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Grasshopper Squares

Grasshopper Squares

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

This retro-inspired no-bake dessert is perfect for when you want a chocolate and minty treat without spending a ton of time in the kitchen.

Note: for those at home the chocolate frosting on the top, which hardens in the refrigerator, does make it challenging to cut perfect uniform pieces without breaking/squishing--not sure how Kraft got such perfect looking specimens in the photos on their site, but I suspect a team of talented stylists were behind it. If desserts that have the tendency to get messy set you on edge (I have Type-A tendencies, I understand), beware. This is delicious, but perhaps not photo-perfect.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of the forthcoming book New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @blondiebrownie.

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Grasshopper Squares

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 8
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:9 hours
Special equipment:electric stand mixer with whisk and paddle attachment, 8 x 8 pan

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 ounce green crème de menthe
  • 1 tablespoon crème de cacao
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 13 1/2 (27 squares) chocolate graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 3 ounces 72% cacao dark chocolate, melted in the microwave or on the stovetop
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a small saucepan whisk together cornstarch, sugar, salt and milk. Bring to a light boil over medium heat while whisking constantly. Cook, whisking constantly, until pudding is thick with slow bubbles breaking the surface (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and pour immediately into a large bowl. Quickly whisk in crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and vanilla. Set bowl over an ice bath and whisk continuously to cool to room temperature (about 10 to 15 minutes). Place a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap on top of the pudding to prevent pudding skin from forming. Refrigerate.

  2. 2

    In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and confectioner's sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add melted chocolate and beat until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds longer. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wash stand mixer bowl and dry carefully.

  3. 3

    Add cream to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip on medium high speed until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Fold whipped cream into chilled pudding.

  4. 4

    Cover the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan with chocolate graham crackers (you'll need 4 1/2 cracker "sheets" or 9 graham squares per layer). Cover the graham crackers with half of the pudding mixture, top with another layer of graham crackers then cover with remaining pudding. Add final layer of graham crackers to the top and cover with chocolate frosting. Refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

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