Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie Recipe

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My husband says it's not good cooking unless it's made from scratch. This is an old-fashioned way of making coconut pie from scratch. —Barbara Smith, Franklin, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 408 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 210 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Combine egg yolks and milk; stir into dry ingredients until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and 1 cup coconut. Pour hot filling into pie shell.
  2. For meringue, beat egg whites in a bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar until mixture forms stiff glossy peaks and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over hot filling. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.
  3. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie in Country April/May 1993, p51

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"The original recipe that I have, shows 3 egg yolks, beaten, not 3 eggs lightly beaten as shown above, This is an error, as it says to combine flour,sugar,salt, milk & egg yolks. You are using the yolks in the pie & the whites in ther meringue, only 3 eggs total."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2011

"I made two of these for thanksgiving and both of them were gone by the end of the night! Everyone loved them!! I would definetly make them again."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2009

"This is a great recipe. Taste just like my grandma use to make. Simple and easy. Recipe was very easy and was delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"I agree with your husband I'm spoiled on scratch homemade foods. The taste was great. The meringue turned out good. I did cut down some of the sugar. My family doesn't like some things to sweet. I find some receipes has to much sugar added. But to each their own on their sweet tooth. It was easy to make.   


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