Millionaire Pie

In 15 minutes or less, you can make this easy and yummy classic pie that’s creamy, fruity-sweet, light, and no-bake, too. We served this at a potluck and it was a huge hit! 

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I love no-bake desserts in summer especially this particular summer when we experienced quite a heat wave with temperatures in the upper 90s and a heat index of over 100 F. I am from the Philippines so I should be used to this muggy weather, I know, but trust me, even I didn’t enjoy it a bit!

Thankfully, there are many sweet treats to enjoy this summer and to help us cool down, too. Certainly, this Millionaire Pie is one of them!

I discovered this classic pie when I was looking for a no-bake dessert to feature on our 30-Day Challenge and also to serve on our church potluck.

I didn’t get the chance to feature this yummy pie earlier as our readers in an online vote on our page chose the strawberry pie to be posted ahead. But, I promised them that before summer ends, the recipe for Millionaire Pie will follow. So, here it is.

IIn 15 minutes or less you can make this easy and yummy classic pie that's creamy, fruity-sweet, light and no bake, too. We served this in a potluck and it was a huge hit! Perfect for Christmas and New Year celebrations!! | manilaspoon.com

As you can see, it is totally loaded with yumminess – crushed pineapple, cream cheese and then pecans! How you can go wrong with such a combo? And it takes no longer than 15 minutes to make especially if you use a store-bought graham cracker crust.

Most, of all it’s no-bake and when the temps go as high as 100 F you certainly wouldn’t want to turn on the oven even to make a dessert!

In 15 minutes or less you can make this easy and yummy classic summer pie that's creamy, fruity-sweet, light and no bake, too. We served this in a potluck and it was a huge hit! | manilaspoon.com

It was so good that after tasting the first one, I decided to make another one! The pie sets really well so it’s not a pain to slice which makes this a true winner in my book!

WHAT MAKES THIS PIE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER VERSIONS OF MILLIONAIRE PIE?

If you’ve seen other millionaire pie versions, you’d at once notice that they have a more pinkish hue. That’s because they include maraschino cherries in the pie itself. This version doesn’t have that.

In my opinion, this version doesn’t require the addition of cherries. It stands on its own and is actually perfectly delicious and not overly sweet. Just the perfect balance of cheesy, sweety, goodness!

I have tried adding cherries and because this recipe as written doesn’t have lemon juice, it turned out too sweet for my liking. If you wish to add cherries make sure to balance it out with a little bit of lemon juice so the sweet element doesn’t overpower.

This recipe as well does not use condensed milk but simply a little bit of sugar and that’s enough. I tend not to like overly sweet desserts so this combination is perfect for me. You can adjust the sugar if you like. I also use unsweetened shredded coconut but if you cannot find that slightly sweetened coconut shouldn’t make too much of a difference. It wouldn’t make it too sweet – still perfect.

Having said all that, I’m hoping to add the condensed milk version of this amazing millionaire pie complete with cherries next time as it sure looks festive and is perfect for the holidays!

Enjoy this crazy easy but absolutely scrumptious pie!

In 15 minutes or less you can make this easy and yummy classic summer pie that's creamy, fruity-sweet, light and no bake, too. We served this in a potluck and it was a huge hit! | manilaspoon.com

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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR MILLIONAIRE PIE?

  • 1 store-bought or homemade Graham Cracker Crust
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese – get a good quality one like Philadelphia
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 oz can or 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup shredded or desiccated coconut – unsweetened works better for me so it’s not too sweet
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans – provide the extra crunch and texture
  • 2 cups heavy cream whipped until stiff peaks form and sweetened with 1/4 cup of sugar – freshly whipped cream is BEST to use here.

Simply assemble the topping on top of the prepared graham crust then chill until set! That’s it! Crazy easy, right? Believe me, it’s super yummy, too!

HOW TO MAKE MILLIONAIRE PIE?

Prepare the graham cracker crust if not using a pre-made one and chill in the refrigerator while making the filling. You can use the recipe here for graham cracker crust.

Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth and well-blended, about 4 minutes.

Stir into the cream cheese mixture the crushed pineapple, grated coconut, and pecans. Mix well. Set aside.

Make the whipped cream. To whip the heavy cream, place the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until it begins to thicken. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.  Fold in gently half of the whipped cream (reserving the other half as a topping) and stir everything carefully until evenly mixed. Spoon the filling into the prepared graham cracker crust.

Top the filling with the remaining whipped cream or cool whip and spread it all over. Sprinkle the pie with extra pecans.

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Doesn’t this look so pretty already? Now chill the pie until fully set! Enjoy!

