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

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Millionaire Pie is a family favorite.  A rich creamy base is loaded with pecans, coconut, pineapple, and cherries. You’ll need just about 5 minutes to prepare this pie and no baking is required!

a slice of Millionaire Pie loaded with coconut, pineapple, cherries and pecans.

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

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No-bake, no fuss… Millionaire Pie is simple to make and the best part is that it tastes delicious! There’s a very good reason this is one of the top recipes of all time on my blog!

We’ve served ambrosia salad at every holiday meal for as long as I can remember.  It’s such a great side and as a kid I always felt like I was having dessert with my dinner.  This pie has a similar flavor so if you like ambrosia salad, you’ll love this pie (plus pretty much anything with sweetened condensed milk has to be amazing right?!)!

Millionaire Pie with a cherry on top on two plates

This pie starts out with a base of sweetened condensed milk mixed with lemon juice (which causes it to thicken).  Once thickened, all of the yummy add-ins are mixed in including cherries, pineapple, coconut, and pecans.  It’s all poured into a graham crust and put in the fridge to set.

That’s it, no baking, no stove… just easy-peasy stir and pour!

Millionaire Pie cut into slices

You’ll want to make sure you squeeze out your pineapple as much as you can just to make sure your pie sets up well.  If you don’t have a store-bought graham crust, of course, this works with a homemade graham cracker crust.

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.

Millionaire Pie with a cherry on top on two plates
4.91 from 55 votes
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Millionaire Pie

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Millionaire Pie is a family favorite. A rich creamy base is loaded with pecans, coconut, pineapple and cherries. You’ll need just about 5 minutes to prepare this pie and no baking is required!


  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 can 15.25oz crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries drained & chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped topping plus extra for garnish if desired

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  • In a large bowl, combine coconut, crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, pecans, (Eagle Brand) Sweetened Condensed Milk, lemon juice and maraschino cherry juice.
  • Gently fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust.
  • Top with additional whipped topping and cherries if desired. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

Do not skip or substitute the lemon juice or this pie will not set properly.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 454, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 140mg, Potassium: 114mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 3.6mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. I love your recipes. I have numerous allergies and get bored of the sae old dishes. Your recipes offer our family fun, tasty, and some new safe for me options. Thank you for sharing!

    1. If the strawberries are fresh I would be concerned that they would release water into the pie so it wouldn’t set up as well. I haven’t tried it, so let us know how it goes if you do try it!

  2. Curious to know where the cover photo is from, since the video produces more of a pink pie..? And if it’s your photo, how were you able to keep it white instead of pink from the cherries?

    1. All images in this post are images I’ve personally taken and they’re all of the same recipe. If you dab off more of the juices from the cherries it won’t leak as much color. Hope that helps.

  3. Very good! I think by adding a few Tablespoons of lemon juice would stiffen up the cool whip a bit. Otherwise, delicious!4 stars

    1. Hi Bonnie, we have tested and it appears to be printing fine now when using the “print recipe” button. Let us know if it still isn’t printing for you!

    1. Hi Elizabeth, you should be able to print this recipe using the print recipe button just above the ingredients list. We just tested and it appears to be working for us, let us know if you are still having issues printing. Thank you!

    1. As I don’t observe a diabetic diet I am not sure which dessert would work for you Gretchen, sorry! But you can take a look at our dessert section and see if anything stands out to you.

  4. I love your millionaire pie recipe and have made it a couple of times. First time I made it, Instead of the graham cracker crust, I made a pretzel crust in a 13×9″ pan and doubled the recipe. It was a hit!
    Next time I made this recipe, I used a regular graham cracker crust pie shell. Again, the pie flew but the reviews were that the pie was better with the pretzel crust.5 stars

  5. Not a review as I have yet to try this yummy sounding recipe. I am allergic to coconut. Can I just leave it out or is there a substitute I can use? Thanks!

    1. I’ve only tried this as written but you could leave the coconut out and replace a portion of it with extra nuts (or even slivered almonds). Other readers have replaced coconut with mini marshmallows.

      1. I’ve made this several times and I always leave out the coconut and I don’t substitute and it always comes out perfect.
        Does anyone know how long this pie is good for in the fridge?

