St. Patrick's Day dessert recipes

St Patrick's Day Lazy Grasshopper Dessert

Written by Becky

I’m warning you, this dessert is serious. I made it for New Year’s Eve but it would be absolutely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. I found the recipe in a dust covered old cookbook sitting in the corner of my mom’s kitchen (Pillsbury’s Creative Cooking in Minutes). I actually think it belonged to one of my grandmothers and probably hadn’t been opened for decades. I tripled the recipe for a larger group and added a bit more of the two liqueurs. The recipe is insultingly simple but I’m telling you, you may not be able to stop eating it.

Lazy Grasshopper Dessert Pudding
makes 4 servings
adapted from Pillsbury recipe

2/3 cup crushed chocolate wafers (Oreos):
2 cups vanilla pudding (1 box)
2 Tablespoons creme de menthe
1 Tablespoon creme de cacao
1 cup Whipped Cream

Spread 1/3 cup of the chocolate wafers evenly over the bottom of the 1 quart dish.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the prepared vanilla pudding, creme de menthe and creme de cacao. Layer pudding mixture  then some whipped cream, then more cookie crumbs. Repeat this layering once more.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
or until serving time.

Here are some other local food blogger St. Patrick’s Day foods:

A Review of Cafe Normandie’s Key Lime Pie from Food Finery
Avocado Key Lime Pie by Delightful Delicacies
Whole Wheat Soda Bread by Kalyn’s Kitchen
Andy’s Mint Cookies by Crazibeautiful
Lucky Green Velvet Cupcakes by Picky Palate

My recommendation for a St. Patrick’s Day Restaurant in Salt Lake City: Mac Cool’s
They have two locations, one in Foothill Village and the other in Daybreak. I’ve been to both a few times and enjoy their Finn’s Skins appetizer, Guinness Stew, Split Pea Soup, and Shepherd’s Pie. They have a fun Pub feel and often have live music and local brew.
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Comments (18)

  1. Your dessert is gorgeous! Thanks for the mention for my brown soda bread too, always appreciated.

  2. The combination of chocolate and mint is fantastic. What a pretty dessert!

  3. Yummy! Should I start making a list now of things I want you to make when I visit this summer? 🙂

  4. Thanks for linking to me! We will have to go have the tart together sometime soon. I love that pretty green layered dessert.

  5. Okay seriously… those old cookbooks are way better than anything produced today… generally speaking! Loves it!

  6. Becky, My mom use to make a grasshopper pie that was similar to yours, but not as beautiful. I loved it! Thanks for posting all the treats from so many of our neighbors and friends.

  7. Your sweet treat looks both cute and delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂

  8. that is striking! …and yum!

    what a cool dessert. I am still trying to decide what to make for st. patrick's day. your recipe and links to others are a big help!

  9. that looks so festive, and delicious. it's late in coming, but thanks for the mention. happy st. patty's day!

  10. found your site on today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  11. On the Grasshopper Dessert it does not say what size box of pudding you are to use. Also, can I make it a day ahead and freeze it or if not how long before should I take it out of the freezer before I serve it.

    • Hi Elizabeth, sorry about the confusion! Use the 2.4 ounce box which makes more than enough pudding for the dessert. Also, you can just refrigerate overnight! Enjoy!

  12. This had several problems. Crumbled Oreo cookies are not the right thing to use; they don’t look like the picture, nor crumble so fine. Use the plain chocolate wafer cookie. Don’t put this in the freezer until time to serve. It gets to be hard as a rock and tasteless. Once softened it tastes like instant pudding out of a box. It’s a waste of liqueurs.

    • Brooke, I’m so sorry you had a bad experience with this dessert! It was one of my first recipes to post… and I’ve learned a lot since then. I hope you’ll continue to try my recipes. This was actually an old vintage recipe from one of my grandma’s cookbooks. I think it could be enhanced by using fresh homemade vanilla pudding but when I’ve made it in the past oreo cookies worked and it was still tasty and not hard. Again, I’m sorry you had a bad experience with it!