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Homemade Coconut Cream Pie with Shortbread Cookie Crust!

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A classic coconut cream pie recipe that’s creamy and absolutely delicious! Made with a shortbread cookie crust and topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut. It’s chilled in the fridge until thick and creamy!

When I made this pie, my kids went crazy for it and they don’t even love coconut! It’s just so incredibly good and the filling is a thick and creamy custard that everyone loves.  There’s coconut throughout the pie and it’s topped with homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut shreds. We paired it with our shortbread cookie crust which literally makes it the best coconut pie ever!!

Ingredients in a Coconut Cream Pie

This pie filling has only 7 ingredients and the shortbread cookie crust has only 5 ingredients.

  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Half-and-Half
  • Egg Yolks
  • Butter
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Vanilla

How to Make Coconut Cream Pie Filling

  1. Combine 1/2cup  sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan.
  2. Whisk together half-and-half and egg yolks. Gradually add to the egg yolks to the sugar mixture, whisking constantly.
  3. Boil the mixture 2 minutes while whisking constantly. You don’t want to stop whisking as the mixture can burn very easily. Don’t walk away from the mixture at this point.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in butter, coconut shreds and vanilla.
  6. Place plastic wrap directly over the filling (so it’s touching the mixture) and let the custard sit for about 30 minutes. The plastic will prevent the top layer from hardening.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared and baked shortbread cookie pie crust and cover.
  8. Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour (or more!) before serving so it can set.
  9. Top with homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut!

Shortbread Cookie Pie Crust

Click here for the shortbread cookie crust recipe and how to make it! It’s absolutely delicious and my favorite crust for a coconut cream pie.

The shortbread crust was baked for 20 minutes (or until golden brown) before the filling was added. Since this filling will set in the refrigerator and does not need to be baked. Once the mixture is ready and the crust is cooled, pour the filling in the shortbread crust.

Quick tip – Make sure the pie filling is completely set before serving. Otherwise it will be a melty mess! It needs at least an hour or even more in the refrigerator before topped with whipped cream and served.

How to Make The Best Whipped Cream

The cream topping is a must on a coconut cream pie! It’s very easy to make as well using only 3 ingredients. Beat 2 cups whipping cream at high speed.

  1. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar to the whipping cream while beating on high.
  2. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract and beat until soft peaks form.
  3. Spread evenly over the already set coconut cream pie!

How to Toast Coconut

Toasted coconut brings out the nutty flavor in coconut and makes it crispy. Place coconut shreds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Heat the oven to 325 degrees and bake the coconut shreds for about three minutes. Stir the coconut and bake for another 2 minutes until golden brown. Your house will smell so good when it’s done!

Make sure you watch it closely because it will toast quickly!

Coconut Cream Pie Variations

You can try using canned coconut cream in replace of half-and-half.

Cut the vanilla extract in half and use coconut extract in addition.

Use a traditional pie crust or even a graham cracker crust.

Use a store-bought pie shell to make this recipe even easier.

Leave the coconut shreds out of the filling and use coconut extract instead. This is a good extract.

Decorate it with edible flowers or piped whipped cream.

Th best part about this pie is that it’s the perfect make-ahead recipe! Make it the day before and it’s still just as good and fresh!

More Delicious Pie Recipes!

If you like pie, check out some of these other delicious recipes!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie  – Sugar and Charm

Coconut Macadamia Key Lime Pie – Sugar and Charm

Classic Cherry Pie  – Sugar and Charm

Egg Custard Pie – Sugar and Charm

Apple Pie – Tase of Home

Sweet Potato Pie – Food Network

If you make this pie please let us know by leaving a comment and review below! We love seeing what you all create from Sugar and Charm!

Coconut Cream Pie

A creamy and thick custard pie in a shortbread cookie pie crust, topped with homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut. Everyone will love this pie! 

Course Dessert
Keyword Coconut, Cream, Dessert, Pie
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter salted would work fine too
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes or shreds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract add a dash coconut extract if you want to!

Instructions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan.

  2. Whisk together half-and-half and egg yolks. Gradually add to the sugar mixture, whisking constantly.

  3. Boil the mixture 1-2 minutes while whisking constantly. Don't stop whisking as the mixture can burn very easily. Don't walk away from the mixture at this point.

  4. Remove from heat.

  5. Stir in butter, coconut shreds and vanilla.

  6. Place plastic wrap directly over the filling (so it's touching the mixture) and let the custard sit for about 30 minutes. The plastic will prevent the top layer from hardening.

  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared and baked shortbread cookie pie crust and cover.

  8. Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour (or more!) before serving so it can set.

  9. Top with homemade whipped cream and toasted coconut!

Shortbread Cookie Pie Crust Recipe
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10 responses to Homemade Coconut Cream Pie with Shortbread Cookie Crust!

  1. Melissa
    May 16, 2019

    Beautiful and delicious! I LOVE the crust!

  2. krissy
    May 16, 2019

    this is the best coconut cream pie recipe i have ever made!! so delicious!

  3. Kristyn
    May 16, 2019

    What a great idea for the crust!! Coconut cream pie is always a favorite around here. I will have to try it this way! Looks tasty!

    1. Eden
      May 18, 2019

      Thank you Kristyn!!

  4. Becky Hardin
    May 16, 2019

    It’s been a minute since I have had coconut cream pie!!! After seeing your post it’s time to make another one. So good.

    1. Eden
      May 18, 2019

      Thanks Becky!

  5. Tamara
    May 17, 2019

    This looks really good, but, umm… how much half & half are we suppose to add?

    1. Eden
      May 18, 2019

      2 cups! It’s really so good!

  6. gale b
    May 18, 2019

    how much 1/2 and 1/2 for the coconut cream pie filling? I don’t see that in the recipe……….when you should mix that with the egg yolks.

    1. Eden
      May 18, 2019

      2 cups! 🙂

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