    1. Hi Michelle, we have only made this recipe as listed but another reader with a similar allergy recommended subbing in white vinegar. I am not sure how it will turn out, but I would love to hear if you try it out!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. The lemon juice reacts with the sweetened condensed milk which is what really sets the pie and I worry that changing it out may not work.

  6. I love this recipe and can’t wait to make it and believe me I WILL!!!! Thank you so much for being so kind to share this recipe!

  7. I love this pie I have tried to get the recipe for this pie for ages my aunt used to make my Grandmother this pie know they are both in Heaven thank you Lord that I was up this morning on Facebook because I asked her daughter how to make this pie and she has also gone home to be with the Lord but I will be making this this Thanksgiving for my Baby and my Family

    1. Your grandmother’s recipe sounds like such a special memory Vonnisha, we hope you enjoy this one. We will be keeping you in our thoughts.

    1. Bottled lemon juice should work just fine. You’ll want to make sure the condensed milk mixture is thickened before adding the other ingredients (you can see the consistency in the video). Enjoy!

  8. Made the Millionaire’s Pie. What a huge success it was
    I tweaked the recipe as I’m in Australia & we don’t have Graham Crackers here
    However I used Ginger Nut Biscuits & left out the sugar when making the base. The Ginger flavour was so awesome with the tropical flavours of the pie & everyone commented how well all the flavours married together.5 stars

  9. Sounds so good. Can’t wait to try. I have a friend allergic to cherries. Any idea for a substitution? She’d love to try it too.5 stars

    1. Hi Shery, to accommodate her allergy you could definitely try leaving out the cherries and increasing the pineapple, or adding in her favorite fruit. Let us know how it turns out!

          1. I have only tried this as written. As long as you leave the full amount of lemon juice in the recipe I think substituting the pineapple with another canned fruit (such as peaches or mandarin oranges) should work.

    1. We haven’t tried making this with bananas but other readers have with great success! Let us know how it turns out Carol.

    1. Hi Benita, we don’t have these recipes available in a paperback book but you can definitely print these out and add them to your cookbook.

  10. I did this wrong after looking at other recipes. I used “whipped topping” in the fan instead of cool whip. I just wasted my time! You should changed “whipped topping” to “cool whip” like all the other recipes!

    1. I haven’t made this with whipping cream to so I’m not sure how it would set up. I would suggest whipped topping in this recipe.

    2. I would prefer trying whipping cream as Cool Whip really isn’t suppose to be good for you. Probably whipping cream isn’t either. Guess it’s a toss between two evils!

    1. The coconut itself adds texture to the recipe. If you leave it out, you might like to add extra nuts. I haven’t tried adding coconut extract, if you do add it, I would add a small amount and taste it as extracts can be strong.

  11. I really enjoy this page
    The recipes are not hard to make at all
    And if you’re having a problem and leave a comment or have any questions you always get an response back

    1. Hi Paula, whipped topping is an edible oil product similar to whipped cream but comes frozen in a tub. If you can’t find that you could try whipped cream. I haven’t tried it that way so if you do, please let us know how it works for you! :)

  12. This was Fast and Absolutely Wonderful. It was a BIG HIT..So many different flavors in one bite. Reminded me of desserts in Hawaii. My friend made it with Chocolate Graham crust was equally Delish!!
    Thank you for Sharing,
    Lolli5 stars

  13. Hello from Thailand,

    Your recipe looks delicious. I will be making this as there is no baking necessary. As I don’t have an oven However, I don’t like dried coconuts. So may I leave it out. If so, what would you suggest I replace it with? And I would love to use peaches (can you suggest fresh or can) in stead of pineapples. Maybe it’s because we have a large abundance amount of fresh coconuts and pineapples that we are tired of eating it. I’ll let you know it all turns out as soon as you can reply me with the suggestions I would like from you.

    Have a nice day

    1. Hi Toni!
      You can leave the coconut out if you wish. I have never tried adding peaches to this, but it sounds like a tasty idea! If you try it please let me know how it turned out!

