Lime-Coconut Cream-Pie Jars

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins

These individual cream "pies" get their silkiness from coconut milk and a zesty lift from limes. They're also fun to make, especially if you have kids who love spooning stuff into containers. Bake the graham-cracker crust and divide it into mini jars, add a tier of custard and another of whipped cream, and finish with toasted coconut flakes and more zest.


  • 6 full graham-cracker sheets (3 ounces), broken into small pieces

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • Kosher salt (we use Diamond Crystal)

  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk

  • 1 cup half and half

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus more for serving, and ⅓ cup fresh juice (from 2 to 3 limes)

  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Add butter, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; pulse to combine. Spread mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spread coconut flakes in an even layer on another rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Place both sheets in oven; bake until coconut is golden, 8 to 10 minutes; and graham-cracker mixture is darker-golden and fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Let coconut cool completely (it can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week). Divide graham-cracker mixture evenly among six 8-ounce glass jars or glasses; gently press to create an even layer (a metal ice cream scoop is great for this). Transfer to refrigerator.

  3. Whisk together cornstarch and remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan. Add egg yolks; whisk to combine. Whisk in coconut milk and half and half; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until bubbling and thick, about 4 minutes. Continue to boil, whisking constantly, 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; stir in lime zest and juice and sweetened coconut. Add butter; whisk until melted.

  4. Transfer pudding to a large heat-proof liquid measure with a spout; let cool about 10 minutes. Divide pudding among jars, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of each (to stop skins from forming), and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 1/2 hours and up to 2 days.

  5. Whisk cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Dollop mixture on top of puddings and refrigerate, uncovered, up to 1 hour, or serve immediately, topped with toasted coconut and more lime zest.

    Lime-Coconut Cream-Pie jars recipe
    Paola + Murray

Cook's Notes

Prebaking the crust mixture lends a nutty flavor and a nice crunch; for a no-bake version, simply divide the mixture among jars or glasses and refrigerate while you make the filling.

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