This Coconut Refrigerator Dessert is a MAJOR hit! If you like coconut you will absolutely love this perfect summertime treat. It features layers of a cookie crust, sweet cream cheese filling, creamy coconut pudding and whipped cream top with toasted coconut. What could be better? The recipe as a whole is a bit of a process in creating each of the layers. As long as you give yourself enough time though, this dessert really is pretty simple. Making sure everything is cooled properly is definitely key!
We had frozen some fresh coconut recently so I got that out and let it thaw and then shredded it on our handheld grater. You can easily skip this step and just buy shredded coconut in a bag. Also, the coconut cream pudding was hard to find in our local grocery store so I purchased off of Amazon. Mom suggested that Grandma would sometimes make this dessert with chocolate pudding mix and I could see that being great, too!
I did stick closely to Grandma’s recipe for this one, however, I did make my own whipped cream. I just think it’s so easy to make and tastes so much better than the stuff in the tub. For that I used about 1 1/2 cups heavy cream and whipped to form peaks. You’ll want to add a bit of sugar and some vanilla extract to flavor it, too. A trick I learned from Mary Berry is instead of vanilla extract (which is just vanilla flavoring in vodka) you can just use a flavorful liquor. We had some Jamaican rum on hand so I used that. That just added a little extra tropical taste. I highly recommend.
Ok, so now start planning when you’re going to make this, cause trust me you will want to!! I’m already dreaming about when I’ll be making it again. I cannot wait!! If you give it a try, let me know what you think and please share a picture with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes)