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. Make Baked Pie Shell; set aside to cool.
  3. Make 1 cup of Toasted Coconut; set aside to cool.
  4. Measure out the milk and set aside.
  5. Separate eggs, saving egg yolks only. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to separate eggs.
  6. Beat the egg yolks in a small bowl; set aside.
  7. Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan.
  8. Stir in milk gradually.
  9. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens comes to a boil. Be patient, this can take 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Reduce heat to medium-low, boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly so that the mixture does not burn.
  11. Remove saucepan from heat.
  12. 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.
  13. Pour the egg yolk and pudding mixture into the hot mixture in the saucepan, whisking vigorously.
  14. Turn the heat on to medium-low. Boil the mixture for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  15. Remove the pan from heat.
  16. Stir in butter, vanilla, and ¾ cup of the flaked and lightly toasted coconut. Whisk until well-incorporated.
  17. Pour the filling into the pie shell; press plastic wrap onto the filling.
  18. Refrigerate completed pie at least 2 hours but no longer than 48 hours before serving.
  19. Remove plastic wrap and top pie with whipped cream.
  20. Sprinkle ¼ cup flaked and lightly toasted coconut over the whipped cream.
  21. Serve.


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).