Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Update: 4/2011
Classic coconut cream pie. Really, there may not be a better pie-for-all-occasions. Unless you are a coconut hater. In that case, you might want to look away.

I happen to love the stuff. And this silky, creamy, decadent pie is just about all that my coconut pie dreams are made of. I’ve been making this pie for a few years now and we enjoy it with either a graham cracker crust or a traditional pie crust. One thing I’ve changed as I’ve made it over and over is that I prefer not adding the toasted coconut to the custard filling. I like the smooth richness of the custard without the texture of the coconut and instead smother the top of the pie with the delicious toasted coconut. Follow your instincts and do what you like best. Either way, this pie is an absolute coconut knock-out!

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Yield: Makes one 9 or 10-inch pie

Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Ingredients

    Coconut Cream Pie:
  • 1 can coconut milk (can be found in the Asian foods section)
  • Half-and-half or heavy cream (enough to add to the coconut milk to make 3 cups)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 recipe graham cracker crust (below) or traditional pie crust
  • Fresh Whipped Cream, lightly sweetened
  • Graham Cracker Crust:
  • 12 whole rectangular graham crackers
  • 1 stick butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. For the pie: In a medium saucepan, combine half and half, coconut milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Mixture will become very thick. Remove from heat, and stir in coconut extract and the vanilla extract (at this point you can also stir in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut, although, I prefer to use it all to garnish the top of the pie). Pour the custard into the baked and cooled pie shell and chill 2-4 hours or until firm. Top with whipped cream and the toasted coconut.
  2. For the crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Finely crush graham crackers in a food processor or in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Pour crumbs into a bowl and add sugar, stirring to combine. Drizzle butter over the top and mix with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened.Press the crumbs evenly in the bottom and up the sides of a 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Bake for 13-15 minutes until the crust is just barely beginning to brown. Remove from oven and cool completely before filling.

Notes

*To toast coconut, spread coconut on rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake at 325 degrees, tossing often, until lightly toasted, about 12-15 minutes.

http://www.melskitchencafe.com/old-fashioned-coconut-cream-pie/

Pie Recipe Source: Aunt Marilyn

Crust Recipe Source: adapted from ATK’s Family Baking Handbook

109 Responses to Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

  1. Michelle says:

    Coconut Cream pie is one of my favorites! I will have to try this!

  2. Splendid Things says:

    Fabulous! I have been making a very similar recipe for a while now and everyone loves it. It too uses the graham cracker crust (delicious!) and whipped cream instead of meringue (yuck!) Thanks for sharing this version~

  3. rickandangie says:

    Looks delicous! And I don’t want to join the quest of MAKING a pie each week; however, I really wish that we lived closer so that when you get sick of eating the pies we could be the guinea pigs that got to try them out instead. Oh wait – that would never happen anyway – who gets sick of eating pies?? I’m guessing not you or the kids!! ;o)

  4. Hornsfan says:

    You must’ve been reading my mind, I’ve been craving coconut pie…this looks great!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Melanie for a great website! I am loving trying out all of the great recipes you have. I had the same struggle with pie crust that you mentioned until my friend Lori passed on a great tip. She uses rolls her crust out between two pieces of wax paper, plastic wrap or parchment. It prevents adding too much flour and overworking the dough. Just make sure to unstick the plastic wrap between every few rolls. HTH!– Melanie S.–another Melanie in the world

  6. megan says:

    i really need to learn how to make a pie crust as well. I just made a biscuit pie crust for a tomato pie and it was pathetic. It tasted good, but it looked awful and I had to patch up some holes in it. maybe i will join you on your pie making quest. my husband would love it :)

  7. Wendy says:

    I have a pie crust that mixes graham crackers with vanilla wafer crumbs for the best cracker crust. I bet it would be perfect with this pie!

  8. Lynda says:

    I happen to love a graham cracker crust with cream pies; this cocnut pie looks so creamy and addicting! I am better at pie crust than I used to be. It just takes lots of practice!

