French Silk Brownies

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For an easy to make at home dessert that tastes like it came from a restaurant, make these wonderful chocolate French Silk Brownies. Brownies made with read butter, topped with a creamy whipped French silk chocolate layer and then Cool Whip–this decadent treat will really hit the spot!

French Silk Pie Brownies

French Silk Brownies

Whenever you need a great dessert for dinner with friends, a potluck, a special occasion treat, or for just about any other reason, think of these French Silk Pie Brownies. This is one of those go-to recipes that is totally no-fail and incredibly delicious.

Rich, chocolate desserts abound! Here are some more of our favorites: Chocolate Ganache Cheesecakes | Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes | Chocolate Cosmic Cake

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the French Silk Pie Brownies recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Boxed brownie mix
  • Egg
  • Unsalted butter
  • Milk
  • Semi sweet chocolate bar – I like to use Baker’s Chocolate bar, found in the baking aisle of the grocery store.
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cool Whip – You can use brand name Cool Whip or store brand whipped topping.

ingredients to make French Silk Pie Brownies

How to Make French Silk Brownies

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 11×7-inch (2 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, egg, melted butter, and milk, stirring until smooth.

brownie batter in a bowl

Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake at 350F for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

brownie batter in a baking dish

Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.

In a small microwave safe bowl, heat the semi-sweet chocolate and unsalted butter in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring well between each cooking interval.

Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture to the cream cheese mixture and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.

stirring chocolate sauce into cream cheese

Spread the French silk layer over the cooled brownies.

adding the layer of French silk filling

Spread on the remaining 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip.

adding Cool Whip to the top of the brownies

If desired, sprinkle chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips over the French Silk Brownies.

finished French Silk Pie Brownies in a pan

Slice the brownies into 12 squares to serve.

French Silk Pie Brownies

Substitutions

Chocolate Chips – Instead of chocolate shavings you can sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top of the dessert.

Homemade Brownies – If you have a favorite homemade brownie recipe, you can make your own brownies as the base.

Whipped Cream – Instead of Cool Whip, you can use homemade whipped cream for the French silk layer and to top the dessert.

slice of French Silk Pie Brownies on a white plate

How to Store Leftovers

Keep the leftover brownies in an airtight food storage container or in the pan covered with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days. You can also freeze this dessert for up to three months before serving.

pan of French Silk Pie Brownies with a slice taken out

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French Silk Brownies
5 from 9 votes

French Silk Brownies

For an easy to make at home dessert that tastes like it came from a restaurant, make these wonderful chocolate French Silk Brownies. Brownies made with real butter, topped with a creamy whipped French silk chocolate layer and then Cool Whip--this decadent treat will really hit the spot!
Servings: 12
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 1 box brownie mix (not prepared)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup milk

French Silk Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cubed)
  • 8 ounce Cool Whip

Topping

  • 8 ounce Cool Whip
  • chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 11x7-inch (2 quart) glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, egg, melted butter, and milk, stirring until smooth. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake at 350F for 25-28 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and cool completely to room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, heat the semi-sweet chocolate and unsalted butter in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring well between each cooking interval.
  • Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture to the cream cheese mixture and stir until well combined. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread the French silk layer over the cooled brownies, then spread on the remaining 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip.
  • If desired, sprinkle chocolate shavings or mini chocolate chips over the French Silk Brownies. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

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24 comments on “French Silk Brownies”

  1. Great recipe! I have mad this 2 times, but used 9X13 pan using 1 box brownie mix but 1.5 X the chocolate silk & topping ingredients. The first time I used a Pyrex glass pan, and there was not enough room to use all the topping, so the 2nd time I used a 9X13 metal pan (USA brand) with higher sides and it was perfect. I dusted top with Sweet Cocoa Powder. Each time I took it to a potluck and received multiple compliments and requests for recipe. Fabulous elegant dessert.

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I used a sugar-free brownie mix and it was still delicious. What I thought I could only find in a restaurant, I can now make at home! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. When you specify “not prepared” for the brownie mix, what do you mean? I’m not sure which brownie mix to use

  4. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious-a winning combination! I like to shave the cholcoate for the top as it is more elegant!

    1. If you used gluten free brownie mix you should be ok. Double check the other ingredients before making though.

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