Coconut Cream Pie


Pie Shell:

Ingredients to Thicken and Cook on Stove:

Egg Yolks to be Incorporated:

Ingredients to Add to Thickened Mixture:



  1. Cream pies must be refrigerated for at least 2 hours in order to set up properly before serving. Make sure you allow enough time for this important step.
  2. Preheat oven to 475°.
  3. Make pastry for a 9-inch One-Crust Pie one-crust pie.
  4. Place pastry in a 9-inch pie pan, pressing firmly against the bottom and side.
  5. Prick the bottom and side thoroughly with a fork.
  6. Bake until light brown, 8 to 10 minutes; set aside to cool.
  7. Turn the oven down to 350°.
  8. Cover the bottom of a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Spread 1½ cups of shredded coconut evenly over the parchment paper.
  10. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, tossing frequently, until evenly browned.
  11. Keep an eye on the coconut, as it can burn quickly.
  12. Remove toasted coconut from oven, set aside to cool.
  13. Measure out the milk and set aside.
  14. Separate eggs, saving egg yolks only. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to separate eggs.
  15. Beat the egg yolks in a small bowl; set aside.
  16. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan.
  17. Stir in milk gradually.
  18. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Be patient, this can take 5 to 10 minutes.
  19. Boil and stir 1 minute.
  20. Turn off the heat.
  21. Working fast and stirring vigorously with a whisk, gradually pour at least half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. This method will ensure that the yolks do not cook in the hot liquid and form lumps in the filling.
  22. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the hot mixture in the saucepan, whisking vigorously.
  23. Turn the heat on to medium. Boil and stir the mixture for 1 minute.
  24. Remove the pan from heat.
  25. Stir in butter, vanilla, and ¾ cup flaked and lightly toasted coconut. Whisk until well-incorporated.
  26. Pour the filling into the pie shell; press plastic wrap onto the filling.
  27. Refrigerate completed pie at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours before serving.
  28. Remove plastic wrap and top pie with whipped cream.
  29. Sprinkle ¼ cup flaked and lightly toasted coconut over the whipped cream.


Serves 8.

Refrigerate unused portions.

Interested in making another cream pie, but a different flavor? Try any of the following recipes: vanilla cream pie, chocolate cream pie, or butterscotch cream pie.

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Recipe from Betty Crocker's Cookbook. New York: Golden Press (1980).