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Easy Coconut Cream Pie


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked


  • 1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk; cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into beaten eggs. Return all to saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until nearly boiling. Reduce heat; cook and stir about 2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup coconut, butter and vanilla.
  • 3. Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Chill for several hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 376 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


Average Rating: 4.382352
  • Kelly
    Dec 1, 2019
    I’ve been making Coconut Cream pies for 50 yrs. This year I had forgot the copy of my go to recipe, I’ve used the past few yrs (we travel each Thanksgiving) so I chose this one after searching the internet. Cannot believe the negative reviews. The pie went together seamlessly
  • Marie
    Oct 23, 2019
    Made recipe as written but it would not thicken up with the 3 Tablespoons flour . Had to add 3 tablespoons cornstarch in 2 tablespoons cream to recipe to get it to thicken. Recipe is good. Used Splenda granular instead of sugar. Will use cornstarch next time in place of flour as suggested by another person.
  • kdtay
    Jun 7, 2019
    Followed recipe to a "T" and after having it for dessert I woefully remembered I had an excellent recipe from decades ago and I wish I had used it. This recipe is too sweet (reduce sugar to 2/3 cup), I love coconut but this has WAY too much (reduce to 3/4 cup), omit flour and substitute 1/4 cup cornstarch instead for velvety creaminess and will actually set up and hold it's shape on a plate/no need to use a spoon), increase vanilla to 1 1/2 Tbsp. Do this and you'll get an great pie!! Imho, this was not a tested recipe - it went in the trash this morning and I remade this afternoon using my old standby Coconut Cream Pie recipe - use the changes I've mentioned.
  • Sarah
    Oct 1, 2018
    Can you use almond milk instead of whole milk. We are lactose intolerant.
  • Naomie
    Mar 20, 2017

    Awesome recipe! Then again I love coconut! Thanks for sharing!

  • res1046
    Mar 7, 2017

    We enjoyed this pie. I prepared it as written except for substituting 1 Tablespoon cornstarch for 1 Tablespoon of the flour as suggested by chefkatkat in her review. I'd intended to top the pie with freshly whipped cream but found it didn't need any. I served it with a few fresh strawberries to add a bit of color.

  • Bubbasmom40
    Mar 16, 2016

    Recipe did not work. Custard did not set in the refrigerator. Not sure what I did wrong. Any ideas about how I might fix it?

  • cdtl
    Dec 28, 2015

    This pie was delicious. i made it as given except substituted heavy whipping cream for the milk. (Took much less time to thicken using the heavy whipping cream) it stands on its own--you don't need to top with any meringue or whip cream

  • chefkatkat
    Dec 27, 2015

    This is pretty much the recipe I use for all of my cream pies (adjusting different flavors, of course) with only a couple of changes. Reduce the flour to 2 tablespoons and add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Gives a smoother texture to the pudding. I also separate the eggs and only add the yolks to the pudding. I use the whites for meringue. I sprinkle 1/4 c coconut on the filling, top with meringue and sprinkle remaining coconut on top. Place under broiler until golden brown. (Watch closely! It can burn in a heartbeat! Ask me how I know.) Even if you follow the recipe as written, you will have a delicious pie! The changes I made are due to the methods I learned while earning my Masters in Pastry Arts.

  • veridical_angel
    Dec 25, 2015

    This recipe did not work for me at all. The flour milk ratio is not right. It should not take a half hour to thicken. Burnt my favorite pan after all that. Lost a half an hour scrubbing.

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