Grasshopper Pie

Once upon a time, there was a redhead caught between a red-eye from the West Coast, a fire drill at her big-girl job, and a P!nk concert. She was organizing an International Pi(e) Day party for her office the next day, but there was no rhubarb at the sad excuse for a grocery store down the street. No strawberry rhubarb pie, kids.

Sometimes, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. And in this case, the cookie crumbled quite nicely in her favor.

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Last week I was eating dinner at Jackson 20, which is featuring Grasshopper Pie on its dessert menu right now. It brought back a wave of memories from childhood Christmases and St. Patrick’s Days.

While I’m pretty sure the version from my childhood included Cool Whip, this version from The Pioneer Woman tastes like it came right out of the 1980s.

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Oreos, cream, marshmallows, booze, and about 20 minutes of prep work. Exactly what this busy redhead needed.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

~Red

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Grasshopper Pie

from The Pioneer Woman

Serves 12

18 Oreos, divided
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 jar marshmallow creme or
24 marshmallows
2/3 cup Half & Half
2 tablespoons or more Crème De Menthe or other mint liqueur (green or clear)
2 tablespoons Crème De Cacao or other chocolate liqueur
Green food coloring, if desired
1 cup heavy cream

In a food processor, pulse 16 Oreos and butter until you have coarse crumbs, and press into the bottom and sides of a pie plate. Set in the freezer while preparing the filling. (Alternatively, you can use a pre-made Oreo crust.)

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt marshmallows and Half & Half, stirring constantly. As soon as it’s melted, place the mix over a bowl of ice water to chill, continuing to stir. When the mixture is cool, stir in liquers. Taste, and add more Crème de Menthe if you want a more intense flavoring. If you want a more intense green coloring, add a couple drops of green food coloring. Beat cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in marshmallow sauce.

Pour into the pan (depending on the size of your pan, you might have a little bit of filling left over). Crush the remaining 2 Oreos and sprinkle on top.

Freeze until very firm, at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving.

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