French Silk Pie

By Tessa Arias
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January 16th, 2019
4.9 from 302 votes
4.9 from 302 votes

French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs. Perfect holiday recipe!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

French Silk Pie

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Taste: Tons of deep chocolate flavor without any cloying artificial sweetness like the pre-made frozen silk pies from the store.
Texture: The filling is so rich, creamy, and decadent and pairs perfectly with the slightly crunchy crust and ultra light whipped cream.
Ease: This recipe does make a bit of a mess, but the good news is that it’s made ahead of time so perfect for entertaining or bringing to a party.
Pros: A classic recipe without any raw eggs that your family will request for every holiday.
Cons: A bit involved and messy to make, but one bite of the final pie will convince you it was all worth it.
Would I make this again? Absolutely!

Growing up it wasn’t a holiday without a French Silk Pie with those chocolate curls on top.

Whether it was Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, we always had to have something chocolate. You see, I come from a long line of chocoholics. My dad and his mom, my grandma, love chocolate and sweets just as much as I do.

French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs. Perfect holiday recipe!

However neither of them bake, so we always got those frozen silk pies from the grocery store. Last year I decided to finally make a chocolate French silk pie from scratch for Thanksgiving and it was the most popular pie of the evening! So I knew I had to share the recipe with you asap.

Classic Chocolate Silk Pie made with NO raw eggs - just tons of silky rich chocolate goodness!

I hope it becomes a family favorite and maybe even a holiday tradition in your home as well. This pie would even be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

French Silk Pie Recipe Tips

The Crust

I love an Oreo crust for this recipe! It’s so much easier than traditional pie dough and adds an extra dose of CHOCOLATE! Use regular-stuff Oreos with the filling in tact.

If you’d prefer to use a pastry crust, check out my Best Ever Pie Crust recipe here and follow the directions for pre-baking.

The Filling

Since this recipe doesn’t use raw eggs it’s safe to serve to everyone.

However, there are a few extra steps and bowls you will dirty while making this recipe. It’s SOOO worth it. I’d highly recommend reading the recipe through completely before you get started. You’ll need an electric mixer (hand held or stand) and an instant read thermometer for best results.

The Chocolate

The filling does have an intensely rich chocolate flavor. If you’d prefer something more mild, feel free to swap in semisweet chocolate for the bittersweet chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Curls

Taking the time to make chocolate curls, instead of just shaving a block of chocolate or garnishing with a dusting of cocoa powder, really makes this French Silk Pie look gourmet. Here’s a super helpful step-by-step video on how to make chocolate curls.

French Silk Pie made from scratch is SO much better than the premade pie you buy from the freezer section of the grocery store. It's a family favorite!

More Chocolate Pie Recipes

Homemade French Silk Pie is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or any special occasion!

Don’t ya just want a big bite?!

4.9 from 302 votes

How to make
French Silk Pie

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling time 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs. Perfect holiday recipe!

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 20 Oreo (230 grams) cookies (regular-stuffed, keep filling intact)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • 1 1/3 cups (266 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 ounces (227 grams) bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons (142 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 teaspoons powdered sugar

For the topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder, for garnish if desired

Directions

Make the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch deep pie dish with cooking spray.

  2. Place the Oreo cookies in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the melted butter and pulse until moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes, or until fragrant and set. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the filling:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar and eggs. Set over medium-low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture reaches 160°F and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Cool to just warm, stirring occasionally.

  2. Use an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually add in the cooled chocolate mixture then beat on high speed for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

  3. In a clean bowl use an electric mixer to beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture.

  4. Pour the mixture into the pan, smoothing evenly. The pie will be tall with filling. Chill for 6 hours. At this point the pie can be stored for up to 2 days ahead of time.

Make the topping:

  1. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla on high speed until stiff peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings or dust with cocoa powder.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: french silk pie, pie

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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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. #
    Lynell Richardson — December 25, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    So good!!

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    Elizabeth Weider — December 25, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Absolutely love this pie, comes out perfectly every time!

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    Hillary Snyder — December 25, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Yum! My family and I loved this. I used a little more chocolate and whipping cream in the pie base, and it was a little denser, but it was delicious (and very rich!).

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    MARGUERITE STERLING — December 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    A delicious pie and and a beautiful presentation at our Christmas table.
    Labor intensive but doable, view Tessas video for extra support.

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    Marcio Severo de Souza Pereira — December 25, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    I had done this recipe before and at home, we all loved it.
    For this Christmas, I made 3 1/2 recipes: 2 for gifts and a 10 in springform pan (for the other 1 1/2 recipe), for me. As I live in a very hot city, for the gifts, I delivered the Chantilly separated and for me, as not everybody likes Chantilly, I topped only half of the recipe.
    Everyone that got the pie, loved it.
    Thanks Tessa. All your recipes I tried so far are really awesome.

  6. #
    Carol Scheck — December 25, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Delicious & easy, the final product had a little bit of a mocha taste to it which we liked!

  7. #
    Sarah Cisco — December 25, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve made this pie many times, it’s fantastic!! Instructions are easy to follow. The taste is amazing!! Best french silk pie!!

