Top: Use a cookie cutter to make cut-outs or shape marzipan shamrocks on a pie crust (photo courtesy American Pie Council). Bottom: Our favorite: a Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie (photo courtesy Taste Of Home). The recipe is below.
Make a Leprechaun Pie for St. Patrick’s Day.
What’s a Leprechaun Pie? It’s anything you want it to be, as long as it has a St. Pat’s theme: green color and/or shamrock decorations, Irish cream liqueur for adults.
Just pick a “base” pie and decorations. Most of these recipes are so easy, you can enlist a willing tween or teen to do the prep work.
LEPRECHAUN PIE OPTIONS
Your favorite two-crust pie with shamrock cut-outs or add-ons on the top crust (top photo).
Bailey’s pudding pie with green whipped cream (recipe).
Grasshopper pie (mint with chocolate accents, recipe).
Key lime pie (recipe—add a touch of green food color to tint the yellow filling green).
Mint ice cream pie (bottom photo, recipe below)
Pistachio pudding pie (very easy, no-bake recipe).
If your pie has no top crust, you can decorate the surface with:
Green baking chips
Green whipped cream
Lucky Charms cereal
Lime zest (especially nice atop the whipped cream)
RECIPE: ICE CREAM GRASSHOPPER PIE
You can make this pie (photo above) in 10 minutes plus freezing time, using store-bought mint chocolate chip ice cream and a chocolate cookie crust.
If you don’t like mint, add 2 tablespoons of Irish cream liqueur to softened vanilla ice cream. You can also tint the vanilla green with food color.
2 pints mint chocolate chip ice cream, softened
1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inches—store-bought or made with the recipe below)
5 Oreo cookies, chopped
1/3 cup chocolate-covered peppermint candies (e.g. Junior Mints)
Chocolate hard-shell ice cream topping
1. SPREAD the ice cream into the pie crust. Sprinkle with the cookies and candies.
2. DRIZZLE with the ice cream topping and freeze until firm. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving.
RECIPE: CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST
1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon chocolate wafer crumbs, divided (about 32 wafers)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1. COMBINE the wafer crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl. Pat the mixture onto the bottom and up the side of a buttered 8- or 9-inch pie plate.
2. BAKE in the middle of a preheated 450°F oven for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.