My Grandma’s Coconut Cream Pie

I am here sharing my grandmother’s famous, and yes, blue ribbon pie recipe with you. What makes this pie so special is that it’s a great base pie filling with endless combinations. From coconut, lemon, banana or chocolate you can achieve it with the basics. Just make the appropriate substitutes, for example, for chocolate add 4 tablespoons of coco instead of coconut.

I hope this pie brings you smiles and laughter as it did me when I was learning to make it with the one who created it.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes



  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 C or 4 tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks  (separate from whites into 2 bowls, tip take out the embryo)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of butter (not margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 Pillsbury pre made pie crust (old-fashioned recipe coming soon) at room temperature


  •  1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of coconut or desired amount for topping


  1. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on a counter and roll our your pie crust to be bigger than your pie pan. 
  2. Fold the pie crust in 4ths and move to your pan. Unfold the crust and tuck the trimmings under the edges. Poke holes all throughout the edges and bottom for air pockets. 
  3.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook your crust for about 13-15 minutes until desired golden brown.
  4. Pour your milk in to a pot and place on the stove. Tip, don’t turn on the heat until you have your dry ingredients ready. 
  5. Mix your sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl.
  6. Beat your three egg yolks
  7. Turn your milk on low heat and stir continually until warm.
  8. Pour a little milk into your bowl with the yolks and stir.
  9. Pour your egg yolks and milk back into your pot. Continue stirring on low heat. (This trick helps with curdling)
  10. Slowly pour your liquids into the dry ingredients and mix. Pour back into the pot and continuing stirring until boil and it thickens.
  11. Add your butter, vanilla and coconut (very last).

Now, you’re ready to pour the filling into your pie crust.


  1. Beat your three egg whites until solid pecks.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar at the end to desired taste.
  3. Pour merginue onto your pie and use a spoon to spread to the outsides.
  4. Sprinkle desired amount of coconut. 
  5. Bake for about 5 minutes or until desired golden brown.

Enjoy!! Thank you Grandmother for a receipt that will live on.


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