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Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie

My husband says it's not good cooking unless it's made from scratch. This is an old-fashioned way of making coconut pie from scratch. —Barbara Smith, Franklin, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons sugar


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Combine egg yolks and milk; stir into dry ingredients until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and 1 cup coconut. Pour hot filling into pie shell.
  • For meringue, beat egg whites in a bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar until mixture forms stiff glossy peaks and sugar is dissolved. Spread meringue over hot filling. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 408 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 210mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Sandy
    Feb 15, 2020

    I tried 6 recipes before I found this one. I knew the second I read the ingredients this was the one for me... I have now made 60 of these pies and everyone has turned out.. this is not only the easiest cream pie recipe but the tastiest one. I did have to add flavor extract but that's it... fyi I did made banana cream pies using this recipe I mashed 2 banana and sliced 1 to replace the coconut...

  • Robbie
    Dec 24, 2019

    Best recipe ever! Just like my mom's!

  • Michelletim
    Jul 5, 2016

    I tried this pie tonight for my husband and a elder friend of his they both loved it I give it 5 stars it was great and I will most definitely be making it again thank you so much

  • bethanypond
    Nov 25, 2011

    I made two of these for thanksgiving and both of them were gone by the end of the night! Everyone loved them!! I would definetly make them again.

  • likemama
    Jul 17, 2009

    This is a great recipe. Taste just like my grandma use to make. Simple and easy. Recipe was very easy and was delicious.

  • Kinswoman
    Feb 18, 2009

    I agree with your husband I'm spoiled on scratch homemade foods. The taste was great. The meringue turned out good. I did cut down some of the sugar. My family doesn't like some things to sweet. I find some receipes has to much sugar added. But to each their own on their sweet tooth. It was easy to make.   

  • KDaniel
    Jun 26, 2006

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