My Favorite Son-in-law's Favorite Coconut Cream Pie

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

He says he is the FAVORITE son-in-law. I say he is the ONLY son-in-law! All kidding aside, I dedicate this pie recipe to my son-in-law Don, who is ill with terminal cancer. This one's for you, Don! (Cooking time includes cooling time)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups heated milk (not low-fat)
  • 58 cup sugar (half cup plus two TBs.)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 14 teaspoon salt, scant
  • 14 cup cold milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten (do not use the egg whites!)
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 9-inch baked pie crusts or 1 purchased graham cracker crust
  • 2 -3 cups thawed Cool Whip


  1. Heat the 1 1/2 cups of milk in a saucepan on low-medium heat until hot, but do not let it come to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, blend together the sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt, and the 1/4 cup cold milk.
  3. Add to the hot milk in the saucepan, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook over low heat until thickened.
  5. Add some of the hot mixture to the 3 beaten egg yolks in a small bowl.
  6. Stir well to blend and then add to the saucepan, stirring constantly.
  7. Cook over low heat for a minute or two longer.
  8. Remove from the stove and stir in the vanilla, butter, almond extract and coconut.
  9. Let cool.
  10. Pour into the pie crust.
  11. Top with the Cool Whip.
  12. Use a spoon to make a pretty shape.
  13. Keep refrigerated until serving.


Most Helpful

This was also my first time making a CCP. I'm not a huge coconut "nut" but my hubby is. We all enjoyed it. It was pretty simple to make and yielded good flavor and texture. Used a graham cracker crust.

berry271 January 10, 2014

This was my very first homemade coconut cream pie, and it was wonderful! I used real whipped cream since I had some that had to be used. An honor to your son-in-law.

EllieK May 13, 2006

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