Coconut Crunch Delight Recipe
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Coconut Crunch Delight Recipe

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I tasted this light dessert 7 years ago at a potluck and got the recipe from my mom's dear friend. I've made it dozens of times since for my family and friends, who go wild over it. This is a terrific way to end a heavy meal. -Debby Chiorino, Pt. Hueneme, CA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2-2/3 cups cold milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients; press lightly into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes to form coarse crumbs. Cool.
  2. Divide crumb mixture in half; press half into the same baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
  3. Fold in whipped topping; spoon over the crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Crunch Delight in Taste of Home August/September 1996, p37

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shannondobos 230547
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"I made this for a BBQ I hosted last night and it was fantastic! I was looking for a cool and creamy dessert for a hot day, and this was perfect. Everyone enjoyed this! This recipe is perfectly titled, too. The crunch and coconut factors are just right!!"

kshea 27738
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"We love this. I have made it for years."

Morinstoltz 16702
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"This was very good. If I make it again I would cut the pudding and whip cream amounts in half and use a 8 x 8 pan for more coconut crunch."

Ferne 27716
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"Have made it many times and it is a real winner. Very, very easy and many recipe requests."

Margielou_wa 11968
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"I made this for my pinochle group and they loved it.  I did it  a little differently and it turned out great.  I put some coconut crunch in a goblet, added the pudding mixture and topped it with more of the coconut crunch.  Theywere very pretty and made a great dessert. I've given out the recipe whenever I serve it to anyone."

tootlissie 7395
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Love this!! Made it when it was first printed & always get requests for the recipe when I make it!"

oreo123 13999
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I always come home with an empty plate!"

bunny99 10777
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"Wonderful is the only way to describe this dessert!"

spop27 27713
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2009

"I can't rave enough about coconut cruch. You cannot go wrong with this recipe. I got it from a Taste of Home magazine years ago, and have used it many times since then. I always get requests for this recipe, and it's one of my favorites, since it's quick and easy to make. It tastes like a creamy, coconutty butter cookie. Super YUM!"

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