Indulge in a Decadent Coffee and Cream Pie

Are you a coffee lover with a sweet tooth? Then I have the perfect recipe for you – Coffee and Cream Pie! This pie is a delectable combination of a creamy coffee filling and a chocolate pastry crust that will make your taste buds dance with joy. This recipe is easy to make, and with its unique flavor, it’s sure to impress your family and friends.

Have you ever tried combining your love for coffee and pie? This recipe will change your entire perspective on desserts. It’s perfect for any time of the day – breakfast or dessert. Its creamy smooth coffee filling paired with a chocolate crust makes it the ideal after-dinner indulgence.

The Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is adaptable, so you can add variations such as instant espresso powder, caramel, or peanut butter to customize it to your preference. You can also serve it with ice cream or whipped cream for an extra treat.

If you are looking for an impressive dessert that is easy to make, then the Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is just what you need. It will have all of your guests begging for more. Give it a try, and I promise you will not be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee and Cream Pie
Coffee and Cream Pie

Are you a coffee lover? If so, then this Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is the perfect dessert for you! With its creamy smooth coffee filling and chocolate pastry crust, this pie is a decadent treat that will satisfy your cravings.

But what sets this recipe apart from the rest? For starters, it incorporates both brewed coffee and instant espresso powder to create a rich and robust coffee flavor. Additionally, the ingredients are easily accessible from any grocery store or online retailer, making it a convenient dessert to whip up at home.

But the real stars of the show are the subtle hints of vanilla extract and salt, which add depth and complexity to the flavors. And for those with dietary restrictions, substitutions such as almond milk or gluten-free flour can be made without sacrificing taste or texture.

So if you’re looking for an easy yet impressive dessert for your next gathering, trust me when I say that this Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is sure to impress. Your guests will be asking for seconds (and maybe even thirds!) while you bask in the glory of being a dessert-making master.

Ingredient List

 The perfect slice of heaven for coffee lovers!
The perfect slice of heaven for coffee lovers!

Pie Dough:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg yolk, whisked with 2 tbs ice water

Coffee Filling:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Coffee Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • Chocolate shavings for topping (optional)


  • Whipped cream

The Recipe How-To

 A match made in heaven - coffee and cream!
A match made in heaven – coffee and cream!

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into the how-to for this delicious Coffee and Cream Pie recipe.

Prepare the pie dough

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F.
  2. Roll out the pie dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish, pressing it firmly against the sides and bottom of the dish.
  4. Trim the excess dough around the edges of the dish with a sharp knife or pair of scissors.

Make the coffee custard filling

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and a pinch of salt until well combined.
  2. Add 3 cups of milk, 3 egg yolks, and 1/4 cup of brewed coffee, whisking until smooth.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken and come to a simmer.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring for an additional minute or two, until the mixture has thickened to a consistency similar to pudding.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract until well combined.

Assemble and bake the pie

  1. Pour the coffee custard filling into your prepared pie crust, smoothing it out with a spatula into an even layer.
  2. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  3. Let cool completely on a wire rack before covering with plastic wrap and chilling in the fridge for at least two hours (or overnight) to set up.

Make the coffee whipped cream

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 teaspoons of instant espresso powder, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.

Assemble the pie and serve

  1. Spread the coffee whipped cream over the top of your chilled coffee custard pie.
  2. Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.
  3. Chill for an additional hour before serving for a truly creamy and refreshing treat.


Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs to drink their coffee when you can eat it in a pie?
Who needs to drink their coffee when you can eat it in a pie?

One of the best things about this coffee and cream pie recipe is that it is highly adaptable. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try, based on your preference and availability of ingredients:

1. Chocolate Coffee Cream Pie: Add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder to the custard mixture for an extra chocolatey taste.

2. Vanilla Coffee Cream Pie: Substitute the chocolate pastry crust with a regular pastry crust and add 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the custard mixture.

3. Mexican Coffee Cream Pie: Add 1 tsp of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the custard mixture for a spicy kick.

4. Peanut Butter Coffee Cream Pie: Mix 1/2 cup of smooth peanut butter with the cream cheese filling for a nutty flavor.

5. Caramel Coffee Cream Pie: Drizzle caramel sauce over the final product just before serving for an extra sweet treat.

6. No-Bake Coffee Cream Pie: Instead of baking the pie, chill it in the refrigerator overnight until set.

7. Ice Cream Coffee Pie: Use ice cream instead of whipped cream as a topping to make an ice cream pie.

8. Mud Pie Variation: Add chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, and a swirl of chocolate fudge on top for an indulgent mud pie variation.

9. Layered Coffee Cream Pie: Create layers by adding a layer of sliced bananas or strawberries between the crust and the custard filling.

10. Toffee Coffee Cream Pie: Sprinkle crushed toffee candy on top for some added crunch and sweetness.

Feel free to get creative with your substitutions and variations! Just remember that tweaking the recipe may require some adjustments to baking times or quantities, so be sure to keep track while experimenting in your kitchen.

Serving and Pairing

 A coffee break in pie form.
A coffee break in pie form.

Coffee and Cream Pie is a dessert that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It’s perfect to serve for special occasions or as a weekend treat. The pie is best served cold, so make sure to chill it for at least an hour before serving.

