IMPOSSIBLE PIE – Old Fashioned Recipe

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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 6 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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  1. Can this recipe be made using Almond Milk?

  2. Judy McGee says:

    I made this recipe a few days ago, and hubby liked it so well that he asked for a repeat. I assured him that wasn’t a problem till I realized I didn’t have more coconut. I did discover some raisins in the pantry, so instead of 1 cup of coconut, I used 1 cup raisins. (I did plump them in some warm water.) They did just stay in a layer on top of the crust instead of coming to the top, but the pie was really good! So now I have 2 new recipes!5 stars

  3. lyla Hoffman says:

    This looks wonderful! I would imagine that it would work well in a small springform pan when baked, what do you think?5 stars

  4. If I use pre-sweetened coconut, would I omit the sugar?

  5. My coconut is unsweetened. Would it work or should I toss it with a little sugar before adding?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You can use unsweetened, it will be fine the way the recipe is written. Of course you can always add more sugar if you like.

  6. Can it be frozen for later?

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  8. I forgot the butter…is my pie ruined?

  9. Babbette Richardson says:

    I got this recipe 40 years ago. Since I was working full time with 4 teens and a hubby to feed, I was always looking for recipes that were easy and fast and delicious and this one fit the bill. Just want all of you to know if you don’t have coconut or don’t like it you can leave it out and you have an egg custard pie. It is also just as delicious.5 stars

  10. I’ve made it with Bisquik but can’t find my recipe that I got from my cousins mother in law who is Amish!

  11. Hello!
    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.

    Sandy5 stars

  12. I tried this recipe only thing is I had to bake it a little while longer because the 60 minutes wasn’t enough it still wasn’t done all the way

  13. reminds me of the chess pie my mom used to make

  14. I loved it. Baked as recipe indicated with no tweaks. Am making tonight again for family, but used one cup sugar and one cup flour this go around (because they will want it sweeter and I’m curious what the extra flour will do). This posted recipe was perfect for me, I ate half at one sitting :/ would be great with a little sweetened whopped cream I think. But I love homey tastes and my family goes for super sweet. Hence, the teeaks. Thank you for posting.5 stars

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You’re very welcome Rhonda! I’m so glad you and your family are enjoying this recipe. We love it too 🙂

  15. Tasha Kravchenko says:

    I Have been looking for this for a long time we used to make this when I was a kid and I loved it it was devoured every time my mom made it so now I can make it with my son thanks for sharing this

  16. Ellen Mattingly says:

    Very very easy to make!!! And I had everything in my pantry 🙂

  17. i just love all your recipes they are wonderful thank you so much for shareing

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Sally. So happy you are enjoying the recipes and thank you for letting us know. Have a great week ahead and a Happy Thanksgiving.

  18. Can you use something beside coconut. I really don’t like coconut, but I love custard pies.

  19. I have had a recipe for Impossible Pie for many years. Unaware it was an Amish Pie. I will give this slightly different version a try.. Looks very good. thank you. Sue

  20. The pie looks so yummy. I think the name is also quite interesting… impossible pie. haha! Will try it soon.

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