Mini Grasshopper Pies and SprinkleBakes Book Giveaway!! [UPDATED]

The winner is comment #156!! Congratulations to Erica!!

I got a beautiful new cookbook a couple of weeks ago. It’s filled with the most delightful works of food art around, and it tells you how to make them yourself.

SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist, by my dear friend, and fellow blogger, Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes, is simply wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about it.

When I first got it, I couldn’t wait to pick something out to make. I paged through, looking at all of Heather’s delicious recipes…

…gorgeous decorations…

…and easy to follow pictorials, and thought I’d never be able to decide on what to make first.

In the end, I settled on something that looked and sounded wonderful, and appeared to be crazy easy, even though it looked so elegant and lovely. I made the right choice. Heather’s grasshopper pie was easy, pretty, and so yummy, you wouldn’t believe it.

All you need for the crust for these pies is chocolate cookie crumbs (I used these, but I think Oreos would work great, too), and butter, melted.

And all you need for the filling is marshmallows, heavy cream, créme de menthe, and créme de cacao.

That’s it.

The crust pretty much speaks for itself…crush up your cookies, mix them with the melted butter, and done.

The filling is just as easy, though, so if you’re thinking you’ll need to make these way ahead, think again.

To make the filling, just melt the marshmallows, stir in the créme de menthe and créme de cacao, then fold in some plain whipped cream. See? Easy.

To assemble, simply press the cookie mixture into whatever pie plate, tart pan, or pastry ring you’re using (I decided to make many mini pies using Norpro Tartlet Tins) and pour the filling in on top, smoothing it with a spatula. Next, chill until set (about an hour), then top with whipped cream and serve.

Easiest. Dessert. Ever.

These look beautiful with a light dusting of cocoa powder or more cookie crumbs (finely crushed), and I added Valrhona Crunchy Pearls to mine, as well. I added the pearls on a whim because I bought them a few weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to use them yet. I’m really happy that I did, because they added a lovely deep chocolate flavor and a gorgeous little crunch to the pies. Don’t get me wrong, these pies are wonderful as-is, but I adore the extra bit of texture that comes from the pearls.

Not only is this one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made, but it’s one of the most beautiful, and definitely one of the most delicious. I may or may not have eaten five or six of these while taking pictures. May have. Or not. Whatever. Shut up.

This is an impressive, tasty, lovely dessert for any occasion, and if you’re pressed for time, then this can’t miss. Enjoy!

Oh yeah….. How do you guys feel about winning a copy of Heather’s stunning new book?

And what if I told you it’s a signed copy?? Yep. I thought you’d like that.

It’s easy. Just comment below, before Midnight (12:00 am) EST on Monday, May 21st, 2012.

Want an extra chance to win? Just follow @Bakingdom on twitter and tweet, “I wanna win @SprinkleBakes lovely new book, SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist from @bakingdom http://t.co/RFxXeGaD” Once you’ve tweeted, return here and leave a comment saying you shared the tweet. Be sure to leave this as a separate comment; each comment is an entry.

This giveaway is open to international readers.

The winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org and announced Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section!

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Good luck with the giveaway!

♥,
Darla

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Grasshopper Pie
Makes 1 9-inch pie, 6 4-inch pies, or about 20 mini tarts

Ingredients

FOR THE CRUST
1 1/2 cups, about 30 Nabisco Famous Wafers (grams) chocolate cookie crumbs
5 tablespoons butter, melted

FOR THE FILLING
1 cup heavy cream
25 large (or 250 mini) marshmallows (cups or grams)
2 tablespoons (30 ml) créme de menthe
1 tablespoon (15 ml) créme de cacao

1 recipe Whipped Cream

To make the crust: In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter until thoroughly mixed.

Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie plate; set aside (I chilled mine while I made the filling).

To make the filling: Whip the cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.

In a large, heatproof bowl, microwave the marshmallows until very puffy, about 45 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until they have lost their shape and completely melted.

