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Hawai’i-Inspired Chocolate Haupia Pie

One of the most famous desserts on Oahu? The pies from Ted’s Bakery on Oahu’s North Shore. We’re partial to the Haupia Cream Pie and when we can’t have it IRL we make this {Haupia Pie} Hawaii-Inspired Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie recipe.

Go stock up on all your cooking essentials then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Chocolate Haupia Pie

{Haupia Pie} Hawaii-Inspired Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

One of the most famous desserts on Oahu? The pies from Ted's Bakery on Oahu's North Shore. We're partial to the Haupia Cream Pie and when we can't have it IRL we make this {Haupia Pie} Hawaii-Inspired Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie recipe.
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 356 kcal


For The Cookie Crumb Crust:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers (from an 8 ounce box)

For The Black-Bottom:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped

For The Haupia Coconut Custard:

  • 2 (14 ounces) cans coconut milk (about 3 cups)
  • 2/3 cup unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

For The Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon aged rum (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raw (unsweetened) coconut flakes toasted


  • Make The Cookie Crumb Crust: Melt the butter and stir together with cookie crumbs until the crumbs are thoroughly moistened. Transfer to a 9 1/2-inch pie plate and, using the back of a cup or measuring cup, press the mixture into the pan, evenly covering the bottom and sides of the pan. Set in freezer until set, at least 10 minutes.
    TIP: The crust can be made through this step up to two days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the freezer.
  • Make The Chocolate Black Bottom: Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl set over a small pan of simmering water, constantly stirring, until smooth. (Alternatively, place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.)
  • Pour chocolate into the crust and, use the back of a spoon or a small spatula to quickly spread the chocolate over the crust in a thin layer. Return crust to the freezer to set up, at least 10 minutes. 
  • Make The Coconut Custard: Whisk together the coconut milk, 2/3 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. 
    Meanwhile, place the cornstarch in a separate small bowl, and gradually whisk in 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold water until the mixture is smooth.
    As soon as the coconut is scalded and just boils, immediately reduce heat to low, stir in the cornstarch mixture into the coconut milk mixture, and cook until it has thickened enough that it looks like yogurt, about one more minute. Pour the hot coconut custard into the pie crust and refrigerate until set and cooled for at least 4 hours or up to two days ahead.
    TIP: The pie can be made through this step up to two days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  • Assemble The Pie: When the pie is thoroughly chilled, prepare the topping. Place cream in a large, clean bowl and whip with a clean whisk until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks, about 3 minutes.
    Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, rum, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until the cream is just thick enough to hold onto the whisk.
  • Serve The Pie: Spread whipped cream evenly over the top of the cooled pie, then sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes and serve.
    TIP: Can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and stored, covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. Top with toasted coconut just before serving.



Serving: 1gCalories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 3gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 377mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 0.002mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 2mg
Keyword classic hawaiian food, Coconut Cream Pie, Hawaiian dessert
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