Millionaire's Pie Recipe

Updated on April 6, 2016
Source

Millionaire's Pie Recipe

Legend has it that this delicious pie was first made in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. The pie was so rich and delicious, so they decided to name it "Millionaire's Pie." Before long, the recipe had spread all over the country, but the name stuck. There are several versions, but here is what I consider to be the best one. Try it and see what you think and post a comment below.

Ingredients

  • Graham cracker pie shell
  • One 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • One 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • One cup fresh frozen coconut. (Save 1 tablespoon)
  • One cup pecans, finely chopped
  • One 8-ounce container Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Cream together cream cheese and sugar with a hand mixer for 3-4 minutes. Add in the pineapple, coconut, and pecans and mix together very well.
  2. Now fold in half of the whip and mix well together
  3. Pour into the graham cracker pie shell.
  4. Take the other half of the cool whip and place it on top of the pie.
  5. Toast the tablespoon of reserved coconut to golden brown under your broiler and sprinkle it on top of your pie for garnish.
  • Cover the pie and place back in the freezer. When ready to serve, let the pie thaw just enough to be able to be able to cut into it.
  • Serve on saucers or plates that you have had in the freezer for at least four hours—it will work even better if they have been in the freezer over night.
  • If you wish, you garnish the top of your pie with a maraschino cherry.

My Experience

I was one of the first people to make this pie at Hanna's Cafeteria in Surfside Beach South Carolina in 1979. I got the recipe from my Mom and, over time, I would say I have made tens of thousands of these pies. I know I make it better than anyone else on Earth.

Here are some of the accolades I have received for this pie alone:

  • I won a gold ribbon for it at the 1999 Miami Food Show and $500.00 cash.
  • I won a first place trophy and $100.00 cash for this recipe at the Pikes Place Pie Contest in 2000.

Variations

I hope you will make the pie and let me know what you think. I think the recipe as made is wonderful, but you can add to it or take away things if you want to. However you do it I bet it will be delicious. I hope one is in your future real soon.

  • You can choose to add cherries to the pie or not. Sometimes I make it with and sometime I don't. If you really want it to stand out, then by all means, make it with the cherries.
  • I recently made this pie into cupcakes and people just simply loved it that way as well. I used tin foil cup cake papers and made the pie in the cup cake papers and then I served one little millionaire pie cupcake to each person, and they loved it that way. You can do them this way for a dinner party and people will be sure to love them.

I do believe the first pie of this kind was made in and around Myrtle Beach and Charleston South Carolina. I know that in the summer of 1979, I made several thousand of these pies and I know I am always told it is the best that people have ever tried. In fact, I'm going to be making several of these and entering them in a local cooking contest soon. I will be sure to post photos of the pies.

I believe that I make this pie better than anyone else, and if you need help making it just post a comment below and post your question.

Thanks! Enjoy.

Questions & Answers

    Please Post Your Comments, Questions, and Suggestions

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Terry 

        14 months ago

        Could I use this pie filling as an icing on a cake?

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        3 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Thanks for the report and comment Amber. It is a great pie. And I'm glad it turned out great for you. Thanks.

      • profile image

        amber 

        3 years ago

        We tried this for Thanksgiving this year and it was AMAZING!!!!!! Best ever!

      • profile image

        lynn 

        4 years ago

        millionarie pie option would be great with glaze pecans. Or bananas on top.

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        4 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Yes the cool whip is thawed.

      • profile image

        Suzette 

        4 years ago

        Is the Cool Whip thawed first for the Millionaries Pie recipe?

      • profile image

        Barbara 

        5 years ago

        This is the exact pie I have been making for 30 years or so. My daughters favorite, but we call it Million dollar pie

      • profile image

        Suzette 

        5 years ago

        I just made this pie tonight and its chilling in the fridge. I can't wait to dig into it! Added a can of mandarin oranges to the cream cheese mixture and then cut up a banana in thin slices to lay down directly over he crust layer. Thanks for posting this! I'm sure this will be one that I will need to add to the rotation. :)

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        In the freezer section of most grocery stores.

      • profile image

        Karin 

        5 years ago

        I've been making these since I was a child and that was many, many years ago. We call them Million Dollar Pies. I also got the recipe from my mom.

      • profile image

        mary, 

        5 years ago

        where do u get fresh frozen coconut

      • profile image

        dannasims@yahoo.com 

        5 years ago

        I use to watch my Aunt make this pie when I was a kid. I couldn't wait for it to get ready so I could have some. She has been gone for a long time, and I am thrilled to find this receipe so I can make it. Thank you so much.

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        5 years ago from East Coast , United States

        I use both. In the photo it is a indeed a traditional crust. But you can easily use a graham cracker crust.

      • profile image

        Brenda 

        5 years ago

        The crust in the picture looks like a traditional type dough pie crust. The recipe, and your discussion about it, talk about using a graham cracker crust. I imagine both would work equally well, but do you use the graham cracker crust on the pies you make that are getting such high praise?

        Thanks for posting. This looks amazing!

      • profile image

        Sue Brenner 

        5 years ago

        This has been served at Furr's Cafeterias for many years.