Stir the créme de menthe and créme de cacao into the marshmallows until smooth and uniform. If needed, allow the mixture to cool.

Fold the whipped cream into the marshmallow mixture until smooth.

Assemble: Spoon the mixture evenly over the prepared pie crust, smoothing the top with an offset spatula. Chill until set (about an hour).

Top with whipped cream, garnish with cookie crumbs or cocoa powder and Valrhona Crunchy Pearls, if desired, and serve immediately.

Recipe by Heather Baird, from SprinkleBakes

Supplies:

SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist
Norpro Tartlet Tins
Valrhona Crunchy Pearls
Pearly Sixlets – Lime

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Comments

  1. Alice says

    I would love Heather’s book! I’ve been eyeing it on her blog ever since she posted the first set of pictures, and these mini pies just look amazing.

  2. Jolene says

    I’m not a fan of grasshopper, but this is a really cute idea! I think I might be able to adapt it to something that I enjoy. Thanks for the inspiration!! :)

  3. Trezlen says

    I like it! I always feel pressure to make every thing exactly the same. I’m not capable. But I can work on the creative aspect of presentation.

  4. Tim Fennell says

    You’ve already given me countless ideas and great recipes… why not top it off with a great book? See? You want to!

  5. Christiane says

    Happy to have found your blog. Very inspiring! Will definitely try out your recipes. Hmmmyam.
    Greetings from Germany. :)

  6. Rosa says

    Yummy goodness! Mint and chocolate, another perfect pair! I would love to win this book, but if not, I need to get my hand on a copy soon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sheri C. says

    This looks delicious and amazing! I’d love to have that book. You know, to add more delicious recipes to go on my “to do” list, on top of everything I have marked on bakingdom!

  8. says

    A potential to win a cookbook AND I found a new food blog!?!?! How incredible!! I’m aspiring to start my own food blog this summer….I CAN”T WAIT. You all have inspired me. Thank you.

  9. Betsy says

    I can’t even imagine how much my little sister would covet this book…baking is like therapy to her! Both of us are avid followers of sprinkle bakes and bakingdom. Bake on!

  10. Virginia says

    They look amazingly delicious. I am a big Italian fan of bakingdom, you are great! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us!

  11. Andrea says

    I love to bake and am always looking for new recipes to try out! These look impeccable and something my Mom would LOVE! You rock, Darla, for having this blog and your Facebook for me to stalk. ;) Hope you’re enjoying Oregon. I love our beautiful state! :)

  12. Anne the Sconess says

    Oh, PLEASE let this be my lucky time to win! You and Heather are my two most favorite baking blog sites. I love you both and would LOVE to win the cookbook! I just got a set of mini tart pans and this looks like the PERFECT recipe to break them in. Thanks Darla! I’ll be tweeting soon.

  13. Elizabeth Stewart says

    What lovely looking little pies! If that’s what one can expect from this cookbook, then I’m definitely primed to win one! Thanks for sharing these recipes and other baking blogs with us all. :-)

  14. Paula says

    The cookbook looks wonderful. As always, you manage to get my spirits up to try to do something in the kitchen…your enthusiasm is contagious.

  15. says

    YUM! They look amazing! I love the mini tart pans, too – so pretty + a brilliant partner for those heavenly sounding pies :) Thanks, Darla! Hope you’re having a good day.

  16. Emily S. says

    Now that is MY kind of pie- deliciously simple! I can’t wait to try it and the pearls add that final touch I believe. I would love a chance at this book!

  17. Holly L says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE MINT ANYTHING! These look amazing! I must have some of those pearls too! I’d love to win the cookbook but in reality I never win anything and will have to buy my own, un-signed copy! But thanks for the chance! :)

  18. PeggyFin says

    Would you believe I’ve never had grasshopper pie??! I’ll have to remedy that soon. I would love a copy of this book!

  19. Lauren Z. says

    I ADORE grasshopper pie! My mom used to make it for my sister and me when we were little. The mini pies look beautiful!

