Since the SacFoodies 5th Anniversay Potluck was at my house this year, I needed a recipe that I could prepare in advance and not have to fret over. With the theme of “colors” for this year’s potluck, I chose green and the first recipe that popped into my head was Grasshopper Pie.
It’s been years since I’d had this icy minty dessert, and who doesn’t love the chocolate-mint combo? I read more than a dozen different recipes and decided to go out and try my own concoction. I made a few twists on the classic recipe that I think may have actually worked. The first was substituting the traditional cookie crust for brownies. I loved the richness and texture it brought (it’s especially good if the brownies have chocolate chips in them). The second change I made was doing individual servings. At a potluck, it’s very easy for a frozen treat like this to fall apart on the countertop, so I opted for individual containers so that I could put out a couple and once those were gone, a few more went out. Overall, definitely a recipe I’d make again.
1 box fudge brownie mix, prepared according to directions on box
1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow cream
¼ cup Crème de Menthe liquor
Green food coloring, as necessary
2 cups whipping cream
Prepared whipped cream
Cool Mint Oreos, crumbled
Prepare brownies according to instructions on the box and let cool. Once they are cool, cut brownies and crumble into large bowl. Place crumbled brownie on the bottom of individual bowls or cups and press down lightly. Freeze for 15 minutes.
To prepare filling, use an electric mixer to blend together marshmallow cream and Crème de Menthe. The mixture will be a very light green color, so if you want it darker, add food coloring (note: I added about 4 drops). In a separate bowl, whip cream until slightly stiff. Fold into the mint marshmallow mixture and then spoon blended mixture on top of brownie crumbles in each individual bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or lid and freeze overnight.
To serve, leave on countertop for about 5 minutes to soften. Top with whipped cream and Cool Mint Oreos.