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French Silk Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate French Silk Pie recipe is a truly decadent treat that combines a rich and creamy chocolate mousse-like filling with a crushed cookie crust and is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the most discerning sweet tooth.

Not only is this classic dessert deliciously indulgent, but it’s surprisingly easy to make.

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Decadent Chocolate French Silk Pie

Your sweet tooth is going to love this French Silk Chocolate Pie. This classic dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream that is sure to impress your guests.

This pie requires 6 hours of chill time so you’ll want to plan ahead.

Why You’ll Love French Silk Pie

  • Flourless. While we used Oreos for our pie crust recipe, it would be super easy to make this pie gluten-free simply by making or buying a gluten-free pie crust. You can even buy gluten-free Oreos this day and age, so it is as easy as — pie — to go gluten-free here.
  • Make Ahead. You can make this pie a couple of days in advance and keep it refrigerated for the big day, which comes in very handy for holidays and special occasions with lots of cooking involved.
  • Gorgeous and Indulgent. No need to dole out money to the bakery when you can make your own French Silk Chocolate pie with a smooth chocolate filling.
Top down view of a pie topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings in a chocolate graham cracker crust - Hostess At Heart

What is French Silk Pie?

If you’ve never had French Silk Pie, you might be wondering how it got its name. One bite and you will not wonder any more. This particular chocolate cream pie is the smoothest, silkiest pie you’ve ever eaten.

You’ll want to savor the rich flavor, texture, and crunch of the Oreo cookie crust. This classic recipe was first known as submitted to the 3rd annual Pillsbury Bake Off competition and has been famous ever since.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

Top down view of the ingredients needed to make a chocolate french silk pie including Oreos, butter, eggs, cream, chocolate, and whipping cream.

Ingredients for the Crust

  • Oreos. You can use any brand of chocolate sandwich cookie with creme filling and keep them whole.
  • Unsalted Butter. The cookies have enough salt. You don’t need extra salt in the crust.

French Silk Pie Filling Ingredients

  • Granulated Sugar.
  • Eggs. The eggs make this pie so silky and light and smooth. You can also use pasteurized egg products (egg beaters) to make this pie filling. Whisk the raw eggs before incorporating them to make blending them easier.
  • Bittersweet Baking Chocolate. Do not be tempted to get chocolate like semi-sweet or milk chocolate. The darker flavor works well with this easy pie recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract.
  • Unsalted Butter.
  • Heavy Cream.
  • Powdered Sugar. Also known as confectioners’ sugar.


  • Heavy Cream. You will use this to make your own whipped cream, so if you can find heavy whipping cream it has a slightly higher fat content than heavy cream and will whip a tiny bit easier. Both will work perfectly though.
  • Powdered Sugar. I use powdered sugar to sweeten the whipped cream. I believe that it incorporates with the heavy whipping cream and isn’t grainy like granulated sugar can be.
  • Vanilla Extract.
  • Chocolate Shavings for Garnish. For this you will want to use semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate or your favorite chocolate candy bar. Not unsweetened chocolate that’s found in the baking section of your grocery store.

How To Make French Silk Pie Recipe

Please note, that the printable recipe card has ingredient quantities, complete instructions, and nutritional information. The following is a quick overview of the recipe.

Step One. Prepare the crust.

Place the whole Oreos in a food processor and pulse them until crushed. Then add melted butter. Press this mixture into the bottom of your pie pan and a little up the sides. Bake for ten minutes. Cool completely.

Step Two. Make the French Silk Pie filling.

Using a microwave-safe bowl, add the chopped bittersweet chocolate. Microwave for 30-second intervals stirring after each one until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.

Whisk together the sugar and eggs in a saucepan and then set them on medium heat. Whisk constantly until it reaches 160ºF. Then remove it from the heat and add the chocolate and vanilla.

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Use a hand mixer to beat the room temperature butter until it is light and fluffy, then gradually add the melted chocolate mixture and beat on high.

Whipped cream folded into a chocolate mousse filling - Hostess At Heart

In a clean mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until it thickens. Add the powdered sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold this mixture into the chocolate egg mixture.

Step Three. Put it Together.

Spread the chocolate filling over the pie crust and chill for six hours. At the end of six hours, make your homemade whipped cream for the topping.

Step Four. Make Homemade Whipped Cream.

Use an electric mixer to beat the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla on high speed until stiff peaks form. Top off the pie with your whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of chocolate can I use to make chocolate curls?

High quality chocolate is best. Lindt is a good brand. Ghiradelli and XOXO are also excellent. Any chocolate bar will work. To make big curls, you will want a long chocolate bar, not little miniatures.