  20. says

    What perfect little goodies for a kids party – I can’t wait to try these. The book looks fantastic and something I just want to dive straight into

  21. Kelly says

    I’ve been wanting this book since I first saw it on Amazon! Too adorable! And those mini pies are to die for. <3

  22. Chantelle says

    I think those would look wonderful as a bunch of different colors at a time! Although I’m hesitant to eat anything titled ‘grasshopper’ ;) I love the postcard cookies in one of the pics you show! Looks so great and probably not that hard if I think back on to similar posts you’ve done

  23. says

    I’ve adored Heather’s blog for ages. Her book is well-deserved, though I’m not nearly artsy enough to make anything in it. It’d be lovely to look at, nonetheless.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing the wonderful information and the process of making it. The dessert is really delicious to eat. The design and the decoration make the dessert very beautiful. I will try to make that one of these days.

  24. Courtney says

    These are stunning! I would love to win the book; anything and everything SprinkleBakes makes me smile. Thanks!

  25. mariam says

    i would absolutely LOVE heather’s new book. i’ve been drooling over it and anticipating it for months, but alas as a budget-conscious student i’ve been sadly holding off on the purchase

    mwaliji@gmail.com

  26. says

    Grasshoppers are one of my very favourite cocktails :) There’s something about peppermint green and chocolate brown that is so pleasing to the eye. And the tummy.

    Thanks for sharing a couple of photos from Heather’s book. I’ve been thinking about asking for it for my birthday and now… fingers crossed I win a copy so I don’t have to!

  27. Clewliss says

    Those look amazing! I can only imagine that they’re delightfully delicious. Guilt-free, too, since they’re so perfectly bite-size. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  28. Laurin says

    omg this looks amazing! And you’re opening the giveaway to international readers! you just made my (Aussie) day :D

    I already followed SprinkleBakes on twitter and have loved her blog for like.. ever! Im excited I can follow you on Twitter as well – I hadn’t realised :D

    I would love to make these pies – choc peppermint is my fav flavour combo after choc-raspberry :)

  29. says

    I would love to win this cookbook. A month ago, I truly started blogging and incorporating my cooking and my lifestyle into it. Funny enough, I do not have any cookbooks dedicated to baking. This would be the perfect start to a collection of inspiration!!!!

  30. Kat says

    I want this book so badly! And it’s rare for give-a-ways to be open to international redaers (I’m a Brit living in Japan). These look so good! I definitely will try to make them some time soon.

  31. says

    Wow. This looks so pretty and delicious. Plus it’s so easy! I love Heather’s blog, but sometimes her skills intimidate me. She is such an amazing photographer and artist. Everything she makes turns to gold I think. As do your creations. This looks absolutely wonderful!

  32. Sarah says

    yum! mint and chocolate has got to be my favorite combination! (although caramel and chocolate is probably tied with it…)

  33. Jodi says

    Wow! Those look soooooo good! I love the vibe of the green….mint chocolate…..yummmmmm! Your book looks fabulous :) Much luck to you!

  34. Alexandra says

    Oh My Goodness, these look amazing, I love mint and chocolate together.
    I have a question however, Is the texture of the filling just like a standard marshmallow, or is it closer to marshmallow fluff?

  35. Anne says

    I love SprinkleBakes and I love the fact that I discovered ur blog because of SprinkleBakes. The dessert looks lovely. Green is my favorurite colour!

  36. Timmy T says

    My girlfriend would LOVE to have this! She made your donut cake the other day and it was so delicious! I think this would be the best gift to surprise her with, so I hope I win!

  37. Renee V. says

    Love the addition of the pearls! How did you get them out of the mini tart pans so smoothly? Looking forwards to more posts from her books in case I don’t win ;)

    • says

      Hi Renee, I froze them for about 30 minutes to firm them up. They came right out after that, but I only removed them for the photos…we ate the rest right out of the little containers. :)

  38. Sydney says

    I really love Ms. Heather’s blog! She’s so talented and creative! This cookbook would be an awesome addition to my ever-growing cookbook collection!

