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Creme de Menthe Squares

This layered bar hits all the sweet spots: It’s airy, creamy, crunchy and the perfect mix of cool mint and rich chocolate. It has a vintage dessert appeal that no one in our family can resist. —Marilyn Blankschien, Clintonville, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups finely crushed Oreo cookies (about 14 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1-3/4 cups cold 2% milk, divided
  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons green creme de menthe
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a small bowl, mix crushed cookies and melted butter. Reserve 3 tablespoons for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold milk; let stand 1 minute. Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add marshmallows; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until marshmallows are puffed; stir until smooth. Stir in creme de menthe. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes or until cold but not set, stirring often.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, gradually beat cream cheese until smooth. In another bowl, whisk pudding mix and remaining cold milk. Gradually beat into cream cheese.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold into marshmallow mixture. Spoon half of the mixture over prepared crust; refrigerate 10 minutes. Layer with pudding mixture and remaining marshmallow mixture; top with reserved crumbs. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 371 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 232mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Adele
    Sep 23, 2020

    I intend to give this a try. It looks great! Yes, it looks labor-intensive, but it can be made ahead. For those of you who asked, I would use crème de menthe liqueur. On a personal note, to make it more like a traditional grasshopper pie, I would also add a splash of white crème de cacao. I will hold onto this recipe. As someone else said, it would be a lovely dessert for St. Patrick's Day.

  • justmbeth
    Mar 31, 2019

    Quite a few steps from start to finish but worth the effort. This made a pretty and tasty dessert for St. Patricks Day.

  • Stephanie
    May 28, 2018

    This recipe set up great and looked good but the flavors were really subtle. I prefer a stronger chocolate and mint flavor, more along the lines of an Andes candy. Make sure to follow the recipe's instructions and stir the creme de menthe mixture often or it will turn lumpy.Note: I used creme de menthe liqueur.

  • mehresma
    Dec 3, 2015

    This was very good, albeit labor intensive! I probably had 2 hours invested in the project.

  • maryHodges
    Nov 17, 2015

    I'd like to try this recipe. It looks yummy! A question, though. Should I use creme de menthe syrup, flavoring, or liqueur? Giving 5 stars because I'm not going to take away any stars for just asking a question.