Saturday, March 30, 2013

Holiday Catch Up: St. Patrick's Day

Our family favorites for St. Patrick's Day have already been posted. We didn't really try anything new this year for the main course. If you would like to try our favorite Irish dinner, check here.

We didn't really make a traditional Irish dessert, however, in the spirit of the Emerald Isle, we made a green dessert that was incredibly delicious, and impossibly easy to make.

Impossibly Easy Grasshopper Cheesecake


3/4 Original Bisquick mix
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup green creme de menthe or 1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
3 eggs
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache:

1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat all cheesecake ingredients except chocolate chips with electric mixer on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into pie plate.

Bake about 35 minutes or until center is firm and puffed. Cool 45 minutes (cheesecake top will be cracked).

In 1-quart saucepan, heat ganache ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth; remove from heat. Carefully spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 3 hours until chilled. Store covered in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips: For a crowd-size Impossibly Easy Grasshopper Cheesecake, double all ingredients and use a 13x9-inch glass baking dish. Bake 30 to 37 minutes.

Nutrition information: 430 calories, 29 g fat, 125 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7g protein.

Source: Betty Crocker, original recipe found here.

Notes: This was really good, but verrrrry rich! We used the recipe tip and doubled the recipe and baked it in a 13x9-inch pan. We also topped these with some mint chocolate bits (I believe they were Andes? Mom would have to confirm this).

1 comment:

  1. Yes. I had these Andes chips that I bought at the store and then forgot about. They really added a bit to it! I used the peppermint extract and might have used a little more.

    This was so, so easy. I can't even say.

    Everyone loved it. Definitely a do again even when it's not St. Patrick's.