|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 36g||46%|
|Saturated Fat 20g||99%|
|Total Carbohydrate 44g||16%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 34g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This mint-flavored, no-bake pie with a homemade chocolate crust is inspired by the grasshopper cocktail, a minty sweet after-dinner drink. The name comes from the bright green color of the crème de menthe. The namesake drink was invented back in 1918 at a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The drink gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s in the South and then inspired the pie by the same name.
The cocktail is typically a combination of crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream. Here the pie still gets its signature color and flavor from the crème de menthe, but the crème de cacao is swapped for a chocolate cookie crust and whipped cream is folded into the filling. In addition, cream cheese is added to give the pie substance and richness. No baking required!
How To Crush the Cookies for the Crust
A box of chocolate wafer cookies can easily be ground or crushed into a powder for this homemade crust.
- Food processor: A few pulses of the food processor makes quick work of the job. The cookies quickly break down into a fine powder. You might need to stir it a few times to make sure all the cookies break up properly.
- By hand: The cookies can also be crushed by hand. Simply place the cookies in a zip-top plastic bag. Remove the air and seal. Using a rolling pin or glass bottle, crush the cookies until they have reached the desired consistency.
Tips for Making Grasshopper Pie
- When pressing the chocolate crust into the pie pan, it can help to use the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup to help you press in the crumbs firmly and evenly.
- If you do not have crème de menthe, substitute mint extract. Because mint extract is very strong, start with 1 teaspoon, taste the mixture, and add more as desired. The filling should be just a tad too minty before folding in the whipped cream because the whipped cream will dilute the mint a bit. Because mint extract is not colored, you will need to add a few drops of green food coloring to get the same hue.
- For perfect whipped cream, start with cold cream and whip it 90% of the way with an electric mixer or stand mixer. Then finish the whipped cream by hand with a balloon whisk. Because it is easier to judge the consistency of the whipped cream when whipping by hand, this method saves you most of the hard work of hand whipping while providing a fail-safe against overwhipping.
- You can use a vegetable peeler to make chocolate curls. Or, if you prefer larger curls, melt about 1.5 ounces high quality chocolate with half a tablespoon of shortening in the microwave. Spread on the back of a baking sheet and freeze for about 5 minutes or until it's no longer shiny. Then use a bench scraper or metal spatula, holding it at 45 degrees and scraping the chocolate to create curls.
"This pie is a delightful dessert with a refreshing and light mint flavor. The chocolate crust pairs perfectly with the cream cheese filling and the chocolate curls add a lovely touch. I love that it’s so easy to make, yet so impressive. A must-try for all mint chocolate lovers.”—Bahareh Niati
1 prepared chocolate crumb crust, such as a chocolate graham cracker crust or an Oreo crust
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup crème de menthe
1 cup heavy cream
Chocolate curls, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and crème de menthe until well-mixed and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple times during the process.
Whip the cream to firm peaks with an electric mixer.
Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese and crème de menthe mixture.
Spoon the filling into the chilled crust. Chill at least 2 hours or until firm enough to slice. Garnish with chocolate curls.
How To Store
Cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
- If you prefer, swap the crème de menthe from the liquor store with mint-flavored Italian soda syrup such as Torani.
- If you would like more mint flavor, feel free to add a little mint extract in addition to the crème de menthe.
- If you prefer a stronger green hue to your grasshopper pie you can add a few drops of green food coloring to the filling.