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Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie Recipe
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Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie Recipe

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This pie combines the ingredients everyone loves in its classic cake cousin. It's so silky and smooth, you won't be able to put your fork down. —Anna Jones, Coppell, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold lard
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 801 calories, 54 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 215 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in lard until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil. Fill with pie weights, dried beans or uncooked rice.
  3. Bake 11-13 minutes or until bottom is lightly browned. Remove foil and weights; bake 6-8 minutes longer or until light brown. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 350°.
  4. In a microwave, melt chocolates in a large bowl; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in milk, egg yolks and vanilla; stir in pecans. Pour into crust. Bake 16-19 minutes or until set. Cool 1 hour on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook 2-3 minutes or until mixture thickens and a thermometer reads 160°, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and vanilla; cool 10 minutes.
  7. Pour over filling; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours or until cold. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie in Taste of Home December 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 801 calories, 54 g fat (24 g saturated fat), 215 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 12 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"Absolutely amazing! I knew when I saw lard in the crust this was a worthy recipe. The only tweaking I did was add a bit of salt to the filling and topping, a bit of sugar in the crust and extra coconut in the topping. Brilliant pie and one that I will be making again! :)"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"This pie is so good you won't care how many calories it has... so don't look."

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2015

"I made this pie yesterday for my husband who loves chocolate. The pie is to dense and is more like fudge. The topping is also missing the mark. As far as a star I can't even give it one. Every disappointed."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"I love chocolate, and my boyfriend's favorite cake is German Chocolate. I made this as a treat for him, and followed the recipe exactly as written. My boyfriend took a couple of bites and said "no thanks!" I didn't ever think I would say these words, but -- this pie is way too chocolately! It is more like a fudge pie than German Chocolate Pie -- way too dense. The topping was nice, but a bit too sweet. Next time I will try one of the other recipes from Taste of Home that profess to be German Chocolate Pie, and tweak it a bit."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"This pie looked great! The filling and the icing look and taste fantastic! The crust, I would never make! I don't use lard in any form. I thought that went out years ago. Just a regular pie crust with vegetable shorting would work perfectly. I use a butter and Crisco combination. Overall it is wonderful! ( just change the crust )"

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