  14. I want to make your Ambrosia million dollar pie, but i’m Not sure about the
    Whipped topping. Are you saying, buy heavy whipped milk to whip make whip cream or use cool whip. I want to go to th e store & get the ingredients. I think you want the real cream you whip yourself!
    Thank you, Linda Crane.

    1. You could leave the coconut out and replace a portion of it with extra nuts (or even slivered almonds). Other readers have replaced coconut with mini marshmallows. I haven’t tried it though.

    1. These recipes sound delicious, I can’t wait to try them on my family. Thank you for sharing them. Barb

  15. Mine didn’t set unfortunately. I made sure to drain the pineapple well and followed the directions exactly except I left out the coconut. Such a pity because it did taste good but too runny :(3 stars

    1. Oh no Mel, how disappointing. Did you add the full amount of lemon juice? Did you mix the lemon juice and condensed milk until it thickened as shown in the video?

      1. Unfortunately it does not say anything about that in the recipe directions. It just says to combine all of the ingredients except the whipped topping in a large bowl. One cannot be expected to be viewing the video while they are making the dish.

  16. I am allergic to walnuts and pecans. I wonder how almonds would be in this? Any other suggestion for pecan substitute?

    1. I have only tried this recipe as written, but almonds sound like they would be delicious. I would suggest using slivered almonds as they’re crunchier. Let me know how it turns out!

  17. I loved this pie. And all my guests at Thanksgiving had a fit over it. It brought back sweet memories for some. I ended up with enough to fill a 9 inch pie and a nice bowl. Thanks for this great treat. I’m making it for Christmas too! Happy Holidays to you and yours.5 stars

  18. This is so easy and very good, but way sweet..but I will say, I used unsweetened organic coconut and wow I can’t Imagine how sweet it would be with sweetened coconut.4 stars

  19. This is a golden oldie recipe. This was served as dessert at my wedding rehearsal dinner 45 years ago. Tasty then and now!

  20. This recipe sounds interesting, it gave me an idea to create my own version only I have a Banana Split in mind.
    So I’m thinking of omitting the coconut, reducing the pineapple, adding sliced strawberries (strained before adding) along with banana slices. Poured into the crust and covered with whipped cream, drizzle of chocolate fudge, sprinkled with chopped peanuts and then topping it with the maraschino cherry’s. I’m not a fan of ambrosia but I do love banana splits. Sorry can’t rate what I haven’t tried.

        1. You could leave the coconut out and replace a portion of it with extra nuts (or even slivered almonds). Other readers have replaced coconut with mini marshmallows. I haven’t tried it though.

      1. The one we make doesnt have coconut. Its 1 can cherry pie filling, 1/2 c sugar, 1 pkg raspberry jello, 1 can crushed pineapple, 4 bananas, 1 c pecans, and 1 top cool whip. Its more of a jello based pie with a the cool whip on top of pie not mixed in. There is a little cooking involved.

        1. I would love this recipe. I live with my daughter and her family which includes 3 teenagers. I think they would like this and it sounds great to me. Thank you

  21. I made this because I am one that believes anything with sweetened condensed milk is better. Super easy and good on a hot summer’s night. I’m not that big of a pecan fan so the next time I won’t put in as many nuts. Husband loved and the pie was gone in three days!

  22. I made this for a ladies meeting at church. They loved it. I doubled recipe and made it in a 9×13. Was a hit.5 stars

  23. This is the ideal dessert for a summer afternoon, chased with some tea – hot or cold as you like it! Today was my shopping day, and I picked up the ingredients. When I got home I stirred this up. By supper time it will be nicely set up I confess to scraping the bowl clean with a rubber spatula (must not waste, right?) and can’t wait to share it with my husband! It reminds me of a frozen dessert that a friend served over 40 years ago. Flawless texture and looks like a Millionaire Pie.

  24. The cranberry millionaire salad is awesome. Made no changes. You will not be disappointed. Great dish for the holiday season!

  25. I’m glad to have found this recipe just in time because my sister loves this pie and her birthday is in 2 days so it’ll be a complete surprise that I’ll be making it instead of the usual birthday cake every year. Thanks holly

  26. Hi! I am allergic to pineapple. Do you think you could take it out and replace it and it would still be good? This looks amazing! I love the smell of pineapple and get so bummed when I see something amazing and then I see the pineapple pop up lol.

