Grasshopper Pie

serves 8-10

For the Crust

16 Cool Mint Oreo cookies, broken into rough pieces

3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the Filling

3 extra large egg yolks

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups heavy cream, divided

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup creme de menthe (white or green)

1/4 cup chocolate liqueur (white or brown)

Green food coloring if needed

For the Crust

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350° F.  In the bowl of a food processor, process cookies into fine crumbs.  Drizzle in the butter and pulse to combine well.  Using a sheet of plastic wrap, press crumbs evenly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.  Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake until set, 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Filling

In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks; set aside.  In a medium saucepan combine the gelatin, sugar, 1/2 cup cream, and salt and let sit until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.  Place the pan over medium heat and cook until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture is very hot but not boiling, about 2 minutes.  Whisking vigorously, slowly add the gelatin mixture to the egg yolks.  Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook, stirring frequently until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and add the creme de menthe and chocolate liqueur.  Pour the mixture into a clean bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally until wobbly but not set, about 20 minutes.

In a large chilled bowl using a wire whisk or hand-held mixer, beat the remaining cream to stiff peaks.  Whisk 1 cup of the whipped cream into the gelatin mixture until completely incorporated.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the gelatin mixture into the remaining whipped cream until no streaks remain.  Fold in food coloring (if using) to desired color.  Scrape the mixture into the cooled pie shell, smoothing the top, and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.  (The pie will keep wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)  Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls, if desired.  Enjoy!

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