Impossible Pie

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This Impossible Pie is one of our favorite easy desserts! What other pie can magically make its own crust while creating a creamy custard center with a crispy coconut topping? A delicious dessert that takes just minutes to prepare, you’ll find it impossible to resist!

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Impossible Coconut Pie Recipe

I love an easy dessert and it doesn’t get much easier than this impossible pie recipe! A classic dessert that’s been around for years, you may also know it as Coconut Custard Pie, Impossibly Easy Pie, or even Crustless Coconut Pie. Regardless of the name, one thing that we can all agree on is that this is one incredibly delicious dessert.

It’s super easy to make too. You just blend everything together, pop it in the oven, and like magic, a light, flaky crust forms on its own. But what makes this pie completely irresistible is that it has two more decadent layers; a silky coconut custard filling with a crunchy, toasted coconut topping.

If you love coconut as much as we do, it’s definitely a must-try! And if you’re looking for another recipe to satisfy those coconut cravings, be sure to check out this easy Coconut Cream Pie too.

Overhead view of a baked pie topped with fresh blackberries and mint leaves, accompanied by bottles of milk and dessert forks on a light blue surface.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Family favorite: This amazing old-fashioned pie has been around for years and is always a huge hit.
  • Minutes to prepare: It takes less time to mix up the ingredients for this easy recipe than it does to preheat your oven.
  • No pie crust: The flour will sink to the bottom while the pie bakes, magically creating its own crust.
Ingredients laid out on a table: eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, flour, milk, butter, whipped cream, blackberries, mint, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sweetened, shredded coconut
  • Butter, softened
  • Salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream, mint and fresh fruit for garnish

How to Make Impossible Pie

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a 10 inch pie plate with butter or cooking spray.

Step 2. Place all of the ingredients (with the exception of the garnish) into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds.

Overhead view of a blender with eggs, butter, and other ingredients ready for mixing. Nearby are eggshells, blackberries, fresh mint, black spatula, and a checkered cloth on a light blue surface.

Step 3. Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish.  Bake for 50–55 minutes. You’ll notice that the pie really puffs up before it is fully baked.  This is completely normal and pie is ready to come out of the oven when the coconut on top is fully browned and appears crispy.   

A pie dish filled with a pale batter is surrounded by eggshells, blackberries, a bowl of cream, and a mint plant on a light surface.

Step 4. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature before placing it in the fridge to chill for at least 90 minutes before serving.  Garnish with fresh berries and mint and enjoy!

A freshly baked impossible pie garnished with blackberries and mint leaves, served on a blue surface with a white cloth.

Storage Instructions

You can store leftovers, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2–3 months. Just be sure to double-wrap the pie pan in plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn.

A freshly baked pie with a slice missing, garnished with blackberries and mint leaves, accompanied by milk bottles on a light blue background.

Variations and Add-ins

  • Chocolate:  Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter to give the pie a rich chocolate flavor.  You can also just sprinkle chocolate chips on top before baking.
  • Lemon: Add the zest and juice of ½ of a lemon to the batter for a citrus twist.
  • Pineapple: To give it a tropical flavor, stir ½ cup of crushed pineapple (drained) into the batter. 
  • Almonds: For a delicious almond flavor, replace the vanilla extract with almond extract and add 1/2 cup of chopped almonds to the batter.
  • Caramel: Drizzle caramel sauce over the top after baking to make your pie extra sweet.
  • Other spices: For added fall flavors, you can mix 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves into the cinnamon.
A slice of pie topped with fresh blackberries and mint, served with whole blackberries, a full pie, whipped cream, and milk bottles with straws on a light-colored table.

Recipe FAQs

Why is it Called Impossible Pie?

It’s a fun name given to the pie because of the way it is made. You mix the ingredients, throw them in a pie dish and bake it. You end up with three-layered pie with crust, a custard filling and a crunchy top. That is impossible (or is it?)!

Why Didn’t My Pie Set Up?

Be sure to use the correct amount of ingredients, especially the eggs and flour. Also, make sure you bake the pie for the full recommended time at the right temperature. If your oven runs cooler, it may require a bit more time to bake. Remember, the pie will set up more as it cools.

Can I Use Unsweetened Coconut?

Sure! You can use unsweetened coconut if you prefer. Keep in mind that the pie may be slightly less sweet, so you can make up for it by adding a little extra sugar.

A slice of pie topped with blackberries and mint, with a gold fork taking a bite, accompanied by bottles of milk in the background.

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Impossible Pie


Course Desserts & Sweets
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
This Impossible Pie makes the perfect summer dessert. Incredibly delicious and oh, so easy, you'll find it impossible to resist!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream, mint and fresh berries for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a 10 inch pie plate with butter or cooking spray.
  • Place all of the ingredients (with the exception of the garnish) into a blender and blend for about 30 seconds.
    1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish.  Bake for 50–55 minutes. NOTE: You'll notice that the pie really puffs up before it is fully baked.  This is completely normal and pie is ready to come out of the oven when the coconut on top is fully browned and appears crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature before placing it in the fridge to chill for at least 90 minutes before serving.  Garnish and enjoy!

Notes

You can store leftovers, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just be sure they’re covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container.
You can also freeze your pie for up to 2–3 months. Double-wrap the pie pan in plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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