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Coconut Crunch Delight

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

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened shredded 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fold in whipped topping; spoon over the crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.

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  • shannondobos
    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
    May 20, 2012

    We love this. I have made it for years.

  • Morinstoltz
    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
    Feb 21, 2011

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

  • Margielou_wa
    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
    Feb 12, 2011

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

  • oreo123
    Jun 13, 2010

    I always come home with an empty plate!

  • bunny99
    Nov 19, 2009

    Wonderful is the only way to describe this dessert!

  • spop27
    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!