Mama’s Buttermilk Coconut Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


8 servings

Updated: Nov. 17, 2023
My mama showed me how to make this pie about 40 years ago, just as her mama showed her how to make it. I was 6 when Mawmaw passed away, but I can still remember her cooking in the kitchen in her beautiful cotton dresses dusted with flour. I am honored to teach my daughter how to make this dessert, too. —Lisa Allen, Joppa, Alabama
Mama's Buttermilk Coconut Pie Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Dough for single-crust pie
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate; flute edge. Place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, buttermilk, butter, flour, vanilla and salt until blended. Stir in coconut. Pour into crust. Bake until top is light golden brown and center is almost set, 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack; serve or refrigerate within 2 hours.
It is important not to over-bake this pie or the surface will crack as it cools. The center of the pie will still be slightly wobbly after baking but will set up as it cools.
Dough for single-crust pie
Dough for single-crust pie: Combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp. salt; cut in 1/2 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 3-5 Tbsp. ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 550 calories, 35g fat (23g saturated fat), 142mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.