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Monday, September 5, 2011

Mini Grasshopper Pies in a Jar

We at Show, Tell, Share were recently invited to take part in a Holiday Bake, Craft, Sew-along! Hosted by three talented bloggers (Rachel from A Southern Fairytale, Kelly from According-to-Kelly, and Cindy from Skip to my Lou), the idea is that if everyone works along with holiday ideas and posts now, December will be a breeze. Since we all love recycling, I massaged the Mini Grasshopper Pie idea I posted here awhile ago into a new gift twist. Head on over to these sites for more fun holiday ideas!

I love the combination of mint and chocolate any time of the year, but especially so during the holidays.
Since they're so yummy and portable, individual grasshopper pies are a big hit with our friends, teachers, and colleagues.

This is one of the easiest recipes I've found for grasshopper pie. Ingredients are Oreo cookies, butter, Marshmallow Creme, peppermint extract, Cool Whip, and green food color (not pictured.)

To make the Oreo crust, pulse the cookies until crumbly and reserve 2 Tablespoons for the garnish. Then add the melted butter while processing.

I found adorable little 4 oz. jelly jars (made by Ball) at my Kroger store. These would be great for any kind of little holiday gift, but they are just the perfect size for our little pies.

Drop a couple of heaping scoops of crumbs into a jar and press the crust firmly around the bottom and up the sides. I used Mint Oreos this time, which made fewer pie crusts. Regular Oreos usually make about a dozen pie crusts. Put the jars with crusts into the freezer for half an hour or so to firm up before filling.

For the grasshopper filling, whip the Marshmallow Creme, peppermint extract, and food color together. Fold in the Cool Whip.

Spoon filling into the frozen crusts and smooth off the top. If the crusts are frozen, the cookies will not stick to the filling as it is spread around.

Sprinkle the reserved crumbs lightly over the tops as a garnish. These could (and have!) been eaten just as they are at this point, but I think they're even better frozen. Freeze for several hours, and then let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

A festive ribbon and tag finish off this treat! These little cuties can be made now and kept in the freezer until ready to be gifted, hopefully reducing my holiday stress by several degrees. Or so I hope...

Happy Holidays!

Mini Grasshopper Pies

1 package (39 cookies) Oreo chocolate cookies
1/2 c. melted butter

1 tub (7 oz. so) Marshmallow Creme
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more if stronger flavor is desired)
6 drops green food color
1 tub (8 oz. or 2 cups) Cool Whip

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