This Mile High Coconut Cream Pie is living proof that you'll never see a skimpy pie come out of my kitchen. It's filled with a dreamy no-bake filling that makes you want to stop and savor each and every bite.
Mile High Coconut Cream Pie Recipe
While the ingredients are quite common and easy to find, you won't believe the way they taste when they come together. The base of the filling is a dry whipped topping mix combined with vanilla pudding. Dream Whip is a brand of dry whip topping mix you can easily find on the baking aisle of most any local grocery stores including places like Walmart and Target. It gives a really pleasing texture and taste to the pie filling. Fill it up with the fluffy coconut cream filling and it's a coconut lovers dream come true.
How to Make the Best Mile High Coconut Cream Pie
- Can I make two regular coconut cream pies with this recipe? The filling makes enough for two pies, so yes you could. For me, I simply love making one mile high pie just to see the eyes of my dessert eaters light up when it's sliced and served.
- Can I make my own pie crust? Yes, you most certainly can. Should you prefer you may like to try my recipe for a homemade Flaky Pie Crust.
- The most important consideration when making my Southern style coconut cream pie, is to start with a homemade or quality deep dish premade frozen or refrigerated pie crust. Whether you make it from scratch or use a frozen pie crust, it should be baked and cooled before filling.
- What exactly is Dream Whip and where do you buy it? Dream Whip is a brand of dry whipped topping mix. It's readily available on the baking aisle of most grocery stores as well as Target and Walmart. One box of Dream Whip contains 2 envelopes of whipped topping mix. This recipe will use both.
- Make this pie at least 4 hours in advance to allow it ample time to chill in the refrigerator. It's important to give the filling adequate chill time so it will set.
- This coconut cream pie recipe is topped with a meringue. I highly recommend sticking with the meringue but if you have a reason you need to adapt it, you could use whipped cream instead.
- You may also like this small batch recipe for Coconut Cupcakes from Dessert for Two.
Other Southern Style Pie Recipes to Add to the Menu
We love our pies in the South and they come in many flavors. There are some that are iconic and expected to be served for any most any special occasion. Other easy pie recipes you may like to try:
- Creamy Southern Buttermilk Pie is seen all throughout the South.
- Chocolate Chess Pie with it's classic crackled top.
- Southern Pecan Pie with a dollop of whipped cream is like manna from heaven.
- Streusel topped Sweet Potato Pie.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Mile High Coconut Cream Pie
- 1 9-inch frozen deep dish pie crust
- 1 2.6 oz box Dream Whip contains 2 packages. Use both
- 2 ¾ cup cold half and half divided
- 1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding
- 1 3.4 oz instant coconut cream instant pudding mix
- 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut plus 1 Tbsp
- 3 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon cream of tarter
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Fit with parchment and fill with beans or pie weights. Blind bake the pie crust for 8-10 minutes then remove the pie weights and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes. Cool completely.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip both envelopes of Dream Whip with 1 ¾ cup half & half until soft peaks form, around 5 minutes.
- Add both the vanilla pudding mix and the coconut cream pudding mix and the remaining 1 cup half & half to the bowl. Whip for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Mix in 1 cup flaked coconut by hand. Pour the filling into the cooled shell and spread evenly. Set aside.
- In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites. Add the cream of tarter and gradually add the granulated sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form.
- Spread the meringue over the filling. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon flaked coconut.
- Place onto a baking sheet and into the oven. Broil for 5 minutes turning as needed for even browning of the meringue.
- Chill for 4 hours.