You can pair your coffee cream pie with a variety of beverages like hot coffee, tea, or even milk. Coffee-flavored drinks such as iced coffee or cold brew coffee are also great options to complement the pie’s flavor. For those who prefer a more alcoholic beverage, pairing your pie with Irish coffee or a vanilla latte spiked with bourbon adds an extra kick to the dessert.

This creamy and smooth pie goes well with a wide range of toppings. Whipped cream is the classic choice that adds an extra layer of sweetness and texture. You can also add shaved chocolate or sprinkle cocoa powder on top of the whipped cream for an added burst of flavor.

For a non-chocolate twist, you can crumble peanut butter cups and sprinkle them on the pie filling before adding whipped cream on top. Caramel sauce is also an excellent option to drizzle on the pie for a sweet and savory touch.

In conclusion, Coffee & Cream Pie is versatile enough to be paired with a wide range of drinks and toppings. Experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect mix that suits your taste buds!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Deliciously creamy with a coffee kick.
Deliciously creamy with a coffee kick.

Once you’ve made this delicious coffee cream pie, you might have some leftovers or want to store it for later. In this case, the pie can be refrigerated for up to three days.

If you are planning to make the pie ahead of time, it is best to make the pie crust and the filling separately. Keep the pie crust in its baking dish covered with a plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge for up to eight hours before adding the filling.

The coffee custard filling can also be made a day or two in advance. Once cooked, cover the filling with cling wrap and store it in the fridge, but do not add whipped cream or meringue until just before serving, as these toppings do not freeze well.

When reheating, simply scoop out the desired slice of cold coffee cream pie and place it in a microwave-safe dish. Heat on high for 20-30 seconds or until desired temperature is reached. Be mindful not to overheat as this could cause separation.

Whether it’s served warm or cold, this coffee cream pie will leave you and your guests wanting more. And with its great taste, it’s sure to steal the spotlight at any dessert table!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Just the right amount of sweetness and coffee flavor in every bite.
Just the right amount of sweetness and coffee flavor in every bite.

Preparing a coffee and cream pie is an exceptional experience that can be enjoyed any time of the year, but to achieve perfect results, there are several tips you should keep in mind. As a barista, I’ve helped customers make this pie and realized some common mistakes. In this section, I will share some tips to ensure you have a creamy smooth texture and a delicious flavor for your coffee cream pie.

First, ensure that you use cold brew coffee or brewed coffee that has completely cooled. When mixing the coffee custard filling mixture and warmed milk, the temperature should be below 160°F. This temperature ensures that the egg yolks combine evenly with the other custard ingredients like sugar and cornstarch.

Second, choose your method of dissolving your instant coffee granules or espresso powder. An easy trick to get a good blend is mixing it with two tablespoons of heavy cream or little box milk before mixing them in the egg yolk mixture.

Thirdly, remember to use only cold butter when making your homemade pastry dough. Keep your dough chilled throughout the process to prevent shrinkage in the oven.

Fourthly, avoid trying to cut into the pie immediately after taking it out of the oven since this could result in cracks on top. Instead, cool it down to room temperature before serving.

Lastly, use any type of whipped cream of your choice for serving with your coffee cream pie; it not only adds extra creaminess but also intensifies the flavor profile.

By following these tips carefully combined with focusing on getting high-quality ingredients, such as granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar or using vanilla extract instead of ground vanilla beans, you’ll be guaranteeing yourself one exceptionally tasting cream pie!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is a must-try for any coffee lover out there. It’s a creamy, smooth, and rich dessert that will delight your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you are making it for family gatherings, holiday parties, or just to treat yourself to something delicious, this recipe will not disappoint.

With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this Coffee and Cream Pie recipe is perfect for bakers of all levels. Plus, with so many variations and substitutions possible, it’s easy to customize the recipe to suit your tastes or dietary needs.

So go ahead and get creative with your Coffee and Cream Pie. Add some chocolate or caramel sauce on top or sprinkle some chopped nuts for added texture. You can even turn it into a no-bake pie by using an already-made crust.

In the end, this Coffee and Cream Pie is not just a dessert but a true masterpiece that will impress everyone who tries it. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make this delicious pie today – you won’t regret it!

Coffee and Cream Pie

Coffee and Cream Pie Recipe

A lovely, light, coffee-flavored cream pie. Chilling time not included in preparation time. From the Wisconsin Dutch Chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9-inch pie
Calories 295.6 kcal


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup brewed coffee, strong
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pie shell, baked (either store bought or your own recipe)
  • whipped cream, lightly sweetened (for garnish)


  • Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Heat cream and coffee together; add gradually to cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly.
  • Cook in double boiler until thick and smooth, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
  • Pour part of mixture over egg, blending thoroughly.
  • Return to double boiler and cook for two minutes longer.
  • Cool and add vanilla extract.
  • Turn into baked pie shell and pile high with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 112gCalories: 295.6kcalCarbohydrates: 32.5gProtein: 2.9gFat: 17.3gSaturated Fat: 7.8gCholesterol: 59.6mgSodium: 282.2mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 16.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, European, German, Low Protein, Pie, Sweet
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