Coconut Cream Pies in Jars & Cookbook Giveaway


Hey, did you all see my post about Pi Day next week? You know, the math nerd holiday? March 14 or 3.14? Yeah, I’m that Class A math nerd. I’m having a Pi Day Pie Party to celebrate! There will be a pie link-up and some fun giveaways.

In honor of Pi Day next week, I have a few pie recipes to share with you in the coming days. First up, these cute-as-ever Coconut Cream Pies in Jars, all nested out for Easter!

I am slightly obsessed with jars. They are super fun to make desserts in. I made pink velvet cupcakes in jars. And Bailey’s Pudding Pies in jars. And now: coconut cream pies in jars.

This recipe comes from Desserts in Jars, the cutest-ever cookbook by Shaina Olmanson. Have you read that book? It’s like a work of art, really. She’s got pies, cakes, ice cream, breakfast, you name it, all in jars! I cannot wait to eat my way through this cookbook.

It took me days to figure out what to make and share with you. I just Could. Not. Decide. But once I thought about it being almost Easter (??!!) these coconut cream pies spoke to me. Coconut goes hand-in-hand with Easter and I knew I could dress them up a little by adding some toasted coconut and mini candy eggs to the top. A Coconut Cream Pie Nest in a Jar!


Oh, and did I mention the heavenly fluffy meringue that’s on top of the coconut cream? Ohmigodsogood. I’ve never made meringue before and now…now I don’t want to stop.

{Don’t you just want to bite that picture??!!}

Along with my copy of Desserts in Jars, I also received the new cookbook by Dede Wilson, Cake Balls to drool over. Cake Balls includes more than 60 recipes for all kinds of from-scratch cake balls. She even includes all the cake and frosting recipes you’ll need too! She’s got recipes like Creme Brûlée Cake Balls, Coffee Crumb Cake Balls, and Peanut Butter Cake Balls.

Guess what? There’s also a recipe in there for Coconut Cream Cake Balls. Instead of mixing the crumbled cake with frosting, you mix it with coconut pudding.

Are you guessing where I’m going next?


Instead of making 8 coconut cream pies, I saved some of the coconut pudding and made some cake balls with it. Guess what? Dede Wilson is absolutely a genius! You can totally make cake balls with pudding instead of frosting. Mixed with the white chocolate coating, they are the perfect amount of sweetness.

Seriously you guys, I have so many recipes on my list to make now. Apple Pie Cake Balls. Nutella Cake Balls. Neapolitan Cakes in jars. Pans au chocolate IN JARS. Seriously, these cookbooks are going to make me need new pants.


Because don’t you just want a bite of that goodness?

You know you want these cookbooks, right? You’re salivating and want them NOW. Well, guess what? I’m giving both cookbooks away to one lucky Crazy for Crust reader! Scroll down to enter!

Did you make this recipe?

Coconut Cream Pies in Jars


For the Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 4-7 tablespoons ice cold water

For the Pies:

  • 3 cups milk (I used non-fat)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract, optional
  • 1 cup coconut, plus more for topping
  • Mini candy eggs, for garnish, if desired
  • 8 wide mouth 8-ounce jars


  1. To make the crust: pulse flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until pea-sized pieces of dough form. Start with 4 tablespoons of water and pulse just a few times. The dough will still be crumbly, but will stick together when pressed. Add more water if needed. Note: it will not form into a ball in the food processor! Remove from machine and turn into a bowl.
  2. Press together to form a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
  3. When dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and roll until 1/8-1/4” thick. (I like my dough thicker!) Use the open mouth of the jars to cut circles of dough. Press one circle of dough in the bottom of each jar. Bake 2” apart on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool.
  4. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks and 2/3 cup sugar. Whisk until the mixture is pale yellow and smooth, 30-45 seconds by hand.
  5. Add the milk and cornstarch to a medium sized saucepan. Set it over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around the edges, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. When the milk is hot, pour about 1/2 cup into the bowl of egg yolks, while whisking to temper the eggs. Whisk in about another 1/2 cup of the hot milk into the eggs, then pour the egg mixture back into the rest of them milk in the pan. Continue heating until it thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, just a minute or two.
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, coconut extract if desired, and coconut. Spoon the pudding evenly over the cooled crusts in the jars. Chill until set, about 3-4 hours.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the jars from the refrigerator and set 2” apart on a cookie sheet.
  7. Beat egg whites in a medium-sized bowl with a hand mixer until foamy. Add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, to create a meringue. Spoon evenly on top of the pudding in the jars. Bake 4-5 minutes, until the meringue is golden brown. Cool, then top with additional shredded coconut and/or mini candy eggs for decoration (optional).


