Thin Mint Pudding Pie

With a few too many boxes of Girl Scout cookies, I was thinking ‘thin mints’ when trying to come up with a dessert to make for Christmas. I thought about a cake or trifle, but settled on a pudding pie I’ve been making since high school. Yes, I still use instant pudding. A lot of the things I make are semi-homemade. I’ve always assumed that I’ll eventually branch out and make everything from scratch. But honestly, I’m beginning to think I may always take the semi-homemade route… it’s more American, right?


Thin Mint Pudding Pie
1 box Thin Mint cookies (or Grasshopper), finely crushed
1 package chocolate graham crackers, finely crushed

1/2 c. butter (1 stick), melted

2 tsp. sugar

1 box instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 c. milk

1 container cool whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Reserve 1/2 c. crushed Thin Mints. Mix remaining crushed Thin Mints with graham crackers, butter, and sugar. Press mixture into a 9 or 10 inch pie pan (depending on how thick of a crust you want). Bake until set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, whisk milk into the pudding mix. Refrigerate 3 to 5 minutes. Fold 1/2 of the cool whip and 1/2 of the reserved crushed Thin Mints into the pudding until mixed. Spoon pudding mixture into cooled pie shell. Spread remaining cool whip over pudding mixture. Sprinkle remaining reserved crushed Thin Mints over cool whip. Refrigerate 4 hours, or overnight.

A New Year’s Resolution

About a year and a half ago, I created this blog with the intention of sharing my baking experiments with the outside world. Somehow I never made any progress beyond creating the blog – perhaps due in part to my scatter-brain tendencies. Anyhow, as my experiments with baking have begun to increase in frequency, I’ve decided a good 2010 resolution would be to make a greater effort to share my creations with (all of?) you. It should also be noted that my desire to make something of this blog may have been slightly influenced by the fact that I am currently reading Julie & Julia.

Sidenote: If I often mention the word creation, it may be a result of my tendencies when following recipes. While I often begin with a regular recipe, I almost always try to put a spin on whatever recipe I’m following (if I’m following one at all). I blame this to (1) my education in marketing and advertising, which has made me strive to think creatively in almost all situations, and (2) my competitive nature, knowing that I’ll never live out my dream of opening a bakery if I can’t offer something more unique than Joe the Baker.

I’m not going to set the bar very high with this blog, or at least not initially. I’m unsure of how often I’ll post new creations, but I’ll do my best to make it as often as possible. The good news is that I’ve sort of already got a head start, having taken pictures of a lot of my creations in the past few months/year. Having a stockpile of photos/creations to share should allow me to get off to a good start – I may even get in a couple posts before 2010.

And since I’m writing this on the 25th of December, Merry Christmas. Holidays are a great excuse to bake 🙂

A New Year’s Resolution

About a year and a half ago, I created this blog with the intention of sharing my baking experiments with the outside world. Somehow I never made any progress beyond creating the blog – perhaps due in part to my scatter-brain tendencies. Anyhow, as my experiments with baking have begun to increase in frequency, I’ve decided a good 2010 resolution would be to make a greater effort to share my creations with (all of?) you. It should also be noted that my desire to make something of this blog may have been slightly influenced by the fact that I am currently reading Julie & Julia.

Sidenote: If I often mention the word creation, it may be a result of my tendencies when following recipes. While I often begin with a regular recipe, I almost always try to put a spin on whatever recipe I’m following (if I’m following one at all). I blame this to (1) my education in marketing and advertising, which has made me strive to think creatively in almost all situations, and (2) my competitive nature, knowing that I’ll never live out my dream of opening a bakery if I can’t offer something more unique than Joe the Baker.

I’m not going to set the bar very high with this blog, or at least not initially. I’m unsure of how often I’ll post new creations, but I’ll do my best to make it as often as possible. The good news is that I’ve sort of already got a head start, having taken pictures of a lot of my creations in the past few months/year. Having a stockpile of photos/creations to share should allow me to get off to a good start – I may even get in a couple posts before 2010.

And since I’m writing this on the 25th of December, Merry Christmas. Holidays are a great excuse to bake 🙂