Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie is a mint chocolate chip ice cream pie with a chocolate fudge brownie-like crust. You can use different flavors of ice cream.

Grasshopper Pie slice in front of pie

Ever since I can remember, my Aunt Suey has made Grasshopper Pie for St. Patrick’s Day. This is one of my all-time favorite desserts. Not only do I love mint chocolate-chip ice cream, but the crust on this ‘pie’ is out of this world! It’s seriously soooooooo good. You’d think it was an ohh-so chocolaty compressed brownie, but even that doesn’t describe it. There are no words 🙂 If you have been looking for a dessert to make to celebrate St. P’s Day – look no further!  

Grasshopper Pie with chocolate frosting drizzled on top

This recipe is not limited to St. Patrick’s Day – you could use any flavor/color combo – like strawberry for Valentine’s Day, vanilla/chocolate-chip for any day!  Peppermint would be delicious, like in my Brownie Peppermint Ice Cream Cake. Edy’s French Silk ice cream (one of my fav’s) would be AMAZING!

slice of Grasshopper Pie on a plate

Recipe Details

The crust for this recipe starts with a cake mix. My aunt recommends Pillsbury Plus dark chocolate cake mix. I do not know if this is sold anymore, but I was able to find Pillsbury Moist Supreme dark chocolate cake mix. I think any quality boxed cake mix would work.

First, the mix is combined with water, oil, and canned frosting, then baked.

Grasshopper Pie crust

After the crusts come out of the oven, you use the back of spoon to press down the crust. You can see my aunt doing that in this photo.

crust being pushed down with a spoon

After the crust has been flattened and cooled completely, the ice cream and topping are added. The pies can be frozen until serving.

Grasshopper pie photo from above with slice removed

Gluten Free Grasshopper Pie

I haven’t tried this myself, but a Gluten Free Chocolate Cake mix could be used in place of the Pillsbury mix. The other components of this recipe are gluten free.

Grasshopper Pie Pin Mint Ice Cream Pie


Check out these recipes perfect for St. Patrick’s Day:
Oreo Shamrock Shakes
Painted Rainbow Cookies
Rainbow Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bailey’s Irish Cream Mini Cheesecakes
Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake
St. Patrick’s Day Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Easy Homemade Cream Puffs with tinted green filling or choux pastry
Turkey Pastrami Reuben Sandwiches


Check out these other desserts featuring ice cream:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Homemade Ice Cream Cake {Dairy Queen Copycat}
Brownie Peppermint Ice Cream Cake
Rainbow Unicorn Ice Cream Cake {My Little Pony}
Homemade Ben & Jerry’s Hot Fudge Sauce
Roasted Cherry Brownie Sundaes with Cherry Port Sauce
Homemade Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream
Raspberry Sorbet
Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream

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Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie is a mint chocolate chip ice cream pie with a chocolate fudge brownie-like crust. You can use different flavors of ice cream. This recipe makes two pies.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16


For the Crust:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Plus dark chocolate cake mix (see note)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup Pillsbury Supreme chocolate fudge frosting (see note)
  • 1/4 cup oil

For the Filling:

  • 2 containers mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened (48 ounces each, total of 12 cups)

For the Drizzle:

  • remainder of the can of chocolate frosting


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 2 9-inch pie or metal cake pans.

Make the Crust:

  • In a large bowl, beat all crust ingredients for 2 minutes on high. The batter will be kind of fluffy. Pour 1/2 of the batter into each pan.  DO NOT SPREAD OUT.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes. It will be very puffy and soft. The cake will fall when taken out of the oven. Use a spoon to flatten it down as much as possible while it's still warm. When flattening, the cake will be up the sides a little – this is ok because it's the "crust."  Let cool completely.

Assemble the Pie:

  • Fill cooled shell with softened ice cream.
  • Melt remaining frosting from the can in the microwave and drizzle on top.
  • Cover pans with press-and-seal or foil and freeze for at least 2 hours.


I’m not sure if they still make Pillsbury Plus, but she recommends using a dark chocolate cake mix (like Pillsbury Moist Supreme dark chocolate cake mix); using dark chocolate/fudge for the mix and frosting will make the crust fudgy and chewy.
This is best baked in a metal pan that you don’t mind being scratched with a knife when you cut the slices.  This pie is a bit of a pain to get out of the pan, and I wouldn’t be comfortable making it in my coated non-stick pans. Another option is to make it in a springform pan. Alternatively, use disposable aluminum foil pie pans which can be thrown away after removing.
If you prefer, you can use light or even reduced sugar/sugar free mint chocolate chip ice cream to lighten it up.  Any flavor of ice cream will work. 
Source: my Aunt
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword chocolate, dessert, frozen treat, ice cream

3 thoughts on “Grasshopper Pie”

  • Your pie sounds like something right up my daughters alley. She too LOVES mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’ll have to let her try it. I use to love MTM and enjoyed the story. Good luck with your blog. Your off to a great start!

  • 5 stars
    Thanks for posting this Meghan! I didn’t want to have to dig through my recipes to find this one. I’m making the traditional corned beef and cabbage meal for Steve and possibly a couple of our friends. I will surely make grasshopper pie for dessert!

  • 5 stars
    MTM, hope you come over this weekend to watch me make the pie and take pics for the blog. I hope everyone gives this pie a try…It is the best ice cream pie EVER…if I do say so myself…

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