How do I make shaved chocolate curls?

The best way to do this is to use a vegetable peeler on a long piece of chilled (but not frozen) chocolate candy bar. Move fast to get a curled shape. You can also just grate the chocolate for little shavings.

Can I use margarine or a non-dairy butter to make French Silk Pie?

No. In most recipes, you can use non-dairy butter substitutes and it is fine, but this pie relies on so many dairy ingredients there really is no point; the butter’s superior flavor and fat content will make a difference. I do not recommend a substitution.

Can I use Cool Whip for French Silk Chocolate Pie?

Yes. But since you are already going to all the work to make this amazing homemade pie, you might as well make homemade whipped cream. It’s not hard at all and the taste and texture are so much better. Plus, you know exactly what you are eating. It’s a win-win.

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How To Store French Silk Pie

Best way to Store French Silk Chocolate Pie

Keep any leftover pie in the refrigerator, lightly covered with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container. It will keep for three to five days and will start to weep and separate.

Can I Freeze French Silk Pie?

Yes. You can freeze the pie whole or in pieces. It will keep in an airtight container for up to three months. Remove the frozen pie from the freezer and allow it to soften slightly before slicing it.

Tips for the Perfect French Silk Pie Recipe

  • Variations: We used crushed Oreos to form the crust of our pie, but you can use a regular pie crust or a Graham cracker crust for this pie. You can make your own baked pie shell or purchase a pre-made store-bought crust for convenience.
  • You can deepen this rich pie even further with 1/4 teaspoon of espresso powder to the chocolate filling. 
  • If the chocolate curls feel daunting to you, you can sprinkle the top of the pie with chocolate cookie crumbs or mini chocolate chips for the perfect finishing touch.
  • To cook your egg and sugar mixture perfectly to 160ºF, you can use a candy thermometer. Leave the candy thermometer in the saucepan the entire time. Remove it from the heat when it gets to 160ºF. You can also tell the temperature by when the mixture will coat the back of the spoon.
  • Make sure you use medium-low heat for your saucepan so that you don’t end up scrambling the eggs. This is also why you mix the sugar and eggs before turning on the heat.
  • Your butter will need to be at room temperature but not melted, so don’t try using the microwave. Instead, set the butter out on the counter for several hours.
  • Don’t overwhip the topping. Use a chilled clean bowl and an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and mix it until soft peaks form. If you overwhip it, you’ll lose the right texture. 
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I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe as much as we do. Drop me a comment below, and don’t forget to give it a star rating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Your comments and ratings help others decide if this recipe is for them too.

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French Silk Pie Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Possibly the most decadent, rich, silky smooth pie you’ve ever eaten, this easy French Silk Pie recipe is a chocolate lovers dream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill time 6 hours
Course Dessert, Pie
Cuisine American
Keyword: Chocolate, French Silk, Pie
Servings: 8




  • 20 Oreo cookies keep whole
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 oz bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter room temp
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tsp powdered sugar


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish



  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F Spray a 9-inch deep pie dish with cooking spray.
  • Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in 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.


  • Chop the bittersweet chocolate and melt it in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-second increments, stirring between each increment or in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from the heat and let cool.
  • 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.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add in the cooled chocolate mixture then beat on high speed for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  • 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 the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan, smoothing evenly. The pie will be tall with filling. Chill for 6 hours.


  • Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and gradually the powdered sugar. Mix on high speed until stiff peaks form.
    Top the pie with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings or dust with cocoa powder or crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.


Calories: 894kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 8gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 36gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 3gSugar: 65gVitamin A: 1723IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 6mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 7th of November 2023

This is the ultimate French Silk Pie - so smooth and chocolatey! We'll be serving it for Thanksgiving this year.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

That's such a great holiday dessert!

Sheila Thigpen

Tuesday 18th of April 2023

No wonder it's called "silk"! This pie was so smooth and creamy — absolutely delish!!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Thank you, Sheila! It's so decadent.


Tuesday 18th of April 2023

This turned out so well! Very decadent, rich and delicious! I credit it to your superb recipe!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

I'm glad that it worked for you, Mindy! Thank you.


Tuesday 18th of April 2023

This came out delicious and much easier than I thought. The ladies that are in my book club devoured it. Made copies of the recipe so they can make it too.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Thank you, Sandra! It's a special treat that gets devoured quickly in our house too.


Sunday 16th of April 2023

To-die-for, at east that is what my chocolate-loving family said! SO very good, loved all your tips!

Julie Menghini

Monday 17th of April 2023

Thank you so much!

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