Flourless Brownie Pie
Chewy edges, ultra-gooey middle: this extra fudgy Flourless Brownie Pie is the perfect brownie, baked right into a pie crust. Simple ingredients, one bowl, gluten free.
Is it even Thanksgiving season without sharing a pie recipe? 🤔 Thanksgiving is like the Super Bowl of pies, and as a dedicated pie lover, I am here for it.
This year, I’m re-sharing an improved version of a family favorite: an ooey-gooey, super fudgy, flourless brownie pie.
I know, it’s a little non-traditional for Thanksgiving.
(If you want more traditional, allow me to suggest any of the following: Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Chocolate Buttermilk Pie, Caramel Pear Pie, or Bourbon Buttermilk Pie.)
But! If you have a chocolate lover in your family, I promise this pie will be met with rave reviews.
And really, if there was ever a year to shake things up and try something different… 2020 is it, right? Zoom Thanksgiving with a side of brownie pie.
Hopefully next year we’ll be back to in-person Thanksgiving gatherings… but I have a feeling the brownie pie will stick around.
Fudgy Brownie in a Pie Crust
So what on earth is a brownie pie? It’s basically a super fudgy, decadent brownie baked in a pie crust.
It’s more like a flourless chocolate cake than a traditional brownie, and almost custardy in the center. You could probably call it a Flourless Chocolate Pie. Or a Baked Custard Pie.
(Oh, and that flourless part? That means that if you use an appropriate pie crust, this is gluten free.)
Baking this in a pie crust means the middle can be so much fudgier and, well, gooey-er, than regular brownies, because you have a bottom to support the slice.
The edges around the crust start to get just a little chewy, so it’s the best of both brownie worlds. The top is beautiful and shiny and flaky, just like my Simple Fudgy Brownies. The middle is buttery smooth and oh-so-gooey.
And it’s all contained in delicious flaky pie crust.
Easy No Fail Pie Crust
The first step to a brownie pie? A pie crust!
I, of course, use my No Fail Pie Crust recipe. It’s easy, it’s pretty much foolproof, and you can make the crusts ahead of time and store them in the freezer.
Homemade pie crusts not your thing? Feel free to substitute a store-bought crust.
Gooey Brownie Filling
Making the filling for the brownie pie is easy-peasy.
All you need is one saucepan and a whisk, along with some butter, sugar, chocolate, and eggs.
The reason the brownie filling is so fudgy and soft? The lack of flour!
Flour provides the structure necessary to hold baked goods together. As flour is hydrated, the proteins in the flour interact with each other and begin to form strands of gluten. The gluten is like an elastic network which stretches as baked goods rise.
Without the flour, our brownie pie filling doesn’t develop as much structure and lift – meaning it maintains a custard-like interior.
Common Questions about Flourless Brownie Pie
Yes. Be sure to use a regular size pie crust, not deep dish, if you are using a pre-formed frozen crust in a disposable pie tin.
Baking brownie mix inside a pie crust will work, but the texture will be different. Brownie mix will yield a normal crumby brownie, whereas this brownie pie has more a gooey, fudgy, custard-like (but still sliceable) filling.
This can be made up to three days ahead of time and stored at room temperature, or frozen for up to 3 months.
We like it served at room temperature, but it can be heated briefly in the microwave (15-20 seconds) for a warm pie, or stored in the refrigerator for an even fudgier texture. While delicious plain, it’s also perfect with some freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Yes! The pie filling is entirely gluten free. The recommend pie crust recipe is not, but if you’d like to make a gluten free pie crust, I recommend using this recipe.
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Flourless Brownie Pie
Chewy edges, ultra-gooey middle: this extra fudgy Flourless Brownie Pie is the perfect brownie, baked right into a pie crust.
- 1 no-fail pie crust (gluten free pie crust recipe in notes!)
- 4 ounces (113 grams) semi-sweet or dark baking chocolate
- 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (198 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Transfer the pie crust to a 9-inch pie plate and flute the edges. Place the pie crust in the freezer while preparing the chocolate brownie pie filling.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a small, heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, whisking until combined. Remove from heat add in the sugar, whisking until fully incorporated. Add in the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt and stir to combine.
- Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour the pie filling into the crust. Bake for 35 minutes, or until edges are just set and brownie-like, but the middle is still soft and gooey. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
For a gluten free pie crust, use this recipe.
Browne pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 slices Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 24.6gCarbohydrates: 48.7gProtein: 3.1g
This Flourless Brownie Pie recipe was originally published on 10/28/2016 and republished with new photos and helpful tips on 11/13/2020.
Oh-my-GAWD! That is beyond decadent!
I know. All the more reason I should be shamed that four of us ate a whole pie but…. I’m not. I’d do it again. Haha!
Oh, wow. That does look insanely gooey and any chocolate dessert has to be gooey in my opinion. It looks epic.
Oh my, yes!! Two awesome desserts combined into one amazing dish. I love how fudgy and gooey it is!
Right? Brownies = delicious. Pies = delicious. BROWNIE PIES? Double delicious!
OH MY GOSH!!! This looks beyond heavenly. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Decadently delightful gooey chocolate…
Thanks, Dan! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂
All of this talk about chewy edges and gooey centers has me out of my mind with brownie pie lust!! Save a piece for me next time.
Writing about it really made me crave a slice, too. What is it about brownies that are just so dang good?!
This pie looks incredible, Julie! I wish I had a slice right now.
Oh goodness gracious me! WOW! This looks amazing, I would struggle to leave a slice behind too lol. ANd can I say, the science geek in be *loves* your Pi pie dish – soooo cool!
Haha, thanks Jo! Of course I have a pi(e) plate. My mother bought it as a novelty gift but it’s actually the only pie plate I own, so I use it all the time!
That looks so delish! I love chocolate and that makes me crave for some. Thank you so much for the recipe
Oh my word that looks so good! Anything ooey gooey has my vote. And FYI it would be serves 1 for me, not sharing this LOL
Haha! Totally respect that. 😉
Oh my God that really does look ooey gooey! I love this! I’m definitely giving this one a try!
How yummy! I LOVE pie and brownies are amazing, so this is so perfect! Can’t wait to try it 🙂
Right? It’s the best of both worlds!
All you had to say was “ultra gooey” and its a winner in my book. My teen boys would eat this in no time. Pretty sure there would be none left for mom and day. Perfect for the holiday season. Who can say “no” to brownies. Yum.
We don’t let my 18 month old eat sweets, but I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s devouring everything right out of the oven before I have time to photograph it!
Looks amazing! Where did you get the “Pi” dish?
It was a gift from my mother, but it looks like you can pick one up from Amazon! “Pi Plate”
What if I use a premade frozen pie crust? Would you bake the crust first and then pour the chocolate mixture or just pull it straight from the freezer?
Hi Courtney! Just pour the filling into the frozen crust and bake straight from frozen. I usually put my pie crusts in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before baking to firm them up, so you’ll get the same effect baking with a frozen crust. Enjoy!
If you use pre-made pie shell, does it matter if it’s deep dish or not?
My pie plate isn’t deep dish, so a regular depth pie crust will look like the photo. A deep dish pie crust will have higher sides, so the brownie won’t fill up the entire crust. Either way will work, but the shallow size has a better brownie to crust ratio!
I’m making the pie, about to put it in the oven, when I realize I didn’t put the flour in. But no flour is listed, is that right????
Correct, no flour! The sugar and cocoa powder provide enough structure. Go ahead and pop that pie right in the oven and enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Never mind, it really is just as good as you said! My husband and son are passed out on the couch right now, turkey/pie overload!!! Thank you!!!
Yay! So glad your family loved it – it makes my day to know that one of my recipes was responsible for Thanksgiving overindulgence. 😉
Gimme gimme! Your description alone was enough to make me drool…this must taste unbelievable! Gooey brownies are my favorite!
I need the recipe for the frosting on top! How is that in every picture to tantalize us and then left out? Torture! Lol
It’s just whipped cream!