Grasshopper Pie

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Only six ingredients to make this delicious and refreshing ice cream Grasshopper Pie — the perfect summer treat that takes minutes to assemble!

This grasshopper pie recipe is the best dessert to bring to a potluck or party with friends or family. While it hardly takes any time to assemble, it looks impressive and tastes magnificent.

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What Flavor is Grasshopper?

Grasshopper is sweet and minty. Grasshopper is a typically green dessert or cocktail that is mint-flavored. It’s called “grasshopper” because of the bright green color that typically accompanies the dessert or drink. (Heads up — this kid-friendly grasshopper pie is made without alcohol.)

Image of the Grasshopper Pie on a plate

An Easy Grasshopper Pie

We can’t get enough ice cream desserts in the summer. In fact, these are the five most commonly in the rotation (and yes, this rotation is weekly!).

And while my kiddos love each and every one of these ice cream treats, my oldest is partial to anything mint-flavored. So he’ll beg near incessantly for the “best Grasshopper pie” (as he’s affectionately named it) to hit the rotation next!

Process shots-- images of the Oreos being blended together and then added to a bowl with butter for the crust

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Why Do They Call It Grasshopper Pie?

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a grasshopper pie is, you’re not alone! It’s definitely a unique name. I can promise you, though, that no actual grasshoppers were harmed in the making of this recipe!

A Grasshopper pie is a frozen mint-flavored pie with an Oreo cookie crust. The filling is sweet, minty, and typically does not require any baking. Sometimes the filling is ice cream (like this recipe!) and other times it’s a whipped marshmallow mixture spiked with Creme de Menthe liquor.

The original grasshopper pie recipe, made with ice cream, was first published in the New York Times in 1963.  The pie was insanely popular in the 1960s and 70s and now is a retro food favorite. The marshmallow version is attributed to Nigella Lawson made on Food Network TV. My Grasshopper Pie recipe is made with ice cream.

Process shots of Grasshopper Pie--making the crust and pressing it into the pie pan

What Does Grasshopper Pie Taste Like?

Think of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie –we channel those are the flavors in this pie!

This pie starts with a sweet and buttery Oreo Pie Crust. We then fill the crust with good mint ice cream, top with hot fudge, and finish it all off with a layer of sweetened whipped cream. I mean, what’s not to love?!

Process shots-- images of the ice cream being layered in along with hot fudge topping and whipped cream

How To Make Grasshopper Pie

The full recipe card is below, but here are our top tips for this recipe:

  • Thoroughly crush the Oreos: If there are big pieces of cookie in the crust, it will still taste great, but the slices won’t cut out as nicely. I recommend a blender or food processor for even crushing. No need to separate cookies or remove the creme before blending–it all goes in!
  • Don’t add hot butter to the crushed cookies: Let the butter cool slightly before mixing the two together to avoid a greasy crust.
  • Let the pie stand for 5 minutes at room temperature before cutting and serving. Use a hot, sharp knife (run it under hot water, dry with a towel) to make cuts into the pie. Serve and return any leftovers (covered tightly) to the freezer promptly.
  • Make sure to get a good brand of mint ice cream since it’s the star of this pie. Use a brand you love! Our favorite is Tillamook® Mint Chocolate Chip (not sponsored, but note that there is no coloring in this ice cream so it’s white).

Side shot of a slice of the Grasshopper Pie ready to be enjoyed!

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Can You Freeze Grasshopper Pie?

  • Yes!  In fact, make sure to keep the pie in the freezer as much as possible while making it. If the ice cream gets too soft and melty, it tends to turn icy when re-frozen.
  • Return leftovers to the freezer promptly, tightly covered.
  • We like this pie best the same week it is made.

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Grasshopper Pie

5 from 3 votes
Only six ingredients to make this delicious and refreshing ice cream Grasshopper Pie -- the perfect summer treat that takes just minutes to assemble!
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Grasshopper Pie

5 from 3 votes
Only six ingredients to make this delicious and refreshing ice cream Grasshopper Pie -- the perfect summer treat that takes just minutes to assemble!
Course Dessert, treat
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Keyword grasshopper pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 566kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $7.88

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups Mint Oreos, (~24 cookies), plus more cookies for garnish! Any chocolate-mint sandwich cookie works.
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter,  melted
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • 1 container (48 oz.) Mint Chip or Mint Brownie Ice Cream slightly softened
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, completely thawed (Note 1)
  • 1 container (11.5 oz.) hot fudge sauce (Note 2)

Instructions

  • MELT BUTTER: Start by melting the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Once melted, set aside to cool for 5 minutes. (Hot butter causes a greasy crust.) 
  • CRUST: In a powerful blender or food processor, blend the whole Oreos (don't separate cookie from creme) until they are all crumbs. Make sure to re-blend any large chunks so the crust will cut nicely. Once fully crumbled, measure to ensure you have a full 1 and 3/4 cups of crumbs then transfer the crumbs to a bowl. Save any remaining crumbs for a garnish. Add in the melted (and slightly cooled) butter and a tiny pinch of salt. Stir until a thick dough forms and press that mixture into a pie pan. Use the bottom of a 1/4-cup measuring cup to press the crust firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides. Place the crust in the freezer while preparing the filling.
  • ICE CREAM: Scoop in the entire container of softened ice cream into the chilled crust. Smooth the top of the ice cream evenly with the back of a large spoon or spatula. Freeze for 30 minutes or until solid.
  • HOT FUDGE: Remove from the freezer and smooth the chocolate fudge sauce evenly over the ice cream. (This is an admittedly annoying step -- I like to dollop scoops evenly all over the top then gradually press the fudge and coax it across the top with the back of a spoon). Loosely cover and return to freezer for another 30 minutes.
  • WHIPPED CREAM: Remove pie from freezer and smooth the whipped cream over the chocolate fudge layer. You can add as little or as much of the whipped cream (we usually use most of the container!) Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs, if desired. Return to the freezer and freeze until very solid, about 4-8 hours.
  • GARNISH: Coarsely chop 3-5 leftover mint Oreos and sprinkle over the pie. Cut the pie into slices. If the pie is especially firm, let it stand for 5 minutes at room temperature before cutting and serving. Use a hot, sharp knife (run it under hot water, dry with a towel) to make cuts into the pie. This will take some muscle! 🙂 Enjoy promptly and return any leftovers to the freezer.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: Whipped topping: Don't want to use frozen whipped topping? Here's how to DIY your own: Use a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or a hand mixer) to combine 3/4 cup heavy cream, 3 tbsp powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a tiny pinch of salt. Whisk on high speed until you get soft peaks. Gently dollop the whipped cream over the surface of the pie and smooth it into an even layer on top of the fudge layer.
Note 2: Hot fudge: Want to make your own? It's so easy and the flavor is highly rewarding! Make a half-batch of this Hot Fudge Sauce. (Or make the whole batch and add as much as you'd like to the pie reserving leftovers for future desserts!)

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 59.3g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 33.5g | Cholesterol: 138.1mg | Sodium: 229.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 46.6g

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