Millionaire Pie (No bake and only 5 Minutes to Prep!)

Millionaire Pie!  This easy pie is one of my favorite NO BAKE desserts!

Delicious Millionaire Pie!  This easy pie is one of my favorite NO BAKE desserts!  If you like Ambrosia salad, you will love this easy coconut, pecan & pineapple dessert!

 Millionaire Pie  (No bake and only 5 Minutes to Prep!)

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This has to be my favorite pie ever!  Of all time…  That’s quite a bold statement but I have no problem declaring that!

This pie has to be the easiest thing I’ve ever made!  Stir some things together and stick it in the fridge.  It really doesn’t get easier than that!

Note:  If you do adapt this recipe to your tastes, do not leave out the lemon juice.  The addition of lemon juice thickens the pie and if you skip it your pie will be runny.

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Items You’ll Need for This Recipe:

* pie pan * sweetened condensed milk * graham cracker pie crust *

Delicious Millionaire Pie!  This easy pie is one of my favorite NO BAKE desserts!  If you like Ambrosia salad, you will love this easy coconut, pecan & pineapple dessert!

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Millionaire Pie


Serves: 1 pie (store bought graham crust)

  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 can (15.25oz) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, drained & chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can sweetened (Eagle Brand) Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 1½ cups whipped topping (plus extra for garnish if desired)
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  1. In a large bowl, combine coconut, crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, pecans, (Eagle Brand) Sweetened Condensed Milk, lemon juice and maraschino cherry juice.
  2. Gently fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust.
  3. Top with additional whipped topping and cherries if desired. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

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  1. deloreslaughlin says

    I add mandarin oranges double the recipe and place in 9×13 dish,every body at church wonts me to bring
    it every time we have a meal..

    • Terry says

      How do you prepare the bottom of the 9×13 pan? Please give how many graham crackers to crush & ingredient/s to make crust for this size dish. Thank you!

      • Cindy says

        I always prepare at least 2-3 whole pkgs of graham crackers with at least 1/4 cup melted butter(enough to hold together the crackers), and 3 TBSP sugar together and smash to the bottom of the 9×13.

        • Terry says

          Thank you Cindy! The picture in the original receipe looks like a regular sized pie dish but my daughter prepared this a few days ago and she used a ready-made g.c. crust and of course found out it made too much for one pie of that size. When asked if it would go in a 9×13 sized pan she said yes! Thanks again!

      • says

        I have a good recipe for the crust.

        3 cups of Gram Cracker Crumbs
        2/3 cup white sugar
        3/4 cups melted butter
        Mix all together and press in the pan
        You do not have to grease the bottom of pan

    • says

      I haven’t tried it that way but I feel like it would probably work. If you do try it, please let us know how it works for you as others might be wondering the same thing! :)

    • Nance says

      To make it like CoolWhip, add about a teaspoonful of prepared gelatin (with 2 teaspoons cold water, add gelatin to soften, then heat below boiling to completely dissolve). Then add gelatin to your sweetened whipped cream. This will keep it from separating and give it body.

    • Ann D. says

      It might work if you are going to eat it right away, but homemade whipped cream is not as stable as Cool Whip and will begin to separate over time.

    • Denisse says

      Te lo traducire, de ingredientes necesitas:

      1 base para pay de las que ya tienen la galleta incluida
      1 taza de coco rallado
      1 lata de piñas en trocitos bien escurrida
      1 taza de cerezas maraschino escurridas y cortadas en trozos pequeños
      media taza de nueces picadas
      1 lata de leche condensada que en Mexico seria como la lechera
      5 cucharadas de jugo de limon
      1 cucharada del jugo de las cereas
      1 1/2 taza de crema batida

      y pues primero combinas todas las frutas, nueces y coco y después le agregas la crema batida sin mezclarlo mucho, después esa mezcla la pones en la base de pay con la galleta y lo refrigeras por 3 horas o toda la noche.

      Espero que te ayude en algo :)

      • Dianna says

        it works with cream cheese, just not as fluffy recipe is 1 can sweetened condenced milk 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 8 oz brick cream cheese room temp whip this together until smooth add fruits listed above and chill for several hours………… very rich and delicious

    • Tabby Bond says

      That’s exactly what I was thinking! My sister’s mother-in-law has this cheesecake recipe that requires 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1 container of coolwhip, and 1 cup of sugar. Combine those ingredients and place into a graham cracker crust and it is so amazing. I was thinking of taking the fruits and nuts in this recipe and adding them to the cheesecake mixture. I think it sounds amazing!

