Grasshopper Pie

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

  • 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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29 Comments

  1. Preya

    Yummy! Do you think it would be okay to use the prepared Oreo cookie crusts?

  2. bob

    I’ve been making this pie for 20 years or so, and it is always a hit. (And yes, I often use the prepared Oreo crust.)

  3. Rachel

    Is this anything like alligator pie? i will never forget my first day of kindergarten, when my teacher sang a song about (and brought in) an alligator pie. It looks like the one above, and it took me a few minutes to realize there were no alligators in it! :-)

  4. David L.

    This looks like a great recipe, Elise, but I don’t see at which step you add the grasshoppers?

    Isn’t this a Oaxacan recipe?

  5. Elise

    Hi David –

    Years ago when I came home from a trip to Oaxaca I brought back some of those deep fried chili grasshoppers and terrorized my family for a week. “Look look, now I’m eating a head. And now some legs…” You get the picture. It wasn’t appreciated and when I wasn’t looking my bag of critters got thrown away.

    Sasi – Fortunately for the family, the only resemblance this grasshopper pie has with an actual grasshopper is its color. I like to think of it as a Girl Scout chocolate mint thin, as a pie.

  6. MWM

    RE: Alligator pie…I’ve seen gummy alligators at local supermarkets…add one or two of these as pie sets…I’m not sure if I’ve seen gummy grasshoppers though…leave out booze for kids and add mint flavoring…

  7. Sisero

    Thanks for the recipe! I am especially excited to make this since I am allergic to eggs, which excludes me from a lot of yummy cream pies. Do you think I can substitute the Creme de mente for something else, like a coconut liqueur?

  8. Lou

    Hi there!

    I was wondering if it would be good to also add dark chocolate chips to the pie.

    I might try that! Mint, oreos and dark chocolate chips are among my favorite food items.

  9. Laurie Plum

    I am so pleasantly surprised to see this recipe on your website, definitely heart-warming! Unfortunately, due to the distance between California and Maryland and my family never traveling, I have only a few fond memories of Grandma Mae and her visits to Maryland but I distinctly remember her grasshopper pie and how much I loved it (I was teased about it from Pop Pop and Vera for years). I can not wait to try this recipe and I only hope I make it half as good as I remember it tasting! Do you have any more of Grandma Mae’s recipes you would be willing to share with me?

  10. Amiel N

    I just made this pie today. The only variations were using plain Creme De Cacao since I did not have the white variant. The pie is in the freezer, and almost ready.
    I have a tip for anyone who makes this: Be careful when melting the marshmallows, as they will foam up very quickly. When this happens, just keep stirring to keep the level down.
    And also: if you use green Creme De Menthe, green food coloring probably won’t be necessary. The liquor I used was so green it stained the countertop when a drop fell on it.

    I think I’ll use Golden Oreos and add cocoa powder to the melted marshmallows next time.

  11. Diana

    My mother, who passed away 7 years ago faithfully made “Grasshopper Pie” every year for St.Patricks Day. Thanks to your easy recipe I can now continue on this tastey tradition for my own kids. It must be the “Luck of the Irish” that lead me to this site.

  12. Furrie Princess

    The pie is named after the Grasshopper cocktail.

  13. Linda

    Hi Elise

    Thanks for posting yet another yummy looking recipe. I have a question. Have you ever made crumb crust in lined muffin pans? Making indivdual servings of the large pie instead.
    I have a cheesecake recipe that calls for using 1 whole vanilla wafer put in the bottom of each of the holes in the lined muffin pan.

    Linda

  14. Larry

    Elise, you rock! This is such a super simple pie to make…I made it for Saturday night dinner and wow, it was great. I did end up sprinkling about a half-cup of mini choc chips over the top as it set, and that just intensifed the choc/mint contrast.

    I can totally see how you might use this marshmallow base as a jumping off point for other pies…I’ll have to experiment! one that is coming to mind would maybe be a cherry/ameretto pie, flavored with ameretto and sweet bing cherries. might have to play with it tho…

  15. Bron

    Hey everyone, i’ve got a joke for you, no doubt many of you will have heard it before, but i can’t resist, it’s my favorite joke :)

    A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender looks up and says “Hey! You’re a grasshopper! We have a drink named after you!”.

    And the grasshopper says “What, Kevin?”.

  16. Solaera

    Awww. My mom used to make this for guests in the 70s. We were little then and waited expectantly for the grown up desert with the *gasp* LIQUOR in it. Lol. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Sharon

    I have a similar recipe that I used often with great success more than 30 years ago. Recently, the pie has been a failure repeatedly, because an intensely liquor-flavored layer forms from a separation of the marshmallow/whipped cream/liquor mixture. I’d thought that perhaps the formulation of marshmallows had changed since 30 years ago, but your recipe reassures me that it’s not the marshmallows that are the problem. Therefore, it must be something that I’m doing wrong. What can it be?

  18. Dee Dee

    I too like Sharon, Aug. 14, 2007 have made this recipe for many years with no problem. The last four times it has been separating when I add the liquor to the marshmallow mixture. Folding in the whipped cream still does not help. This last time I had to add some gelatin to firm up the liquor layer. What am I doing wrong?

  19. Curtis

    My father made this pie in the 1960’s. He would only let me eat one slice. I begged for 2 slices – and the richness of the pie ‘removed’ it for me. Grasshopper pie brings up great memories, in spite of the 2 slice problem.

  20. Erica

    I make this all the time and have no problem with separation. Not sure why it would do that, but I use cold utensils (place bowl, mixers in freezer while cooking marshmellows), then add liquor to marshmellows, use cold stuff for the whipping cream (make sutre its whipped enough), and then mix it all together and dump into pie crust. Never fails me!

  21. Dee Dee

    A friend of mine thought the separation could happen because of using fat free milk instead of whole milk. Will try that next time & cold utensils.

  22. Alix

    I had to comment on this recipe because my mother and I were just discussing how we should make Grasshopper pie. This recipe is almost identical to my grandmother’s recipe, and it makes a wonderful dessert. Your father has done a great job of piecing together your grandmother’s old recipe!

  23. Victoria

    My friend made us grasshopper pie last year and I’ve been craving it ever since. This recipe looks great and really simple to make aka perfect for someone of my lowly cooking aptitude.

    By the way, I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what to do with the discarded Oreo fillings. It would be a shame to waste them!

  24. Jessica

    I have been making this recipe for years…I use the premade cookie crust when I’m lazy – it works fine!

    I also now throw in a handful of Andes Mint Pieces on the bottom of the pie crust before I pour in the pie filling. Makes it a little more tricky to cut but its a nice surprise in every bite!

    Taste great and always has everyone begging for me to make it!

  25. denice

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

  26. 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…

  27. 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!!

  28. Kristy

    I always had grasshopper pie when I visited my Oma and Opa out in Alabama. It was a highlight of my trip to their house. I am so excited to try this recipe and share it with my husband and kids who have never had grasshopper pie!! Thanks.

  29. 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.

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