  27. I followed directions completely. This pie was runny and never set. I drained and dried pineapple with a paper towel, made sure I added the lemon juice to the sweetened condensed milk. Left in fridge over night. It just fell apart.

    1. How disappointing! I’m not sure why yours didn’t set, it sounds like you followed the recipe exactly. I’ve made this so many times and haven’t had that problem.

    2. Hi Kelli, you might want to try some instant clear jel next time. It’s a thickening agent and will thicken just about anything. It doesn’t have to be cooked, hence the name instant clear jel. Be careful though, you don’t need too much. Remember, you can always add more but if you add too much, you won’t be able to take it away. Good luck, and I hope this helps you next time.

  28. This pie is delicious… My husband’s favorite for his birthday and holidays… I’m not a cherry fan…I like to substitute cherries with fresh sliced strawberries, toast coconut for garnish… Yum oh!

  29. Hi Holly
    I have a question I was thinking about making this but one of the people that might be enjoying this is allergic to citrus. Is there another option to the Lemon juice that i used in the recipe?

    1. Unfortunately the lemon makes this pie set. You could certainly make this pie and create another little dessert in a bowl for the guest with allergies skipping the lemon juice. It would be the texture of a softer ambrosia salad. I hope that helps.

    2. I cream an eight ounce pack of PhilAdelphia cream cheese, add two teaspoons of vanilla flavor, blended one half cup of powdered sugar then stirred in fruit and nut mix, finally folded in cool whip. Put in Graham cracker crust. This eliminates citrus, sets up wonderfully. I add powdered sugar to accommodate the addition of the cream cheese, so you might need to add more to taste. I only did this to be certain it set up well. I liked the pie but it did not work well for me

  30. I made your millionaire pie day before yesterday! I had a birthday party the next day AND I had forgotten about it. I managed to get to the restaurant by desert & coffee time. I had phoned ahead and told the other girls “Don’t order desert! I’m bringing it!” It ended up being my gift, my card, and Birthday Girl took the remaining HALF home to share with her family! Everyone happy except MY husband. Today, I’m making another Millionaire Pie!

    1. LOL! Happy Birthday to your girlfriend! I’m sure your husband will enjoy his pie, thankfully it doesn’t take long to prepare! :)

  31. Any easy way to make your own graham cracker crust is to use recipe above. Spread it out slightly evenly in pie pan, but instead of using your fingers to mash it, use the next size smaller pie plate to mash it with. I have a 9″ Corning pie plate that I use for pies & use an 8″ Pyrex one to mash it with.

  32. I have a cousin who is allergic to nuts, is there something else I can use to get the crunch of the pecans. I’m making this for Thanksgiving.

  33. I had a recipe like this years ago. The only thing different was made with dream whip cool whip pistachio pudding and dark cherries. If any one remembers please let me know I can’t find my recipe

  34. This looks so wonderful. I am going to print it & make it for our next get together. A different one each time. WONDERFUL.

    1. I have only tried this as written. As long as you leave the full amount of lemon juice in the recipe I think substituting the pineapple with another canned fruit (such as peaches) should work.

  35. I have not yet made this pie. I have made a similar pie (Key lime) using condensed milk and lime juice.It is absolutely imperative to use the lemon juice for the pie to set up. Also, I found using a brand name milk also makes a difference. Looking forward to making this pie without any changes.

    1. Hi Sheila,
      Thanks for stopping by. If you scroll down past the ingredients just a little, the instructions are listed. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  36. Oooh, this looks like a great pie to share with my co-workers and so easy to mix up too! Love the addition of pecans for the additional texture!

  37. Made this for my Easter Family Gathering, took some advice from the comments and used a 9×13 pan, and made my own graham cracker crust but I used real finnish butter and sweetener to make it a little friendlier for diabetics. But otherwise did not derive from the recipe or the crust recipe in comments. Everyone literally loved it. It was half gone by the time I got some lol and I dunno if it was even still there by the time I left. I never get such positive feedback from family gatherings on my contributions so I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks for the recipe!!

