Mama Perry’s Coconut Pie - Carolina Country

Mama Perry’s Coconut Pie

3.8/5 rating (21 votes)
  • Category: Desserts
  • Servings: Two 8-inch pies or about 4 dozen bites
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Mama Perry’s Coconut Pie

My grandma made many a pie raising five children in Franklin County long ago … a proper meal wasn’t “fit’n” without dessert! I remember her cracking fresh coconuts and grating them, especially for her cakes, but you don’t need to do all that. This recipe quickly makes two pies, or use mini muffin pans for bite-sized treats for snacks and parties.


  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sweet milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10–14 ounces grated coconut (sweet or unsweet)
  • ½ stick butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix all ingredients and pour into two 8" pie plates. Bake for about 40 minutes until solid in the center.

What is sweet milk?

Sometimes you might come across a vintage recipe like this one that calls for “sweet” milk. This is nothing but regular white milk. Back in the day, milk was referred to this way to delineate it from the other most frequently used milk, buttermilk. So if you come across an old family recipe that calls for sweet milk, just grab your plain old milk and cook!

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at

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Comments (2)

  • Delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Mark |
    July 02, 2019 |

    • Thanks Mark!

      Wendy |
      August 06, 2019 |

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