Grasshopper Pie

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Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My grandmother, on my dad’s side, had an amazing sweet tooth. How that woman could eat as many jelly-filled donuts as she did and still live to 97, I’ll never know. One of her favorite pies to make for us was grasshopper pie, a chilled minty green pie with an oreo cookie crust. I haven’t found her recipe, but my father patched one together from many he found online that turns out a pie just like the one she used to make. Many grasshopper pie recipes are quite elaborate and call for gelatin, egg yolks, egg whites, etc. In this recipe we use marshmallows, instead of the eggs and gelatin.

Grasshopper Pie Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 8.

Ingredients

  • 20 oreo cookies (40 halves), fillings discarded, cookies crushed
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup hot milk
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup creme de menthe liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons white creme de cacao
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • Optional A drop or two of green food dye.

Method

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1 Preheat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix crushed oreo cookie halves and butter. Pat into bottom and sides of 10 inch pie dish. Bake in oven for 5 to 10 minutes; remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, place in freezer to chill.

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2 In saucepan, melt marshmallows in milk over medium heat. Remove from heat and cool. Add creme de menthe and creme de cacao, and mix well. Add a drop or two of green food dye if desired. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into chilled pie shell. Freeze for 3 or 4 hours.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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  • KarenF

    So glad to see one that uses Marshmallows instead of gelatin. I tried making one with it and it was a disaster as the gelatin went all rubbery and didn’t want to mix in Pie never set right. Maybe try this method instead. Could one melt the marshmallows in the Microwave??

  • Mjb

    Save yourself the Oreo step; use 1 1/4 cup crushed Famous Chocolate Wafers..found in most large grocery stores. Mix with 1/3 cup melted butter, press into pan and chill. Then add filling.

  • BJ

    PERFECT recipe as-is, do not change a thing!

    After having made many “mistake” pies (soup and such), glad to hear the secret is getting everything cold before mixing it together. That really makes the difference.

    I just made one in Michigan – easy to keep the crust cool outside in the snow, easy to keep the bowl for the whipping cream outside in the snow…. easy to freeze the pie outside in the snow…..

    Do not use store bought crusts, it’s easy to de-cream the Oreos, put them in a plastic Zip loc bag and smash them with a rolling pin. Even the cream de cocoa has a purpose – makes the pie more chocolatey mint. And there’s only 1/4 cup of alcohol in the whole pie, so let the kids have a sliver too. Mmmmm!!

  • Maggi

    Always loved Grasshopper Pie. Been making it for years…

    Instead of Oreos, we use Nabisco Famous Wafers. (http://tinyurl.com/2fv49kr) Basically, the Oreos without the filling. You have to search for them. They’re waaaay up on a top shelf in my local grocery store. Just whiz in a food processor and instant pie crust crumbs…

  • denice

    For the people who had separation occuring, I thhink it might be because you’re using whipped cream instead of WHIPPING cream…maybe?

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