Coconut Chess Pie

by Erin

“What kind of pie is that?” – “Jes’ pie.” Whatever the reason for the name, this coconut chess pie version is worthy.

Coconut Chess Pie 4

Guys, I have not missed a single Pi Day since the beginning of this blog. That’s 8 years in case you weren’t aware. Sure one year I opted for a bouquet of cake pops, but it was for a noble cause. And the last two years have been savory pies, both Shepherd’s pie inspired, one pizza and one potato skin. But this year I’ve decided to go back to the more traditional genre of pies known as dessert.

#PiDay 2018

How much my taste buds have changed since I was a kid still sometimes amuses me. Granted I still dislike some things such as seafood and coffee, but many others I have grown to love (or figured out better ways to prepare them) and coconut is one of them. I can actually tell you exactly when I was turned to the coconut-side. The favorite cake of a previous lab member while I was in graduate school was coconut and while I did not look forward to making such a creation, it was for her birthday so I sucked it up and made a coconut cake complete with coconut syrup brushed on the layers, coconut frosting, and lots of shredded coconut on the top and sides. One bite was all it took to convert me. Which makes me realize in this moment that I really should work on posting that recipe sometime. But I digress, today is pie.

Coconut Chess Pie GIF

You guessed it, I made a coconut pie. But not just any coconut pie, I took my mom’s recipe for chess pie, from the early years of my life when my family still lived in Texas, and added coconut to it. Simple as that. Chess pie is already pretty simple so the addition of one more ingredient is nothing to balk at. Especially when just a quarter cup of coconut adds just the right amount of flavor. Once again, a rousing success according to all who tried it. I’m a little worried when my baking streak is going to end.

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By the way, this post is part of #PiDay hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. There are still 18 more pie recipes for you to check out to celebrate all things pie and pi today. Today might not be as cool as 2015 when we were able to tally out pi all the way to 3.141592653 if you celebrated to the second, but I’m still a nerd and 3.14 is good enough for me! But anywho, just scroll to the bottom of this post for the list.

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One year ago: Shepherd’s Pie Pizza

Two years ago: Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins

Three years ago: Coconut-Pistachio Pie

Four years ago: Crustless Ginger Blueberry-Pear Pie

Five years ago: Banana Pudding Pie

Six years ago: Flower Bouquet Cake Pops

Seven years ago: Cookies and Cream Peanut Butter Pie


Makes 1 pie, serves 12-16


1 unbaked pie crust

3 eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups suagr

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

1 Tbsp vinegar

1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place crust in a pie pan and crimp edges. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, melted butter, coconut, vinegar, and vanilla until blended. Gently fold in egg whites.
  4. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is browned on top.

Source: Adapted from my Meyer Lemon Chess Pie.

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Lisa R. Greenwood March 29, 2018 - 12:38 am

Your recipe mentions lemon juice (no idea how much) and shredded coconut (no idea when you add it). These two ingredients mentioned are not found in the recipe. Can you please correct this?

spiffycookie March 29, 2018 - 8:28 am

My apologies, I adapted this from my lemon chess pie recipe and changed the lemon to coconut in the ingredient list but forgot to do the same in the directions. It is fixed now!

Cindy March 19, 2018 - 9:26 pm

I used to only like coconut in candy bars. Now I love it any way. This pie sounds so good!

Kate March 17, 2018 - 4:58 pm

I need to try this!

spiffycookie March 17, 2018 - 9:23 pm

You totally do!

Ellen March 17, 2018 - 10:21 am

I love coconut but never had a coconut chess pie. Definitely going into the “to try” file!

spiffycookie March 17, 2018 - 9:22 pm

I hope you do!

Jolene March 15, 2018 - 6:27 am

Huge coconut fans here, and I definitely don’t have enough recipes using it. This looks great!

spiffycookie March 15, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Well here’s one more for you to try!

Eileen Kelly March 14, 2018 - 11:06 pm

I love coconut and chess pie. Combining the two into a coconut chess pie is a happy day for me. This looks delicious!

spiffycookie March 15, 2018 - 2:26 pm

Hooray glad to be spreading happiness!

Carlee March 14, 2018 - 10:33 pm

I came to the coconut side later in life too! Your pie looks soooo good and I love how it formed that top crust!

Karen @Karen's Kitchen stories March 14, 2018 - 10:00 pm

I’ve never tried chess pie and can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve been a fan of coconut all my life.

spiffycookie March 14, 2018 - 10:11 pm

Then you definitely need to try it!

Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids March 14, 2018 - 3:42 pm

This sounds delicious and I don’t think I’ve ever had something quite like it! Can’t wait to try it sometime soon!

spiffycookie March 14, 2018 - 10:11 pm

I hope you do!

Camilla at Culinary Adventures March 14, 2018 - 12:24 pm

You DO love pies! I can’t wait to try this out, Erin. Thanks for sharing.

spiffycookie March 14, 2018 - 1:56 pm

Which is funny because childhood me hated pies. I thought fruit pies were especially gross because it reminded me of rotten mushy fruit. THe first pie I liked was pumpkin cause it was a different consistency. I’ve since gotten over all that haha!

Michele March 14, 2018 - 11:16 am

This was a great idea to add coconut to chess pie! It makes it even BETTER!

spiffycookie March 14, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Glad you agree!

Wendy March 14, 2018 - 9:05 am

Making my mouth water Erin. YUM

Caroline March 14, 2018 - 8:38 am

I’ve seen chess pie a few times but yet to make it. Yours looks great!

spiffycookie March 14, 2018 - 9:01 am

It’s so easy, you really should try it! I’ve made lemon, peanut butter, and pumpkin as well.

Liz March 14, 2018 - 7:11 am

I’ve loved coconut since I was a little girl, so this fabulous Chess Pie would be devoured at my house! I’ll need to look back, but I know I can’t beat you with all your Pi Day recipes!!!


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