  39. Cecily says

    I would love to win a copy of Sprinkle’s Bakes. I love her site.
    Where did you get the fork in the last picture. it looks like ivory or mother of pearl?

  40. P.R. Bain says

    Wow, what a great combination! Teeny grasshopper pies and a chance for Heather’s book! It just doesn’t get any better…especially being able to use both…can you tell I’m greedy :-)?

  41. Lisa says

    I have those same tartlette pans! I usually blind bake pie crust in them, then fill with homemade lemon curd and fresh raspberries.
    They are good to use as cookie cutters too, or to punch out designs in the top crust of a pie.

    I find those Famous cookies to be very expensive. I get Oreo’s on sale (or the Trader Joe version), and take them apart. I end up with plenty of wafers for crumbs, and some double stuffed cookies, too! It’s a great activity (with plastic knives) for kids who want to help.
    …..And contrary to what my husband says, I need to win Heather’s book…….even though the shelves are full! :)

  42. Lisa says

    The amazing Banoffee Pie I had on my honeymoon in Scotland. But there there are at least 10 more!
    I do love to bake with the little prune plums available in Aug. and Sept, especially if the recipe contains almond paste.

  43. Shesjetlagd says

    Looks absolutely mouthwatering! Would love to win the book – I’m a cookbook hoarder!! Lol! Thnks for the chance to win!

  44. Michelle P says

    This book looks amazing!!! I would LOVE to win a copy! I love to make treats for my family and friends! Thank you! :))

  45. David Froment says

    I love to make mini pastries to serve to my buyers at trade shows. I already known as the “green cake guy”. This book would expand my menu!

  46. says

    I would definitely love to win a book of Heather’s. All of her recipes look delightful and I have her on my email reading list for quite some time. I also love the look of your Mini Grasshopper Pies.

  47. Annie says

    This is a great book! I just hope that I can get a copy of my own or even win this giveaway! Anyway, thanks for the chance provided here..

  48. Chance Harry says

    You have shared a great recipe with attractive pics. I want to get this sprinkle Bakes cookbook to know about its amazing recipes and make them at my home. Also i want to have these delicious food’s with my family members. So, please tell me that where can i get this cook book.

  49. Edith Ospina says

    Oh my God…I came across this site I really don’t know how, but my was I in for a surprise. Everything you have looks so delicious and makes me want to try to make them myself. I do decorate cake and love anything that has to do with desserts and lovely food art. By the way…maybe I also win the book! I will definitely bookmark your site and refer to it many times.

  50. Faye Tronsgard says

    Love love love grasshopper pie! The pearls do add a touch of elegance. Thanks for opening up the give away to international readers.

  51. Marc Todd says

    If i get this Bakingdom cookbook i will be taste these dish always. You are lucky for gained it.Will you give a copy of this?

  52. Murphy Delaney says

    Grasshopper pies! This is a family favorite and I’ve been thinking of making them bite-sized. Now I know I need tartlet pans!

  53. Annie says

    Tasty!! It really looks very delicious, Daria. What other fruits can be added in the ingredient? Thank you very much for sharing the recipe and the ingredients.

  54. Sarah says

    If I got to win this book I’d be uber happy. I’m currently staying in a foreign country with no oven! So I am quite depressed about my lack of oven, so I’d be super happy if you could post even more no-bake items!! :D I miss baking.

  55. Jessica M says

    Oh. my. goodness. These grasshopper pies look so good. I am a chocolate-and-mint girl, through and through. I would also love to have a copy of SprinkleBakes. :)

  56. Anya says

    Been a lurker for a while because I absolutely adore your blog, and the fact that your giveaway is open to international readers has made me try my luck. It looks like such a beautiful book, and those pies look absolutely gorgeous!

