March 24, 2024

No wonder it was good

My mom’s Grasshopper Pie recipe reads like a story about her take on living. I cherish several things about this recipe. First, note the ingredients: creme-filled chocolate cookies, butter, marshmallows, milk, whipped cream, and booze. “Eat today, for tomorrow you may diet,” my mom would often say.

Next, note the experimentation that took place; the strikeouts are in her hand-written copy of the recipe. Did it happen that, on some occasion, we were offered a 6-serving pie that contained 6 ounces of crème de menthe (15% alcohol) and 3 ounces of creme de cacao (25% alcohol)? That’s 1.5 ounces of liquor per piece of pie, and I remember being a little kid when she would make this. Also, it was almost impossible to stop at one piece. Glad she toned it down! 🙂

Here’s the story. Wouldn’t this make a gorgeous, sensuous movie? Imagine it in slo-mo….

Crush 16 chocolate Hydrox cookies
Mix with 1/4 c. melted butter
Line pie tin with this and put in freezer
(save a little for top, put in freezer)
In a double boiler,
melt 24 large marshmallows
and 2/3 c. milk
Add 3+ oz.6+ oz., too much!
2 oz. crème de menthe
and 3 oz.
1 oz. white creme de cacao
Fold in 1 c. whipped cream
Put in shell and sprinkle with crunches

Serves 6