To make cake balls: Instead of making 8 pies, reserve some of the pudding. Mix 2 tablespoons of pudding to each 1 cup cake crumbles (from a mix or your favorite recipe). The mixture should stick together, but not be wet. Form balls and chill for 30 minutes, then dip in melted candy melts and top with additional toasted coconut.

Recipe from “Desserts In Jars” by Shaine Olmanson

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Coconut Cream Pies in jars

I’m addicted to stuff in jars. Check these out:

Skinny Mini No-Bake Mocha Cheesecakes

skinny-mini-mocha-no-bake-cheesecakes 3 words

Bailey’s Pudding Pies with a Thin Mint Crust

baileys jar pies 2 words

Blackberry Pies in a jar {sugar-free option}

blackberry cream pie 1 words

Sweets from friends:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pudding by Kitchen Meets Girl
Samoas Bomb Pie in a Jar by Something Swanky
Single Serving Skinny Apple Pie by Back for Seconds

Fine print: I was given both cookbooks for review. This review was not compensated. All opinions are 100% my own. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be contacted via email when the contest closes and will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Crazy for Crust is not liable for shipping or providing prize.


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  1. I love coconut … and Robin Eggs … and anything in a jar! Yesiree – Yum!

  2. Love me some ANYTHING in a jar. I’m sold and need this book in my life. IF I don’t win it the Easter bunny might just need to bring it 🙂

  3. I love the whole presentation and it sounds amazing too.

  4. Love the idea of individual, portion controlled desserts.

  5. I love coconut and any cuteness in a jar, must make these!

  6. Wow those both look like awesome cook books. I love making desserts. Hope I win!

  7. Oh man. Coconut Cream cake balls?? I’m dying! You just changed my life.

  8. I DO want a bite, how did you know? These are adorable and I love the little eggs on top! Now, those cake balls?? Those are really calling my name. They look perfect!

  9. Man I do want a big bite of that mini pie!!! I heart you for loving jars as much as I do. Want to know what I made for next week? Yup, pie in a jar…just for you 🙂 I can’t wait to see all the yummy pies! I really do need to get that jar cookbook!!!

  10. These pies are so cute. I would be obsessed with those jars too 😉 And by the way I am making a Bailey’s Pie tonight for 3.14 woo hoo! Let’s hope it turns out 😉

  11. These are so cute…and coconut ANYTHING is my favorite! Sure would love to own these books!

  12. yummy!!

  13. Absolutely love all your recipe ideas!! So yummy!

  14. Looks amazeballs!!

  15. Such a cute idea and I don’t have those books but have always been curious. Adorable food tastes better!

  16. HOLD THE PHONE! Nutella Cake Balls!?!?!?!?!? Those need to happen. Now. Like really, now! 🙂

  17. My husband is drooling over these right now. You literally put all of his favorite things in a jar! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I would love to win!

  19. Coconut Cream Pie with Meringue is my very favorite pie EVER. And in a jar? Perfection! 🙂

  20. Looks…so…good!!

  21. Those coconut cream pies in jars look so yummy! 🙂 Coconut cream is one of my favorite pies!

  22. The cake balls look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Oh my goodness, I love this! I am obsessed with dessert in jars. These are such a great idea!

