Grasshopper Thin Mint Pie [Pi Day Blog Hop]

I believe in quitting.

Lots of people look down on quitters, but in most cases, I can sympathize.

We’ve all been in those situations where we desperately want to throw in the towel and say “sayonara” to all our troubles, but some of us have been taught to stick it out or have been brainwashed to think “failure is not an option.”

Eh… or maybe it is, since the situation I’m in currently sucks and I don’t want to put up with this crap anymore.

Like if you quit drugs. Obviously, that’s a good thing.

Or if you are in a dead-end job you detest and one day, you just snap and can’t take the fact that your boss is a maniac and you have a coworker who invites her capital-GHETTO boyfriend to your place of business and he proceeds to scream and cuss everyone out and you’re just like “Screw this!” and leave your boss’s boss a letter saying you’re SOOO outta there.

Or if you have piles and piles of never-ending homework and you just got over two hellish weeks of coughing up both lungs, fluids you didn’t know existed, and other miscellaneous junk while simultaneously tending to a persistent fever and the WORST night-sweats of your life, only to realize you haven’t really caught up on your DVR yet and while homework is necessary for passing the course, it certainly doesn’t hold any competition against Real Housewives reruns or past episodes of this nail-biting season of The Walking Dead. (And yes, I did see you-know-who die and I am HAPPY. There, I said it)

Note: while the last two scenarios may or may not pertain to yours truly, the quitting drugs one does not. I’m just using it as an obvious reference that quitting drugs is a good thing.. unless you’re like, bipolar or something, in which case, you probably need to take another pill. Please.

However, I also believe in the reverse of quitting: starting back up again. I don’t mean getting back together with stupid ex-boyfriends you should have dumped for real MONTHS ago, or anything.

I mean, say you abandoned a book you were only half-heartedly interested in. Go ahead and pick it up again. Who knows, maybe it won’t suck so bad after the first couple chapters (ahem, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

Or say you used to tirelessly make frozen pies with Cool Whip and suddenly, one day, you magically stopped for no particular reason. And say, some awesome blogging friend of yours suggested you should participate in a Pi Day Blog Hop Party for today, 3/14, and you suddenly remembered your previous love affair with easy, no-bake pies and you decided you were tooootally gonna make one of your favorites again to reminisce and simultaneously, get fat.

That pie and those Real Housewives ain’t gonna eat and watch themselves, now.*
*Okay, the pie can’t eat itself, but I am betting all those ladies aren’t the most modest bunch and probably eat pints of Haagen-Dazs and watch themselves on repeat in their Juicy Couture sweat suits. 

So today, in honor of Pi Day, I made for you a delicious, cool & refreshing Grasshopper Thin Mint Pie featuring my new fave Girl Scout cookie. (Seriously, I am a die-hard Samoas fan, but after nibbling on a Thin Mint recently, I’ve become borderline obsessed. They are SOGOODOMGHOWDIDINEGLECTTHEMFORSOLONG?)

So much lovin’ for those Thin Mints that I stuffed them in a pie, restarted my love affair and am pleased to announce I hereby QUIT forgetting to make no-bake pies ever again because I love them. And they’re easy and hello, no-bake. So you technically could have an excuse for neglecting homework or chores or something since the baking is out of the equation, but lol, who wants to do math or laundry?

Eat up, but be sure to save room–there are a bunch of other tasty pies made by some awesome bloggers; see the list after the recipe!

Grasshopper Thin Mint Pie *inspired by an ancient!! copy of Quick Cooking Magazine (March/April 2003) I have at my house–sad they discontinued the magazine

2 pkgs (8 oz each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp peppermint extract
Green food coloring
1 tub light Cool Whip, thawed in fridge
About 1 sleeve (16 or so cookies) Thin Mints or Fudge Mint Cookies, coarsely crushed (I ground mine in the food processor)
1 chocolate wafer pie crust

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Beat in the milk and the peppermint extract until smooth. Lastly, add the green food coloring to reach your desired shade of green, as well as the crushed cookies, stirring to combine.
2. Fold the whipped topping gently into the cream cheese mixture using a rubber spatula, careful not to be too rough (being gentle keeps the air in the whipped cream in nice peaks so it doesn’t deflate. Being gentle results in a fluffy pie).
3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie crust, spreading it evenly. Cover and place in the freezer overnight to set. Before serving, let it sit in the fridge for about 15-30 mins to soften slightly. Store in the freezer or fridge for about 1-2 days. Garnish with additional cookies if desired. Can be easily doubled & stored for later in the freezer.