  9. Melanie Anne says:

    mmm Coconut cream pie is my all time favorite pie. I will have to give this one a try. Thank you Aunt Marilyn!

  10. jaesi says:

    oh yes, its my hubbys big 3-0 tomorrow and hes a pie man….perfect!

  11. grace says:

    outstanding. this is a favorite pie for me. incidentally, my favorite ice cream creation at the cold stone creamery is the coconut cream pie–vanilla ice cream, toasted coconut, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs. and now i want some. :)

  12. Queen B. says:

    ooooo we LOVE Aunt Marilyn !!!!!
    This pie looks yummy !! :)

  13. Queen B. says:

    p.s.
    I’m ‘in’…I’ll make my first pie crust ever, and let you know how it worked out…I’VE NEVER EVER MADE A PIE CRUST…..EEEEEKKKS !!!!

  14. Kim says:

    I love coconut everything. Excited to try this one out! (And, no, I haven’t been obsessively reading through your archives on company time today. Why do you ask?)

  15. teresa says:

    well if you say it’s the best pie you’ve ever had, then i better give it a try! it looks absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Deborah says:

    I have been CRAVING coconut cream pie! I’m going to have to make this now…

  17. Tami says:

    Graham cracker crust. Genious.
    I love how easy it is. My old favorite takes a lot more work because you boil, add yolks to some, boil again. Etc. I love that you throw it all in at once.
    I love adding the coconut milk.
    This recipe is a keeper.

  18. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    I like my coconut cream pie with graham cracker crust too, it is so much yummier! I can’t wait to try your aunt’s version with the coconut milk, it sounds delicious!

  19. Deanne says:

    Smart idea, making pie crusts until you get the hang of it. I always thought about just standing making them over and over and OVER and OVER. Probably why I never learned how. LOL

    And I want Aunt Marilyn for my Aunt Marilyn. Seriously.

  20. Karalee says:

    I would love to make a pie a week with you, pie crust scares the snot out of me. If you share the no fail pie crust recipe I am up for the challenge!

  21. Melanie says:

    Melanie – thanks for the tip! I’m definitely going to perfect pie crust if it is the last thing I do!

    Tami – glad you liked this. I was wondering all day how it turned out. Thank Aunt Marilyn for the great recipe.

    Queen B. – good luck, my friend! You can’t mess up pie crust as badly as I do, I guarantee it!

  22. Marissa says:

    My coconut cream pie recipe is almost identical, but I use a can of cream of coconut instead of coconut milk. So good!

  23. Melanie says:

    Karalee – if you check back here, give me your email address and I’ll send you the pie crust recipe and maybe we can work together on my pie challenge!

  24. Jill says:

    We had this pie yesterday. It was by far the best coconut cream pie I have ever had. Thank you so much for sharing.

  25. Melanie says:

    Jill – thanks for the review of this pie. I’ve been excited for someone to try it. I’m glad you loved it!

  26. cindy says:

    I’m in!! I am so scared of pie crusts. Ever so often my hubby will ask me when I will be old enough to bake pies. I smile and tell him 10 more years! Well I really don’t know if I have 10 years!! So I’m up for a pie a week challenge. I will e-mail my findings to you, maybe we can work together. And coconut cream is my favorite.

  27. Erin says:

    I was all set to make this the other day – even had the crust baking in the oven, and then I realized I was out of coconut extract. Grrr! :) It looks yummy, and I’ll be making it as soon as I can get to the store! :)

  28. A says:

    Since you share so many tasty recipes, I have a no fail pie crust recipe I’ll gladly pass along. I learned this recipe in my youth and I’ve shared it with all those who curse when making a pie crust. I swear it’s the flakiest crust around, and it’s easy too. You can’t go wrong with this recipe.

