Mini Coconut Cream Pies – Sunshine and a Summer Breeze

Hello everyone!
My name is Michelle, and I am the blogger behind
Thanks to Mandy for this amazing opportunity, I’m really excited to be here, this is my first time guest posting!
To start out, let me give you a little peek into my life :)
I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for almost 8 years now, and our insanely handsome little guy is almost 4 years old…I don’t know where the time is going…
I love to bake, make crafts, and play super heroes all day with my son :)
I love mini desserts.
(You’ll have to take a moment to check out my Mini fruit tarts as well)
Maybe I feel less guilty if I’m eating smaller portions…but I don’t think it counts if I pop multiple ones in my mouth in one sitting…hmmm, oh well~
On to the recipe!
I feel like pies just come with territory when you’re talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, so lucky for you this post comes right before Thanksgiving, yay!
People at your holiday get-together will definitely appreciate the individual serving size :)
I first made these last year for Thanksgiving, and they were delicious.
Since then, I’ve actually made these a couple of times, and I’ve tweaked the recipe to save a little time here and there. Even with that help, they are a little involved, but SOOOO worth it, I promise!
You can do this a day in advance and refrigerate the dough and cream filling if that helps!
Here we go!
Pie Crust
1/3 c. cold water with an ice cube or two to keep it cold
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2/3 c. shortening
Pour flour, salt, and brown sugar into a bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until it starts to resemble pea-sized clumps.
Pour in a small amount of water and press the dough together, keep adding small dashes of water until you can form the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
(If you want to you can also leave it overnight)
When you are ready, break the dough ball in half and roll it out on a sheet of wax paper sprinkled lightly with flour. Cut out circles and place in a greased muffin tin. Gently push it down so it makes a little cup.
Poke a few tiny holes in the bottom so it doesn’t puff up.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 8 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown.
Let them cool completely before taking them out of the muffin tin.

Coconut cream filling
4 Tbsp corn starch
1 1/2 c. sugar
5 oz. sweetened coconut
1 c. milk (I used fat free)
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream or half and half
1 tsp. vanilla
3 egg yolks (don’t throw away the egg whites, we will use those in a minute for the meringue!)
*Again, this can be made the day before and refrigerated until ready.
In a microwave safe bowl whisk together corn starch and sugar. Once they are combined add the milk and heavy whipping cream and whisk everything together. In a small separate bowl whisk the egg yolks together and then add them to the microwave safe bowl as well, again whisking everything together.
Microwave for 2 minutes and whisk the mixture together. Microwave the mixture again in 1 minute intervals whisking each time until it reaches your desired thickness.
Stir in the vanilla and sweetened coconut and refrigerate until it has cooled down, or you are ready to use it.
*It will also thicken a little more once it has cooled.

Now, you could top these pies with whipped cream, and I’m sure they would taste wonderful, but this Meringue is pretty simple, and adds that perfect last touch.
Meringue topping
3 egg whites at room temperature (make sure there isn’t any egg yolk in there, trust me, I know from experience that it won’t work!)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. corn starch
6 Tbsp sugar
Using a mixer, beat the egg whites together until they look foamy or frothy.
Add vanilla, corn starch, and sugar and beat together until it looks kind of like whipped cream (see below).
That’s it!

Fill the pie shells with the cooled coconut cream filling, top with the meringue and sprinkle a few pieces of sweetened coconut for looks :)
Once they are assembled, you can then pop them back in the oven on a cookie sheet for 3 or 4 minutes at 425 to give the coconut on top a slight ‘toast’ effect.
(Let the pies cool completely again before trying to move them. Again, I’ve learned this from experience!)

These pies are delicious right from the oven or even the next day!
Thanks for taking the time to read, and I hope you come over to visit me at
Sunshine and a Summer breeze
to see all my other recipes, crafts, and tips!
Hope you have a great holiday season :)

Recipe adapted from here.
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