Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups

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Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are just like your favorite Coconut Cream Pie but in a cookie form. These cookies are made with coconut pudding filling and topped with whipped cream. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

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Homemade Whipped Cream Makes These Cookie Cups Delicious 

I know I have been all about the no-bake recipes lately, but I decided it was time to turn on the oven to make these cookies. Let me tell you, it is totally worth it. I make a lot of recipes with Cool Whip, but I know that everyone isn’t a huge fan. So I decided that I would try making this recipe without Cool Whip, and instead, I made my own whipped cream. What a difference it makes!

Platter Of Coconut Pudding Cookies

These Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups Are One Of My Favorite Cookie Cup Recipes

These Coconut Cream Pie Cookies are crazy addicting. I can’t say that I have had many coconut cream pies in my life, but I have decided that I have to try it ASAP, this might be a new addiction.

These cookies have a buttery graham cracker crust and a coconut pudding cookie filled with a coconut mousse and topped with fresh whipped cream. Plus, there is a little bonus toasted coconut on top. Since I originally wrote this recipe, I’ve become quite obsessed with cookie cups.

Coconut Pudding Cookie With Bite Taken Out

I read through a ton of different recipes to find out what makes a coconut cream pie what it is. There are so many variations out there that I can’t say I know. So I decided to take a shot at it and see what I could come up with.

Why Are These Cookie Cups Made With Pudding Mix?

Let’s talk about the cookies first. These are pudding cookies are pretty much the most awesome cookies on the face of the earth. The flavor usually comes from the pudding mix which also helps to keep the cookies super soft.  For this recipe, the cookies are baked into the graham cracker crust.

What If I Can’t Find Instant Coconut Cream Pudding Mix?

This cookie calls for instant coconut cream pudding. I have only ever seen this at Walmart. So if you can’t find it, I would use vanilla pudding, and double the amount of coconut extract. And because I love coconut, I added some shredded coconut to the cookie dough just for fun.

Close Up Photo of Coconut Cookie Cups with Whipped Cream

How To Make The Homemade Coconut Mousse

The next layer is the coconut mousse. This is OH MY GAWD delicious. To say that I licked the bowl clean would be an under statement. The mousse starts with pudding. I used a package of instant vanilla pudding mix and reduced the milk that was called out for on the package. I also added a touch of coconut extract. Once this is set (firm) you mix it with your homemade whipped cream and it creates a nice, thick mousse.

Can I Use Store Bought Whipped Cream For These Cookie Cups?

I mentioned above that I made homemade whipped cream. It’s seriously SO easy, and I do prefer the taste to Cool Whip. I have nothing against Cool Whip and it is my go-to, but sometime I am just craving fresh Whipped Cream. I know not everyone is inclined to make homemade whipped cream, you so can substitute Cool Whip if you prefer.

This recipe calls for a double batch of whipped cream since half of it is mixed into the mousse. The other half is to pipe on top of the cookies. So if you choose to use Cool Whip, you should plan to purchase 2 containers.

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How To Store Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups

The only thing about these cookies is that they have to be kept refrigerated after you add the mousse and whipped cream. The cookies have to be completely cooled before you add the mousse. I think that the cookies dry out if kept in the refrigerator too long, so I prefer to add the mousse as close to the time that I am serving them.

This cookie is absolute worth turning on the oven for! If nothing else, make yourself a big bowl of coconut mousse.

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Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 22-24 Cookies

Description

A buttery coconut cookie on a graham cracker crust. Filled with coconut mousse and topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 3/4 C Graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp Unsalted butter

For the cookie

  • 1/2 C Unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Coconut extract
  • 2 1/4 C Flour
  • 1 pkg Instant coconut cream pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Coconut