    • says

      You can skip the cherries if you can’t have them and make it without. The strawberries may have too much moisture if they are fresh. Another option would be canned peaches or other canned fruit drained well and chopped.

      • says

        Re: Millionaire Pie substitutions You said strawberries might be too watery to replace the cherries in the recipe, and suggested using drained peaches. The peaches would be more watery than the strawberries!

        • says

          I make a similar pie where I drain the peaches very well and haven’t found them to be watery. I’ll have to give it a try next time I make this and report back. :)

  2. Laurraine S says

    Hi Holly, I’ve just found your great blog through pinterest. Loving your work. . :-) For us in New Zealand please what is the whipped topping?

  3. Terry says

    Holly, my daughter made this last night and said it is really good BUT THE SIZE OF THE PAN or how many pies this makes is missing. I told her everything over the phone from this receipe as it is written here and assumed a regular sized ready made graham cracker pie shell would do…WRONG! My daughter said it would make (2) 8 inch pies or possibly one 9×13? Please include this missing information and what size pan or pie shells/plate you use. THANK YOU!!!

    • Jenny says

      I have a recipe on how to make sugarfree sweetened condensed milk. I will post as soon as I find it. I to am a diabetic.

      • Heidi says

        To make sugar free sweetened condensed milk you blend 1 cup powdered milk, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup BOILING water and 2/3 cup sugar substitute. This makes the equivalent of a 14 oz can.

  4. Jumpin Bean says

    Has anyone tried this with a chocolate Oreo cookie crust? (I’m not fond of graham cracker crust.)



      • September Pope says

        Would anyone know what could be used as a substitute for coconut? I have a severe allergy to it and would love too try the pie. It looks so good.

      • chacha says

        I have made this with crushed OREO COOKIES in PARFAIT CUPS and you can also freeze these and take out when you want a YUMMY DESERT.

    • Julie says

      I’m not a fan of graham cracker crumb crust either, so I like to use vanilla wafers (crushed up), mix with melted butter, and voila. You have a great vanilla crumb crust.

  5. Jumpin Bean says

    HELP! How come when I try to print the recipe it comes out in several pages of a 4″ strip on each page instead of 1 full page? I end up with more banner ads that I do of what I originally wanted. Arg!

  6. Winnie says

    I was disappointed in this pie….it was runny, and much too sweet. It didn’t cut like regular pie. I won’t be trying it again. I followed directions to the T what did I do wrong, by the way I used cool wh

      • Winnie says

        Hi there,,,,,what does the lemon juice do in the pie……….I used a little orange juuce instead….the condensed milk made the pie toooo sweet…. I served the pie but it didn’t cut out of the pan like a pie…..most of it went into the garbage… disappointed. Yes I dried the pineapple in a towel, and didn’t even put in the cherry juice…..tooo runny. Was I supposed to put the pie iin the freezer

        • says

          The lemon juice reacts with the condensed milk to thicken it. If you skipped the lemon juice that would likely be why your pie didn’t set. You do not need to put it in the freezer.

    • Julie says

      You might try dissolving 1/2 small pkg. orange Jell-O in a bit of hot water, then cool and add to the filling. The gelatin in the Jell-O will firm up the pie, and add a nice orange flavor as well :-) Pineapple Jell-O would work, too.

  7. Donna says

    I don’t like pecans could I substitute another nut or leave them out all together? I like walnuts, peanuts, and cashews but don’t if they would go with the other ingredients. Thanks.

    • says

      You could try any of those nuts (although I don’t feel peanut flavor would match well) or you could leave the nuts out completely and the recipe would still work fine. :)

  8. Debbie Laws says

    I made this pie following the directions to the T…it was way to runny so I decided to add some extra coconut, it helped some but it still wouldn’t set up as the pictured pie…gonna keep trying variations because I love all the ingredients in was still very yummy, just very runny.

