French Silk Pie

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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January 16th, 2019
4.89 from 278 votes
4.89 from 278 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?!

4.89 from 278 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.

December 2020 Baking Challenge

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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. #
    Monica Chavez — December 31, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    This recipe was excellent! So easy and SUPER delicious. Will definitely be making it again!

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    Jaimie — December 31, 2020 at 8:39 am

    I’m not a big chocolate cake/pie fan, but this was really phenomenal and pretty easy to follow!

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    Donna E Mainetti — December 31, 2020 at 8:14 am

    Made this twice and both times it was amazing. An easy recipe and very indulgent. So good!!

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    Megan — December 31, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Tessa breaks down an overwhelming recipe into steps that feel not only doable but also gives you confidence that it will turn out delicious (and it did!). The only thing I would personally change is the Oreo crust – it was a little too rich for my personal taste – I would rather the focus be on the delicious pie filling.

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    Cassie — December 31, 2020 at 7:26 am

    DECADENT is the perfect word to describe this pie! It is so rich and delicious. It was fun to learn new techniques as well, though I definitely have to practice more at folding whipped cream in

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    Joanna Glud — December 31, 2020 at 12:43 am

    This was the first time I have made anything like this and it was a HUGE hit with the family! There wasn’t a crumb left over. So chocolatey and silky. I have already been asked to make again. It was DELICIOUS!

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    Julie — December 30, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Could you substitute powdered sugar for the granulated sugar? Equivalent? Thanks!!

  8. #
    Ami Elichai — December 30, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I LOVE French Silk! I remember as a kid eating it at pop-n-fresh pies, lol.

    I was worried about the raw eggs, so this recipe was perfect!

    the recipe itself, along with all the recipes on this site are written out and explained perfectly.

    This is the second pie ive ever made and its being devoured as I type, lol.

    Thanks:-)

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      So happy this pie was a hit!

  9. #
    Yasmeen Omran — December 30, 2020 at 11:05 am

    This is always a hit in my house! It’s my fiancé’s favorite. I use semisweet chocolate. Turns out great everytine!

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 3:59 pm

      Thrilled to hear this!

  10. #
    Tara — December 29, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    You will make a mess, but it will be worth it!

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      I have to agree with you!

  11. #
    Beth — December 29, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    This was delicious and rich! I made it in a graham cracker tart crust and it set up perfectly, worth every dirty dish. I did add some instant espresso powder to the cooked eggs/sugar mixture as soon as it came off of the heat. You don’t really taste it but I felt it enhanced the chocolate flavor.
    With the extra filling, since it was a tart, I layered that with graham crust crumbs in small jars. Friends were so happy. Would do it that way for friends again too.

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this pie!

  12. #
    Susann Marie Pekala Mutchnick — December 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Totally decadent and calms the chocolate craving.

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Happy to hear that!

  13. #
    Brie Cavalli — December 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Chocolate pie is my favorite dessert and when I found this recipe, I knew I had to make it for Christmas dinner! It turned out wonderfully and everyone went back for seconds and thirds. I will definitely be using this recipe the next time I want a chocolate pie.

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      Tessa — December 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      So glad this pie was enjoyed!

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    Pam R. — December 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful and delicious. I don’t know if I used the wrong chocolate for the curls or it wasn’t the right temp, but they didn’t work. I just put crumbles of chocolate on top. Very good recipe.

  15. #
    Olivia — December 29, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Made this over Christmas break and the whole family loved it!

  16. #
    Cherish — December 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

    This was so good.. first time making a pie this way and was a favorite with my friends!

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      Tessa — December 29, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      So glad this pie was a hit!

  17. #
    Adam Pelot — December 29, 2020 at 9:27 am

    How do you make the chocolate shavings?

  18. #
    Jennifer Lee Witt — December 29, 2020 at 12:07 am

    This was a hit at my family Christmas party. I struggled with the chocolate curls, but that’s because it was so dang hot here in Texas. My pan wouldn’t stay cold long enough to make the curls. I just dusted it with cocoa and added a few curls I kind of got to work and went on. The pie was amazing!! I’m excited about making it again for our NYE party.

  19. #
    Hannah — December 28, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    This was so great! The crust held together really well and the chocolate filling is so smooth and creamy! Definitely will make again.

  20. #
    Tracey Cascarano — December 28, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Excellent French Silk Pie, loved by all celebrating a 30th birthday! Very rich and decadent. A bit of work but worth it for the yummy results!

