Grasshopper Pie

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!

Chilled Grasshopper Pie on Wood Table
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 eggs and gelatin.

grasshopper pie
Elise Bauer

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.

Making a Non-alcoholic Grasshopper Pie

To make this pie alcohol-free, replace the creme de menthe and the creme de cacao with 1 teaspoon peppermint extract plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Origins of Grasshopper Pie

Most likely inspired by the grasshopper cocktail that's been around since 1918, the grasshopper pie has been around since the mid-1900s when chiffon pies were all the rage. Early versions used either a graham cracker crust or a chocolate crust. Our version uses a chocolate crust to give it extra chocolate goodness.

Oreo Crust Alternatives

If you'd prefer not to split apart all those Oreo cookies and discard the creamy filling, use 1 1/4 cups of crushed chocolate wafers instead. Or, choose to use a graham cracker crust.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Grasshopper Pie

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Freezing 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 30 Oreo cookies (60 halves), fillings discarded, cookies crushed fine

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 3/4 cup whole milk

  • 24 large marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup creme de menthe liqueur

  • 2 tablespoons white creme de cacao

  • 1 to 2 drops green food coloring, optional

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Chocolate shavings to top, optional

Method

  1. Preheat the oven:

    Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Make the Oreo cookie crust:

    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.

    Crushed Oreo Crust In Pie Dish
    Elise Bauer

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

    Once cooled, place in freezer to chill.

  3. Make the 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.)

  4. Mix the in the liquors and whip the heavy 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.

    Green Marshmallow filling in blender and sauce pan
    Elise Bauer
  5. Pour the filling into the crust and freeze:

    Pour the filling into the crust and freeze for at least 3 hours. (Cover loosely with foil after 3 hours if you're going to leave it in the freezer longer.)

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

    Green Filling Being Poured on To Grasshopper Pie Oreo Crust
    Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
357 Calories
16g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 357
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 68mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.