it. I did omit the cream cheese as I forgot add it. I had already tasted the mixture and thought it was great, so I left it out as I didn’t want any hint of that cream cheese flavor. There may be a few “steps” involved, but not hard at all. Thanks! June 15, 2019 at 4:04pm Reply

  • Ruth Ann Swanger: This is by far the BEST coconut cream pie I’ve ever tasted, but I can’t get the filling to set. I’ve made 11 pies to date, increasing the corn starch and the cooking time with each batch. I’m up to cooking it for 15 minutes now, but I still end up with a bowl of goodness that must be eaten with a spoon. Please help! Thanks! May 27, 2019 at 12:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry you’re having trouble with it! Have you tried measuring the ingredients (especially cornstarch) in grams? May 28, 2019 at 10:30pm Reply

  • Alexandra @ It’s Not Complicated Recipes: Cream pie is my favourite, and this sounds so good. I love anything coconut flavoured! April 3, 2019 at 5:59am Reply

  • Eva: Made this for my family together with baked pie shell ahead of time and my husband ate nearly the entire pie he loved it so much. My son and I had one piece each and very much enjoyed it. December 30, 2018 at 7:59pm Reply

  • Diane: Made this pie for my husband’s birthday. It was absolutely delicious! He took the leftovers to work the next day and a co-worker said it was the best coconut cream pie she has ever tasted…and her mom has been making coconut cream pie for years! September 21, 2018 at 10:38am Reply

  • Ethan: The day before mothers day my mom told me her favorite pie is coconut cream. I had already planed for cheese cake, but I wasn’t baking that after what she said. So while she was at work I ran around getting the ingredients for the recipe I discovered on my favorite food blog.
    Moms on a low carb diet so I use non sweet coconut which I had to use a coffee grinder for. And I cut the sugar with some substitute. Aswell as removing the crust. I even bought a pie pan because I forgot you don’t bake a cream pie. Hurt my arm whisking and I move move move to get it done before she gets home.

    In short this dessert is the best thing I’ve ever made. Not only was it fun to make, but it was smooth, rich, and tasted like pure bliss . It sealed the deal for my mom having the best mothers day in years.

    Thank you so much for helping me make my mother and my day with this delicious treat. May 16, 2017 at 4:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear all of that Ethan!! You are he best to make this pie for your mom! I’m so glad you both enjoyed it :)! May 16, 2017 at 11:25pm Reply

  • Kristin: This is a delicious coconut cream pie! The standard CCP recipe that I’ve been following for years is Martha Stewart’s that has a chocolate macaroon crust. That pie is also delicious, and the crust adds great texture and flavor. What I noticed that was different in your recipe is that your coconut pudding layer is so creamy due to the cream cheese and the butter. It’s truly delicious! I can’t decide which recipe I like better, but this is definitely a keeper for sure. The only changes I made making this was to use whole milk, and whipped only 1 cup of heavy cream for the topping (and stabilized it). Thanks for another delicious pie recipe, Jaclyn! January 5, 2017 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Kristin! February 16, 2017 at 12:49pm Reply

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