      • profile image

        Danielle E 

        5 years ago

        I was wondering the same thing about using fresh whipped cream. I don't like using unnatural foods either. The trick would be figuring out how much cream to whip to get the same volume.

      • profile image

        Diane FIRESTINE 

        5 years ago

        I do not usually like to use unnatural foods ...so might I successfully substitute whipped fresh cream for the cool whip and get a similar result? Thanks to anyone who has tried this and cares to share!

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        6 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Your very welcome.

      • profile image

        Rosemary 

        6 years ago

        Thank You!!! ;)

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        6 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Yes you can use baking coconut and it should work perfect.

      • profile image

        Rosemary 

        6 years ago

        Oh in the city,I'm on long Island, but I'll keep looking in different supermarkets.I do go to the city a times. I just have to make this. I meant could you use baking coconut?

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        6 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Frozen coconut in the bag is what I'm talking about. I've bought it in New York City supermarkets.

      • profile image

        Rosemary 

        6 years ago

        Looks so good,I love anything coconut. But we don't have frozen coconut here in NY. I guess I can't make it then ;(. Or can you use coconut in the bag?

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        6 years ago from East Coast , United States

        It is a very good pie.

      • profile image

        MomOfour 

        6 years ago

        I think I will make this tomorrow for my daughters birthday!

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        6 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Fresh frozen coconut is sold in a package in the freezer section here in North Carolina.

      • profile image

        tikitacky 

        6 years ago

        "Fresh Frozen Coconut"? Where do you get that? Or do you buy a coconut and grate the meat yourself then freeze it? I've never seen fresh frozen coconut before.

      • profile image

        donna 

        6 years ago

        we called it million dollar pie, was always a favorite in our house!!!

      • profile image

        sissy 

        6 years ago

        What is fresh frozen coconut, this sounds yummy and can't wait to try it

      • profile image

        momaloney 

        6 years ago

        Looks wonderful...will try it this weekend. Hubby will think I am nuts...but he will like it! Thanks for sharing!!

      • profile image

        fromsc 

        6 years ago

        i grew up in charleston and had a neighbor who used to make this for us. saw your photo on pintrest and recognized it right away. i haven't had this since i was a little girl- but still remember how great it was... never knew the name it look it up.

        thank you, thank you... can't wait to have it again!

      • profile image

        Christine D2 

        6 years ago

        I just made this but I put my own spin on it..instead of pineapple, I used fruit cocktail. Also, I used the hard Italian Lady Fingers drizzled with peach schnapps for the crust..yum!

      • profile image

        Terry 

        6 years ago

        I can hardly wait to try this. I like the add banana, maybe even a few choc chips!

      • profile image

        Dori 

        6 years ago

        My mom made this pie back in the late 70's early 80's!! She's gone now and I'm glad to find the recipe!

      • profile image

        Beth 

        6 years ago

        my first job was a dishwasher at a cafe they served Millionaire pie on holidays...YUM!

      • profile image

        Patricia 

        6 years ago

        Eat in moderation! Fabulous! Yes, thank you for sharing!

      • profile image

        Delores Routh 

        6 years ago

        Can't wait to try. Looks delicious!

      • profile image

        cindy 

        6 years ago

        The most delicious pie ever, has all my favorite ingredients in it!!! Will make it again. Thanks for sharing it.

      • profile image

        Treadie 

        6 years ago

        The version I've seen has no sugar or cream cheese but instead 1 can of eagle brand sweetened condensed milk. Yummy

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        7 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Thanks about all the great comments about the pie. It is one of the most wonderful pies you will ever taste.

      • profile image

        fefe 

        7 years ago

        I make it the same but I add a bananna to the bottom before I put the cream cheese in it now my family calls it war pie( they fight over the last piece)

      • profile image

        kangakrazy 

        7 years ago

        this is a good idea for the school contest i think i'll try it!!!

      • profile image

        Barkarker 

        7 years ago

        I first had this pie in Munson,Fla. I was around 4 years old and it was Thanksgiving Day. My Aunt brought it to my Granny's house but it was made a bit different then above, no sugar was added. It is very simple to make.

        The version we had:

        In a mixer mix the cream cheese (left out to get to room temp. about 15 mins) two tubs of cool whip. After that is well mixed together add drained crushed pineapple, crushed up pecans, and coconut. Mix all together then spoon into the grahm cracker pie crusts (it makes 2 pies)and let stand in fridge for an hour and serve.

        I do love this pie!! I make it often. : )

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        8 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Millionaire Pie is one of the best pies you will ever eat. Let me know when you make it how it turns out for you.

      • elisabethkcmo profile image

        elisabethkcmo 

        8 years ago from Just East of Oz

        Wow, this sounds really good... bookmarked this one!

        Thanks

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        8 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Your very welcome. I hope you make it and give it a try. Millionaires Pie is so delicious.

      • judydianne profile image

        judydianne 

        8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

        Sounds delicious. Thank you!

      • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

        Thomas Byers 

        8 years ago from East Coast , United States

        Millionaires Pie is one of the most delicious cool whip pies ever. So tasty and delicious.

      • Godslittlechild profile image

        Godslittlechild 

        8 years ago

        Might have to go in the kitchen and make one of these! Yummy!

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)