  9. Patricia Weaver says

    I have been making a similar recipe for years, and is awesome also. It’s called Broken Glass. Made with Whipping cream, Pineapple juice, Sugar, Gelatine Jello.etc. And Then there is Sex in a Pan!

  10. Paula says

    I’ve made this for years and call it Million Dollar Pie. I usually only use strawberries or pineapple. Thought about using both but to add even more fruit and nuts. I think I’ll be in heaven. Will have to try it. Thanks!!

  11. Judy says

    What are Graham crackers, not sure if available in Australia, what could I substitute and also I don’t think Cool Whip is available here do you know of a substitute?

    • says

      From what I’ve read they are not available in Australia.. it’s basically a cookie/biscuit. Martha Stewart has a recipe for homemade graham crackers.

      If you have access to digestive biscuits or even vanilla wafers cookies, those would work too.

      • Stevie says

        You don’t need graham crackers at all to make a crumb crust. For a sweet crust, almost any type of plain cookie would do. Those packaged butter pecan cookies, crushed up finely, even work well, and I noticed someone even mentioned using Oreos. Vanilla wafers, too, work just as well, as Holly mentioned. Hope this helps.

  12. Sandy says

    I don’t think I drained the pineapples enough what can I do to make it less runny? It’s in the fridge right now still in the bowl

  13. Lynne Prestenback says

    My Aunt made this pie for years, after she passed on I had to make it for the family we called it a refrigerate pie. We love this pie.

  14. Sandy says

    I did add the right amount of lemon juice but don’t think I drained the pinapple very well. Should I add more cool whip?

    • says

      You could try that… and if that doesn’t work just spoon it into a glass, top with some extra cool whip and a cherry. Millionaire parfait. 😉 I am sure it will taste just as wonderful!

  15. Larsador says

    This sounds delicious! I’m making it tonight for tomorrows dessert. Is it really only 1 1/2 cups cool whip? Or do I use a whole 8 ounce container of cool whip?

  16. debbie grosinski says

    I made this today and let it stay in the refrigerator for 6 hours and it was absolutely delishhh… I followed the directions exact and it came out perfect… :)

  17. elaine jay says

    I have made this and substituted the eagle brand milk for vanilla yogurt…i also do not put it in a pie crust…i just use it as a dessert in a bowl

  18. Gail Sharon says

    I go out and buy the crust…they r making them a little bigger……I made this pie….it was very good…and very easy to make….yum

    • says

      I haven’t tried it without pineapple but you could possibly try another type of canned fruit (such as peaches or pears) well drained and dabbed dry. (Just be sure not to leave out the lemon juice! :) )

    • says

      I haven’t tried it that way but if you do try it, please let us know how it works out. Please be sure not to skip the lemon juice,that’s what thickens up the pie.

      • Jeannie says

        I’ve made a similar dessert, Banana Split Pie, and real whipped cream does not work. Becomes too runny too quickly. Stick to the cool whip.

    • tosha says

      Lemon juice will curdle the whipped cream. You need to use a nondairy whipped topping like cool whip.

    • says

      I haven’t tried it that way. If you do try it please let us know how it works out for you (just be sure not to miss the lemon juice). :)

  19. Carolyn Davis says

    I learned to make this pie in 4th grade some 30 yrs ago, it is so good that one time I dropped one on the floor my aunt scooped it up an ate it anyway, we use fruit cocktail drained no coconut.

  20. Deanna says

    I have never made this but first thing that came to mind is the pineapple and coconut are screaming for macadamia nuts so I would use that instead of pecans…or maybe pistachios. I would toast them first and maybe the coconut too. My inclination is go with a chocolate graham crust but that may prove to too much and regular graham may taste better. It would warrant some experimenting but bet it would be really good.

  21. Crystal Fortner says

    I did this one too. But instead of the Graham Cracker Crust. I mixed mixed 1/2 cup flour, 3/4 chopped pecans and 1 and 1/2 Sticks Butter, softened butter. Then I pressed it into 13x9x2″ pan and cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cooled and added filling. Delisious

  22. Barbara says

    This sounds delicious! Unfortunately, I am highly allergic to lemons :( I know white vinegar is the substitution for lemon juice. Would it work in this recipe or would it be better to leave it out and eat it in a bowl?