  57. says

    Wow! Those look delicious! I inherited so many of those same tins from my grandma and the only time we ever use them is for making Christmas cookies. Now I have another reason to pull them out anytime of year! Thanks for the great idea!

  58. Julie says

    Wow, these look so amazing! Makes me wish I could reach into my monitor and pull one of those delightful Mini Grasshopper Pies out! Makes me wonder what other delicious looking treats are in there *drools*

  59. Soo-bee says

    So pretty with the pearls, beautiful work! Was just looking for some inspiration and will probably spend the next hour salivating at your creations. Would love to win the book, but finding your site is a great consolation prize!

  60. Chiara Brancacio says

    I love love love Grasshopper pie. So much. My mom and I make it every year for thanksgiving and her birthday. Something a little bittersweet is we have to always buy the big bottles of Creme De Menthe and Creme De Cocoa because little ones cannot be found here.

  61. Sharon says

    I love your creativity, it is definitely inspiring. This dessert in tiny portions is a fabulous idea. You always take the best photographs of the food and process. Thank you, for taking the time to share all of your wonderful ideas.

  62. says

    I got too wrapped up in the Rainbow Cake! I forgot and had to come back for the entry for the book! BUT distractions make for a lovely ride; I made 2 pins, and, I think, a new friend! Thanks! XO!

  63. says

    These are super cute! Fun for the Spring. I am obsessed with Valrhona Crunchy Pearls. I hide them, so I won’t snack on them, I have a stash.

    Beautiful Blog!

  64. says

    These look so adorable & delicious!!! <3 I recently had the chance to eat at Club 33 at Disneyland and their mini desserts were amazing—these look just as amazing! :D For a while, I was really getting into making individual desserts, but lately the thought of mini desserts excites me so much—endless possibilities & infinite cuteness! ^__^

  65. Carolsue says

    The pictures of your recipes look amazing! Maybe if I win this book I can come close(er) to making something this wonerful! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  66. Jenna Grimes says

    The pies look really cool and yummy. I am glad you provided the recipe for I surely will try and make them sometime. I am a big fan of trying out new things.

  67. Preeya says

    I would love to have a copy of her cookbook! I am addicted to her blog, I can’t visit it without my mouth watering.

  68. Kelley says

    These look great, and I’m trying to transition into making use of my oven/stove more. While my intentions were for healthy-eating, I also would love to start baking more. I’d never turn down a free kickstart!

  69. Caitlin Mack says

    I’ve been looking for a great recipe to use my great-grandmothers mini tart tins on, I think this one looks perfect!

  70. Angela Willis says

    Hi Darla!

    To win this contest would be a confirmation to me… YOU and Helen Baird, inspire my socks off!!! Recently, I have been asked over and over again, after making some of your recipes and hers to open my own baking business… wouldn’t that be something!? Thanks for the contest…

    Excited to see what happens!

    Angela

  71. Sara says

    Hello,
    I would love this baking book….I am always looking for something pretty and easy to bake for my parties and i’m going to try this recipe at the next one. Thanks for posting it!!!!

  72. Kimmie says

    OMG….those loook soooooo amazing……can’t wait to try it!!
    Not to mention the book…………wish I had a copy.

  73. Brooke Ross says

    Grasshopper is one of my very favorite cocktails! I told my husband I’d give up ice cream for good if he’d make me a grasshopper every so often. I can’t wait to make it in pie form! =^_^=

  74. Meghan says

    I just discovered your site today and LOVE LOVE LOVE it … already in my favourites. And a give away too that’s open to all, what a nice change. Thanks :o)

  75. Christie says

    Love the grasshopper pies! As an entomologist I think they will be a perfect desert to make at my next dinner party :)

  76. Kathy Millgan says

    These recipes are absolutely fantastic!!!! I can hardly wait to try the little mini grasshopper pies! besides looking so good you can,t help but drool just reading the recipes! Indo hope I can win a copy of this cookbook!!!

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