Shamrock Pie

Hi! This week’s post comes a little early, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I wanted to make an appropriate dessert. That means no new post on Sunday/Monday, but hopefully early is good for you too.

This is a recipe I invented myself, but on the Scale of Pie Difficulty, which I hope to spell out better some day, it ranks as Very Easy.  So just about anybody can do it, with no baking required.  I wanted to base the flavor of the pie on the Shamrock Shake, clearly the finest of all shakes.

Here’s all that it takes:

Ingredients for Shamrock Pie

One Oreo Cookie Crust
2 packages of Jello White Chocolate Pudding
Green Food coloring
Mint extract
(not pictured) 2 1/2 cups milk
(also not pictured) 1/2 tub of Cool Whip Topping

I started with a pre-made Oreo Cookie crust.  It’s easy enough to make this yourself, and in a future installment perhaps I’ll explain how, but since this was right there on the shelf at the store it was hard to resist.

Oreo Crust

I’m allowed to say “Oreo” Crust, the brand police hopefully won’t be showing up at my no-name little blog.

Mix up the pudding mix and the 2 1/2 cups milk in a big bowl.

White Chocolate Pudding

I chose White Chocolate assuming it would have the mildest creamy flavor. Vanilla might probably also work for you.

To this, add mint extract and about 5-8 drops of food coloring.  I didn’t measure the mint really well, but it was about a teaspoon and a half.  Don’t add too much, since the stuff is mighty powerful and you want the pie tasting like delicious Shamrock Shake, not Altoids.

Mint Pudding

Finally add your half tub of Cool Whip and blend. You can top the pie with the rest of the Cool Whip later if you want, but a half tub is about right for the right consistency to fill up the crust.

Shamrock Pie

If you feel decorative and have some green gel or chocolate cookie frosting laying around, you can decorate your pie with a Shamrock like mine.  Crushed Oreo Cookies on top will also work great.  But you don’t have to decorate a pie, so feel free to enjoy as-is… after about 3-4 hours setup in the fridge.

Have a lucky day!

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