    1 cup and 2 T flour
    1/2 t salt

    Mix flour and salt with fork

    Add 1/3 cup corn oil (you’ll want the corn oil to almost overflow from the measuring cup) along with 2 T really cold water

    Mix everything together with a fork.

    As mentioned in a previous comment, form dough into a round ball and press between two sheets of saran wrap or wax paper (wipe counter top with a wet rag to keep bottom sheet of wax paper or saran wrap in place). Roll dough and remove top layer of paper. For the bottom crust, place pie tin upside down on the rolled crust and flip. For the top crust, shimmy your handy under the wax paper or saran wrap and flip the rolled crust onto the pie tin. Please note this recipe makes one crust. To make both a bottom and top crust you’ll need to double the recipe. Because it tends to dry out quickly, I usually make one crust at a time since it’s so easy. Hopefully this all makes sense. Good luck! And thanks for the great recipes. Please keep ‘em comin’. :)

  29. Candace@craftysisters-nc says:

    Rolling it out on plastic wrap is the key! Then gently picking it up, turning it over and laying it in the plate. Peel off plastic wrap. My mom is a superb pie crust maker, I watched her for years make delicious crusts. She once made 21 pies for a large dinner! Amazing. If you’re interested I’ll pass on the recipe.

  30. Melanie says:

    Cindy – ok! Email me and we’ll get something together for our pie challenge. Maybe by the end we’ll finally be “old enough” to make pie crust perfectly!

    Candace – I’m always up for a new pie crust recipe to try so pass yours along, if you don’t mind. I’d love to try it. And seriously, 21 pies? That’s just plain miraculous.

  31. Melanie says:

    Hi A – what an interesting recipe to use oil in a pie crust. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate you taking the time to do that! I need all the pie crust recipes I can get with my new challenge. Thanks!

  32. Stacie Aho says:

    Made this for my sister’s bday yesterday. It was SO easy and SO delicious and creamy. I love that there is coconut milk in it. Heavenly. And I also love that the crust is nice and thick.

    You know some good recipes, girl!

  33. Melanie says:

    Hi Stacie – I love to see when you’ve tried a recipe. I’m glad you liked this. I thought it was heavenly, too, and I’m all about a nice, thick graham cracker crust. Thanks!

  34. Kate says:

    Hi, sorry for coming late to the party. Was wondering if you thought it would detract too much from the recipe if I left off the whipped cream and just topped it with the rest of the toasted coconut? I just can’t get myself excited about whipped cream – I know, I’m crazy!

  35. Melanie says:

    Kate – well, my honest opinion is that yes, the pie would be lacking without the whipped cream; however, if you don’t like whipped cream than you may like the result without it! If you decide to make it sans whipped cream, I would probably double the coconut custard filling and then top it with the toasted coconut – it would be more like a coconut custard pie. Yum! Let me know if you try it.

  36. Melanie says:

    Halfords – that is the best when you make a recipe your husband loves (but you’ve never replicated at home before) and it works out and he raves about it! I’m so relieved and happy for you. Thanks for letting me know!

  37. Halfords says:

    My husband LOVES coconut cream pie. I knew I had to make this when I saw it. He loved it! I actually made a regular pie crust and it was great! I brought it out for a family party the next night and everyone ate it and wanted the recipe. They said it was the best pie they’d ever had. Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Anonymous says:

    You have trouble with pie crusts; I have trouble with cooking in general. I just tried to make this pie and while I was stirring it on the stovetop it suddenly separated and formed a layer of oil. It almost looked like I poured melted butter into the pot. Any idea what went wrong? I went ahead and finished it and it’s chilling in the fridge now, but I have the feeling it’s not going to turn out so well. :-(

  39. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – oh, I’m sorry you had issues with this pie. Did it turn out ok after chilling?? I’m not sure why your custard separated. I tried googling the issue and didn’t come up with any results. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the custard overheated and separated. Let me know how it tasted!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Melanie, thanks for responding, and thanks for taking the time to google the problem! Yesterday it had a bit of an oily aftertaste, but luckily I didn’t give up on it, because today it tasted much better. Half the pie is gone now, so it must not suck too much. :-) I might give it another go someday and just stop once it looks thickened and heated through. I guess my downfall was waiting for the boil.

