French Silk Pie Bars

French Silk Pie Bars have all the velvety chocolate flavor of a French Silk Pie, in the portable format of a dessert bar!

French Silk Pie Bars

By the way, I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. In case you missed my big announcement, be sure to check it out on Instagram.

My little brother came to visit for the weekend. Of course, when I say little, don’t kid yourself. This guy towers over all of us at 6’4″. His favorite dessert is French Silk Pie. We really enjoyed this recipe I made before when he visited us in Boston a few years ago, but this time, I wanted to make something different.

And, let’s be honest, I didn’t want to make a pie. Pies are not my favorite thing to make. I know fall is coming right around the corner, which makes me think of pies, but I’m just not in to them. So bars it was.

French Silk Pie Bars

As you can see in the pictures, the crust to filling ratio is pretty high on these bars. When I make these again, I’ll reduce the crust recipe to 3/4 of the original. I have reflected the recipe below to reflect that change. The chocolate mousse filling in this recipe is amazing. I’m tempted to just make that part of the recipe again to eat it with a spoon.

Since the crust and filling were both really tall, I didn’t think my pan could handle the whipped cream topping, so I cut the bars and piped it on top. And piping the topping made it look all fancy and fun. I threw the sprinkles on top since I’m lazy and wasn’t in the mood to make chocolate curls… Next time you need a chocolatey travel-friendly dessert to impress your friends, remember these French Silk Bars.

French Silk Pie Bars

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French Silk Pie Bars

French Silk Pie Bars have all the velvety chocolate flavor of a French Silk Pie, in the portable format of a dessert bar!

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the Crust:
12 Tbsp (1.5 sticks) butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar

For the Filling:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vanilla
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces

For the Topping:
1/2 tsp gelatin
2 Tbsp cold water
1 cup heavy cream
4-5 Tbsp powdered sugar

Directions:

For the Crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degF. Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper.

Pulse crust ingredients in food processor 8-10 times until combined. Press crust in to bottom of pan.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.

For the Filling:
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (use 30 second intervals at medium power). Set aside.

Beat the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Place in small bowl and chill in the fridge.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, and water until pale yellow and slightly thickened (~6 minutes). Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water and heat mixture to 160 degF, whisking occasionally.

Put bowl on to mixer and beat on medium speed until cooled to room temperature and thickened, about 8 minutes. While beating, add in the chocolate and vanilla. Beat in butter, one piece at a time. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in whipped cream.

Pour mixture over cooled crust and smooth top. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours.

For the Topping:
In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water to soften for 2 minutes. Head 15 seconds in the microwave and whisk to dissolve gelatin. Whip the cream to stiff peaks, adding the gelatin and powdered sugar while whipping.

Spread or pipe on top of bars and chill until set. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles or curls.

Recipe adapted from Willow Bird Baking

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10 Responses to “Double Chocolate Brownie Roll Out Cookies”

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    Carrie — March 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Those are SOOOOO cute!

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    Jenn — March 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    You did such a good job decorating these!!!

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    Colleen — March 16, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    So cute! I love the little pots of gold!

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    Katie — March 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The cookies are all SOOOOOO cute! I seriously love them! btw -thanks for the hsout out. You are too sweet. I’m so glad it could help. They look fantastic!

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    Erin — March 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I love the Pot’O Gold. And I’ve been eyeing that brownie rollout recipe myself to make something special for a friend’s birthday!

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    Jen — March 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    They’re so good. You should definitely make them. I would also recommend not rolling them too thin. The thicker ones are much better. I wish mine had been about twice as thick as they were. Guess I’ll just have to make them again!

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    Stephanie Wagner — March 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

    These are too cute! You must have a steady hand for the detail around those clovers. Nice job!

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    Suzy — March 18, 2009 at 1:38 am

    So cute, love the pot of gold! You put in a lot of work for sure.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Kerstin — March 19, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m really enjoying it (I’m from Boston too)!

    The pots of gold are adorable!

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    Jeremy — June 4, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I was looking for something creative and new like this. Then tried this awesome recipe . This recipe does not disappoint. It’s a snap to prepare and really tasty.

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