Toasted Coconut Cream Pie

Toasted Coconut Cream Pie recipe from Recipes for Real People

It's summer and the thermometer shows temps into the triple digits here in Arkansas. It's hot out there, perfect weather for a cool, creamy summertime dessert. Toasted Coconut Cream Pie to the rescue!

This pie goes together in mere minutes, but make it at least an hour before you'll need it. The best plan is to make it first thing in the morning and chill it all day. Or make it in the evening and have a slice for breakfast. I won't tell if you don't.

If you've never toasted coconut, don't worry; it's easy. Just use a wooden spoon to stir the coconut in a small skillet, watching it so it doesn't burn. The extra time to toast the coconut is well worth the effort.

Here's my recipe for this super-cool and creamy dessert:

Extra-Creamy Toasted Coconut Cream Pie

1/4 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut
1 box coconut cream instant pudding mix (4-serving size)
1 box vanilla instant pudding mix (4-serving size) 
3 cups cold milk (skim milk works well in this recipe)
about 1/2 carton of Cool Whip, thawed
1 10-inch prepared pie crust (graham cracker or shortbread)

Spread the coconut into a small skillet or saute pan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring periodically, until the coconut is lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Empty the milk into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the two boxes of pudding mix for about 2 minutes or until well mixed. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. 

Pour and evenly spread the pudding mixture into the pie crust. Sprinkle the toasted coconut over the top. 

Chill the pie at least an hour before slicing and serving. 

Makes 8 generous servings. 


  • A 9-inch pie crust will do, but 10-inch is better. This is the graham cracker crust that I used in these pictures. Of course you can make homemade crust if you prefer and have time. 
  • Use two boxes of coconut cream pudding mix instead of one coconut and one vanilla. I like lots of vanilla flavor in mine so I use one of each. 
  • No need to measure the Cool Whip. Half the regular-sized container is plenty; a bit less would be fine. 
  • Omit the toasted coconut if desired but, in my opinion, the toasted coconut on top of the pie really makes a difference in the presentation as well as the texture and flavor of the finished product. 
  • Vary flavors as desired, using the same method. For instance, creamy pistachio pudding pie in an Oreo crust, topped with chopped pistachios, sounds yummy! 

I'd love to know if you try the recipe and how you like it. Remember to pin it to your dessert board on Pinterest so you'll have quick access to the recipe when you need it.

Cool and Creamy Toasted Coconut Cream Pie
Cool and creamy Toasted Coconut Cream Pie
is a perfect summertime dessert.

Toasted Coconut Cream Pie - good to the last crumb
Toasted Coconut Cream Pie - good to the last crumb!


  1. Susan, this sounds easy and yummy! I love toasted coconut cream pie. Pinning to my Everyday Recipes board! :)

    1. Thanks for pinning the recipe, Margaret! You're right, it's definitely easy to make and it's yummy, too!

  2. This is so funny! I was just reading your Pistachio pie recipe a few minutes ago and commented on how Pistachio is my daughters favorite pudding. Now, you give me Coconut Cream, which is honestly my son's favorite pudding. Now, in his case, he liked coconut cream because of a storybook from his childhood. I vaguely remember a hedgehog associated with that pie.

    Fabulous recipe! I will definitely be trying it.

    1. Now you can fix something special for both of your children! Let me know what you think when you try this one (and the other one). You really have me curious about the hedgehog book. I guess we missed that one when ours were growing up. So glad you stopped by!

  3. one of my all time fave pies! will try this one, as I love easy recipes. :)

    1. This one certainly fits in the "easy" category, Heather! Thanks so much!

  4. My sentiments exactly! Thank you, Dawn!

  5. Coconut cream pie was my dads very favorite dessert! Looks yummy!

    1. You dad obviously was a very smart man! Thank you, Elf!

  6. I love cream pies. I haven't made one for awhile now but OMG yours looks so very delicious! If I could only jump through this screen ;)

  7. This is so quick and easy with the puddings, Lorelei. If you were closer, you could share the one that's chilling in my fridge right now! Come on down!

  8. This is so quick and easy with the puddings, Lorelei. If you were closer, you could share the one that's chilling in my fridge right now! Come on down!

  9. Looks delicious! I'm trying to keep the pounds off, so I'm avoiding most sweets for the time being. I wouldn't dare have a whole pie in the house.

    1. I know what you mean, Barbara, about having a whole pie in the house just for the two of you. Great excuse for inviting the neighbors for dessert!


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