  38. I am curious about changing ingredients. I like everything in this recipe except pineapple. could I change that out for dark chocolate chips/pieces?

    1. I think that would work but I haven’t tried it so I can’t say 100% for sure. If you do try it just be certain to keep the lemon juice in the recipe as it helps the pie set.

  39. Can anyone tell me if the lemon juice has a substitute? My mom is highly allergic to lemon (and lime) and I would love to make this for an upcoming family get together!

    1. Unfortunately this pie has not worked for those who have substituted the lemon juice. The combination of the lemon juice and the sweetened condensed milk is what makes this pie set.

  40. 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.

  41. 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. :(

    1. 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).

  42. 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. =(

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this pie, we love it in our house but we love ambrosia salad and think this is similar. :)

  43. I do want to try this, but what size can of sweetened condensed milk do I use?…..i think it comes in two sizes…..Thank You

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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

    1. 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.

    2. My brother is lactose intolerant, but loves dairy products. He takes Lactaid™ tablets before eating dairy yummies and has no problems.

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. 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

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

    1. Gail, I’m sure the 1 1/2 cups whipped topping means volume not weight. My daughter once made this mistake when making Rice Cereal Treats. She was calculating weight instead of volume for the cereal, and, as we know, the rice cereal weighs practically nothing. She bought 3 boxes and still didn’t have enough according to her calculation. Fortunately, she realized her mistake but had a LOT of cereal to eat for a long time.

  56. 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?

  57. 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

    1. I’m pretty sure you meant to say 1 and 1/2 cups of flour. I only put 1/2 cup and the mixture was soupy. I added another cup of flour and then I could press it into pie pan.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

    1. LOL!! I might be tempted to eat it off the floor too! :) Fruit cocktail would work perfectly in this recipe too! Yum!

    1. 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). :)

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

    1. 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! :) )

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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… :)

  63. 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?

  64. 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?

    1. 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!

  65. 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.

  66. 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

  67. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  68. 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!!

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

      1. You have to make sure it is “sweetened condensed milk ” cause there is such a thing as sweet milk which is not eve close to the other.

        1. Also…be suer you are using ‘SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK< not "EVAPORATED MILK…some folks who dont cook much dont realize the difference and pick up the wrong kind.

  71. 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.

    1. 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. :)

  72. 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

      1. 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

        1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. HI Julie, I also make a cheesecake -like pie using lemon jello amd only 1 cup of boiling water. I put this is a blender with one 8 ounce package of cream cheese. Blend together and pour into a prepared graham cracker crust. Makes a great cream cheese pie with lemon flavor. You can add any fruit you like on top with Cool Whip garnish. Delicious

    2. To make it thicker , add more lemon juice little at a time. I also was told that if you use metal spoon and bowl it won’t get thick. The calaboration of eaglebrand milk and lemon juice is what makes thick . I always use plastic bowl and spoons to mix. Always turns out with no fail.Hope this will help you.

  73. 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!

    1. Oh no!! Did you use the “PRINT” button on the recipe? It’s on the right corner of the actual recipe. Hopefully that helps!


      1. 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.

      2. 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.

    2. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. Just copied your recipe for sugar free sweetened condensed milk. What a wonderful thing for diabetics. I will be using it to make a millionaire pie for Christmas. Now i can cook for my family and myself using the same recipe.

    2. Perhaps oconut milk with a little xylitol? Or ~1/4-1/3 cup cashews blended with water sufficient for recipe. I use casews blended with water for vegan recipes such as macaroni and cheese, stroganoff, cream for coffee, etc. options for sweeteners are xylitol, as mentioned, maple syrup, dates (in the blender with the liquids) and honey.

  74. 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!!!

    1. I buy the graham crust with the 2 extra servings and fill it..or you can always just put the extra in desert dishes and its wonderful!

  75. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

        1. 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. :)

      1. 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

    1. 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!

    1. 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 :)

    1. 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! :)

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

  76. 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..

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

        1. 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!

      2. 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

    2. I happen to have some blueberries, I added those after musing them with potato smasher.. it was a hit.. I would guess about 1/3 cup.. I didn’t measure ,lol bcuz I didn’t know how this was gonna turn out / but yay.. it was yummy