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Impossible Coconut Pie is super simple custard pie that forms its own crust as it bakes.  With a smooth custard filling, chewy coconut and a dollop of whipped cream on top, this easy dessert is hard to pass up!

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Slice of impossible coconut pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of coconut.

There are SO many different names for this pie out there…. you’ll see Impossible Pie (because it’s “impossibly” easy to make!), Coconut Custard Pie, Impossibly Easy Pie, Crustless Coconut Pie, etc.  However, one thing remains the same and that is how EASY this pie is to whip up!

Side view of a slice of coconut custard pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Why I love Impossible Coconut Pie

​No Pie Crust!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pie crust.  However, this pie has it’s own kind of crust that it forms while in the oven.

I love coconut!!  I’m a big coconut fan and this recipe always hits the spot!  Fellow coconut lovers, you’ve gotta give this a try!

It’s EASY.  In the amount of time it takes your oven to preheat, you’ll have the pie waiting to go into the oven.  It’s really, really easy recipe!

Magic Pie!  The child in me loves seeing this pie transform from liquid in a pie plate to a pie with different layers!  It’s fun to watch the magic unfold!

Old-Fashioned Pie Recipe.  There’s something about the simplicity of this vintage recipe that makes me smile.  One of life’s simple pleasures!

Ingredients needed to make an Impossible Coconut Pie.

What is Impossible Pie made of?

Eggs – Use large eggs for this recipe.


All-Purpose Flour – Many old recipes for this pie call for Bisquick rather than flour, which will work find.

Butter – I use salted butter in this as I feel like it helps balance the sweetness from the sugar and the sweetened coconut, but you could use unsalted butter instead

Vanilla Extract – You could use 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract instead if you’d like!


Milk – I like to use whole milk for more richness, but you could also use 1% or 2% cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc!

Shredded Coconut – You’ll want the shredded sweetened coconut for this pie (rather than unsweetened coconut or coconut flakes)

Overhead view of an Impossible coconut pie, cut with dollops of whipped cream on top.

How to Make Impossible Coconut Pie

Another reason for the word “impossible” in the recipe title is because it’s nearly impossible to mess this one up!!  It’s truly the easiest pie I’ve ever made!! 

  1. Beat the eggs, add the sugar, flour, melted butter, vanilla and salt.  Then add the milk and coconut.
  2. Pour the mixture carefully into a greased deep dish pie plate.
  3. Bake!  As the pie bakes, it’ll create layers.  The flour will sink to the bottom and create a “crust,” then there will be a custard layer in the center and then the coconut will stay on top and become a beautiful toasty, golden brown.
  4. This is the hardest part – let the pie cool at least an hour so it has a chance to set up! 

​Frequently Asked Questions

How do I serve this pie?

I like to serve this after it’s cooled on the counter for an hour or two to set up.  Then I add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle coconut on top for garnish.  Some fresh fruit on the side would be a beautiful addition to this simple recipe, as well!

How should Impossible Pie be stored?

Cover the leftover pie with plastic wrap or place leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate.

What size pie pan should I use?

I recommend using a deep dish pie plate.  If you’re not sure if the pie plate is big enough, I’d recommend putting a baking sheet under the pie in the oven to prevent it from making a big mess in the oven!

Can I make these into cupcakes?

Yes!!!  Grease a muffin pan well (or use a greased silicone muffin pan) then fill each of the cups about 2/3 full.  The baking time will be much shorter.  Let cool before removing them from the pan.

Slice of coconut custard pie with a bite out of it and a dollop of whipped topping on top.

Other Delicious Coconut Desserts

Almond Joy Poke Cake

Earthquake Coconut Cake

Almond Joy Cookies

Coconut Cream Pie

Slice of Impossible Coconut Pie on a white plate on a wooden cutting board.
5 from 3 votes

Impossible Coconut Pie

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Impossible Coconut Pie is super simple custard pie that forms its own crust as it bakes.  With a smooth custard filling, chewy coconut and a dollop of whipped cream on top, this easy dessert is hard to pass up!


  • One 9-inch pie plate


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sweetened coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and grease a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl.
  • Add the sugar, flour, melted butter, vanilla and salt. Whisk until combined.
  • Add the milk and then the coconut.
  • Stir until combined then pour into the prepared pie plate.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick pressed into the center of the pie comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack for at least an hour to set up.
  • Serve warm with whipped topping, if desired.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 13.4g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 103.9mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 353.3IU | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 0.5mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. Esmé Slabbert says:

    5 stars
    Love this impossible pie. Pinned it and will try your version as well./

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  2. Gloria Nealey says:

    Can you bake the pie longer for much firmer middle?

    1. Hi Gloria – Yes, it’ll firm up the more you bake it!

  3. 5 stars
    I couldn’t believe how easily this pie came together and how good it was! My best friend made an absolute fool out of herself over it. She couldn’t stop it eating it! It’s a winner, and I will be making it again very soon.

    1. Ha!!! Love it! That’s what best friends are for! 🙂 ~Kelsey

    2. Barbara st. Jean says:

      5 stars
      I have made this pie often since the 1970’s
      Always a hit!! makes a perfect spur of the moment dessert !