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Creamy Coconut Dessert

Field editor Deanne Richter of Elmore, Minnesota comments, "This refreshing dessert satisfies the sweet tooth. My sister gave me the recipe years ago."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 4 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 3 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided


  • In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in the pecans. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth; fold in 1 cup whipped topping. Spread over the crust.
  • In another large bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mixes for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in 1-1/2 cups coconut. Spread over cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping. Toast remaining coconut; sprinkle over top. Refrigerate overnight.

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  • cindyb925
    Jan 25, 2016

    I LOVE Taste of Home! I just found this recipe that my mother made for years. My mother passed away several years ago but my niece asked if I had her recipe. I knew that it came from a TOH magazine but didn't know the name or recipe. WooHoo! I found it! This was always a huge hit at any family get-together. It's got a nice crunchy bottom and a creamy filling and topping. Easy and YUMMY. Thank You Taste of Home for allowing us to get archived recipes. (I think that in the original it called for coconut pudding also instead of vanilla with coconut extract)

  • robynmichael
    Nov 20, 2014

    This is not a typical coconut pie (which is what most seem to call it). It's so much better. I add double and sometimes triple the amount of coconut extract to the mix though. It's so good. This is a family, church and friend get together favorite.

  • melbad7
    Jun 11, 2014

    so easy to make and so good

  • pabs
    Jul 17, 2013

    Very good. I was lucky and found the coconut pudding. I omitted the extract.

  • wyocooker
    Apr 15, 2013

    I agree with the first post. This recipe is not the same as the one in the magazine. It calls for 3 pkg. of coconut cream pudding, and I think that is what makes this dessert. I used 2 pkg. of coconut pudding and one vanilla, and everyone was raving about how good this was. It's a keeper!

  • julanleasara
    Aug 20, 2012

    I reviewed this recipe before on the assumption that it was the recipe iI have used for years that the same woman submitted in a Taste of Home cookbook. The recipe I use is called Coconut Cream Dessert and calls for 3 boxes of coconut cream pudding instead of the vanilla pudding and extract and flaked coconut. It is a much simpler recipe and can't be beat. Everywhere I take it I get lots of compliments. I don't know why the recipe was changed from the original publication. The woman has the same quote in my cookbook as is shown with this recipe, but this is not the same recipe.

  • patchristie
    Jul 30, 2012

    so easy to make and soo good

  • Rshipman
    Jul 10, 2012

    No comment left

  • calicocatz
    Apr 7, 2012

    This dessert was a hit for my Easter meal!

  • pettman
    Dec 4, 2011

    Took this to a church supper and everyone wanted the recipe.