Grasshopper Pie

(from jerseyjenny’s recipe box)

Source: Cook's Illustrated May 2007

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves 8 people

Categories: Cook's Illustrated, dessert, mint, pie


  • Crust:
  • 16 Oreo Mint n' Creme cookies (with filling), broken into rough pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Filling:
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch table salt
  • 1/4 cup green cr�me de menthe
  • 1/4 cup white cr�me de cacao


  1. For the crust: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grind cookies in food processor to fine crumbs. Transfer to bowl, drizzle with butter, and toss well. Press crumbs evenly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate and refrigerate crust until firm, about 20 minutes. Bake until set, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

  2. For the filling: Beat egg yolks in medium bowl. Combine gelatin, sugar, 1/2 cup cream, and salt in medium saucepan and let sit until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Cook over medium heat until gelatin dissolves and mixture is very hot but not boiling, about 2 minutes. Whisking vigorously, slowly add gelatin mixture to egg yolks. Return mixture to saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add cr�me de menthe and cr�me de cacao. Pour into clean bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until wobbly but not set, about 20 minutes.

  3. Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups cream with electric mixer to stiff peaks. Whisk 1 cup whipped cream into gelatin mixture until completely incorporated. Using rubber spatula, fold gelatin mixture into remaining whipped cream until no streaks of white remain. Scrape mixture into cooled pie shell, smooth top, and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight. (The pie will keep tightly wrapped in refrigerator for up to 2 days.) Serve, topped with chocolate curls, if desired.

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