IMPOSSIBLE PIE – Old Fashioned Recipe

Impossible Pie is always requested from my family.  They love it!

Old Fashioned Impossible Pie The Southern Lady CooksImpossible pie is an old fashioned recipe that may even come from the Amish.  I got this recipe from an old Mennonite cookbook that has been in my family for at least 40 years.  I do use less sugar and butter in my recipe than the original.  This Impossible Pie does not need a crust as it makes its own.  This is a creamy coconut pie kind of like a custard.  We like it because it is different from most pies and so quick and easy to make.  Serve it with coffee as a dessert or you could add ice cream or whipped cream.  We like this pie just plain and often have it for breakfast as a sweet morning treat.  If you like custard and coconut, you will love this Impossible Pie!  You might like my recipe for Dutch Apple Pie, too.

Impossible pie ingredients you will need:


White granulated sugar


Vanilla extract

Ground nutmeg

All-purpose flour



Recipe feedback: “Thank you for posting this recipe. I learned about Impossible Coconut Cream Pie in home economics. As a teenager, this was my go-to dessert and my family enjoyed it as much as I did. Have always LOVED coconut and making it for my God daughters wedding shower brought back wonderful memories of home and family.” – Sandy

“It’s my first time making any “impossible” recipe and it really does make it’s own crust!” – Carrie

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5 from 10 votes

Impossible Pie

This is an old recipe that came from the Amish. This is a pie you'll make over and over again.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Amish
Keyword: Impossible Pie
Servings: 1 Pie


  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter or 4 tablespoons softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  • Cream eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla with mixer.
  • Add nutmeg, flour and milk and continue mixing until all ingredients are wet. Stir in coconut with a spoon.
  • Spray a 10 inch deep dish pie plate with cooking spray and pour in pie ingredients. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 55 to 60 minutes until brown on top.


This pie will rise up during baking and then fall after it begins to cool. I always put a baking sheet under this pie to catch any drips when it rises up in the oven. The pie will slice better if you let it cool in the refrigerator before slicing.

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