  8. #
    Glenda Martinez — December 25, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I loved making this recipe… and eating later!! Super creamy and full of chocolate flavour. Definitely recommend making it and will be making it again!!!

  9. #
    Jennifer — December 25, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Insanely delicious!!

    So chocolate, so fluffy, so rich, so wonderful. Will definitely make this again.

  10. #
    Isabel Pineiro — December 25, 2020 at 9:58 am

    The texture is so lovely and fudgy! And the flavour is perfectly chocolatey without being too rich, definitely recommend.

  11. #
    Claire Sturm — December 25, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Intense chocolate flavor! I ran out of Oreos so had to compensate with some almond flour—still delicious!

  12. #
    Mae — December 25, 2020 at 12:06 am

    This recipe was very easy to make but taste like it came from a gourmet bakery. This is perfect for any occasion.

  13. #
    Joanna — December 24, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    i made this pie today. it tastes awesome! it wasn’t difficult to make either. A friend of mine stated “that pie is to die for…’. I’ll make it again.

  14. #
    Peony Cartwright — December 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Loved the recipe! Easy to follow and tastes great! Very smooth/creamy and chocolatey.

  15. #
    Karen Vacca — December 23, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I have made this pie so many times and it never fails. I get so many compliments!! Great recipe as always from Tessa!!

  16. #
    Kayleigh — December 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    This recipe was tricky to do without a food processor, but it turned out delicious!

  17. #
    Inês Chaby — December 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I halved the recipe because we’re just 4, but it was definitely a crowd pleaser!
    The filling was super smooth and creamy, and who doesn’t love Oreos?! Delicious

  18. #
    Inês Chaby — December 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    This was great! The filling was creamy and so chocolatey, and who doesn’t love Oreos?!
    Even though I halved the recipe because we’re only 3, it was a crowd-pleaser in my home!

  19. #
    Tracey Kennedy — December 21, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Delicious!

  20. #
    Shruthi — December 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Made this pie and fell in love with this version. So much worth the effort!

  21. #
    Cassandra — December 20, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Messy and time consuming so make sure you give yourself enough time. But soooooooo good. I made it 12/19 and it’s already been requested again for Christmas Eve.

  22. #
    Esther Chow — December 19, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    This was my first time making and eating this pie. It was too buttery and too creamy for me. I prefer less butter and less cream in it. I also prefer the video for the French silk pie to go at normal speed instead of fast forwarding the entire video. I think it would be ok to fast forward the part where you heat the egg and sugar since that takes a while but it was difficult for me to see each step of making the pie when the entire video was fast forwarded.

  23. #
    Emma — December 19, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Lots of work but worth it! Very decadent.

  24. #
    Linda Baehr — December 19, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    This pie is SO rich and delicious! A very decadent dessert! Yum!

  25. #
    monica — December 19, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    so so delicious!!! ❤

  26. #
    Kasey Schumacher — December 19, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Easy to follow instructions and a wonderful pie!

  27. #
    Nikki — December 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Easier than it appears and delicious!

  28. #
    Lorelei — December 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    This was delicious and easy to make! A great holiday pie!

  29. #
    Divya Rudra — December 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Amazing!

  30. #
    PJ — December 19, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    A beautifully delicious pie, taste and texture is to die for!
    I successfully made individual pies in a silicone muffin tin, to make serving easier at a pot luck. Lots of “mmmm’s” and happy faces from those eating it.

  31. #
    Debra Quinn — December 19, 2020 at 9:08 am

    THIS RECIPE IS WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT. The chocolate is balanced and has depth of flavor. The texture is sublime! Soft, silky and mouse like. I tried an “easy chocolate silk pie recipe just before this one that turned out flat, crusty and grainy. We will be making this one every year at Christmas. One of our families favorite pies ever.

  32. #
    Jillian Mytty — December 19, 2020 at 7:31 am

    I made this pie for Thanksgiving this year, and it was an absolute hit- my family couldn’t get enough! It’s going to be another hit after dinner on Christmas and future holidays. Also, you have by far the best cookie dough recipes I have ever found! Thank you!!

  33. #
    Stephanie — December 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Soooooo good. It’s silky and delicious.

  34. #
    Claudia Bier — December 18, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Great! So rich and chocolatey

  35. #
    ron — December 18, 2020 at 10:40 am

    This pie came together fast and looks great. It is a lot thicker than I envisioned. It is very rich, very chocolatey and tastes very good. Thank you

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      Tessa — December 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

      So glad you enjoyed this pie!

  36. #
    Anna — December 18, 2020 at 8:16 am

    This recipe is everything I’ve ver wanted in life. The filling is so smooth yet so rich and chocolatey that I’m pretty sure I died and went to heaven somewhere in there!

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      Tessa — December 18, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Haha! So happy you enjoyed.

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    Melissa D — December 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I loved this pie! So yummy! I preferred doing the typical pie crust though. The chocolate was so creamy and smooth and the bittersweet chocolate was perfect in it.
    I need better tools to do the chocolate curls though. At least they tasted good.

