Coconut Cream Pie


Let the holidays begin! Isn’t pie season the greatest? Except, come January and we realize we’ve gained 10 pounds during the holidays, thanks to pie season :). In moderation is what I always say. Have you decided what pie/pies to make for this Thanksgiving yet? Well let me help you out, make this! Coconut cream pie always seams to be a hit, especially when it tastes this amazing.

Coconut Cream Pie | Cooking Classy

The thing I always used to dread about cream pies, is fearing that they were going to end up a soupy, runny mess so I’d sometimes try to steer away from them (even though I loved them). It took me a few years to realize I just needed to cook the custard a little longer so it had a chance to thicken properly. With this pie, I also tried adding in some cream cheese for added flavor (we’ll call it the secret ingredient) and I think it helped the structure of the pie a little as well. I wanted something to balance out the sweet and that light amount of tang from the cream cheese does just the trick, plus it gives it a faint, almost cheesecake like flavor.

I’m becoming ever more picky, so I ground up the coconut that’s mixed into the pies custard because I didn’t want the large, chewy shreds, something a little more unnoticeable and not so pronounced. I also believe a good coconut cream pie should have a fair amount of coconut flavor which is why I added not only the shredded coconut and coconut milk but also extract just to take it up another notch. I love coconut extract but if you don’t have it and don’t want to pay $4 – $6 for it that you can just increase the amount of vanilla.

I have the feeling you, and all those you serve this to, are going to love this pie! Enjoy!

Coconut Cream Pie | Cooking Classy

Coconut Cream Pie | Cooking Classy


Coconut Cream Pie


  • 1 pre-baked 9-inch pie crust
  • 3/4 cup sweetened , shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat , unsweetened, canned coconut milk (well shaken)
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp granulated sugar , divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 oz cream cheese , diced into pieces
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp coconut extract , to taste (or an additional 1/2 tsp vanilla)


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sweetened , shredded coconut, toasted


  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. Set mixture over medium heat, and bring mixture nearly to a boil, stirring occasionally. 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. Then 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. Then 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. 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.
  2. For the topping:
  3. In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on high speed, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in 3 Tbsp sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Spread over chilled pie and top with toasted coconut. Cut into slices. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Coconut Cream Pie | Cooking Classy


  • Jenn@eatcakefordinner: This is so pretty and it sounds divine :) November 18, 2013 at 9:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jenn! November 19, 2013 at 8:30am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Such a gorgeous pie! And the consistency is just perfect! November 18, 2013 at 10:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Chung-Ah! November 19, 2013 at 8:30am Reply

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely: Ok Jaclyn, this might be the prettiest coconut cream pie I have ever seen! I get nervous about goopy cream pies too. Can’t wait to try this! November 18, 2013 at 10:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Natalie! November 19, 2013 at 8:30am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: Girl this pie is a WORK OF ART!

    First of all, the colors and the photography is just stellar. But the layers, how neat they are, how there’s not a drop of one color filling running into the other and vice versa; the perfect crust – there’s like so much amazingness going on! pinned November 19, 2013 at 12:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie :)! November 19, 2013 at 8:30am Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This pie looks totally classic. Awesome recipe! November 19, 2013 at 5:07am Reply

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef: I worry about soupy pies too. There’s no way to really tell until you cut them open.

    I would love to stick a fork in this one! November 19, 2013 at 7:27am Reply

  • jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: What a perfect looking pie! I would’t mind a bite right now :) November 19, 2013 at 9:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jessica :)! November 19, 2013 at 12:44pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: Coconut cream pie is one of my favorites! Love that you added cream cheese! November 20, 2013 at 8:06am Reply

  • Dina: I love coconut cream pie. looks delish! November 22, 2013 at 7:54am Reply

  • Liz: Hey there: I feel silly asking, but at what point do I add the coconut from the food processor into the mixture? Thanks! November 26, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Liz, thank you so much for pointing that out! So sorry I forgot to add that in. I just added it above, you add it at the end of making the filling. Thanks! November 26, 2013 at 9:23pm Reply

      • Liz: Perfect, I am glad I asked! Thanks! November 28, 2013 at 9:43pm Reply

  • Ashley: I made this tonight as a gift for my boss – coconut creme pie is his favorite. I cut the recipe in fourths and made 1 mini pie and I have enough curd left over for a couple rich parfaits. It was super delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
    PS: I used light coconut milk and it still set beautifully! December 27, 2013 at 8:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you thought it was delicious Ashley! Thanks for your comment! December 27, 2013 at 10:49pm Reply

  • Regina: This looks so delicious, and I love coconut, definitely I have to make it, and eat it :) March 29, 2014 at 4:11pm Reply

  • Kate @ Diethood: Perrrrrfect layers!! And, umm, YUM! April 9, 2014 at 9:27pm Reply

  • Sydney: Hi Jaclyn! I just made this (well, up to the step where it’s cooling in the fridge!) and only had a smaller pie dish on hand. Do you have a suggestion of how to use extra cream mixture?
    Thank you! April 20, 2014 at 11:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could make mini pies in cupcake tin (in cupcake liners) just make a little extra crust and bake the crusts 5 minutes. Or you could just use it as a dip or spread over graham crackers. April 20, 2014 at 11:54am Reply

  • Kathryn: My friend made this pie for Easter. It’s easily the best coconut cream pie I have ever had. Ever. I can’t wait to make it. April 21, 2014 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Kathryn! Glad you liked it! April 21, 2014 at 10:47pm Reply

  • Beth: Made this pie for Easter (in my gluten free crust) and received rave reviews, it was delicious. My nephew, who doesn’t really care for coconut, loved it (probably because of the suggestion to put the coconut in the food processor). Thanks for the recipe, making another one this weekend! :) April 27, 2014 at 4:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Beth! Thanks so much for your feedback! May 6, 2014 at 6:35pm Reply

  • Cathy: I used a blender to chop up my coconut. Thanks for the tip. The last pie I made had good taste, but it was hard to think beyond the ‘eating chewy straw’ feeling! This will make a world of difference, as will adding either (both?) coconut milk and extract. Thanks. You pie looks like artwork. December 7, 2014 at 10:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment :)! I’m glad you liked the tip! December 8, 2014 at 10:04pm 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

  • 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

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