Coconut Cream Pie – Creme De La Crumb

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Creamy coconut custard filling meets a crispy, flaky pie crust and is all topped off with a homemade whipped cream topping. This Coconut Cream Pie is an indulgent and absolutely delicious dessert!

In the mood for pie? I’ve got you covered with my favorite Blueberry Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, Easy Pumpkin Pie, Homemade Pie Crust, Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut Pie, and Apple Pecan Pie.

pie server lifting slice of coconut cream pie from dish

Why This Recipe Works

Coconut Lovers Unite: You either love coconut or hate it. I am clearly on the love side. This coconut cream pie is for the true coconut lovers out there. It features a few different layers of coconut to really add loads of flavor. The coconut filling uses both coconut milk and toasted shredded coconut, and the whipped cream topping is topped with more sweet toasted coconut!

Three Layers of Deliciousness: It all starts with that flaky pie crust. I recommend using my easy homemade pie crust recipe, but if you are pinched for time you can use your favorite store bought brand! Then, the pie gets a layer of dreamy coconut custard filling. This custard layer is thickened using egg yolks and corn starch to get a beautiful, silky texture. Finally this easy coconut cream pie is topped off with a homemade cream topping that is to die for!


ingredients for coconut cream pie recipe

For the Coconut Cream Pie

  • Pie Crust: Option to make a homemade pie crust or grab one pre-made at the store!
  • Egg Yolks: You will need just the egg yolks to make this a thick and creamy custard filling!
  • Coconut Milk: You absolutely need full fat coconut milk here. I recommend getting a natural or organic brand since they don’t add the preservatives that separate the mixture.
  • 2% Milk: I used a mixture of 2% milk with heavy cream. You definitely need the combination here. If you don’t have 2% and use whole milk, it will be a bit richer in flavor.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds flavor and keeps the mixture nice and thick.
  • Sugar: A bit of sugar is added to make this a sweet treat!
  • Cornstarch: The combination of egg yolks and cornstarch are what makes this coconut cream pie thick and set. Don’t skip it!
  • Salt: Salt rounds out the flavors here. Don’t skip it. I promise it won’t make the pie salty!
  • Shredded Coconut: Get the sweet stuff!
  • Vanilla & Coconut Rum: Add vanilla extract for flavor and some coconut rum if you have it!

For the Cream Topping

  • Heavy Cream: For homemade whipped cream, you have to start with heavy cream!
  • Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar sweetens the cream a bit.
  • Vanilla Extract: Add some vanilla for flavor!
  • Sweetened Shredded Coconut: Sprinkle the top with some more shredded coconut!

Here’s How to Make It

Step by Step Instructions

first four steps of preparing coconut cream pie
steps 5-6 of preparing coconut cream pie
final four steps of preparing coconut cream pie
  1. Preheat & Prep: Preheat the oven to 375. Butter a 9 inch or 10 inch pie dish and line with the pie crust. Using a fork, poke a few holes in the bottom. Line the crust with a piece of baking parchment that has been scrunched up and then smoothed out again so it sits with the curve of the crust, then with baking beans or dry beans. (photos 1-2)
  2. Bake: Bake for 20-30 minutes. This will depend on your oven temperature and if you’re making the pie from scratch or using store bought. Bake until the crust is just golden and cooked through both around the edges and in the middle. Remove the baking parchment and baking beans, and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Toast the Coconut: While the oven is still hot, spread the shredded coconut for both the pid and the topping across a large baking sheet and toast for 3-4 minutes, tossing once, until the coconut is just golden. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool. (photos 3-4)
  4. Make the Pie Filling: Once the crust is cool, start the cream pie filling. In a large saucepan whisk together the egg yolks, milk, heavy cream, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Once the mixture is smooth, set over a medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat to medium low and whisk for another 2 minutes before removing it from the heat. (photos 5-6)
  5. Add Coconut: Whisk in the 1 cup of toasted coconut along with the vanilla and coconut rum, if using. (photos 7-8)
  6. Assemble and Chill: Pour into the prepared pie crust. If you have a little filling leftover, only take it to the top of the crust. Chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight. (photo 9)
  7. Make the Whipped Cream: Up to an hour before serving, gently whip up the heavy cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla until it just holds its shape. Using a spatula, spoon the cream on top of the pie before sprinkling the remaining toasted coconut on top. (photos 10-12)
up close toasted coconut flakes

Expert Tips

  • Keep the pie dough cold! Make sure the pie dough is cold prior to baking. Whether you are making your own or using store bought!
  • Make sure to chill the pie before serving. This is important. If you don’t let the whole pie chill for at least 4 hours, you will cut into a liquid mess. After chilling, it will set nicely and not ooze when cutting into it!
  • If the coconut milk has separated in the can, gently warm it up in a saucepan and whisk it together. Then, whisk together the rest of the ingredients in a large jug or bowl, then slowly whisk in the coconut milk before returning it to the pan.
coconut cream pie in pie dish

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a custard?

A custard is a mixture that usually starts with a milk based substance and is thickened with egg yolks. The method of making a custard creates a pudding-like texture! What you will make here is basically coconut pudding!

How to store leftover coconut cream pie?

It is best to eat coconut cream pie on the day it is made, due to the homemade whipped cream topping. However, it will stay in the fridge for up to 3 days!

Why do I need to bake the pie crust with baking beans?

In order to bake the pie crust without any filling and ensure that it stays in the pie shape, you have to bake the pie crust with a weight on top to keep it from growing. So you have to poke the pie crust with holes using a fork, top it with parchment paper, and then add baking beans or dried beans to weigh down the crust. Make sure no beans make there way under the parchment paper or they will get baked into the crust!

up close slice of coconut cream pie

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pie server lifting slice of coconut cream pie from dish

Coconut Cream Pie

Creamy coconut custard filling meets a crispy, flaky pie crust and is all topped off with a homemade whipped cream topping. This Coconut Cream Pie is an indulgent and absolutely delicious dessert!