Coconut Apple Surprise Recipe

Posted on Oct 21 2012 - 11:20pm by Susan Bewley

Coconut Apple Surprise Feature

I will be one of the first to tell you – I love apple season! I’m one of those people who buy apples throughout the year, even if I feel a bit guilty knowing that they came from the other side of the world. When October rolls around, one of the first things I look at doing as making some type of apple pie. I have a handful of recipes I make depending on sales and the mood of my family. To start off Budget Earth’s Apple Festival, it seemed only appropriate

While I know some people love complicated recipes, I am someone who prefers enjoys simplicity and creating delicious dishes using ingredients that can be found in just about any kitchen. One recipe that has gotten quite a bit of attention in the past few weeks in my family is my Coconut Apple Surprise. The original recipe came from a cookbook my mother bought over a decade ago – An Occasion to Gather by the Milwaukee Entertains.  I liked the original recipe, but I found it was way too sweet for anyone over the age of six.  With how much I tweaked the recipe, it ended up being my own recipe that I think turned out to be a very delicious, flavorful dessert that will have anyone at your table asking for more!

Coconut Apple Surprise Recipe
Coconut Apple Surprise Recipe
  • 4 Cups Jonathon Apples cubed
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1½ Cups Shredded Coconut sweetened
  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk 5 oz can
  • 1 Egg I prefer organic or natural
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cups Butter melted (crust)
  • 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour prefer King Arthur (crust)
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt (crust)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. With a hand or stand mixer, mix together the butter, flour, and salt to make the crust until it forms a crumbly mixture. When finished, gently press into a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the lemon juice and cubed apples. Once thoroughly mixed, pour the apples over the crust.
  4. Mix 1 cup of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle this sugar on top of the apples.
  5. Place the apple dish in the oven for 20 minutes (make sure it is preheated to 350 degrees!)
  6. While the dish is baking, mix together the coconut, remain sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, and egg.
  7. When apple dish comes out of the oven, spoon the coconut mixture on top of the apples. Make sure it is spread over the apples evenly.
  8. Place the Apple dish back in the oven for another 20 minutes. When finished, it should be slightly brown on top and bubbly.
  9. Let the dish cool completely before serving.


While this dish is excellent served hot, I highly recommend letting it cool completely before serving. This will allow the top layer to completely solidify and prevent a huge mess when it comes time to serve this dessert. As well, Coconut Apple Surprise is excellent with vanilla ice cream!


Susan Bewley is a professional writer & blogger who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not freelance or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth or on her own novel. Feel free to contact Susan for more information on how she can help your business.

30 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ashley S October 22, 2012 at 10:16 am -

    I love coconut. This is absolutely amazing. I never would've thought to put apple and coconut together.

  2. Mariah October 22, 2012 at 10:39 am -

    I would never have paired these two but I love them both. I think I'll be trying this soon!

  3. Bobbie October 22, 2012 at 11:09 am -

    I am so trying this! What a unique combination and it looks delicious! Thank you :)

  4. Leila October 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm -

    I am not a big coconut fan, but love apples. I just might have to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just Becki October 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm -

    That sounds like a nice spin on using apples this fall! I'm not a huge coconut fan, so I might try it with a mixture of sweetened and unsweetened flakes! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. robyn October 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm -

    No one likes coconut in my house but me but this sounds yummy.

  7. Suzi Satterfield (@ClothAddicts) October 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm -

    Looks delicious!  Pinning for later. :-)

  8. Tara October 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm -

    Oh yum!  I want some, what time is dessert? :)

  9. Sarah Welte October 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm -

    looks yummy! I'm not a big coconut fan, but I'd be willing to try this!

  10. Nickida October 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm -

    That looks really good.  Its like an island apple pie.  A great alternative to just plain apple pie

  11. Amanda Seibert October 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm -

    Looks Yummmy!!!! 

  12. Shelly b October 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm -

    Looks delicious! Can a different type of apple be used..

  13. Susan Bewley October 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm -

    Yes, any type of baking apple can be used :) I would recommend granny smith if you are making it any other time during the year!

  14. Shan October 23, 2012 at 5:30 am -

    I'll have to try this! I love apples AND coconut! Thanks for the recipe
    O….and since it has an egg and fruit, it's totally breakfast justifiable!

  15. Kelly R October 23, 2012 at 9:26 am -

    I love apples and coconut, I will have to try this, thank you for the recipe

  16. Brooke Adametz October 23, 2012 at 10:04 am -

    It's not often that I actually have all of the ingredients on hand for a dessert, I might have to try this tonight! Looks great! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Angie October 23, 2012 at 11:32 am -

    OMG– looks so delicious!! Thanks for the great recipie.

  18. Melinda Dunne October 23, 2012 at 11:53 am -

    Oh my goodness that looks heavenly! Thanks for the recipe it is another one I am going to try!

  19. Mommy Blogger U October 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm -

    Looks yummy – I might try this for Thanksgiving!

  20. Melissa S.O.S. Mom October 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm -

    I agree with you, I LOVE apple season too! I love apple picking and then cooking all kinds of various dishes with them! your recipe looks delicious, adding it to my list of recipes to try out! 

  21. jheylo October 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm -

    sounds yummy! this is definitely a fall recipe :) i would love to try this

  22. Alaina Bullock October 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm -

    What a great sounding treat!  I bet the apple and coconut compliment each other perfectly!  Thank you for sharing another awesome recipe!

  23. Dana October 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm -

    I'll bring the coffee!

  24. Malia October 23, 2012 at 11:21 pm -

    interesting combo, but sounds and looks delicious!

  25. Sue Invegas October 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm -

    Oh wow! This looks amazing!!! I have to save this one for sure. Nice recipe! But why wasn't I invited when you baked it? lol

  26. Icar (My Charmed Mom) October 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm -

    this looks yummy, its a must try for me, thanks for the recipe!

  27. Candy Olivares October 25, 2012 at 12:36 am -

    Not big on coconut but this looks amazing! Will have to try it out! :) 

  28. Shydub October 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm -

    THis recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving. Looks delectable.

  29. Debbie October 31, 2012 at 11:04 am -

    Yum!! Now I am hungry lol