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      Tessa — December 29, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      So happy this pie was enjoyed!

  21. #
    Stacie — December 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Made this for Christmas and it came out PERFECT!!!

  22. #
    Margaret — December 28, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    This pie was delicious. A rich flavor and heavenly texture. I will definitely be making this again!!

  23. #
    Heidi Gilbert — December 28, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Loved this recipe. I could eat the whole pie!

  24. #
    Anja Laemers — December 28, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Love it. I made some changes to the receipe (had no Oreo cookies and topped it off with some chocolate ganache) and it was perfect

  25. #
    Samantha — December 28, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Delicious pie!

  26. #
    Suzanne Galdun — December 28, 2020 at 9:57 am

    This recipe is worth every dirty bowl it might make…so good that we can never go back to a store bought French silk pie!!! My daughter BEGS for this and we have had it at least four times this year…sure to be many more times next year!

  27. #
    Ankit Narang — December 28, 2020 at 9:53 am

    This is one of the most rich and decadent dessert I have ever made

  28. #
    Connie O’Reilly — December 28, 2020 at 9:02 am

    This recipe turned out absolutely sinful! So creamy and decadent. Thank you so much for sharing!

  29. #
    Cheyenne — December 27, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Made this for Christmas, it was delicious and I’m not a big fan of chocolate! I did use semi sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate. Also I omitted the whipped cream topping and served with vanilla ice cream instead, both would be delicious! Definitely a recipe to keep and make again.

  30. #
    Cassandra — December 27, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    A new holiday (or every day) favorite!

  31. #
    Sandra — December 27, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    I was slightly intimidated at first to make this pie, but Tessa’s recipes are always so easy to follow! My husband always asks for a chocolate pie every holiday so I’m glad I have this one to wow him!

  32. #
    Caroline — December 27, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Seriously good – even better than I expected! Will definitely make again.

  33. #
    bhuvana — December 27, 2020 at 2:49 am

    Even though I had to wash a lot of dishes.. this chocolate pie was so totally worth it even without the whipped cream! Just like the name suggested this pie was definitely silky smooth. oh, and this was the first time I made chocolate curls. I did it the way I saw in your Instagram story. so easy didn’t need any artistic talents!! Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  34. #
    Annie — December 26, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Definitely use a food processor for the Oreo crust if you have one. Mine wasn’t readily available so I hand crushed them and I felt like my crust wasn’t “right”! Overall it was absolutely delicious and our household devoured this treat!

  35. #
    Katie Warren — December 26, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I made this for our Christmas dessert, and it was perfect! Delicious!

  36. #
    Stephanie SMITLEY — December 26, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Best chocolate French silk pie ever! Fairly easy to make, just make sure you read exciting ahead of time.

  37. #
    Joan O’Donnell — December 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Such a delicious and beautiful pie! The chocolate is so rich and lovely.

  38. #
    Joan O’Donnell — December 26, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Such a delicious and beautiful pie! The chocolate flavor is so rich and lovely.

  39. #
    Mariana Diaz Orlich — December 26, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    It was easier to make than I thought! And such rich flavor!

  40. #
    Kelly Bairos — December 26, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    This was an incredibly rich cake and tasted similar to a Dairy Queen ice cream cake, minus all the vanilla ice cream (which really balances the cake, in my opinion).

    My whipped cream topping was not thick like in the photo, this could be because we ate it a few hours after I had added it so it had flattened a bit. It definitely needed more of the cream section to balance out the richness of the chocolate, it was just too much, especially with the oreo crust.

    A slice of this pie, if actually divided into 8 equal pieces, is close to 700 calories and that is with using a sugar alternative (monk fruit) in place of the sugar and swerve icing in place of the powdered sugar. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the calories but if you’re a major chocolate lover, you’d probably think differently! I had about 1/16 of the pie and that was more than enough for me.

  41. #
    Mookie — December 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Rich and delicious dessert recipe. Make it, you won’t be disappointed!

  42. #
    Adriana — December 26, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I made this for our Christmas dessert and as part of the December 2020 challenge & am so glad I did! It was so chocolatey but light at the same time. I got rave reviews and will definitely be making this again. I made it 2 days in advance and topped it with whipped a couple hours before serving. It was a bit messy and time consuming but definitely worth it! Thanks for another great recipe and for the video tutorial which was incredibly helpful.

