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To Die For Coconut Cream Pie

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This Coconut Cream Pie really is to die for! It’s made with a buttery homemade pie crust and a sweet coconut custard filling, then it’s finished off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

There’s a reason I called this “To Die For Coconut Cream Pie.” I remember the first time I truly fell in love with coconut cream pie. My then-boyfriend (now husband) and I were on a trip to Seattle. In my dessert research, I saw multiple recommendations for a place called Dalhia’s Bakery. Supposedly they had the best coconut cream pie.

So, was it the best? To answer your question, we went back two more times that weekend…so yeah.

My pie is rich and creamy, has just the right amount of coconut flavor, and is topped off with light and fluffy homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes.

Coconut Pie Filling Ingredients

  • Egg Yolks – using just egg yolks in coconut cream pie creates a thicker texture and richer flavor.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Coconut Extract – if you prefer a less intense coconut flavor you can swap this out for vanilla extract.
  • Sweetened Coconut – you can leave it un-toasted or add another layer of flavor by toasting the coconut first.

Other Ingredients

  • Pie Crust – I like to whip up a made-from-scratch pie crust to keep this recipe completely homemade, but you can use a store-bought pie crust to save time if preferred.
  • Topping Ingredients – we’re making a homemade whipped cream with heavy whipping cream and cornstarch, then topping the pie off with a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

How to Make Coconut Cream Pie

Making homemade coconut cream pie feels a lot more intimidating than it actually is! Trust me. Here’s a quick overview of this recipe:

For the Crust

  • Blind bake: Prepare a 9-inch pie crust, then follow the instructions to blind bake.
  • Cool completely: Set the pie crust aside and let it cool completely before adding the filling.

How to Make Coconut Cream Pie Filling

  • Combine filling ingredients: In a saucepan, combine flour, sugar, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut extract. Heat over medium-low, stirring constantly, until the dry ingredients are dissolved and the filling is warm but not boiling.
  • Temper the eggs: In a small bowl, whisk together 2 egg yolks. Take 1/4 cup of the heated liquid mixture and whisk it into the eggs to temper them.
  • Combine: Add the tempered eggs back into the pudding mixture. Stir until the mixture starts to bubble and thickens slightly.
  • Strain and finish: Pour the pudding through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, once or twice. Fold in 1 cup of sweetened coconut, pour the filling into the baked and cooled crust, then cover with saran wrap directly on the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

For the Topping

  • Make the whipped cream: Place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and whip until thickened. Slowly add in the cornstarch and beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Add the topping: Remove the saran wrap from the chilled pie and spread the whipped cream over the top. Decorate as desired and garnish with toasted coconut, then slice and serve.
overhead of a finished coconut cream pie in a green baking pan

How Do You Keep a Coconut Cream Pie from Getting Watery?

There are a couple of things you can do to make sure that your coconut cream pie filling stays nice and thick!

  • Chill the crust completely. The crust should be completely cooled off before you add the filling. If it’s warm at all the filling will melt and get runny.
  • Use just egg yolks. The yolks not only give the filling a richer flavor, but they create a thicker texture so it sets up better in the crust.
  • Cook until bubbling. When the filling is done cooking, it should be the texture of pudding. If it’s not thick enough, keep cooking until it is.
  • Chill until completely cold. Make sure you chill the pie for at least 2-4 hours before serving it so the filling has time to thicken and set.

Why is My Coconut Cream Pie Lumpy?

There are a few different reasons that the coconut cream pie filling ends up lumpy. Here are a few ways you can prevent this from happening:

  • Cook on medium-low heat. If the heat is too high while you cook the filling, you can end up with lumps. Medium-low is perfect for a smooth and creamy filling.
  • Stir often. Stir constantly as you add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients to smooth everything out.
  • Strain it. I like to run the pudding through a fine-mesh sieve at least once, but sometimes twice, to remove any lumps that may have formed on the stove.
side view of a slice of pie on a plate

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Blind bake the crust. Make sure you bake the crust on its own before you assemble the pie. This gives it more structure so it doesn’t become soggy next to the creamy filling.
  • Poke holes in the crust. Before you blind bake, poke holes in the bottom of the crust to prevent bubbles from forming.
  • Top with saran wrap before chilling. Make sure you gently top the pie with saran wrap before you chill it in the fridge. The cling wrap should be touching the surface of the pie. This prevents a skin from forming as it sits.
  • Make gluten-free coconut cream pie. You can easily make this pie gluten-free by using my gluten-free pie crust recipe and swapping the flour in the filling for cornstarch.
  • Adjust the whip to taste. The whipped cream topping is not very sweet since I opted for cornstarch instead of powdered sugar as a thickener. If you prefer a sweeter whip you can swap the cornstarch for 2/3 cup of powdered sugar instead.
straight on view of a slice of coconut cream pie on a plate with a bite out

Storing Instructions

A fully assembled cream pie must be stored in the fridge. It will last for 3-4 days.

