Battle of the Chocolate Pies

How can I post on Thanksgiving without a recipe for pie??? And as a holiday gift to you, I give you two recipes for the price of one!
I know these two chocolate pies look very similar, but I would classify the one at the top as an adult chocolate pie and the other as a kids chocolate pie. Don’t get me wrong, both are delicious, but one is significantly more work and significantly more intense.
Let’s start with my favorite first….French Silk! Yes, there are many more steps involved, but in my humble opinion, sooooo worth it.

French Silk Pie

3/4 C butter, room temperature
1 C sugar
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, separated
16 Oreo cookies, with filling broken into large pieces
2 Tb melted butter
1. For the crust, crush the Oreos in your food processor until all the pieces are small uniform pieces. You could also do this in a ziploc bag and a rolling pin! Add the melted butter and mix until uniformly distributed. Press firmly into a 9″ pie pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
2. For the filling, beat the butter on high until light and fluffy. Slowly add the sugar and beat on high for 10 minutes. You will need to stop the mixer about 3 or 4 times to scrape down the bowl. The mixture will be a very pale yellow and most of the sugar will have dissolved into the butter.
3. Turn off the mixer and add your cooled chocolate and vanilla. Mix on low until completely combined. Add egg yolks one at a time and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each yolk. Beat for about 2 minutes after the first and second yolk is added. After last yolk, beat for 5 minutes.
4. Beat the three egg whites until foamy, then add 1/4 C of sugar to them. Beat until stiff peaks form. Take half of the stiff whites and fold them into the chocolate mixture. Add the second half and again gently fold until completely combined. Pour into the cooled Oreo Crust and refrigerate for 4-5 hours before serving. If you like your French Silk Pie a little softer when eating it, be sure to take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving.
Now if time, talent or resources are short for you, don’t let the simple ingredients of the kids chocolate pie fool you, or the five minute preparation time. People are shocked when I tell them what is in the pie once they have tasted it. It is very deceivingly delicious compared to it preparation. This is waaaay better than folding some lousy old Cool Whip into some pudding.

Simple Chocolate Cream Pie

1 prepackaged Oreo Crust
1 package chocolate pudding
1 C heavy whipping cream
1 C milk

1. In your mixer with the whisk attachment, pour in the milk and cream. Sprinkle on the package of pudding and beat until thick. Pour into the crust, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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