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Millionaire Pie

In 15 minutes or less you can make this easy and yummy classic pie that’s creamy, fruity-sweet, light and no-bake, too. We served this millionaire pie in a potluck and it was a huge hit! 
4.44 from 53 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 268 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 store-bought or homemade Graham Cracker Crust
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 oz can or 1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup dried shredded or desiccated Coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, reserve a few extra for garnish
  • 2 cups whipping or heavy cream, whipped until stiff peaks form and sweetened with 1/4 cup of sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the graham cracker crust if not using a pre-made one and chill in the refrigerator while making the filling. See the recipe link for a homemade graham cracker crust in the notes section below.
  • Using an electric mixer, whip together the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth and well-blended, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir into the cream cheese mixture the crushed pineapple, grated coconut, and pecans. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Make the whipped cream. To whip the heavy cream, place the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until it begins to thicken. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.  Fold in gently half of the whipped cream (reserving the other half as a topping) and stir everything carefully until evenly mixed. Spoon the filling into the prepared graham cracker crust.
  • Top the filling with the remaining whipped cream and spread it all over. Sprinkle the pie with extra pecans. TIP: Use freshly whipped cream rather than cool whip because it will hold up better. It will taste so much better too.
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Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
Find the recipe here for graham cracker crust.
Personally, I prefer this version without maraschino cherries (though some or most versions of millionaire pie include it).  I think it tastes better without it and doesn’t become too sweet. For the holiday season though you can add just enough to give it a more festive look. Do not overdo the addition of the cherries as they’d be too sweet.
To avoid using 2 mixing bowls (or having to wash) in making the pie filling, simply whip the cream first. Transfer the whipped cream to another bowl and chill in the refrigerator while you’re making the rest of the pie filling. You can use the same mixing bowl where the cream was whipped without washing it first in making the rest of the pie filling.

Nutrition

Serving: 10gCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0.1mgSodium: 84mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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Last updated on August 15th, 2023 at 12:31 pm

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50 Comments

  1. August 21, 2016 / 7:31 am

    oh my goodness what a delightful pie xoxo

    • August 26, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      It really is Beverley! Thanks and please enjoy!

  2. August 22, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    This is ready in less than 15 minutes? Sounds like a great thing to make when you have last minute guests!

    • August 26, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      It is done in 15 minutes but you need to chill it until it's set for perhaps 2-4 hours. Thanks Dannii!

  3. August 24, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    So pretty! It's funny, the last place I can remember seeing this pie was at a church potluck many, many years ago. This took me right back AND reminded me how good it was. I must make this soon!

    • August 26, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      It was surely loved at our potluck so I am not surprised at all Johnna! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. September 8, 2016 / 8:34 am

    This looks so
    Scrumptious! Looking forward to making it for Eid celebrations next week!
    May I please know what coconut was used?
    Was it fresh? Or sweetened flakes ?
    Thanks in advance !

    • September 9, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Here it is Mehnaz –
      1 cup dried shredded or dessicated Coconut, unsweetened (unless you want it sweeter). I used the unsweetened one but if you want it sweeter then you can use the sweetened one. Enjoy!

      • Wanda
        July 4, 2023 / 7:47 pm

        Looks yummy

  5. September 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Years ago, I had this pie at a Potluck dinner. I just prepared one a few moments ago. It's chillin' in the refrigerator now. I hope my Husband will enjoy the surprise dessert and be delighted, as much as I have come to love this dessert.

  6. September 10, 2016 / 10:29 pm

    Years ago, I had this dessert at a Potluck dinner. I just prepared one, this afternoon. I left out the Coconut because my family doesn't like Coconut. I am hoping that my husband will enjoy the surprise dessert that I prepared when he gets home from work. I am so glad that I found this recipe on your blog.

  7. Lin
    March 20, 2017 / 1:14 am

    Thanks for this lovely dessert. I got a thumbs up from my boys. Keep posting/sharing us your yummy recipes please.

  8. BB
    June 18, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Is this made with powdered sugar or granulated sugar?

    • abigail
      Author
      June 30, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Just regular white sugar and not powdered.

  9. Maggie
    August 8, 2018 / 9:01 am

    Oh WOW! I had this pie for the first time about 2-3 months ago at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Houston Texas. I cannot wait to make one and surprise my sister with it. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Nancy
    August 21, 2019 / 10:26 am

    Can you add cherries to this?

    • abigail
      Author
      August 21, 2019 / 11:45 am

      Yes, certainly if you fancy that. Let us know how it goes. Thanks!

  11. Deanna
    November 27, 2019 / 11:12 am

    I just made it as mini pies it made 18 cupcake size pies

    • abigail
      Author
      November 28, 2019 / 10:33 am

      Sounds deliciously perfect! Thank you for letting us know. I should try that!

  12. Beth Sachs
    February 10, 2021 / 11:38 am

    5 stars
    Wow this millionaire pie looks like one delicious dessert. We love pie so will be giving this a go soon.

  13. Holly
    February 10, 2021 / 11:43 am

    5 stars
    My grandmother used to make a no-bake pie similar to this millionaire one. Thanks for bringing back those good memories!

  14. Megan
    February 10, 2021 / 11:50 am

    5 stars
    This millionaire pie brought me back to my childhood. So easy. Delicious!

  15. Rachna
    February 10, 2021 / 12:15 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a fantastic recipe. Just 15 minutes and so easy too. I am going to be trying it out soon.

