French Silk Brownies

Two desserts I love: French Silk Pie and Brownies, all in one bite! This is the ORIGINAL French Silk Brownie recipe! They’re a fudge brownie topped with an eggless french silk pie filling…I’m sorry for your waistline.

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French Silk Brownies - this is an EPIC brownie recipe! Fudgy brownies are topped with an easy egg-free french silk topping. I couldn't stop eating them!

What is it with the end of the school year? The powers that be seem to pack one millionty things into 6 weeks and it drives me insane.

First up is the Revolutionary War re-enactment, where Jordan plays a Mulan-esque soldier who was injured in battle. She needs a costume, so I have to figure out how to make a Continental Soldier’s jacket that will live up to all the costumes of kids with moms who care. (Edited to add: I figured out how to make one. It’s called Amazon.)

Then comes the science fair project to be displayed at Open House. I’m kind of excited about this one, because Jordan chose to work with cupcakes for her experiment…then I remind myself that I’m not doing the project, I have to let her do it, and instead of excitement I feel dread because instead of just getting it done I’ll be nagging her until the last minute.

And, of course, we can’t forget about all of the band concerts, talent shows, class parties, and other events that make me look at my calendar and scratch my head. I think the only event I am looking forward to with glee is the week the 5th graders learn about “Family Life” and I’m only excited about that because I get to watch Jordan squirm.

I swear, being a parent is hard. Food babies are so much easier, don’t you think? And I’m really good at creating that: marrying two foods and making them have a baby.

French Silk Brownies: French Silk Pie married Brownies and they had a baby: a fudgy brownie topped with an eggless French Silk filling!!

Easy French Silk Brownies Recipe

This recipe was one of those ones that I had to get out of my house immediately. I took a bite to taste them and I knew I was doomed to inhale the entire pan if I wasn’t careful.

They start with my favorite brownie recipe. It has 3 kinds of chocolate and is made with melted butter. It’s the richest and most fudgy brownie recipe! You bake and cool them before you add the topping.

Now, I’m partial to my homemade brownies but I love a box mix almost just as much. If you’re in a pinch or just don’t have the time, you can use a box brownie mix. Just make them according to the package directions for a 9×13″ pan. (Better yet, have you made up a batch of my Homemade Brownie Mix to stash in your pantry?)

Then comes the fun part.

French Silk Brownies Recipe - make these even easier by using a box brownie mix!

French Silk Brownies is an easy recipe FULL of chocolate and brownie flavor; everyone cannot get enough of these!

Once the brownies are cool, it’s time to add the french silk. Now, I know that “traditional” french silk uses eggs; they’re not really cooked (some recipes call for using pasteurized eggs) and, well, that freaks me out. I know I ate French Silk Pie by the pound at Baker’s Square for years before I realized how they were made and I didn’t die…but still.

To keep myself safe and sane (because using raw eggs would have inevitably caused me to get tons of hate comments), I made an EASY french silk recipe that uses NO eggs! That’s right, it’s fluffy, chocolatey, and tastes just like the real thing…but it’s safe to eat no matter who makes it.

What’s the secret? Melted baking chocolate, cream cheese, and whipped topping (or whipped cream). You mix those together and you get a fluffy chocolatey pudding mousse french silk texture! Plus, the taste is INSANELY good.

Simply spread it on top of the brownies, top with more whipped cream and some chocolate shavings, and then try to get it out of the house as soon as possible. And if you don’t love brownies as much a s I do, try out my French Silk Cupcakes. They’re amazing too! The next thing I’m going to try? Frosting my brownies with Tiramisu Mousse.

French Silk Brownies Recipe - make this an easy recipe by using a box brownie mix! The french silk recipe is egg-free. Everyone loved this recipe - it's EPIC!

I ate way more of these than that one bite, FYI… 🙂

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French Silk Brownies

These French Silk Brownies are the best recipe! Start with my favorite brownie recipe or a box mix and top them with egg-free easy french silk! These are EPIC brownies we couldn’t stop eating.

Ingredients:

For the Brownies:

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients to make the brownies, OR use the following brownie recipe:
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the French Silk:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces (2 – 8 ounce tubs) Cool Whip (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. You can make a box brownie mix according to package directions, or make my favorite brownie recipe as directed in step 2. Let them cool completely. It’s probably easiest to make these straight in the pan without foil, or use parchment instead for ease of cutting.
  2. To make my brownie recipe: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13” pan with foil or parchment and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place baking chocolates and butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth (about 2 minutes depending on your microwave). Stir sugar into chocolate mixture, then stir in eggs until well mixed. Add the vanilla, cocoa, and salt and stir until smooth, then carefully stir in the flour. Pour batter into the pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs an inch from the side of the pan. I like to make these a little underdone so they stay fudgy and rich.
  3. Melt chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, then stir, heat for 30 seconds again, then stir well, then heat on 10 second increments, stirring between each, until smooth. Let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add chocolate and mix until combined, then mix in vanilla. Fold in half of the Cool Whip (one 8 ounce container).
  5. Spread the chocolate mixture on top of the brownies, then top with second container of Cool Whip. Use a potato peeler to shave some additional baking chocolate all over the top.
  6. Chill for at least one hour before serving to allow it to set. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes:

You’ll want about 2 cups of heavy whipping cream beaten to stiff peaks if you want to use fresh whipped cream.