  24. These are adorable! I love making things in jars and these recipes sound Devine !

  25. These are so cute. I love coconut cream pies

  26. Adorable and they look delicious!!!

  27. yes…you could say I am mildly obsessed with jars {you should see the cabinets above my oven}
    Charlie’s math teacher is having them celebrate pi day as well – he is REALLY excited to bake with me:)

  28. I would love to win. I don’t have either one of these books yet.

  29. Fabulous! Little mason jars make me happy…….. very happy when they are filled with pie! Yum!

  30. Jars make every dessert better! These look fabulous! I’m crossing my fingers that I win those cookbooks!

  31. Yum!! These look & sound SO good

  32. I’m for sure joining up on Pi day. This Coconut Cream looks killer good. Must make it soon.

  33. Desserts in jars? Too much fun.

  34. I’m a nut when it comes to coconut! Really my favorite thing! I never heard of using pudding in cake balls! I’m behind the 8 ball when it comes to pudding uses-geez! That’s about to change! You are so good with jarred desserts!

  35. Can’t wait to make these!

  36. These are too cute! I love coconut cream pie, it’s one of my favorites. Individual portions like this are always great!

  37. I loooove coconut, but my husband is allergic 🙁 one of my sons like it …I wonder if you can freeze these? Or maybe I’d be better off making 4 pies and cake balls out of the rest? What do you think?

    • Hi Emily! If you leave the coconut and coconut extract out of the pudding, you’ll have vanilla pudding! Those two things are just added at the end. These would be great with a little almond extract or lemon instead!

  38. jar deserts and cake balls are my new obsession!

  39. Yummy!

  40. Homemade custard? I’m impressed!

  41. Dorothy, thanks so much for the great recipe. I totally understand your jar addiction! I absolutely love your site. So many good recipes. Have a great weekend!

  42. i am a huge jar collector so now i have something else to do with them!

  43. Oh I so love this! 1 of my boys loves coconut, I will be making this for the kiddies! Thanks for sharing!

  44. OMG! I can just see myself in the corner licking out the bowl before the content even made it into jars 🙂 I loooove coconut cream pie…that’s why I’m not allowed to make it! This looks fabulous!

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  46. I’ve never tried making desserts in jars but I love cake pops!

  47. Love eating and cooking in a jar. Perfect serving size. Grandkids love making Cake Balls. We
    have a lot of fun cooking and eating…making memories!

  48. I can’t wait to make this… LOOKS amazing!

  49. These pies are too cute! Thank you for the giveaway!

  50. Love the jar idea

  51. Oh yum these look so good! I love the pie in a jar idea!

  52. What an awesome giveaway! Both books are on my wish list!

  53. Ok, I’m sold! These look delicious, and yes, I want to take a bite of that picture!! YUM!

  54. Wow, these cookbooks look great. Love to try out new tasty treats!

  55. love these books!

  56. I can’t wait to make these for a friend that LOVES coconut cream pie.

  57. These look wonderful. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I can’t wait to make the coconut cream pie for a friend of mine next week.

  58. Yum! This is why I love seeing you in my inbox! And yes, I do want to bite that picture!
    Thanks for the great cookbook giveaway!

  59. Thank you for the fun giveaway.

  60. I love desserts in jars! And being a huge coconut fan – I want these like now! 🙂

  61. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

  62. Thi slooks great. I need cookbooks. LOL

  63. Great giveaway. Thank you

  64. I just discovered you today on Pinterest. Now I will have to start following you. But not in a scary stalkerish way. 🙂

  65. I would love both those cookbooks.

  66. I agree, desserts in a jar is a fantastic idea and these are making my mouth water, XOXO

  67. These look absolutely DIVINE!! I think I need to buy a set of jars!

  68. Love your Coconut Cream Pies in a Jar so cute and easy to make ahead of time. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  69. A great give away hope to win some great cook books. Love your site and all your recipes especially Bailey’s Pudding Pies.

  70. Oh I love anything in jars. Everything just seems to be so much better that way!! Love this pie to–one of my favorite 🙂

  71. Very cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  72. I cant wait to try these pies in a jar! what a great idea!

  73. This all looks delicious! And I love love love your blog!:)

  74. Wow!!! These look beautiful and delicious!!! I’m glad I saw them on the TT&J link party. Discovering all of your other goodies was the treasure of the party!!

  75. I like your idea of adding the toasted coconut & eggs … subtle and cute!

  76. Yum, they all look delicious especially the coconut cream pie in a jar. I would love to win both books ,thank you for the chance.

  77. Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. I’d love to win

  79. These look delicious! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects link party!

  80. Love these concepts…Never tried either, although I have a ton of canning jars (too large, though). Thanks for the giveaway! Have a wonderful week!