Helpful Questions & Answers

How to thicken the coconut cream filling?

If the pudding is not thickening on it’s own, try adding another 1-2 teaspoons of flour or corn starch to the warm mixture.

Can you freeze coconut cream pie?

I have not tested this recipe in the freezer, so I cannot recommend it be frozen.

closeup of a slice of coconut cream pie on a plate with blue flowers

Amazing Coconut Cream Pie

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 slices


This Coconut Cream Pie really is to die for! It’s made with a buttery homemade pie crust and a sweet coconut custard filling, then it’s finished off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.


For the filling:

  • 2 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2/3 cups (126g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (35g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (473ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) coconut extract
  • 1 cup (120g) sweetened coconut

For the topping:

  • 1 ¾ cups (414ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 23 tablespoons (16-24g) corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • Toasted coconut for garnish


  1. Prepare a 9-inch pie crust and blind bake according to the instructions. Be sure to poke a hole the bottom of the crust with a fork and bake with pie weights or dry beans to prevent the crust from shrinking. Cool the crust completely.

For the Filling:

  1. In a small bowl gently whisk 2 egg yolks and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the flour, granulated sugar, flour, heavy cream,  sweetened condensed milk and coconut extract.
  3. Heat over medium-low heat. Start by continuously stirring to dissolve the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the filling is warm to the touch but not boiling.
  4. Take about ¼ cup of the pudding and whisk into the egg yolks to temper the egg yolks. Pour the egg yolks back into the pudding and whisk to combine.
  5. Continue stirring until the pudding starts to bubble slightly and thicken. Pour the pudding through a fine sieve into a medium-sized bowl. The pudding will be thick but you can use a whisk or spatula to help push it through the sieve. Optional: strain a second time through the sieve, washing in between.
  6. Prior to pouring the pudding into the pie crust, stir in 1 cup of sweetened coconut. Then pour the filling into the baked pie crust. Cover the top of the pudding with saran wrap, gently pressing onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate 2-4 hours until it’s completely cold.

For the Topping:

  1. Prepare the whipped cream. Place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream thickens. Add the corn starch and vanilla extract and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Remove the saran wrap and spread the whipped cream over the pudding or use a large piping tip to decorate the pie. Garnish with toasted coconut. This pie must be refrigerated.



  • Here’s my favorite pie crust recipe which includes some helpful information to blind bake a crust. 
  • The whipped topping is unsweetened since the pie itself is pretty sweet. If you’d prefer a traditional whipped cream topping, follow this recipe.
  • To make this gluten-free, use my gluten-free pie crust and swap out the flour in the filling for corn starch
Nutrition Information:
1 slice
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pie Recipe, Easter Pie Recipes, Thanksgiving Pie Recipes, Coconut Pie Recipe

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68 Responses
  1. Brittany

    Why isn’t my filling getting thick? I’ve tried making it twice and both times were a disaster! Any idea what I could be doing wrong?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Are you making any substitutions? Are you cooking it for long enough? What happens when you let it cool?

  2. Pat

    I made this coconut cream pie it was very delicious did it for New Years Day supper with the family.I aso made a chocolate cream pie I used the same ingredients except for the coconut flavored and coconut.I used melted chocolate for the pie it also was delicious 😋. thanks for the recipe. I would send a picture of the pies but don’t know how to get it to work.

  3. Natalie

    I worked very hard on this pie for my daughters birthday. Sadly, it tasted too strongly of condensed milk.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      I mean I guess you could double the recipe or try 1.5x would probably be all that would fit in a regular pie plate

  4. Michelle McW

    I used half the sugar in the coconut part, and added some vanilla to the whipped cream. I might add a little sweetener to the whipped cream (some of the part left out of the coconut part) next time. In case you get a bite of just the cream. Pretty yummy pie I have to say!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thanks Michelle- Yes the whipped cream topping is unsweetened but a little powdered sugar will add some sweetness!

  5. aku208

    I am super bummed – this tastes like sweetened condensed milk and no coconut flavor despite adding the 1 tsp extract and 1 cup of coconut. The pudding had no coconut flavor when I was making it so I knew it would be off. The recipe needs work, it doesn’t even taste like coconut at all.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Thanks for your feedback, next time I would try adding more extract if you prefer a stronger flavor, or you can add additional shredded coconut.

  6. JimmyB

    Sounds delicious but I have one question. Is the straining really all that essential? I am adverse to extra work. LOL

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      I feel your pain but yes- this helps to remove any leftover dry ingredients that did not get dissolved. If you choose not to do it, you could have a grainy filling.

