IMPOSSIBLE PIE – Old Fashioned Recipe

Impossible Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

Impossible 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.  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.  No pie crust needed, it makes its own!

Impossible pie ingredients you will need:


White granulated sugar


Vanilla extract

Ground nutmeg

All-purpose flour



I do use less sugar and butter in my recipe than the original and we love it this way. You can top this delicious dessert with ice cream or whipped topping. It reheats well to and just a nice simple coconut custard style pie. This pie will rise during baking and fall once removed from the oven so don’t be alarmed if that happens.

This pie is so unique because it makes it’s own crust! It so simple to make and one you can easily throw together quickly. If you have followed out site for any amount of time you know that we love impossible pies and have quite a few. If you love this one you will definitely want to check out our Impossible Banana Cream Pie, Impossible Apple Pie and our Impossible Pumpkin Pie.

Many people remember this recipe from the Bisquick box and it’s definitely been around a long time! These style recipes are what my family loves, the ones that have been around a long time and have stood the test of time.

Why to try this super easy pie?

  • This pie is perfect for any holiday from Christmas to the 4th of July. Since it’s so easy to make you can make it in advance.
  • It’s also a great addition to any potluck or church function. You can switch it up and make a few different versions (see links above) and you don’t need a crust! Super handy!
  • You can easily add different spices to make this pie suit your liking. Very versatile and don’t be scared to experiment with this one.
  • This a great pie to start with if you are new to baking, you combine all the ingredients and add it to a pan! Simple!

Impossible Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

“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

“I have made all three of the impossible pies on your website and now you have an apple one! Oh my.. I am adding it to my list. Thank you so much for posting such wonderful recipes, you have made me a cook.” – Jessica

Impossible Pie - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Impossible Pie

Judy Yeager
This is an old recipe that came from the Amish. This is a pie you'll make over and over again.
4.85 from 26 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Amish
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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