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31 comments

  1. Wow – you really do have a jam packed end of year! Hope these fabulous brownies get you through part of it!

  2. I don’t think the waistline will mind one bit this is going to find its way there! What a gorgeous dessert! Totally perfect for a cheat meal day! 😀 I’ll go to bed a happy kid! That brownie looks fudgy as ever and the French silk topping is so decadent! I.can’t.even!

  3. These French Silk Brownies look so amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen fudgier looking brownies. And keep those food babies coming!! 🙂

  4. Yes, Amazon.com, the modern “mother’s helper” 🙂

  5. These look insanely good! I have a recipe for a French silk pie on my site that uses raw eggs and I resisted posting it for years because I was super scared of the hate comments but actually I get very few. That’s just a sidebar on the way to telling you I would devour these brownies!!

  6. These look delicious… I’m not sure that topping would ever make it onto the brownies since I’d likely eat it all with a spoon before it got there!

    P.S. I use raw eggs in salad dressings all of the time, I even have one posted.  🙂

  7. Oh yum, Dorothy! These look absolutely amazing.

  8. Ok, so someone tell me. What is the point of making something like this if you just have to hurry up & get it out of the house & you don’t get to enjoy them?
    Just wondering?

    • Well, if a normal person makes them, I’d hope they’d have them around to enjoy them for a few days, or serve them for a party or whatever. Personally, I have to get this stuff out of my house because I make things like this every single day. It’s my job to bake all these treats for you (I make every single recipe on this site) and I have no willpower, so if it’s here, I’ll eat them. Me saying that is to further drive home the point that these are so, so good; even I, who eats a LOT of dessert, thinks these were the best of the best. And if you eat one you’ll have to eat another…and so on.

  9. Ahh! This looks like such a delicious combination!
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  10. Wishing I was there to help you get rid of them! They look sooooo goooood. 🙂

  11. I do  not have a blog but love to get  recipes from reading blogs. Honestly if you post a recipe with raw eggs and these nut cases don’t use them in recipes they should just skip the recipe. 

    I have read other blogs where people make nasty comments.  If you can’t something nice why can’t they keep their  mouths shut.  There is no reason to be hateful to anyone.  People can be such jerks.  

    I LOVE your blog and recipes.

    Michelle

  12. OOh, these look amazing! You have outdone yourself once again. Maybe I will have to make some to take to work just so I can make them. Love your blog and recipes.

  13. My son is the master at leaving things to the last minute — it stresses me out SO bad!! The science fair is the worst. Can’t they just let us do it for them like the good old days 😉

    These brownies are absolutely amazing. Love that creamy layer on top!!

  14. Dorothy,

    These look amazing!! I have not mastered pie yet. I think this is the perfect dessert for a picnic!!

    I know what you mean about desserts calling your name! They are so good when they are first made. I like to try them later to see how they taste. And the next morning so I know how long they taste “fresh”. No one else in my house is as into this research as I am!!

    It will all get done. You got this! You are a great Mom! Don’t let mean words from others be thd voice you believe in your head!!

  15. oooh — great minds thinking alike…I’ve got French Silk Pie Bars coming up, it’s got to be the best dessert ever! And btw, the parenting thing doesn’t get any better until the day they ship off to college — good luck 😉

  16. Thank heaven for costumes on Amazon. I know that Amazon has taken down independent stores everywhere, but oh my lord do I love them. I don’t have to go anywhere or compete with moms who actually know how to sew. Parenthood is just crazy. Why make it harder?
    These brownies are making me extremely happy!

  17. Sounds like a busy next few weeks! This looks so decadent! Two great desserts in one: yum!

  18. Oh, no, I shouldn’t have seen these. 🙂 Now they’re going to haunt me until I make them. I had a slice of French silk pie the other day and now I’m in a French silk state of mind. These look too delicious! Can I have one for breakfast?

  19. Ooh I love french silk pie and throw it on top of a brownie and these surely wouldn’t last! Good luck with your busy weeks!

  20. Two of my favorite desserts in one? No, I could never make this without taking it somewhere because I could never, ever leave it alone. It looks so, so good. Now, I have to figure out when I am making it. Who is having a party around here?

  21. These brownies are on the top of the my to-do list! 

  22. WOW!!!!!!!  These brownies look epic and they wouldn’t be safe around me either!!!  And yes I have to agree that this time of year becomes super busy and crazy!!!

  23. Oh yes, these were made but I added a simple (store bought) 🙂 pie crust to the bottom… so so good. Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. the end of the school makes me nuts too! Good thing we can count on your delicious chocolate recipes to help cope!  :o)

  25. oh wow Jordan does have A LOT going on!

    and mmmm mmmm mmmm this food baby is brilliant-I love french silk pie and brownies and this is just a perfect chocolatey comboo

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