Happy Pi Day!!
That’s right, kids. Monday, March 14th is the happiest of all national holidays, the day Americans celebrate what is truly important in life: PIE!
My school is having a pie extravaganza today, and this baby here is my contribution to the effort. Somebody stop me before I eat it all up. On the other hand…nah, don’t. Let me do some damage here. We’ve got an Oreo crust, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and crushed Thin Mints. It’s the easiest pie ever, and might be the most delicious.
Now that DC has soared into spring (and summer, might I add, with 80-degree temps), I’m all about the ice cream again. This past week I hit up the fro yo shop across from my work three times. THREE. Honestly, not much beats a giant cup of frozen yogurt covered in chocolate and candy.
I was, however, dumb enough to mention my excursions in the presence of my five year-old. The second she learned I’d been fro-yoing with out her, she got really upset. I totally get it, because I would, too. But how do I explain to her little self that (to loosely quote the all-knowing Sex and the City) Mommy needs two hands to eat her six-dollar dessert?
It’s not just two hands. There is little more rewarding than sitting outside in the sunshine with birds twittering everywhere. Tweeting? Twittering? Social media has confused my knowledge of bird sounds.
Most people hate Monday, but I’ve always been a fan of new beginnings, new hope. By the time the week ends, all I want to do is stagger toward my bed and take a break. But by Monday, I’ve forgotten the sleep deprivation and exhaustion of the work week and I’m raring to go again.
That is especially true in warm weather. It’s so much easier to go out when it’s not freezing and dark. Though with springing forward this weekend, it’s dark again.
But hey, who cares about that when it’s Pi Day? Pi. Day. I’m so excited!
This pie is purposely simple. Who wants to be working hard in the kitchen on such a happy holiday? Aside from the Oreo crust (which is simplicity itself, really), this pie is just about the assembly. You soften the ice cream, add some Thin Mint pieces, put it into a crust and put more Thin Mint bling on top. The end.
Happy Pi Day, everyone! Be sure to enjoy the day, whether you’re having an early spring or not. It’s going to be a great week!
Thin Mint Frozen Grasshopper Pie
1/2 package Oreos, finely crushed (I used reduced-fat)
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
1/2 package (1 sleeve) Thin Mints, coarsely chopped and divided
- Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mixed the crushed Oreos and melted butter until the crumbs are moistened. Press the mixture into the pie plate, packing the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides.
- Bake for 15 minutes until set. Cool completely.
- When the crust is cool, take half of the chopped Thin Mints and mix them into the softened ice cream. Spread the ice cream into the cookie crust.
- Smooth out the ice cream and sprinkle the remaining chopped Thin Mints on top.
- Freeze the pie for at least three hours, preferably overnight. Cut into wedges and serve. Store in the freezer.