For the mousse

  • 2 C Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 C Powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg Instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
  • 3/4 C Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a mini muffin pan with cookie spray or Crisco.
  2. Use a food processor to grind graham crackers into a fine crumb.
  3. Melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl until melted. Combine melted butter with graham cracker crumbs and stir until there are no dry crumbs lefts.
  4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of graham crackers into the bottom of the mini muffin pan. Press down with a spoon or tart shaper.
  5. Allow butter to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Combine butter and sugar in your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  6. Add egg and coconut extract. Beat into butter and sugar until thoroughly mixed.
  7. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, dry pudding mix, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  8. Slowly add dry ingredients into batter, and shredded coconut and beat on a low speed until dough starts to form. If dough is a little dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk. Set dough aside.
  9. Drop 1-1.5 tablespoons of dough into the greased mini muffin pan on top of the graham crackers. Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Toast coconut while the cookies are baking. Use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Toast until coconut starts to turn light brown.
  11. Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Use a tart shaper or the back of a spoon to gently push down the middle of the cookies. Allow to cool completely in the pan. You may need to run a knife around the edge of the cookies to help release them from the pan.
  12. Put bowl and whisk in the freezer for 15 minutes until completely cold. Whip heavy cream on medium high speed for several minutes until bubbly.
  13. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium high until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate whipped cream.
  14. Combine instant vanilla pudding mix with milk and coconut extract. Whisk until powder dissolves. Refrigerate until pudding is firm.
  15. Take 1 cup of the whipped cream and fold into pudding until mixed. Do not mix vigorously as it will deflate the whipped cream. Refrigerate until you are ready to assemble cookies.
  16. To assemble the cookies, put coconut mouse in a Ziploc bag. Cut the tip off the end of the bag and gently fill the middle of the cookie cup with coconut mousse. Divide between cookie cups.
  17. Top mousse with a dollop of the leftover whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.
  18. Cookies must be refrigerated in an air tight container after the mousse has been added.

Notes

Cookies must be refrigerated after mousse is added.

If you can’t find coconut cream pie cookies. I would use vanilla pudding, and double the amount of coconut extract. And because I love coconut, I would maybe add some shredded coconut to the cookie dough.

My preferred mini muffin pan is from Calphalon. It is deeper than a traditional mini muffin pan, allowing you to create slightly larger cookie cups.

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pudding cookies, pudding cookies recipe, cookie cup recipe, homemade cookies, coconut cookie recipe, recipe for coconut cookies, coconut dessert

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34 Responses
  1. kasie

    Can these be made the night before serving? Would I just add whipped cream day of, or would I need to add cornstarch to help it hold up?

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kasie, yes absolutely! The powdered sugar in the whipped cream is enough to stabilize it over night, but I find that it works best to pipe the cookie cups and then refrigerate, instead of preparing the whipped cream the night before and piping the next day.

  2. Kelly

    Hey there! I am making these delicious looking lovelies for an hors d’oeuvres party this Friday. In your writing you say to spoon out 6T of the vanilla pudding for the mousse but on the ingredients you list a whole package. I want to make sure I put in the correct amount!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Kelly! Sounds yummy! I revised the original recipe to call for 1 package of pudding but I reduced the amount of milk. You will have leftover mousse, but it’s so good I am sure you’ll find an excuse to eat it up!

  3. Carly

    I am baking these right now and I took them out at like 13 minutes and was letting them cool and when it came time to push the centers down they weren’t completely cooked. Idk if I added too much cookie but the middles just won’t cook. I added about a tablespoon. So now they are back in the oven but I’m worried they will dry out if I bake them too much longer. Not 100% happy with the recipe.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Ni Nicole, yes, but I would check about 2 minutes before the end time just to be sure. Every pan and oven are different. My pan is a deep dish, so your baking time might need to be adjusted.

  4. Elisa

    Loved your recipe and want to try it but in my country “pudding mix” is nowhere to be found, is there any substitute?
    Thanks!!

      1. Elisa

        Found a recipe with these ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar, ¾ cup cornstarch, ¾ cup nonfat dry milk powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 whole vanilla beans.
        Hope it works!! Thanks a lot.

  5. Rhonda

    Hi. Do you add the coconut to the cookie or the mousse? I’m thinking maybe both? It’s listed in the ingredients for the cookie but it’s not stated when to add it, and I don’t see it in the mousse at all…
    Thanks.
    Rhonda

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Rhonda! You should add it to the cookie dough. Thank you for calling my attention to this. The recipe has been updated. I hope you enjoy and please come back and let me know how they turned out!

  6. Auntiepatch

    In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, dry cake mix,

    Do you mean dry pudding mix or should this BE dry cake mix? The recipe calls for dry pudding mix. I’m confused……….

  7. Tasha

    Wish I could post the pic, but made these & they were great! I used whipped cream instead of the heavy whipping cream for the mouse and let it sit over night so the granules would disappear. The toasted coconut was the best touch! Delish!

  8. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    These little gems look glorious! The coconut lover in me is wanting to reach right through the screen and devour every last one of these! 😉

  9. ann teague

    I was wondering if these could be prepared ahead of time and froze? then take out a little before serving? I need some make ahead desserts(individual serve) to make a month or two in advance? thank You Just started getting posts on Facebook, I’m enjoying!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Hi Ann, I don’t think it is a bad idea, but I do think it will dry out the cookies a bit. Thanks for stopping by and I am glad to have you!

  10. Sheila @ Sweet Baked life

    These are the bomb! Love that you made them with fresh whipped cream, this is definitely the way I would do them as my hubby will not eat Cool Whip! 🙂

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