  41. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I was so worried that it wouldn’t turn out at all so I’m glad that it was at least edible. Thanks for commenting back to give me an update!

  42. Leslie says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE this pie! I had the same problem with the oil look, but once chilled it turned out EXCELLENT. I shared it with family and they all want me to “make some more”! Thanks for sharing . . . this is a keeper.

  43. Melanie says:

    Leslie – thanks for letting me know you liked this pie! I’m so glad it turned out well…

  44. jessica says:

    I made this and everyone LOVED it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I would love to post it on my blog, with a link to your blog, if that’s ok.

  45. Mel says:

    jessica – so glad this recipe was a hit. Go ahead and post it on your blog. I would be flattered – and thanks for including a link back here!

  46. Kristen T says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I made this yesterday for a family labor day party and had 3 people ask me if I made two because they wanted another piece ;). It will always be my go to from now on!

  47. Mel says:

    Kristen T – well, that is a sign of success if you were asked for more pie! Glad it was such a hit!

  48. Sara says:

    This is my first successful pie! I’ve made it three times, so good!

  49. Sheena says:

    This pie was the first pie I have ever attempted to make…my glass Pyrex pie dish has been sitting in a cabinet since receiving it for a wedding present over 4 years ago! No more, this pie opened doors for me….it was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. Thanks for the recipe, Melanie. You never steer me wrong, everything I’ve tried of yours is always delicious!!

  50. Bri says:

    Oh my this looks so yummy. Is it better to use the fatty coconut milk or can I get away with the light?

    • Mel says:

      Bri – I’ve used both the light and regular coconut milk and both work fine, although the regular coconut milk does lend a certain richness to the dessert. But really, either would work great.

  51. Bri says:

    So this is probably a really silly question, but not sure what you mean by fresh whipped cream. I’m new to this whole cooking thing. Do you use whipped cream out of a can? Make it? Thanks, and sorry for all the beginner chef questions.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Bri – I mean whipping up a cup or so of heavy cream with about a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar (to taste) until it reaches stiff peaks. I usually use my handheld mixer and just a random tidbit – I put my bowl with the whipped cream in the sink and whip it in there because it splatters quite a bit. Does that make sense?

  52. Bri says:

    Yes, thanks! Do you do that right before serving, or can I refrigerate the pie for a while? Making this tomorrow night along with the breaded garlic chicken in lemon butter sauce. My bro in law is staying with us so we are making yummy food. I LOVE coconut, so I’m excited to try this.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Bri – you could easily dollop the freshly whipped cream on the pie 2-3 hours before serving. Good luck with your dinner – hope it impresses your brother in law!

  53. Bri says:

    Mel, I love you! You made me look like a rock star tonight! Everything was fabulous! I love this pie. I will definitely be making this for my family for thanksgiving!

  54. Bridget says:

    Can I make this pie a day ahead? I want to have it for Easter dinner, but would need to make it on Saturday?

    Thanks!!!

    • Mel says:

      Bridget – yes, I make this pie a day ahead all the time. The only suggestion I’d give is to wait to top it with the whipped cream until an hour or so before serving – but everything else can be made a day ahead (the pie crust filled with the custard).

  55. Bri says:

    That’s great to know it can be made a day ahead. Do you leave in uncovered, or is it better to cover the pie overnight?

    • Mel says:

      Bri – I press a piece of plastic wrap to the surface of the custard and keep it covered like that in the fridge until I’m ready to top it with the whipped cream. After I top it with the whipped cream and toasted coconut (if I still need to refrigerate for an hour or two) I leave it uncovered and pray it doesn’t come out smelling like onions. You could probably lightly cover it with plastic wrap at that point but I don’t want my beautiful swoops of whipped cream crushed by plastic wrap, know what I mean?