  43. #
    Nancy — December 26, 2020 at 11:57 am

    This was so so Good. Definitely a do over!

  44. #
    Latifah — December 26, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Wow this was the perfect pie to make for dessert! It is so chocolaty and so smooth!

  45. #
    Lea Pepe — December 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Great pie, was a huge hit!

  46. #
    Jennifer Gould — December 26, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Silky delicious chocolate heaven! I’m usually not a fan of cream pies but this is so good, I’ll definitely make it again!

  47. #
    Katie Jensen — December 26, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Loved this pie for Christmas! Just the right amount of richness balanced with the whipped cream. Easy recipe to follow. Tastes so much better from scratch.

  48. #
    Emily Arquesa — December 26, 2020 at 4:16 am

    This French Silk Pie recipe was a hit in my household! French Silk Pie is one of my favorite pies so I’m glad I know how to make it now! The recipe was easy to follow and it was helpful that I could follow along with Tessa on IG – just look in her highlights.

  49. #
    Jason — December 26, 2020 at 12:57 am

    This recipe took some work, but it was worth it. One word sums it up: decadent. One person said it looked and tasted like something they’d find at an upscale restaurant.

  50. #
    Jodie — December 26, 2020 at 12:16 am

    I’ve made French Silk pie before and love it, but this recipe is way too rich. I prefer a regular crust, the Oreo crust just adds too much sweetness and richness for me. I would also reduce the amount of sugar in the filling by 1/3 cup.

  51. #
    Bethany Rodriguez — December 25, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Delicious! A bit of work involved but very tasty, I used half salted butter and half unsalted because I like a bit more of a balance of salty & sweet. My aunt told me this was the best silk pie she’s ever had. I couldn’t figure out the chocolate curls so I just chopped up what I had instead. Yumm!

  52. #
    Lisa Harmon — December 25, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    My daughter and I made this for Christmas. It was so delicious! Pies are not usually my favorite dessert but this is definitely going on our favorites list!

  53. #
    Nabila Mukhtar — December 25, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    This no-bake French Silk Pie is a wonderful dessert to make for Christmas. It is my first time using this recipe however, I may have to start the tradition of using it every year or even more often. I was worried this dessert may taste too sweet considering the ingredients, however, after making and trying this pie out, I believe, it is just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness for a celebration such as Christmas. I am so thankful for Tessa Arias for sharing this recipe with her followers.

  54. #
    Linda Rumsey — December 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    UPDATE- I made this pie for Christmas for my son-in-law because he works so hard. I first commented that my pie filling appeared runny and hadn’t set. After the six hours in the refrigerator it set up perfectly. For him I used semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate. Next time I will try maybe half and half each, because my daughter thought it was a little sweet. The whipped topping was perfect, which I expected, because I use the same recipe for that all the time. Having said that, she’s worked in restaurants for 14 years and said this pie tastes like one that was made by a professional in a high end restaurant served with fresh berries and espresso. She couldn’t say enough good about it!!! My son-in-law has a sweet tooth and thought it was absolutely perfect just the way I made it! I, unfortunately, did not get to try a piece. We were all full from dinner, so when they went home, I sent the whole pie with them, which I now regret! I doubt that I will get a piece, because apparently they ate half of the pie when they first cut it when they got home. Looks like I will be making another real soon. Thank you for this recipe. It takes a lot to impress my daughter who I have been baking for her whole life!

  55. #
    Marcia Parker — December 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Tasted delicious but the slice didn’t hold form as much as I would’ve liked. I also substituted the whipped topping for store bought chocolate topping. Both tasted great but would make a better mousse in a dish.

  56. #
    Lauren — December 25, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    So rich & creamy but SO good. Definitely was a hit at Christmas dinner

  57. #
    Maggie — December 25, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    So good!! It’s not overly sweet and is really light. My only quibble is that the Oreo crust was really crumbly when I made it. Maybe add an additional tablespoon of butter? But otherwise it was delicious!

  58. #
    Kimberly Dierker — December 25, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    Very good pie! It was nice, smooth, and pretty!

  59. #
    Michelle — December 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    This pie is AMAZING! It is unbelievably smooth and creamy, and has such a delicious dark chocolate flavor. It was also much easier to make than I anticipated. Thank you for the great recipe, Tessa!

  60. #
    Lynell Richardson — December 25, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Yummy!!

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