Grasshopper Pie

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Here is Grandma's favorite Grasshopper Pie. Her version is made with marshmallows in the filling (skip the gelatin!) and an Oreo cookie crust. A classic!

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!

A Simple (and Simplified) Grasshopper Pie

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.

A Make-Ahead Pie

Make this pie at least three hours ahead of when you plan to serve it. It needs this time in the freezer to completely set and firm up. You can also keep it frozen for a few days, but cover the frozen pie loosely with aluminum foil to protect it.

Leftovers can be kept frozen for at least a week, but can start to develop freezer burn or pick up odd flavors from the freezer if stored for longer periods.

Check out These Other Classic Pies

P.S. Also try this classic Grasshopper Cocktail for another minty-chocolate treat!

Updated March 15, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! Minor changes were made to the recipe to help clarify steps and ensure success. Enjoy!

Grasshopper Pie Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Freezing time: 3 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 30 Oreo cookies (60 halves), fillings discarded, cookies crushed fine
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup creme de menthe liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons white creme de cacao
  • A drop or two of green food dye, optional
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate shavings to top, optional

Special equipment:

  • 10-inch pie dish

Method

1 Make Oreo cookie crust: Preheat oven to 425°F. In a bowl, mix crushed Oreo cookie halves and 6 tablespoons of the butter. A small handful of the crumbs should hold together when you squeeze it in your fist. If it crumbles apart, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it holds together

Pat into bottom and up sides of 10 inch pie dish. Press firmly with the bottom of a cup to tamp down and compact the crust into the pie dish.

Bake in oven for 5 to 10 minutes; remove from oven and cool completely.

Once cooled, place in freezer to chill.

2 Make marshmallow mixture: In saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until steaming, but not boiling. Add the marshmallows and stir gently until the marshmallows have melted.

Remove the pan from heat and cool to room temperature, then chill in the fridge until cool to the touch. If you want, you can speed up the cooling process by setting the pan in an ice water bath. (If the mixture is room temperature or warmer, it has a tendency to break when you add the remaining ingredients.)

3 Mix in the liquors and whipped cream: Add creme de menthe and creme de cacao to the cooled marshmallow mixture, and mix well. Add a drop or two of green food dye if desired.

With a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip the the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the milk and marshmallow mixture in three separate additions. Continue folding and gently mixing until no more streaks of white remain.

3 Pour into chilled pie shell. Freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with chocolate shavings, if desired.

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  1. Tracy Gulick

    This was my birthday cake many times ! I use the Nabisco chocolate wafer cookies for the crust ! The kind you use heavy cream to make the refrigerator cake, another birthday fave ! This pie is delicious and its different and visually appealing !
    Even non mint blinkers, may go for this ! My Aunt also made a s similar pie with Kailua !!

  2. 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??

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  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  5. 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…

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