  56. Jocelyn says:

    Oh my – this is a little taste from heaven! Better than some other one’s I have tried. I made this yesterday for a BBQ with some friends and nothing, i mean not even crumbs were left. Amazing…simply, amazing. Thanks for another great recipe – your recipe’s never let me down!

  57. katrina says:

    Today is my husbands last, first day of school…hooray! I made this pie last thanksgiving and it was such a hit. My husband absolutely loved it, so i made it again today. This pie is amazing!!!!!

  58. Cindy C says:

    Earlier today I made your green bean casserole, and it looks amazing. It’s in the freezer now, and I’m sure it will be a big hit on Thanksgiving day. This pie is cooling in the fridge now and was so easy to make. The custard is delicious…and this is exciting for me, because my New Year resolution is to learn to make pies (this is my first.) Thanks again for another great recipe!

  59. Cassandra says:

    Looks yummy! Is this a “serve immediately” recipe or can I make it the night before?

  60. Anna says:

    I am making it today, but not serving it till Saturday. (thanksgiving part 2)
    It should still be ok, right?
    ps- LOVE your website!!! I have made several things and LOVE all of them!

    • Mel says:

      Anna – hmmm, three days will probably be ok, my only concern is that the crust might get a little soggy by then. Also, if you are going to make it that far in advance, I wouldn’t top it with whipped cream until a few hours before you want to serve it, otherwise the cream can give off a little water (get kind of “weepy” looking) over the course of a few days. Good luck!

  61. Bliss says:

    Okay, I JUST finished making the pie, and I had to stop myself from eating the ENTIRE pot of custard! I have to make the whipped cream in the morning, but because the pie is otherwise assembled, the preggo will have to wait until tomorrow night to enjoy a giant slice with a glass of milk before bed! I cannot WAIT to have this tomorrow! I may have to keep the pie for myself because it’s THAT good!

  62. Tisha says:

    This was another recipe that I made for Thanksgiving and the family loved it. I made it as you stated….without the coconut in the filling. I am definitely making this again. Thanx again

  63. Bliss says:

    Yep, the ENTIRE crowd for Thanksgiving INHALED this pie! I was lucky to nab a sliver before it was all gone! Luckily my hubby stole a piece and snuck it in the back of the fridge for me to bring home. I am awful at making pies, especially custards, but this recipe is an amazingly simple and delicious one to make! I was dubbed the official holiday cook for desserts now. The family is just going to give me money to bake the goods… Works for me!

  64. Liz says:

    I’ve never made coconut cream pie before but I thought I’d try it this year after seeing your Thanksgiving post. We loved it!! I’m obsessed with anything coconut so I knew it would be a hit plus all your recipes are always so good.

  65. Kimberly says:

    Coconut cream pie is one of my Dad’s favorite desserts but I haven’t found a winning recipe yet. I made this for Thanksgiving and was thrilled! Rich, creamy, and definite coconut flavor – not just vanilla with coconut mixed in. The combination of the coconut milk and extract was wonderful. Loved the graham cracker crust too, I wouldn’t have gone in that direction on my own. Thanks for the recipe!
    (even my apple-pie loyal husband deemed it one of the highlights of Thanksgiving)

  66. Leslie says:

    Hello Mel, I tried this recipe, I have tried a lot of them I am always happy! I just have one question. I made the pie the night before we were going to eat it to save time, the next day my kids were snarfing it down but when I had some it was grainy the flavor was great but grainy. Tell me what I did wrong I wondered if I shouldn’t have waited to eat it.
    Thanks Les

  67. Mel says:

    Hi Leslie – I don’t think the pie will get grainy after sitting overnight. Did you taste the coconut custard the same day you made it? If so, was it grainy then? Sometimes the graininess will come from cooking the custard at too high of a temperature. One thing you can try is straining the custard through a fine mesh sieve right before pouring into the crust – this will get rid of any cooked lumps.

