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Coffee Cream Pie

I created this sweet coffee-flavored recipe as an entry for our state fair, adding the toffee topping to "dress it up". I'm glad I did— the pie won first place and is now a family holiday favorite!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules, crushed
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 chocolate crumb crust (9 inches)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Heath candy bar (1.4 ounces), crushed


  • In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over boiling water until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in coffee granules.
  • Gradually stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to pan. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; add butter and vanilla. Cool for 30 minutes. Pour into crust; chill.
  • In a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in a small amount of cream. Add sugar, vanilla and remaining cream. Whip until stiff peaks form. Spread over filling; sprinkle with crushed candy bar. Chill.
Editor's Note: Candy bar crushes easily if frozen.

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  • John
    Sep 3, 2020

    I used granular and powdered Monkfruit instead of sugar and it turned out great. Thanks

  • lottieda
    Mar 14, 2012

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  • bayoubaker1
    May 2, 2010

    I used espresso powder instead of the coffee granules. Of course, I used less powder because the powder is stronger than granules. It was delicious.

  • gouldleslie
    Feb 20, 2009

    This recipe sounds incredible. I wonder if you could make a chocolate pudding mix - the kind that you cook - and dissolve the instant coffee into it? It sounds like a good substitute to me,,,,