Shamrock Shake Pie

It’s that time of year again!  Spring has sprung in McDonald’s all around the country and the Shamrock Shake is back!!IMG_2231

IMG_2232Yes, that extremely green, incredibly popular monstrosity is back to tickle our tastebuds.  But…what if you wanted to enjoy that deliciousness at home, whenever you wanted?   Well, this recipe is for you.

And, keeping with its fast food roots it’s easy to make, tasty, not particularly healthy and very, very green.

I feel like this is the kind of thing you should have for dessert after you’ve enjoyed a dinner of White Castle hamburgers and PBR.  But I’ll let you decide that.

In all seriousness, this is super tasty and the perfect dessert to have around the house on St. Patrick’s Day (or, really, any day).

  • Difficulty: <em>really</em> easy
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·        1 package, Family Size, instant vanilla pudding

·        Milk (Use what the package calls for – mine called for 3 cups, but I think box puddings vary by brand.  Just follow the package directions.  FYI, I used skim milk, but feel free to use 1%, 2% or whole, whatever floats your boat)

·        ½ t mint extract (not peppermint – just mint extract)

·        1 container, Cool Whip, thawed

·        Green food coloring (Since we’re making a shamrock shake pie here, I used neon green.  This is sort of an eyeball to get the color you want – I used 10 drops.)

·        1 store-bought graham cracker pie crust


·        Whipped cream (not really optional)

·        Maraschino cherries


Now, normally when I do these recipes if it has a crust or calls for whipped cream topping, I suggest you make them.  Not this time.  We are going completely simple here.  You are of course free to make your own crust or whip your own cream, but as you can see above I am definitely not calling for that here.  Buy that crap at the store pre-made, this ain’t fancy.IMG_2233

Ok, with that out of the way, let’s start…

Pour the instant pudding and milk into a bowl and stir until combined.  Per what I said above, follow the directions on the pudding to determine how much milk to put in – the pudding I got called for 3 cups.

Next, stir in the mint extract.   Follow that with the container of Cool Whip.

Not the right color at all. Not YET…

Finally, add the food coloring.  You’re not going for pretty or delicate or subtle in this case, so put in as much of that as you want.IMG_2244

Pour the “batter” into your pie shell and refrigerate until it’s set – at least four hours, but your best bet is overnight.IMG_2251

When it’s done feel free to decorate it with shamrocks, leprechauns and any other manner of Irish.  If you like, add some whipped cream and cherries.  Then dig in and enjoy!

Mad decorating skillz!


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