  68. Hillary says:

    Hi Mel. I’m going to make this pie for Easter dinner and I’m a little gun shy about buying coconut extract (I’ve never used it before so I’m worried I’ll never use it again.) Do you think it would be not coconut-y enough if I just use 2 tsp vanilla extract instead of coconut?

    • Mel says:

      Hillary – it will definitely lose some coconut flavor without the extract but it would still be yummy – just more of a vanilla flavor than a coconut flavor. It’s up to you whether to buy it but if you really want the coconut flavor to shine through, I definitely recommend the extract.

  69. Michelle Barber says:

    This graced our Easter table yesterday and I think your Cache Valley days will allow you to understand the magnitude of this sentence which was uttered at our table: “This is better than Maddox’s coconut cream pie.” I know. It’s was epic and I’m still bubbling with pride. Thanks Mel!

  70. Anoynomus says:

    The filling of this recipe was soo good I didn’t believe I made it. I am a horrible cook/baker but managed to pull this recipe off perfectly. I incorporated the shredded coconut into the filling and topped it off with homemade whipped cream. I can’t tell you how much a homemade crust will take this recipe from good to OMG DELICIOUS. I used the Sweet Pastry Crust from joyofbaking.com THANK YOU so much for this recipe!!

  71. A says:

    Just made this tonight for my mom for an early mother’s day dinner. She LOVES her some coconut cream pie, so it seemed only fitting. When I told her what we were having for dessert, she about did a cartwheel and then stated, “It’s been years since you’ve made a coconut cream pie. I love the Lion House recipe.” I then fessed up and told her I was using a new recipe (a MUCH MUCH easier recipe might I add). She looked a little disappointed, but her disappointment did not last long. The second she took a bite, she was hooked, as was I. Thanks for yet another winner. Everything I’ve ever tried on your blog has been a sure fire winner. Thanks for all you do to make me look like a domestic diva in the kitchen.

  72. Shirley Massey says:

    Coconut cream pie

  73. franny says:

    this pie was so perfect…it is what you always hope your coconut pie will taste like when you order it at a restaurant. I will be making it again, definitely.

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  75. Kristin says:

    I’m so surprised by all of the great reviews here. I love to cook and bake and was excited to try this recipe, but, I was disappointed to find that, despite (what I felt) was an adequate cooking time, and the coconut cream was lovely and thick, it’s downfall was that it was gritty. Thoughts? What do you think?

  76. Kristin says:

    oh my, I just saw another review say the same thing! I also made it one day, and served it the next. It was extremely grainy.

  77. Mel says:

    Kristin – the graininess can be caused by overcooking the custard/cooking it at too high of a temperature. I’ve made this pie dozens of times and the custard is never grainy but I err on the side of cooking it over medium-low heat, even if it means it takes a bit longer to thicken. I’ll have to notice next time about the overnight factor – I usually make it a day in advance and haven’t noticed grittiness but I’ll pay better attention next time. Sorry it didn’t turn out well for you!

  78. Kayla Evans says:

    Just made the coconut cream pie! Use to travel to see my husband in Cascade,ID to stop at Route 55 for a slice of their coconut cream pie, since we moved to North Carolina, we haven’t found a pie that can touch Route 55 till now!!! I will keep this in my recipe book for life! Thank you

  79. kathi c. says:

    i made this pie today (first time making coconut cream pie) and my boyfriend ate 2/3 of it. he kept going into the fridge and taking bites all night. he told me it was the best coconut cream pie he has ever eaten. thank you!

  80. Lynne says:

    I LOVE this recipe. The only thing I do differently is swap the sugar for 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup, so it’s refined sugar free. It’s yummy. Thanks.

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  82. Jillyn says:

    Mel, do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

  83. Mel says:

    Jillyn – I’ve used both with good results. Obviously the unsweetened doesn’t add quite as much, well, sweetness to the pie, but it’s still delicious.

