A dessert twist on the classic mint after-dinner drink, this Frozen Grasshopper Pie with an Oreo Crust is one of our traditional 4th of July desserts. My family would revolt if I skipped this winner!
With a chocolate cookie crust and dreamy creme de menthe filling, this luscious pie is one of our family’s favorite No-Bake Desserts. Ideal for summer parties, holiday desserts or any special occasion, it’s an annual Independence Day dessert at my house. But note that this recipe is easy enough to treat yourself any time of year!
Grasshopper Pie Recipe
My children all adore the combination of mint and chocolate. Bill? Well, not so much. He won’t even taste anything with mint in it. Except for toothpaste. This is the sort of logic I have to deal with on a day to day basis.
Like no cherries except for Cherry Koolaid. I think I married a 5-year-old in an adult’s body. But I digress. There is always a stash of Thin Mints in our basement freezer for the kids for those mint cravings, but once a year, I whip up this frozen mint pie. It doesn’t last long!
Where Did This Pie Get It’s Name?
My children will go for anything “grasshopper,” as long as none of the green, hopping insects are on the ingredient list. This frozen grasshopper pie recipe is named after a grasshopper cocktail which grew in popularity in the U.S. in the 1950’s and 60’s. Creme de Menthe gave this rich, creamy adult beverage its green color which made someone think of a real-life grasshopper. Both this irresistible Grasshopper Chocolate Bark and this decadent Grasshopper Poke Cake would get my children’s approval, too.
What is Grasshopper Pie?
This Grasshopper Pie Recipe has a few simple ingredients. The crust is made of Oreos processed to make crumbs, then combined with melted butter. Alternatively, you can make it with boxed Oreo crumbs or processed Nabisco Famous Wafers, a touch of sugar and melted butter.
The filling ingredients include milk, creme de menthe, marshmallow cream and whipping cream. If you use clear creme de menthe, you’ll want to add green food coloring for the classic green filling.
How to Make a Grasshopper Pie
I started making this no-bake dessert for our Fourth of July gathering about five years ago using my mom’s recipe from the 1970’s. It comes together very quickly and easily. But it does require some time in the freezer, so make sure not to make this grasshopper pie recipe at the last minute.
- First, make the Oreo crust by making cookie crumbs in the food processor. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and pressed into the bottom of the springform pan.
- Next, with a mixer, blend together the milk and marshmallow cream. A little patience is needed for the ingredients to combine into a smooth liquid. Creme de menthe is added for the minty flavor and classic green color of a grasshopper cocktail.
- Gently add the whipped heavy cream is to the mint mixture.
- Scrape the filling over the crust, smooth the top with an offset spatula, and freeze.
- For special occasions, not our casual 4th of July party, serve slices with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with an Oreo Cookie.
One neighbor, in particular, always gets an extra slice to take home. His wife, Sharon, is “helping” him diet by limiting her baking, and I got an email about a week before the holiday with his annual request for this grasshopper pie recipe. And he denies even liking desserts! Anyone who is that fond of one of my desserts gets a huge slice PLUS a doggy bag for a midnight snack.
Tips for Making a Frozen Pie
When it’s hot and humid, no-bake desserts are a cool, creamy way to end a meal. Plus, not needing to turn on the oven on a sultry day is a huge bonus! There are a couple of things you’ll want to keep in mind when making sweets like this frozen grasshopper pie.
- PRO-Tip: With an ice cream pie or a frozen no-bake pie, the flavors are usually dulled by the freezing process. The creme de menthe in this pie provides an intense mint flavor that is mellowed by the marshmallow cream, whipped cream and time in the freezer.
- To ensure perfect textured filling, carefully fold in the whipped cream or whipped topping if called for in the recipe. Folding is when you use a rubber spatula and lift a portion of mixture up from the bottom of the mixing bowl and flip it over to gently combine. Repeat this gentle circular motion over and over, rotating the bowl, until the mixture is homogeneous.
Freezing and Cutting a Frozen Dessert
- Make your Grasshopper Pie in a 9-inch springform pan. Remove the ring after it’s frozen; this makes it very easy to slice and serve.
- Freeze the pie at least 4 hours or overnight so it can solidify. I like to make this dessert the day before I’m serving it.
- Cover the pie with plastic wrap to prevent frost from forming on top of the pie for storing longer than a day in the freezer.
- If you have time, you can set the pie/dessert out on the counter for about 10 minutes before slicing. This will soften the filling slightly without melting it (unless you’re outdoors on a summer day!).
- PRO-Tip: If the pie is frozen solid and difficult to cut into slices, heat a knife by running it under hot water and drying it. The heat will help the knife glide through the frozen filling.
More Summer Desserts You’ll Love:
- Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Mocha Ice Cream
- Peach Raspberry Pie
- Chocolate Ice Cream Pie
- Peach Pie Bars
- Best Summer Dessert Recipes
- Summer Fruit Tart
- Fresh Fruit Pizza
- Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
- Easy Raspberry Crisp Recipe
- Plus a St. Germain Gin and Tonic is perfect for sipping on with your summer dessert.
- 24 Oreos, crushed (or Nabisco Famous Wafers plus 2 T sugar)
- 1/4 c butter, melted
- 1/4 c milk
- 1/4 c creme de menthe
- 1 7-oz jar marshmallow creme
- 2 c heavy cream, whipped
- Place cookies in food processor and pulse till crumbs form. Combine crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
- In a mixing bowl, gradually add milk and creme de menthe to the marshmallow cream, beating with a hand mixer to break up the marshmallow cream. Fold in whipped cream. Pour over crust. Freeze.
- No need to garnish, but I like to top slices with some whipped cream, a mint sprig and an Oreo when serving to company.
Recipe from my mom’s recipe cards.
Total time does not include freezing time.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g