Coconut Cream Pie

People love pie. It is just a fact of life.

Coconut Cream Pie is a total classic! With it being pie season and all, I figure it was high time I share the recipe that my family goes crazy over!

This pie is a hit with the crowd and would make a great choice for the Thanksgiving dessert table ;)

Coconut Cream Pie from ...This pie is PHENOMENAL!

4.8 from 8 reviews
Coconut Cream Pie
  • 1 prepared and baked pie crust, cooled to room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Coconut Whipped Cream Topping
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • toasted coconut
  1. In medium sauce pan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add half and half and egg yolks and whisk until well combined. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute and remove from heat. Stir in butter, coconut and vanilla.
  2. Pour into medium bowl, cover with saran wrap directly on the filling itself to avoiding a sticky film on top. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. Spoon coconut mixture into pie crust and careful speed to evenly distribute. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set.
Coconut Whipped Cream Topping
  1. In a medium mixing bowl beat whipping cream at high speed. Gradually add sugar, vanilla and coconut extract. Beat until stiff peaks form. You don't want them to be soft but you don't want them to become butter either :)
  2. Spread evenly over pie and sprinkle the top with toasted coconut.
Recipe adapted from My Recipes


Coconut Cream Pie from ...This pie is PHENOMENAL!

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  1. DrRandy

    What kind of coconut do you use? Plain dried (dessicated) coconut flakes? Sweetened coconut flakes? Fresh grated coconut?

  2. Maureen


    Is there a season for pie?? I hope not because I love pie all 12 months of the year. I could eat a piece of your coconut cream pie right now. Maybe a slice and a half if nobody was looking.

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Homemade cream pies, like coconut or banana, are truly a delicacy and nothing like storebought and there's just no comparison. This looks and sounds....amazing! Pinned of course!

  4. Sozna

    Hi. I love coconut and this pie looks delish. Could you please tell me what i can use instead of half and half. I live in England and i have not noticed such a product ay our supermarkets. Thank you.

    1. Veronica

      Substitute for "Half and half" = 1/2 volume milk (normally 4% fat) + 1/2 volume cream (normally between 25% and 35% fat)

    2. David Niccum

      I use unsweetened coconut milk instead of half and half. More flavor.

  5. Liz

    Thank you for the nice recipe.

  6. Lyla Kealey

    hello there, could you please advise what the half and half is also is a sweet pie base. We are from NZ so not sure if we have the half and half. The desert looks delicious. Thankyou.

    1. RoBrklyn


      Half and half is half whole milk and half heavy cream equal parts of each mixed together

  7. Colleen

    Can you use Splenda or Swerve for the sugar?

  8. PAT.

    WHAT IS HALF & HALF ?????????????

    1. Chef in Training

      its found next to the heavy cream. Its parts cream and milk.

  9. jean

    What for you mean by half & half used in the Coconut Cream Pie please.

    1. Chef in Training

      half and half is found at the grocery store. It is half cream and half milk.

  10. jamie

    In the coconut cream pie recipe says 2 cups half and half . What is the 2 cups half and half of ??

    1. Chef in Training

      half and half is found next to the heavy cream. It is half cream half milk.

  11. Normajean

    There is an error in the recipe:
    "¾ cup sugar
    ¼ cup cornstarch
    2 cups half and half ???????? of what
    4 egg yolks"

    1. Rina Bowers

      Why not use the egg white to make a meringue topping instead of the whipped topping?
      Love the idea of using Coconut milk instead of Half and Half
      for those out you who don't know what Half and Half is it is found in the dairy sectional your local grocery store - that a what it is call "half and half" it's not a typo!
      and what type of coconut ?? really
      for those of you who don't know "what type of coconut and what half and half is - you should NOT try to make this until you enter a grocery store and look around other that the pre made food sections!!!

  12. Kweta Danner

    I saw this recipe on facebook and tried it. I have already made 4 pies. My neighbor asked for the recipe after they inhaled the pie. I took 2 more today to a birthday party and everyone raved about it as I knew they would. This is the best coconut cream pie that I have ever tasted!!! And that is exactly what people said at the party too. AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. Kweta Danner

      I forgot to say something. I doubled the recipe for 2 9" deep pie crusts and that worked out great. But the first time, I doubled the topping part of the recipe and had way to much so the next time I doubled the pie recipe but only did the original cream topping and it was enough for both pies. thanks again, Kweta

    2. Pam

      what kind of coconut do you use?

    3. Chantal Despres

      It clearly says shredded coconut!

  13. connie

    Fallowed recipe....pie didn't set completely?? Any suggestions?

  14. chellie

    I made this pie a couple weeks ago. There are no words! Heavenly! Everyone loved it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Jennifet

    Hi Nikki, made this pie for Mother's Day - went down a treat! Fab! Thanks. (PS: for those who can't find half and half, don't fret - just buy milk and heavy cream - same result! guaranteed)

  16. Abby

    Loved this recipe! Can't wait to give it a whirl!

  17. despinq

    what its half-half?

  18. Joy Kellogg Flynn


    If you really want to kick it up a notch and make this pie unforgettable, try sauteing the coconut in butter till it's golden brown before adding it to the filling mix. Be sure to save some for top also instead of the toasted coconut. I can almost guarantee you will never go back to "raw" coconut pie again.

  19. Cilla

    I LOVE coconut. Going to enjoy making and EATING this.

    I notice lots of questions about half and half. This is single cream In the UK .

  20. Pauline

    What is Half and half in the coconut cream pie??

  21. mtc

    So easy and good. So much better than store bought

  22. Jutta Rossington

    Could I use the egg whites to make a merangue or would it not go well in the oven ? TIA



    Hi Nikki
    I finally made this pie. I love this pie it is my all time favorite and I have always wanted to make one but was timidated by it. This recipe was super easy and I did it!!! YAY me! Please visit my blog for picture. Thanks for all the yummy recipes you post.

  24. sanfra

    Love coconut ,yummy. :-) Give it a FIVE rating

  25. Nancy Lichtenauer

    Coconut cream pie is one of my top 5 favorites

  26. LisaP


    I just made this for our Thanksgiving Dinner today! When I licked the bowl (yum!), I noticed that I wish it had a little bit more coconut flavor. I think next time I will add a little coconut flavoring when I add the vanilla. I know it is in the whipped cream topping too, but you can never have too much coconut flavor! :-) Thanks for the recipe!

  27. David Niccum

    I use unsweetened coconut milk instead of half and half. More flavor.

  28. Penny


    I followed the recipe just like it is listed and this was amazing! I am making my second one tonight. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  29. Anna @ Anna Can Do It!


    Your coconut cream pie looks fantastic, it's just simply mouth-watering! I never had a real coconut cream pie before, so I'm glad I just saw your recipe, so I can finally try this one out! - Love, Anna

  30. Gloria Stephens

    Looks delish! Can we get the recipe for the pie crust used in the photo, please?

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  32. vanessa willey

    HI What is half and half