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      Tessa — December 17, 2020 at 11:49 am

      I’m so happy you tried this pie recipe out!

  38. #
    Eleni Kappou — December 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Just one word “mouthwatering” LOVED it.

  39. #
    Amira — December 15, 2020 at 11:28 am

    I have no words to describe how delicious this pie turned out to be, because this pie is more than a 10/10! This barely lasted an hour in after making it in other words, my family could not get enough!

  40. #
    Valerie Pirazan — December 15, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Absolutely LOVED this recipe so silky, smooth, delicious… Definitely will be making it again. Thank you sooo much for sharing.

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      Tessa — December 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

      So glad you enjoyed this pie!

  41. #
    Fatima Gohar — December 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Absolute great and yummy recipe

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      Tessa — December 15, 2020 at 10:31 am

      Thank you so much!

  42. #
    Anna Hu — December 14, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    This pie was amazing! I will continue to make this for Thanksgiving every year. I’ve attempted to make chocolate pies in the past and they have never turned out as amazing as this one.
    Great directions and was easy to follow.

    I was worried about my chocolate mixture not fluffing up so I put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes and it fluffed up beautifully. Would recommend to all!

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      Tessa — December 15, 2020 at 10:30 am

      So, so happy you enjoyed this pie recipe!

  43. #
    Hillary Shi — December 14, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Really yummy recipe! I finished the whole pie in one sitting!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this pie!

  44. #
    Krystal Ramsawak-Husain — December 13, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve never had French Silk Pie before. This recipe was so easy to follow along. The texture of the filling was so creamy and paired wonderfully with crunchy oreo crust… This pie was so more-ish. I had every intention of sharing… Really I did 😉

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      This makes me so happy, Krystal! So glad you loved this pie recipe.

  45. #
    Kara Calabrese — December 13, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    One of the most delicious pies ever!!!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Kara!

  46. #
    Natasha — December 13, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Mine is in the fridge and seemed to set up very quickly, does it really need 6 hours?

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      I would recommend chilling for 6 hours so that it’s set throughout the entire pie!

  47. #
    Sandra — December 13, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    I had a French Silk pie in the latw 50’s at a small restaurant outside Evanston, ILLINOIS. It had a meringue crust with nuts in it- Heaven. Have you ever heard of or tried that?

  48. #
    sue galbraith — December 13, 2020 at 11:35 am

    What an unbelievable pie! I made double the whipped cream because I wanted it to be over the edge incredible. Rich and delicious. Thank you Tessa for the recipe.

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      So happy you enjoyed this pie, Sue!

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    Nafisa falak — December 13, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Instructions were so on point. After completing, i was amazed that it turned out so similar to your picture. This has become a family favourite. Smooth as silk, was this french silk pie!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:19 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this pie!

  50. #
    Mary Perez — December 13, 2020 at 9:42 am

    This is the best pie I’ve ever had. So chocolately and delicious!!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      So glad you enjoyed!

  51. #
    Valentina Díaz — December 13, 2020 at 9:24 am

    So fun to make!!!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Yay, so glad you think so!

  52. #
    Kiersten Kilczewski — December 13, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Love this recipe! I’ve never made anything like this before so it was fun to try something new. It really wasn’t hard at all. The pie holds together well and tastes delicious. Tessa’s instructions are super easy to follow. Give this recipe a try!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm

      So happy so many of you are now French Silk Pie fans! Hooray!

  53. #
    Flavia Casagrande Bastos — December 12, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I was looking for this type of pie, but it was difficult to find one without raw eggs.
    I loved this one and it was a success here!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      No raw eggs here! So glad you enjoyed this pie.

  54. #
    Sarah Carver — December 12, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    I have made this recipe several times – it is wonderful! The filling is so smooth and creamy and melts in your mouth. The combination of the chocolate filling and the area crust and whipped cream topping is absolutely amazing!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      I’m so glad you love this recipe, Sarah! Hooray!!

  55. #
    Erin — December 12, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Super delicious, as all of your recipes are! I never had a French Silk Pie before, and I’m not into chocolate. This had just the right texture and sweetness to make me even love it.

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      I’m so glad you love this pie recipe!

  56. #
    Kindra O’Connell — December 11, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    It has a mouselike texture that isn’t my cup of tea

  57. #
    Ruth — December 11, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    It didn’t take as long to make as I expected and I made it in 3 stages so the washing up was spread out. Oh and it tastes delicious!

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      Tessa — December 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  58. #
    Ellie — December 11, 2020 at 10:51 am

    This pie is simply amazing. It takes a while to make, but is fairly simple and well worth it. Definitely will be making it again!

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      Tessa — December 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      So happy you loved this pie recipe!

  59. #
    Andrea — December 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Totally and completely delicious. 🙂 While it’s a little involved, it is worth every single step. I guess I have a large pie plate, so I ended up using 1.5x the crust. Which, you know, I had zero problem with. Great recipe!

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      Tessa — December 10, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Andrea!

  60. #
    Amanda Whitchurch — December 9, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    This turned out great! Everyone who tried it said it was delicious. I will definitely make it again!

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      Tessa — December 10, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Yay! That makes me so happy!

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