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Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 30th, 2013

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.

Yield: 18 brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: So super chocolaty and wonderful.
Texture: The brownies are ultra fudgy while the cream pie filling is thick and creamy. The light-as-air whipped cream on top just puts this dessert on a whole new level.
Ease: More time consuming and messy than straight-up brownies. Be sure to strain the cream pie filling through a fine sieve to get any curdled pieces of egg out.
Appearance: Doesn’t it just look dreamy?
Pros: Fabulous dessert for chocolate lovers like myself.
Cons: Dirties quite a few dishes and takes some time.
Would I make this again? For special occasions, these were a HIT this past Thanksgiving!

What TV shows have you guys been getting into lately?

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.

I’ve been liking This Is Us as a substitute for Parenthood, but what I’m really counting down the days on is the premiere of Homeland and The Americans. Anyone watch those shows? I’m obsessed!! And I might also watch a weekly episode of a few Real Housewives shows… but lets keep that between us.

I am a big fan of TV, I can easily get addicted to shows and spend way too much time watching. Working from home with Netflix just a room away is dangerous. It’s gotten to the point where I’d rather binge watch a season of a TV show then go to the movies which I guess just really highlights the millennial in me, ha!

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is sitting down on the couch with a recorded show ready to go and a homemade dessert in hand. That is the perfect end to my day. These Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies are incredibly rich, chocolaty, and indulgent and are perfect for evening TV watching, though they are easier to eat with a fork! If you love chocolate, you’re going to adore these brownies.

Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.

I actually cut them into little bite sized pieces and served them at Thanksgiving (along with 3 pies). I know some people just want a little bite of something sweet after such a rich meal, but these ended up being the surprise hit of the holiday.

How to make
Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies

Yield: 18 brownies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Chocolate Cream Pie Brownies have a rich fudgy brownie bottom, a layer of luscious chocolate cream pie filling, and are topped with homemade whipped cream.


For the brownies:

  • 2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (200 grams) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces (142 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream, divided
  • 2 cups (473 ml) whole milk

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (31 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the brownies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ยฐF. Line a 13 by 9-inch pan with foil, leaving an overhang.
  2. In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir until well combined. Let cool if the butter is still hot. Stir in the vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, stirring very well after each addition. Stir until the batter is very well blended. Add the flour and stir again until very well blended. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature then place in the fridge to chill.

Make the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, place the butter, chocolate, and vanilla.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the cream, breaking up lumps with vigorous whisking. Whisk in the egg yolks.
  3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and gradually whisk in the remaining cream and the milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and pour the hot milk mixture over the butter mixture. Whisk until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture through a strainer and over the chilled brownies. Press plastic wrap against the surface of the filling and return to the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.

Make the topping:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until the cream forms soft peaks. Gently spread the whipped cream over the brownies. Cut into squares and serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Helen — February 26, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    It looks soooo tasty. Since I’m from sweden we don’t have butter in sticks, so my question is how much is the butter in gram?


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    Casey C — January 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    2 cups of cocoa, is that right? That is a huge amount of cocoa. I’m going to make these for my sisters birthday, They look delicious.

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      Tessa — January 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yep! This makes an entire 9×13-inch pan so it’s a pretty big amount of everything ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday to your sister!

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    Rachel — November 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I have to say thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I never post comments for anything but I had to tell you this recipe is absolutely delicious!!! I made it today for an “after Thanksgiving” gathering and it was a huge hit! I also made your brown butter toffee chocolate chip cookies and they are also delicious. Thanks for all your recipes! Can’t wait to try more!

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    Valerie — June 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I made the first two layers of these brownies yesterday, and wanted to ask what the consistency of the filling should be before pouring on the butter/chocolate mixture? I ended up whisking until it was more like a pudding – is that right? Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Carla — October 6, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Wow these look so rich and heavenly! Love when a brownie is more than just a brownie.

  6. #
    Lazy — October 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    how do you think it would work to make box brownies, put chocolate pudding on top and cover with coolwhip?

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    Mel @ Trailing After God — October 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to make them!

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    Diane (createdbydiane) — October 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    these look super delicious!

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    Kathy — October 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    These look so delicious, but is there a trick to cutting them? I would think the whipped cream would drag down to the brownie and not look quite as pretty.

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      Tessa — October 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      They’re actually pretty easy to cut! I used a big sharp knife and just wiped it off with warm water between cuts to avoid smearing the whipped cream.

  10. #
    Betsy — October 1, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    If I want to transport them to a party after work, do I just store them in the fridge overnight? Or should I wait to put the layers together until I’m ready to serve?

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      Tessa — October 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      You could store them covered overnight in the fridge but if you have time I would hold off on topping with the whipped cream until as late as possible!

  11. #
    ashley – baker by nature — October 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Omg. YES! I flippin love these, Tessa!

  12. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 1, 2013 at 7:38 am

    These look amazing! I would gladly eat these bad boys for breakfast!

  13. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — September 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    These are my dream come true! Love me a chocolate overload!

  14. #
    Gaby — September 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Flipping out over this! Totally need a big slice right now!!

  15. #
    Elizabeth @ — September 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    These look faaaaabulous! I have a brownie problem and always make things more complicated for myself by adding a million layers or sub-recipes…so obviously these are right up my alley. ๐Ÿ™‚ As far as TV, if you haven’t seen “House of Cards” on Netflix yet, HIGHLY recommended. Kevin Spacey is so good!

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    Jaclyn — September 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    These look ridiculously amazing!! I need! Chocolate love right here.

  17. #
    Coty and Mariah — September 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Digging the idea of combing a pie and a brownie together, especially when its chocolate!

  18. #
    Becca @ Heaven in a Dish — September 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    These look so good and fudgy, can’t wait to try them!

  19. #
    Dina — September 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    they look yummy!

  20. #
    Kiran @ — September 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mmmmm….. Divine!!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Wow, this is my dream brownie, seriously how good does this taste!

  22. # — September 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    As always, these look fabulous! I LOVE chocolate cream pie…so these are perfect. They are like mini chocolate cream pie bites.

  23. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 30, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Love how rich and fudgy the brownie layer looks!

  24. #
    Tieghan — September 30, 2013 at 5:10 am

    These brownies are like heaven! So awesome! I love the chocolate cream pie right on top! yes, please!

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