This easy to make Million Dollar Pie recipe is one that should absolutely be in everyone's recipe box. A classic diner pie great for any occasion.
The no bake icebox pie features a delicious creamy filling with shredded coconut, crushed pineapple, chopped pecans. The dreamy whipped topping mixture of the Million Dollar pie is nestled in a graham cracker crust and a maraschino cherry on top of each luscious slice!
What is Million Dollar Pie?
Million Dollar Pie is such a popular classic no bake recipe. It is also commonly known as Millionaire Pie and originated in the Southern part of the United States at a restaurant called Furr’s Cafeteria. The original version of Million Dollar Pie did not have cherries on top. They had another version with cherry pie filling in it, which they called Billionaire pie.
The delicious pie is particularly popular during the holiday season as well as for summer cook-outs and potlucks. Million Dollar pie is one of those pies you probably remember your grandmother or an aunt bringing to holiday dinner each year.
Twists on the Original Million Dollar Pie Recipe
Million Dollar Pie can be made a few different ways, so there are many different recipes out there.
While some use cream cheese, this is a condensed milk version of the recipe. When made with cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract are also used. Frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed is traditionally used in either version. Using cream cheese makes more of a cheesecake version of Million Dollar pie, than the authentic recipe, but it is also delicious.
The coconut crushed pineapple pie is also referred to as Hawaiian Million Dollar pie sometimes too... for obvious reasons. Mandarin oranges are a popular addition to the top the pie and the
Mandarin orange slices are and even small enough to mix into the filling. Canned peaches are a topping of choice as well, especially in Southern states.
Some like to add nuts, such as pecans on top. Toasted coconut is also a favored topping.
No matter what you call it, the rich decadence of this easy to make dessert is sure to make you feel like a million bucks! Even with inflation that's a nice tidy sum...lol.
How to Make Million Dollar Pie
Let me show you how to make this delicious no bake dessert. It is a super easy recipe.
Print recipe is found below, which makes two pies. If you just want one pie, you can always freeze the other for later.
The recipe makes two Million Dollar pies, each with 8 slices.
The prep time for this recipe is just 10 minutes (or less). With chilling, total time is about 4 hours.
Ingredients you will need:
- 20 ounce can of drained pineapple (crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits)
- chopped pecans
- sweetened condensed milk (14 ounce can)
- sweetened shredded coconut
- fresh lemon juice
- 8 ounce container of non-dairy frozen whipped topping, such as Cool Whip
- 2 graham cracker crusts, standard ready-made (or make your own graham crust with crackers and butter chilled in pie plate)
- maraschino cherries
Large bowl and mixing spoon
This is one of the easiest pies you will ever prepare. Making this pie requires no cooking at all. Let's start making it!
First mix up the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl (pineapple, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, lemon juice, pecans and whipped topping).
Next, pour the mixture into a ready made graham cracker pie crust.
Garnish the top with cherries and pecan pieces, then freeze for a few hours until it is set.
That is all there is to it! Slice and serve. Top each slice with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream if you like.
Of course if you prefer making your own homemade graham cracker pie crust, be my guest. I left easy directions right above the recipe card.
Millionaire Pie - Lighter Version
If you want to lighten the creamy classic millionaire pie recipe up a little, that can be done in a few easy steps. First, swap out standard whipped topping for a lighter version. Next, instead of condensed sweetened milk and sweet coconut, use unsweetened and add a zero or reduced calorie sweetener to make up for the difference.
Can you freeze Million Dollar Pie?
Yes, the pie freezes well. It also serves nicely semi-frozen. Just do no refreeze after it has been thawed. Leave it in the freezer after initial chill.
While the red and white look of this Million Dollar pie is already a festive look for the holiday season. Before serving, add some green jarred cherries along with the red ones for a full on Christmas dessert. Try chopping some up and adding them to the filling too.
MAKE YOUR OWN GRAHAM CRACKER CRUSTS
If you don’t want to get the ready made crusts, making one for your Million Dollar Pie is pretty easy.
You will need these ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ⅓ cup of melted butter
Mix all three ingredients together and spread out in 8-9 inch pie pan. Press firmly but gently with a spoon, spatula or measuring cup bottom to smooth surface. Chill until graham cracker crust is firm. Don't fill until the graham cracker crusts are cool.
If you make this million dollar pie recipe. I'd love to hear how it came out and any fun changes you make.
Million Dollar Pie Recipe
- 20 ounce Crushed Pineapple drained
- ½ cup pecans DIVIDED chopped, half goes in the filling the other half on top
- 14 ounce Sweetened Condensed Milk
- ¾ cup sweetened shredded Coconut DIVIDED ½ cup in filling, ¼ cup on top
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 8 ounce Cool Whip type non-dairy frozen whipped topping thawed
- 2 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts prepared crust or homemade
- 16 Maraschino Cherries for garnish
- Mix drained pineapple tidbits, ¼ cup of the pecans, ½ cup of the coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice together in a large bowl.
- Then fold in the whipped topping.
- Pour pie filling mixture into the graham cracker crust evenly and sprinkle the remaining shredded coconut and pecans over the pie.
- Arrange cherries on top, then freeze for a minimum of 4 hours before serving.
No Bake Pie Recipes!
Here are a few more yummy and easy to make no bake pie recipes to try. All are tried and true.