The mixture is so light and refreshing, yet the pie is very dense and decadent at the same time. Almost like a mint chocolate chip ice cream pie, but loads lighter and fluffier.

Apparently, other bloggers like pie, too (weird). Check out this awesome, impressive list of tasty pies from some very talented blogging babes!

Jocelyn @ Inside BruCrew Life made Banana Split Brownie Pie
Dorothy @ Crazy For Crust (and the mastermind behind this awesome Pi Day Blog Hop!!) made Carrot Cake Pie
Ashton @ Something Swanky made Baltimore Bomb Pie
Kristin @ Kristin’s kNook made Caramel Apple Galettes
Aimee @ Shugary Sweets made Irish Banana Cream Pie
Karen @ Trilogy Edibles made an Apple & Apricot Tart
Jacqueline & Ellen @ Bake It With Booze made an Amaretto-Cherry with Brandied Apple & Cheddar Cheese Crumb Pie
Mandy @ Mandy’s Recipe Box made Reese’s Fudge Pie

Um, are you drooling? Because I am. Nice work, ladies! (See, being a food blogger is hard. You compete with hella creative women around the world. I’d hate them for being so awesome and talented if I didn’t totally obsess over their blogs and love their pictures and recipes). Check them out!

Thanks for hosting this awesome Pi Day Blog Hop, Dorothy, and thanks for reading!! Have a sweet Pi Day, peeps!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Too funny, I chuckled my way through your entire post!! Glad to be joining you in this pi hop! And as a samoa cookie obsessed person, who likes nibbling on thin mints at times, this pie looks amazing!

  2. Well, now I need to go find some GS cookies because I had quit buying them! But then you posted this super easy peasy pie and I am wanting some thin mints like NOW!!! Thanks for you awesome pi hopping recipe:-) Being a food blogger hard? No way:-) Easy pie peasy!!! You got it down!!!

  3. ha, you’re funny and I love it! I can honestly say I’ve never had a thin mint cookie but in Canada the girl guides had a similar one called something else I can’t seem to remember at this moment. But I’m betting same thing. And in a pie, wow, that’s awesome! Thanks for this pie!

    • Hm, I’m wondering if you could find a fudge mint cookie somewhere–doesn’t have to be an actual Thin Mint (because let’s get real–Girl Scout Cookies are like, $4+ a box now.. and that’s insane just to crush them all!) But thanks for stopping by!!

      • Keebler makes a thin mint type cookie. Tastes very similar but not much cheaper unless you catch them on sale and add in a few coupons?

        • Hi Brandi! I actually used the Walmart-version of those Keebler-brand cookies for this recipe. Of course, if you have Thin Mints, that’d be my #1 choice. But those Keebler ones aren’t too bad themselves! And sometimes, store-brands sell them as well. Thanks for the tip!!

  4. Yum, I love grasshopper pie and come summertime, this no bake, no stove pie will be in my freezer!

  5. Aw, thanks Hayley. You’re sweet. And funny. I’m so glad you decided to come out of quitting no-bake pies because this pie is freaking awesome. ME WANT. Thanks so much for participating in the hop. AND I can’t wait to finally meet you this weekend!

  6. I love no bake pies!! I make a pie exactly like this every year for Thanksgiving…I finally shared it on my site a few months ago. I use Keebler Grasshopper cookies so I can make it when I don’t have Thin Mints.

    Also, I noticed your You Tube link and went and checked out your channel. Very cool!! I especially liked your brain cupcakes with the jars over them.

    • Thanks Kristan! I’m glad you liked the channel and my brain cupcakes; those were some of my favorites, too!!
      I need to check out your version of the no-bake grasshopper pie. I am loving how easy and versatile this is.

  7. I love Thin Mints (right after Tag-a-longs) and this looks incredible!

  8. I love finding actual uses for Thin Mints. You know, so I don’t just sit here and eat sleeve after sleeve of them…

  9. Thanks for this recipe. I plan to be even more indulgent and make my crust out of thin mints as well!


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