  16. Shanna
    February 10, 2021 / 1:06 pm

    This was so delicious. I really enjoyed the crushed pineapple and I can’t wait to make it again.

  17. cyndy
    February 12, 2021 / 8:29 pm

    5 stars
    I remember this pie from my childhood in the midwest where nobody wants to turn on their oven in the summer! It’s so deliciously decadent – planning to make it this weekend!

  18. Tara
    February 12, 2021 / 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    So many incredible flavors and textures in this millionaire pie! I love how easily it comes together and that it is no-bake too. Definitely perfect for entertaining!

  19. Jo
    February 12, 2021 / 9:29 pm

    5 stars
    Made this pie over the weekend and it was a hit! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Sara Welch
    February 13, 2021 / 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    Enjoyed this for dessert last night and it did not disappoint! I can see why it’s called a millionaire pie; this was hands down delicious!

  21. Dannii
    March 8, 2021 / 3:47 am

    5 stars
    This looks incredible. Any dessert that has pecans in is good with me!

  22. Jovita
    March 8, 2021 / 6:11 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried this pie but it looks super creamy and comforting. Bookmarking the recipe and definitely making it soon!

  23. Jack
    March 8, 2021 / 6:47 am

    5 stars
    This millionaire pie looks so good! And easy to make! Can’t wait to make it 🙂

  24. Danielle Wolter
    March 8, 2021 / 6:55 am

    5 stars
    I am just drooling over this millionaire pie! We made it over the weekend and it was just perfection. Will definitely be making it again!

  25. mary bolin
    March 17, 2021 / 8:36 am

    Tried this pie it was awesome love love love it

    • abigail
      Author
      March 17, 2021 / 9:03 am

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed it. It’s such a good pie indeed. Thanks!

  26. Mama Em
    February 9, 2023 / 3:15 am

    5 stars
    I ended up making this twice in one week ☺️. It was easy to make and so yummy. I used sweetened coconut, I couldn’t find the unsweetened ones. To me, it didn’t come out to sweet. The second time, I didn’t put the pecans. My friend doesn’t like nuts. It was delicious as well. Thanks for the recipe.

    • abigail
      Author
      February 9, 2023 / 4:35 pm

      I’m so glad to know you enjoyed this millionaire pie! Thank you for letting us know. My whole family loves this delicious pie!

      • Debbie
        August 2, 2023 / 6:08 am

        Have you ever made this as sugar free? Wondering how a sugar substitute would taste. Thanks

        • abigail
          Author
          August 2, 2023 / 4:07 pm

          I haven’t made it with sugar substitute but I cannot see why it won’t work. Just taste the pie as you prepare it and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Let us know how it goes! We’d love to know. Thank you!

  27. Ina
    May 10, 2023 / 8:13 am

    I had made this several times more than 40 years ago. Misplaced the recipe. So I’m thrilled to see it posted. THANKS !

  28. dina and bruce miller
    May 10, 2023 / 10:19 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It was so easy, and a big hit for our recent pot luck! Yum!

  29. Holly
    May 11, 2023 / 8:12 pm

    5 stars
    It’s chilling in the fridge right now. The filling tasted delightful after everything was mixed together. I bought a pecan pie crust instead of Graham cracker crust to use. I used chopped fresh pineapples instead of canned and extracted a little juice. I also toasted my unsweetened coconut for another level of flavor. Topped it with pecans and a little of toasted coconut. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to cut into it.

  30. Tina Smith
    July 4, 2023 / 11:45 pm

    Can you use something beside pineapple my family does not like it.

  31. July 4, 2023 / 11:57 pm

    Can you replace pineapple with another fruit my family doesn’t like pineapple.

    • abigail
      Author
      July 5, 2023 / 1:33 pm

      You can try banana or mango puree if you like but it won’t taste the same. I haven’t done it with any other fruit. If you just don’t like the taste of pineapple – let me assure you – it’s not very pineapple forward but a good balance of flavors with the cream cheese, coconuts, pecans and whipped cream thrown in. It’s so delicious!

  32. Patti
    July 6, 2023 / 5:15 pm

    I found this to be to much for one pie crust. So now I have a very tall pie chilling. Anyone else see this too?

    • abigail
      Author
      July 6, 2023 / 9:28 pm

      It’s perfectly fine. It’s just the whipped cream but once you taste it you’ll see it’s just right. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  33. Iris Spitula
    July 17, 2023 / 10:03 am

    5 stars
    Can I use cool whip? For a lower calorie option.

    • abigail
      Author
      July 27, 2023 / 12:03 pm

      It won’t set up as nicely as the whipping cream so I personally use the heavy cream instead but it’s up to you.

  34. Darlene Lirette
    September 7, 2023 / 6:31 am

    5 stars
    Make it a few time love it!!!!

    • abigail
      Author
      September 7, 2023 / 11:10 am

      Yay! So glad you liked this! Thank you for letting us know.

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