Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

Best Homemade Coconut Cream Pie - Super flaky, crunchy crust loaded with creamy, velvetly coconut custard and topped with homemade whipped cream. Sublime!

This homemade coconut cream pie is one of the best pies to come out of my kitchen thus far. This pie took weeks of testing…weeks! I am horrible at homemade pie crust but I was determined to make it work. I lost count exactly how many shells I tested and how many pounds of butter wasted. My daughter would walk into the kitchen and ask “how many does this make?”. Rude, right!  I used this recipe. I promise if you’ve never tried it, you must! I have never eaten a better pie crust, ever.  I also used Stella’s tips on how to blind bake the shell. This completely corrected my shrinking problem.

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie in baked crust

In all the testing, I kept screwing up and forgot to take some prep pictures. But follow the pie dough recipe and tips and you should be fine. Or purchase the premade shells. I promise I WILL NOT JUDGE you for this I have done it myself and will do it again. Bake the shell and allow it to cool completely before filling.

The pie crust was not the only part of the recipe giving me fits. I was having trouble making a custard that would firm up to my liking. I don’t want a custard pie that runs all over once you cut a piece. So be sure to boil the custard long enough that it is really thick. Once I figured that out the pie sliced like a dream.

Cook the filling and allow it to cool about 30 minutes or so before pouring into the pie shell.  Once you pour the filling into the shell, place plastic wrap directly on of the surface of the custard. Otherwise, it will form a skin. Refrigerate at least 4 hours up to overnight. I went for overnight because I was exhausted from all the pie shell testing and failing.

homemade whipped cream in glass mixing bowl

Whip the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to stiff peaks. Spread over the pie and garnish with toasted coconut.

Coconut Cream Pie with slice removed

Serve and enjoy! The best homemade coconut cream pie I have ever eaten. Super flaky, crunchy crust loaded with creamy, velvet coconut custard and topped with homemade whipped cream. Sublime!

Coconut Cream Pie slice on gray plate

4.5 from 2 votes
Best Homemade Coconut Cream Pie - Super flaky, crunchy crust loaded with creamy, velvetly coconut custard and topped with homemade whipped cream. Sublime!
Homemade Coconut Cream Pie
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Best Homemade Coconut Cream Pie - Super flaky, crunchy crust loaded with creamy, velvety coconut custard and topped with homemade whipped cream. Sublime!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe
  • 1 baked pie shell, 9" or 10"
Coconut Custard Filling:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 can of coconut milk + enough whole milk to equal 3 cups
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure coconut extract
  • 2 Tb. butter
  • 1 c finely shredded sweetened coconut*
  • 1/2 cup toasted sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 3 Tb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Bake the pie shell.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl, set aside.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, salt together in a medium saucepan.
  4. Whisk in the milk slowly to avoid lumps. Cook, whisking constantly over medium heat.
  5. Let it boil one minute, then add about 1 cup the filling into the yolks, whisking to temper the yolks. Add the tempered mixture back into the pan and cook, boiling for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Add vanilla extract, coconut extract, butter, and coconut.
  7. Cool the filling for 20-30 minutes, then pour into a baked pie shell. Cover custard with plastic wrap placed directly on of the surface of the custard and refrigerate for 3 hours until set.
  8. To toast coconut: spread sweetened, flaked coconut over a cookie sheet and put into a 400-degree oven. Stir occasionally and shake around until coconut is golden brown. Watch very closely, it will burn really fast. Cool before using as a topping.
  9. Beat the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla together until whipped to stiff peaks, spread over the pie. Sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Recipe Notes

*I use the frozen sweetened coconut. It's much finer, not too sweet and isn't stringy.
Cook time does not include pie shell baking. This will depend on the recipe and method you use.

Best Homemade Coconut Cream Pie - Super flaky, crunchy crust loaded with creamy, velvety coconut custard and topped with homemade whipped cream. Sublime!

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  1. Reply

    Your coconut cream pie looks delicious! I haven’t had a homemade one in years. This sure makes me want to try to make one. Thanks for sharing at Brag About It. Pinning & sharing.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Beverly!

  2. Reply

    That coconut cream pie looks really good!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much!

  3. Reply

    This looks so good! I will definitely be making it this summer!

  4. Reply

    We love Coconut Cream Pie and your recipe looks delicious! Hope you are having a fantastic day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Reply

    Your pie looks delish. Coconut Cream Pie is my husband’s favorite so I have pinned it and will make it for him on Father’s Day. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! I know he will enjoy the pie.

  6. Reply

    So, I was lucky enough to visit my SIL this week. She knows that I am a coconut cream pie lover and was kind enough to make another iteration of this.

    It is INCREDIBLE!!! I’ve been chasing good pie in BBQ joints and bakeries for 20+ years and have found some really good ones. This is better than all of those.

    You owe it to yourself to give this a try. You just won’t believe how good it is from crust to filling to fluffy topping.

    1. Reply

      Aww, thank you, George!

  7. Reply

    Made the for my husband’s birthday (his request). This was the best coconut cream pie we’ve ever earen!!! Delicious! Now he requests it every week…

    1. Reply

      YAY! We are so happy to hear you guys enjoy the pie. 🙂

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