  84. Cheryl says:

    I made this recipe yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was so good! I kinda screwed up a little bit at first lol… For some reason I thought I was going to burn the custard if it boiled too much… so I ended up under cooking it and so it was still really runny, but since I’ve never made coconut cream pie I didn’t know!! I had it in the fridge over night and the next day it was just a coconut cream soup :-/ I was almost in tears! I then thought maybe I didn’t let it boil long enough so I poured it back into a sauce pan and let it boil. After it was nice and thick it made so much more sense!!! And came out fantastic!!

  85. LJ says:

    I made this tonight, and was declared a pie professional!!

  86. Leslie says:

    I made this the other day and EVERYONE LOVED IT!! Thank you, Mel! The one thing I did differently was put the pie in a store-bought (sorry), shortbread cookie crust and it was still yummy! My family’s new favorite pie! I loved your idea of only putting the toasted coconut on the pie, instead of in it!

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  89. Megan says:

    So I made this the other night and it was great! Sadly the very next day the left overs turned gritty. Super odd. Am I the only one. I make pies a lot and this is the first time it has ever happened. What could be the solution?

    • Mel says:

      Megan – Hmmm, I am not sure why that would have happened. Usually grittiness is caused from overcooking the custard but if it was smooth the first day, it’s odd it turned gritty the next day. Sorry I am not more help!

  90. Megan says:

    I was reading up on it. What I found was that the sugar in the milk could most likely be the reason why. I used Heavy whipping cream and I’m thinking that is the reason why. Tomorrow night I am going to use half and half. That is your first milk you grab for this pie so I’m thinking it might fix the high content of natural milk sugar. Thank you for responding.

  91. Roni says:

    Hi Melanie! I love coconut cream pie and I am going to make this this weekend. Question though. If I used graham cracker crumbs from the box, how many cups would I need, I know you say to use 12 sheets of graham cracker and crush them up but wondered about how much that equals in crumbs?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Roni – hmmm, good question. I don’t think I’ve ever officially measured these. Did you read through the comments? I think someone else may have given a measurement…but my best guess would be about a cup and a half.

  92. Kay says:

    Can anyone tell me which coconut extract works best in this recipe? I’ve been to so many stores looking for coconut extract but have only found coconut flavor. I picked up an oil based coconut flavor from Whole Foods (Frontier brand) but it has terrible reviews on Amazon and I’m afraid it’ll ruin my pie.

    • Mel says:

      Kay – I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever used the McCormick brand of coconut extract and it tastes great.

      • Kay says:

        Thanks for your response, Mel! I’m making the pie right now. I used Trader Joe’s coconut cream instead of coconut milk and decided to leave out the coconut flavoring, as it tasted pretty coconutty without it. I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’ve made so many of your pies and they are always spectacular. The blueberry cheesecake pie and sour cream lime pie are my sweetheart’s absolute favorites!

  93. Vivian N says:

    Sorry for having to ask, but I’m planning to make this and when you say 1 can of coconut milk, exactly how much is in the can (Ounces or mL?) that you usually use?

  94. Betsy says:

    I made this pie today because I wanted to make something especially delicious for a special occasion. It was a HIT! My aunt said it was the best pie she’s ever had. I couldn’t believe it. Truly fantastic!

  95. telena helotova says:

    I am so ashamed of myself.I used baking soda instead of the cornstarch mistakenly of course!! I even tasted it before hand and remember using it to thicken soemthing previously but but but uh umm ummm ahh .I’ll have to go to the store in morning and make sure i dont do this again.Buying from bulk barrells and not labeling tag is something I won’t do anymore.Santa Maria!!!!

  96. telena helotova says:

    Well I did it right this time I like the simplicity of it. coconut milk from viet nam 78 cents per 13.5 oz can. didnt have and couldnt find any coconut extract so omitted used aprox 2 teaspoons vanilla.

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