How to Make the Richest Million-Dollar Pie
Each bite of this old-fashioned million-dollar pie is sweet, creamy and satisfying.
You name it, there’s a no-bake pie for it. No matter what flavors you like (or don’t like), there’s a perfect no-bake pie recipe out there for you. Coconut and pineapple fans in particular will love million-dollar pie, a retro dessert made with just seven ingredients and a little patience. Learn how to make a million-dollar pie that some might say tastes like–ahem—a million bucks.
What Is Million-Dollar Pie?
Million-dollar pie is said to have originated in South Carolina in the late 1930s or ’40s, called either “million-dollar” or “millionaire” pie. The recipe likely received its name because of how decadent it is—similar to other million-dollar recipes.
A million-dollar pie recipe typically includes crushed pineapple, shredded coconut and crushed pecans, all held together by whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk. Maraschino cherries are common garnishes, as is a dollop of Cool Whip.
How to Make Million-Dollar Pie
This recipe comes to us from Laura Wilhelm of West Hollywood, CA. It makes two pies, serving 12 people total (that’s six pieces per pie). But we wouldn’t be surprised if your guests want more than one slice!
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and divided
- 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
- 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed (3 cups)
- 2 graham cracker crusts (9 inches)
Step 1: Beat the milk and lemon juice
In a large bowl, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice with a whisk until blended.
Test Kitchen Tip: Fresh lemon juice will amp up the flavor of this pie, but if you don’t have any on hand, store-bought lemon juice will work just fine.
Step 2: Add the pineapple, coconut and pecans
Stir in the drained pineapple, 3/4 cup toasted shredded coconut and 3/4 cup chopped pecans. (Here are a few easy ways to toast coconut.)
Step 3: Fold in the whipped topping
Fold the thawed frozen whipped topping into the mixture and stir until the coconut, pineapple and pecans are uniform throughout.
Step 4: Pour the filling into the crusts
Pour the million-dollar filling into the two graham cracker crusts. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
Step 5: Finish with toppings and serve
Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup toasted coconut and 1/4 cup chopped pecans before serving. If desired, top with additional whipped topping and garnish with maraschino cherries. Looking for more? Try our favorite millionaire bars.
Tips for Making Million-Dollar Pie
How can you make million-dollar pie your own?
If you love cherries, turn million-dollar pie into “billionaire” pie by adding cherry pie filling or chopped maraschino cherries to the filling. Another option is to add cream cheese instead of sweetened condensed milk to million-dollar pie to create more of a cheesecake flavor.
If you want to give your pie a fancier look before serving, Taste of Home associate recipe editor and tester Maggie Knoebel suggests topping it with toasted coconut chips instead of the shredded coconut.
How long will million-dollar pie last?
Store your million-dollar pie in the fridge in a covered container and eat it within a few days, before the graham cracker crust starts to get soggy. If you are putting a cut pie back in the fridge, press a piece of plastic wrap against the cut side to avoid dried-out edges.