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Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

Every fifth Sunday at our country church, we have a hymn sing and potluck dinner. I always bring this coconut cream pie with meringue, and it goes fast. It's definitely a favorite. —Joyce Reece, Mena, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Line unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in vanilla and coconut. Pour into crust.
  • For meringue, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a small bowl, on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to crust. Sprinkle with coconut.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 366 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Jan 1, 2021

    This is an excellent basic recipe for coconut meringue pie. It tastes great and looks great too. This is my go-to recipe for a pie of this type.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Nov 29, 2020

    This pie was a HUGE hit for Thanksgiving! I had a request for meringue pie, instead of cream. I found this recipe and it was simple to make, yet tasted so fancy! Will definitely make this one again!

  • Haylee
    Mar 3, 2020

    This recipe sounds amazing! I was wondering if I was going too top the pie with cool whip instead of meringue if I need too cook the pie filling or is the baking in the oven for the meringue? Thank you!

  • Sheri
    Jul 10, 2019

    My go to recipe! Love it!!

  • Kittie
    May 3, 2019

    My husband loves coconut cream pie. This recipe is delicious!

  • Wesley-Allen
    Nov 12, 2017

    Excellent recipe.... my husband's favorite

  • mlrobin1935
    Sep 24, 2017

    This has become a staple in my life. I love Coconut Cream pie and this one is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • vpnrt
    Nov 22, 2014

    Fed the hungry troops returning from Iraq with this coconut cream pie. They didn't know wether to eat it or bath in it. They left with stars in their eyes.

  • cfreek
    Oct 9, 2013

    very nice recipes

  • msgrco1988
    May 17, 2013

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