  23. says

    I’ve made this pie twice and it is absolutely delicious and get rave reviews every time! But, when I first read the recipe and it called for 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping, I used an entire 8 oz container and 1/2 of another (4oz) because I was taught 8 oz = 1 cup. So, what I ended up with was a lot of filling which was ‘heaped’ into the 8 inch pie shell. The pie was a bit tall but, looked and tasted nothing short of amazing, especially with a 1/2 layer of Cool Whip on top! This gets eaten so fast that may have to be made, next time!

  24. Brenda says

    Just made pie today. Came out great. A little sweet, but very easy to make. Just follow the directions and It will come out fine.

  25. Beverly says

    I made this for a potluck dinner this weekend. It was so very easy to make and tasted like a million :) Thanks for posting the recipe.

  26. Beverly says

    I like making a 9 x 13 dish of sugar free Jello and spread this evenly over for a topping,.. Nice for a warm summer evening.

  27. Pat Craig says

    I have made this recipe for years. I use cool whip 12 oz. 1 can sweetened milk 5 Tablespoons of lemon juice. then you can crush up oreo cookies (1/2 bag) makes 2 pies. I have also used fresh strawberries, mixed fruit, banana and coconut. Just make sure you drain fruit well

  28. Pam C says

    My grandmother had a recipe very similar to this that we make for all the major holidays. It has cranberry sauce and nuts in it and is frozen. I can’t wait to try this pie version!

  29. Pam says

    I made this and it was way too sweet. If I was to try it again I wouldn’t use the sweetened condensed milk but maybe somehow substitute with cream cheese.

  30. Shelly says

    Does the recipe require fresh lemon juice, or can it be from the plastic lemon bottle found by real lemons at the grocery store? Thanks!

  31. Stevie says

    You don’t need graham crackers at all to make a (sweet) crumb crust. Just about any type of plain cookie works well, and vanilla wafers are likely at the top of the list, as Holly mentioned, but I even once used those butter pecan packaged cookies for a cheesecake crumb crust, which turned out beautifully. I also noticed that someone else mentioned using Oreos, and those working well, so there are many possibilities for your crumb crust.

  32. Stormy says

    Hi. I can’t have dairy. I was wondering if I could use full fat coconut milk cooked to be condensed milk units place?

    • says

      I haven’t tried it with coconut milk so I can’t say for sure. While I think it would taste great, the condensed milk is thicker so I’m not sure if it would set up properly.

  33. says

    My recipe calls for a large can sliced peaches , drained and cut in small pieces.and large container of coolwhip insread of whipping cream and it makes 2 pies not one. Using 2 graham cracker crusts

  34. Amber says

    Just made this to bring to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow along with other pies. Looks like it will set up nicely but mine is more pink than in your photo and also tastes pretty much like lemon juice……hoping as it sets overnight the other flavors will be more prominent! Is that your experience as far as taste, gets better as it sits? Thanks

  35. RozLeigh says

    Thank you in advance for the recipe. Just sent my husband to market to purchase items I didn’t have. YUM-O! Sounds so good.

    Thank You for adding me to your list to receive other recipes.

  36. Cindy G says

    I just made this pie and put into fridge. Should the mixture be fairly thin when it is poured into the crust?

  37. emily c says

    This pie was so bad. I’m sorry, but yuck. It tastes like cheap sugary ingredients (perhaps because that’s what it’s made of). It’s like, when you take a bite of a cheap cherry pie. You know, the kind that’s just pre-made pie crust and a can of cherry filling. And you take a bite and, ugh. Not worth the calories. I’m sorry. =(

  38. LouAnn says

    Do you think that the canned pineapple be substituted with canned peaches or mandarin oranges? This looks super yummy, but I am highly allergic to pineapple. :(

    • says

      I haven’t tried it but I think it would work. The only issue you could run into would be that the pie may not set up as well… IF that were to happen I think it’d still be delicious (with a spoon).

  39. Tami Martin says

    Made the pie and it turned out great!!! It does fit into a pie crust but it mounds up high. I added mandarin oranges and left out the coconut and pecans and it was still a yummy dessert!! Wasn’t runny at all, you definitely need that lemon juice mixed with the sweetened condensed milk for it to thicken it. Thanks for posting it, Holly.

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