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3 Yummy Recipes for Coconut Cream Pie

Updated on August 17, 2014

Like Vanilla & Coconut?

Then you'll love homemade vanilla pudding slathered in whipped cream & sprinkled with coconut.

When I was a child, my grandmother Bess would serve delicious meals for the whole family after church on Sundays. As we'd trail into her small house that smelled of warm homemade bread, she'd tell each of us, "I made this just for you!" and point to a special dish.

Meals usually began with sweet tea and hot cloverleaf rolls (made just for me) and ended with a homemade pie (made just for my father). Sometimes the pie was apple, sometimes it was chocolate, but more often than not she served coconut cream pie.

Three of her recipes follow. Use the first one. (It was Mamaw Bess's favorite.) Or try one of the tasty variations. Each coconut cream pie is scrumptious--and they're all just for you!

Learn how to scald milk for a creamier filling.



  • 1/3 C. flour or 1/4 C. cornstarch
  • 2/3 C. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 C. scalded milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • slightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 baked pie shell
  • whipped cream
  • 1/2 C. shredded coconut


Get a plate.

Libbey Moderno 7 1/2 inch Glass Salad/Dessert Plate, Box of 12
Libbey Moderno 7 1/2 inch Glass Salad/Dessert Plate, Box of 12

I inherited stacks of these. They're great for holidays, club meetings & luncheons.

Dessert Excuses Plate, Set of 4
Dessert Excuses Plate, Set of 4

Each plate has its own excuse, such as "We'll have two forks" or "Okay, just a sliver."



Mix together the first three ingredients, then add the milk. (If you're not sure how to scald milk, watch the video below from Taste of Home. Scalding milk is easy, and it will help the sugar in this recipe dissolve well, making the creamy filling that much creamier.)

Cook the milk mixture over moderate heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes until it thickens and boils. Remove from heat. Slowly add yolks. (If you add them too quickly, they'll scramble!)

Cook 1 minute more to thicken, then stir in butter and vanilla. Pour into baked pie shell. Cover in plastic wrap and chill. Top with sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with 1/2 C. coconut.

Thanks for the feedback!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Mamaw Bess's Coconut Cream Pie

Variation 1
Add 1 C. shredded coconut to filling. Sprinkle 1/2 C. coconut on whipped topping.

Variation 2
Cool filling. Stir in 1/2 C. crushed pineapple. Pour into crust and chill. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with 1/2 C. coconut.


Whatever you do, don't ruin Mamaw Bess's pie by topping it with whipped cream out of a tub or a can. Make your own!

Whipped cream doesn't take long to make, particularly if you use a hand or stand mixer. All you need is a pint of whipping cream and some sugar and vanilla to taste. To see how easy it is, watch the video tutorial below from

A Whipped Cream Tutorial from Foodell's Chef Susan


Yummy for the Tummy & the Mind

Pat Willard's Pie Every Day combines the art of pie making with the art of storytelling for a cookbook you'll enjoy reading as much as you'll enjoy using.

Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life
Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life

Like to read cookbooks? Then you'll love Pie Every Day. It's filled with stories as well as tasty recipes for sweet and savory pies. My favorite tales are about Betty from the BarTen in Ravenna, Ohio, who taught Willard quite a bit about making pies. My favorite recipes include Country Chicken Pie, Frozen Lemon Souffle Pie and Hershey Bar Pie. De-licious!



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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Charito, I don't make it often because I'm the only one now who likes coconut. If only you lived next door, I would have an excuse! Thanks for commenting. All the best, Jill

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, Jill. I come from a country where coconuts grow in abundance. I sure would love to taste your Coconut Cream Pie someday. It sounds delicious!

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      Jill Spencer 2 years ago from United States

      I'm so glad you're getting to make Mamaw Bess's recipes! I'm the only one in the family now who likes coconut, so I haven't made one of these in years. Maybe I'll make one for a potluck. I don't want to make one for home for fear I'll eat the whole thing. lol All the best, Jill

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      frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America

      My family loves coconut creme pie so I will have to try your grannie's recipe for them soon. And, of course, using your vinegar pie crust recipe from which I just came...... Thank you!

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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      I love coconut creme pie, too, but I'm the only one in my new family that likes coconut. (They're crazy, aren't they?) Enjoy the recipes!-- Jill

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      Caren White 5 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

      I ADORE coconut cream pie. Can't wait to try this recipe. You rock!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Hi Shawn. It really is good. Hope you enjoy it!

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This coconut cream pie recipe looks great. I can't wait to try it.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      This recipe looks easy, a novice cook like me can actually make it! Thanks! We've got lots of fresh coconuts here in the Philippines so I think I can make this recipe anytime. It is actually similar to the Philippine buko (coconut) pie but this one has cream. I really have to try this one out to know how it tastes like.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      @ Derdriu--Thanks for your comments. It's odd how some of the easiest things to do--like scald milk or make mayonnaise--are rarely done any more. When you make it yourself, though, it tastes really real, you know?

      @gogogo--Awesome! Hope it turns out real good. (:

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      I am going to make your pie, hope it works for me as I am not much of a cook. Loved the article thanks for sharing

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      TheDirtFarmer: This is an extra-scrumptious recipe which I love all the more for your family anecdotes and for the scalded milk, which is a lost art.

      Thank you for the culinary delight, voted up, etc.,


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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      @ Mary--Good idea, Mary! If you use an 8-inch pie pan, you'll probably have enough crust & filling to make a tiny little pie just for yourself--then give the big pie to a neighbor. Enjoy!

      @ Harlan--You are so funny. And believe it or not, this isn't the first dessert-induced proposal I've gotten. Mamaw Bess would definitely approve. She'd say, "La!" and call you a crackerjack. Then she'd tell me to bake you a coconut cream pie! Take care, Jill

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      Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Dirt Farmer, you've been one of my favorite reads since I found you. This time, you've trumped yourself... in my book anyway. My FAVORITE pie in the whole-wide-world is... yes... Coconut Cream.

      Will you marry me? Would Mamaw Bess approve? or slap me just about now...? LOL. Of course It's merely a metaphorical compliment meant to express how much I really like CC Pie. Besides, I think hubpages needs to add "marriage proposal" to the accolades HA! Now that's an award!

      But seriously, this one gets a bookmark, up, awesome and... would beautiful work too? Thanks for the great hub! I'm off to take inventory in the kitchen! I'll get back to you in two regards:

      1. Mamaw's recipe was awesome, and/or

      2. but Harlan stinks in the kitchen.

      We'll find out soon!

      Thank you for the recipe!

      - Harlan

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      This is my favorite pie in the world! I've book marked it so I can go back and read the recipe again. I'm the only member of my family who likes coconut, but I might just make a pie just for myself.