      1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
        Beyond Frosting

        I did use cornstarch as a thickener, but this means the whip topping will not be sweet at all. If you’d like a sweet whip topping, you can use powdered sugar.

  7. Samantha Fisher

    Incredible recipe!! I made this pie for my Sous Chef at a local restaurant in Georgia and he told me it was the BEST Coconut Cream Pie hes ever had! My SOUS CHEF SAID THIS!
    The only difference I did in my version was I used almond extract instead of coconut flavoring (simply because my grocery store was out) but it gave a nice little nutty flavor to it. Which I also did in the topping as well for some sweetness.
    I did also take the extra steps in creating my own crust, but followed this recipe to a tee! First time EVER making a pie and it was a HUGE success! Thank you so so much for your recipe, it’s one I’m going to keep forever 💕

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Holy cow Samantha. This is the best thing I’ve heard in a long time! Thank you so much for sharing. I will have to try to almond extract!

  8. Brandy S

    This pie was amazing! I followed the recipe with no alterations. Hands down the best coconut pie I’ve ever had! Yummy!!

  9. Liz

    Absolutely the best coconut cream pie! It lives up to its name. Also very easy to make. I have made it several times now. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Jenny

    Unfortunately my pie never really solidified in the fridge. It was a very thick (and delicious) custardy consistency.
    I wasn’t able to strain after cooking, is it possible that this might be the reason?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Jenny, it actually is a thick custard consistency, so it sounds like you did everything right, unless it was runny or something?

  11. Bea

    Love your recipe. When blind baking a pie crust I was taught to egg wash the crust prior to baking to seal the crust and I’ve never had a soggy bottom. I use a tbsp of powdered milk to stabilize my whipped cream. It works great for frosting cakes.

  12. Jill

    This is the best and I mean the best coconut cream pie recipe ! You must at least try it. I have made this numerous times. It was always a hit. Love this pie.

  13. Marie-Catherine

    I made this for my parents last night. Coconut pie is my dad’s all-time favorite dessert. We all thought it was absolutely decadent! The coconut flavor coming from the three types of coconut is lovely. I think your recipe is definitely a keeper. One thing though, I would like making it a little bit less sweet; do you think I could omit the 2/3 cup granulated sugar in the filling and still achieve the same silky coconut awesomeness?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Marie, thank you for sharing!! I think if you reduce to 1/2 cup it should be just fine but I have not tested that.

      1. Marie-Catherine

        Awesome, I’ll try it with half a cup next time. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! Much appreciated!

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Patty, I did not because the filling is already sweet, so I opted for Corn Starch instead. But a little powdered sugar would be fine too

  14. janie

    If you put a thin layer of coconut in the bottom of the crust before pouring the coconut filling in, it will keep the crust from getting soggy.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Darlene, step 7:
      Prior to pouring the pudding into the pie crust, stir in 1 cup sweetened coconut. Then pour the filling into the baked pie crust. Cover the top of the pudding with saran wrap, gently pressing onto the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate 2-4 hours until it’s completely cold.

  15. Linda

    Your pie looks delightful. I am going to try to make one soon. I have a problem with my chocolate pies. A syrup forms on the bottom of the pie filling between the pie crust and the filling causing the crust to be soggy the next day. Have you ever experienced this problem if so could you please let me know how to correct the problem. Thanks so much have a very happy New Year.

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Hi Linda, Yes I hear what you’re saying. You could try and cool the pudding in a bowl, covered with saran wrap and then once it’s completely cooled, transfer to your pie crust. I am not entirely sure how to eliminate the syrup honestly, but I am going to look into it!

      1. Bea

        I wanted to add that the reason Linda gets a syrup is because she poured the Chocolate pudding onto a cooled crust when the pudding was still to hot. The pudding needs to cool just a bit before pouring into the pie shell. Hope that helps. Great coconut recipe. I add a tbsp of powdered milk to stabilize my whipped cream.

    2. Kerry Albritton

      Are you cooling your pudding before pouring into the crust? If not then the hot pudding will cause the crust to become soggy.

      1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
        Beyond Frosting

        Hi Kerry, no I am not allowing it to cool very much. I strain it a couple times, add the coconut and then pour it into the crust while it’s still warm, I’ve never experienced the soggy crust myself. The crust should be cooked all the way through, and then it immediately goes into the refrigerator.

  16. D Dell

    Welcome home to your fiancé! I of course thought batching it was “making a batch of cookies or muffins”. I was gonna say that the crust looks amazing on this cream pie! yum! Congrats on the almost one year bookaversary!!!

    1. Blair

      I substituted the sweetened condensed milk with unsweetened coconut milk. It came out great for Thanksgiving! Everyone thought it was store bought lol.

      1. Jane Wilcox

        I plan to do that and even use full-fatted coconut milk for the heavy cream. I m hoping it turns out alright. (milk allergies).

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