This grasshopper pie is a tasty chocolate-mint frozen dessert inspired by the classic after dinner cocktail drink. It’s typically served in the spring for St. Patrick’s Day or Easter and is named after its green color.
The recipe is very straightforward with about only 15 minutes of hands-on prep time and no baking required.
What You Will Need to Make This Pie: Ingredients & Tools
- Oreo baking crumbs – you can substitute with chocolate cookie crumbs
- brick cream cheese – to soften the cheese you can place it in a bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds or place the package in warm water for about 20 minutes
- sweetened condensed milk
- green food coloring – the liquid kind works good for this recipe
- peppermint extract
- whipped topping – such as Cool Whip
- mint Oreo cookies – or regular Oreos
This recipe is a simple, no-bake treat and requires very few tools. You can use a 9” ceramic or glass pie dish or simply purchase a disposable tin pie pan from any grocery store. You will also need an electric mixer and access to a freezer to allow the pie to set for a few hours or overnight.
It is common to use marshmallows in the preparation of the classic but this version is made without marshmallows, using cream cheese instead.
The grasshopper cocktail is typically prepared using crème de menthe liqueur, but I use peppermint extract and mint Oreo cookies to make it a non-alcoholic treat with a similar fresh flavor.
Tips & Tweaks
A fun substitute for the mint Oreo cookies for the filling of the cake would be thin mint cookies or something similar. This obviously depends on your individual preference so feel free to experiment!
If you can’t find mint Oreos you can use regular Oreos instead. Same goes for the Oreo baking crumbs; chocolate baking crumbs are a good substitute.
You could also garnish your pie with a mint sprig in addition to the crushed cookies to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
This grasshopper pie is an easy option for any event because you can prepare it ahead of time and it can stay frozen until you are ready to serve. For long-time storage, place the pie dish in a large freezer bag. It is best if eaten within 3 months of freezing.
Did you enjoy this mint grasshopper pie? Let me know in the comments and please share the recipe!
- 1 ¼ cups Oreo baking crumbs - or chocolate cookie crumbs
- ¼ cup butter - melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese - softened
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk - (one can)
- 20 drops green food coloring
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 16 mint Oreo cookies - or regular Oreos
- 2 cups whipped topping - such as Cool Whip
- To prepare the crust: Combine the baking crumbs with the butter. Press the mixture into a 9” pie plate with a fork. Set aside.1 ¼ cups Oreo baking crumbs, ¼ cup butter
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Beat in the sweetened condensed milk, until smooth.8 ounces cream cheese
- Add the food coloring and peppermint extract and mix well.20 drops green food coloring, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Crumble 12 of the cookies. Fold them into the cream cheese mixture.
- Fold in the whipped topping.2 cups whipped topping
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the prepared crust. Cover and freeze until firm, for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Crumble the remaining 4 cookies on top of the pie. Slice and serve!
- Storage: Keep the dessert frozen.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.