Sharing a classic coconut cream pie with a slight lemony twist. This Lemon Sugar Coconut Cream Pie is made with a buttery sweet coconut crust, layered with homemade vanilla coconut pudding, and topped with a dollop of coconut flaked whipped cream. Finish with a light sprinkle of lemon sugar for a truly delicious coconut cream pie that’s just a touch more special than all the rest. This pie is a simple, easy, sweet treat that’s delicious any time of year…especially during the spring and summer days ahead…when everyone loves a flavorful chilled dessert.
This post is sponsored by Domino®.
Happy Memorial Day everyone! As promised, we have a special post today to celebrate. Coconut Cream Pie…but with lemon sugar to make things extra sweet and delicious.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve never shared a coconut cream pie recipe here on HBH. But coconut cream pie is not a pie I grew up with. Knowing how much I love coconut…it’s shocking to me that it’s taken so long to figure out just how delicious a coconut pie can be.
Coconut pie also happens to be my brother Brendan’s all-time favorite dessert. He loves anything with coconut and has been asking me to make a coconut cream pie for years now. With summer quickly approaching, and Memorial Day ahead, I finally decided to listen to Brendan and test this pie out.
Honestly, this recipe took me a bit to perfect. I needed to make it just right. But now that I’ve got it down, I am so excited to share.
This pie will be on repeat all summer long.
First, let’s talk about the crust.
After a lot of research and back and forth on whether to do an all-butter crust or a graham cracker crust, I landed on an all butter crust with a touch of coconut. I kind of think it’s perfect.
It’s a mix of flaked coconut, flour, butter, and a touch of Domino® Golden Sugar for a touch of sweetness. Domino® Golden Sugar is the great-tasting, less-processed sugar that I always prefer to bake with. It’s made from pure cane sugar, it works cup-for-cup just like white granulated sugar. It has a beautiful golden color and a distinct hint of molasses flavor that adds even more depth to every dish.
There are two things I love about this crust.
One, it’s easy to make and requires no rolling out or chilling of the dough. Just mix, press the dough into a pie plate, and blind bake it.
Two, this crust has flavor! It’s coconutty, buttery, and made perfectly sweet.
While the crust is baking, making the coconut filling…
The very best part. Honestly, this is so easy to make. All you need are egg yolks, cornstarch, coconut milk, Domino® Golden Sugar, vanilla, and plenty of flaked shredded coconut. Simple, simple, but so coconutty, creamy, and DELISH.
The filling is simmered on the stove until thickened, then poured into the baked crust. You should add the filling to the crust while the filling is warm. Once the coconut filling begins to cool, it will thicken, and be difficult to spread evenly into the crust.
At this point, chill the pie and patiently wait for everything to set up. The waiting game is the hardest part…but so worth it!
For the coconut flaked whipped cream topping…
I decided I wanted a little extra sweetness. So I mixed up a quick lemon sugar using Domino® Golden Sugar.
I then topped the pie with a simple mix of whipped cream, a sprinkle of the lemon sugar, and toasted coconut flakes. Twas perfect…creamy, sweet, heavy on the coconut, and hinted with vanilla and lemon.
The perfect dessert for the upcoming summer days, when you’re looking for something easy to bake, yet chilled and flavorful. Every bite is full of cool creamy coconut pudding and crunchy toasted coconut. The best a spring/summer pie can offer!
Looking for other spring and summer pie recipes? Here are some favorites…
Lastly, if you make this lemon sugar coconut cream pie, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Lemon Sugar Coconut Cream Pie
Calories Per Serving: 711 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar
- 6 tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 (14 ounce) cans full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup cold heavy cream
- zest of 1 lemon
- toasted coconut, for serving
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease an 8 or 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom or use a standard pie plate. 2. To make the crust. In a food processor, pulse the coconut into semi-fine crumbs. Add the flour, Domino® Golden Sugar, and butter. Pulse until the mix clumps together to form pea-size balls. Add 3 tablespoons cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together and forms a ball. If the dough feels dry, add 1-2 tablespoons additional water. Press the dough into the prepared pie plate. Transfer to the oven and bake 12-14 minutes, until golden.3. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large pot, whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch until fully combined. Add 1/2 cup Domino® Golden Sugar, the coconut milk, and salt. Set the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens and is creamy and pudding-like, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla, butter, and shredded coconut. Pour into the baked crust. Cover and chill 3 hours or up to 4 days. 4. Before serving, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Combine the lemon zest and 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar. Dollop the cream over the pie and sprinkle with lemon sugar and toasted coconut. Slice and serve.
Love this recipe! I used the wrong coconut milk (the refrigerator one) and it still came out amazing! So easy and absolutely delicious.
Amazing!! Love to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, thank you so much for making it and your comment! xx
Easy, and perfect!
Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great week! xTieghan
Not a fan of this recipe. It felt like it was missing something, flavor wise. It also didn’t keep its shape. I had it in the fridge for nearly 24 hours and it just fell apart, splat… Not sure why. I followed the recipe to a T, except I added a little tiny bit of lemon zest to the filling and even still, it needed something else.
The crust didn’t hardly brown at all. I kept it in there twice as long and still barely any color change. Could be my oven though, I guess. I haven’t had trouble with it before, but I guess you never know… I’ll be checking on it this week. 3 stars but only for the flavor and splatting, not the crust issue.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed. Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan
Help! It seems like my eggs are curdling every time. Can you clarify if it’s 8-10 minutes total on medium high heat? Or should I not stir at all until it comes to a boil, and then stir continuously for 8 min. Thank you!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, so sorry you are having issues! It should be only 8-10 minutes total. It sounds like regardless you have the heat too high, next time I would try medium heat, that should help!! xTieghan
Absolutely amazing — I added a little extra lemon (2 zested, maybe a tablespoon of lemon juice) and toasted my coconut. One note for some possible fellow high-altituders like me, I added an extra 2T cornstarch and may have needed just a liiiittle more but it overall turned out great, just a little more like pudding that didn’t keep its pie slice shape. Next time I’ll make that small tweak and it’ll be perfect! I moved out to Colorado 6 years ago and am STILL struggling with adapting baking recipes. First I shoot for taste, then from there I work on the chemistry ?
Awesome! I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan
My dough does not seem to be enough to cover the entire pie dish and it seems too soft what should I do about that
So sorry to hear this. Is there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help! xTieghan
Tieghan!!! You havent let me down yet. I made this today for my boyfriend and he was blown away (he LOVES coconut cream pie, and isn’t easy to impress!). I was also impressed….in fact, this may be the best pie I’ve ever had. Honestly.
Only change I made (because I forgot whipping cream at the store) was I made it with meringue topping instead. Turned out great!
Thank you for a DELICIOUS recipe.
I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it!! xTieghan
I am going to make this recipe tomorrow for my daughter’s birthday. Would it be all right to use coconut cream in place of coconut milk? Thanks!
Yes, that will work just fine for you. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
looks like a wonderful recipe ! Were did you purchase blue and white pie dish?
Here is the link for the pie dish:
I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
2nd time making this and it’s seriously the best! Thank you so much for your recipes!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan
Great. The item is looking amazing
Thank you Sara! xTieghan