  81. Dorothy, I have been eyeing these ever since I saw that you posted them… they look SO delicious, and would be the cutest little treat for Easter. YUM!

  82. I’ve done cake in a jar, but never pie. How inspiring!

  83. I received Desserts in a Jar book for my birthday last year. It’s such a fun book. If I win, I’m giving a copy to a friend as a bridal shower gift this spring.

  84. My mom looves coconut cream pie, I think this will be the perfect birthday gift for her next month!

  85. Fun giveaway!!

  86. Wow – looks amazing! Those jars are too cute.

  87. Look like great cookbooks!!

  88. Those coconut cream pies in jars look lucious!! yummm I would love to win these recipe books. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  90. These look so good Dorothy! I hope your oven gets fixed. I saw your tweet :/ a food bloggers nightmare. You can come and use mine if you want 🙂

  91. These look so cute; I like to collect antique jelly jars and I think these would look great in some of those, too.

  92. Dorothy, these little pies turned out SO PRETTY! They look just like spring in a jar! 🙂 And, eek! Thanks so much for sharing my chocolate chip cookie dough pudding.

  93. Excellent ideas!! I am exactly like you!! Coconut and Easter just seem to go hand-in-hand!! Growing up, my Mother would bake cake shaped like a Lamb every Easter, and the “wool” was always fluffy white coconut!! Wonderful Memories!!

  94. How marvelous, there is something irresistible about a little treat in a jar.

  95. I just found your blog!!!!!! Please understand I’m the kind of person who would love to swim in a deep sea of melted peanut butter and chocolate topped with mint anything and a HUGE scoop of butter pecan ice cream… so I love dessert blogs!

  96. Making a dessert in a jar is on my bucket list this year! I have to do it 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  97. You have such a fun site!! And the best give away… Cookbooks!!! Perfect!!

  98. These cookbooks look amazing!

  99. I can’t wait to try the coconut cream pies. They look so delicious!

  100. Thanks for the opportunity!

  101. New to your site. Like what I see. Found your site on The Country Cook pininterest page. Thanks for the giveaway.

  102. Oh my goodness, these coconut pies in jars look yummy and so adorable! I think kids especially would go crazy over these mini pies, and also it would make it easier for them to eat! I love this. 🙂

  103. Why do jars always make everything look super cute?! These look terrific!

  104. PERFECT timing on this blog post Dorothy!! My mom has been begging for some coconut cream pie for Easter and I JUST bought some mini jars!!

  105. I love these! They look so cute and delicious!

  106. I love the jar Idea.

  107. Mmmm…. I’m hungry now!

  108. I love anything in those little jars! And yours all look so lovely. I’d love to check out these books. Thanks for the chance!

  109. desserts in jars sounds like such a cool idea. your coconut cream pie looks amazingly delicious.

  110. My mouth is literally watering right now. I can’t handle this!

  111. Man, I LOVE Coconut Cream Pie, but I hate crust (am I still allowed to post on your blog???), so I could just leave the crust off. Yum! Or… make it with graham cracker crust. 😀

  112. The pies in a jar ready looks so beautiful! What a great job!

  113. Oh MY!! I simply must make these – though I’m still totally intimidated by crust. I suppose I could always cheat and cut circles out of Pillsbury crust. 🙂

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  115. My favorite pie – Coconut Cream – my mouth is watering thinking of it. Thanks so much!

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  117. Making these for Easter & these books look fun too!

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  119. Your picture is being used on someone’s FB page with no credit to you unfortunately. She shares a lot of recipes with no credit given. 🙁

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  122. I’ve made so many pies as gifts, usually chocolate meringue or toasted coconut meringue, but my new favorite is tart lemon meringue! Would definitely use these books!

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  124. I found this on Pinterest and I love this idea!
    I just wanted to let you know we’ve included it in a round up of great pies to make for Pi Day! I’ve included a link to this page. You can see it here:

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  127. So adorable! Perfect for Easter!

  128. I was searching for Easter ideals and ran across your blog!!! Love what I am seeing. These recipes sound yummy! Thanks for sharing and for hosting the giveaway!!!

    Happy Easter!

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