Thin Mint Chocolate Chess Pie

4-Layer Thin Mint Chocolate Chess Pie

by Holly on November 17, 2012

I actually had to put this post on hold yesterday because I just ran out of time before I got to take my little family to Disney on Ice (tickets still available for shows here in SLC through tomorrow!). This show was totally worth it!! Since taking a break to go make some new memories with my family was what held me up in bringing you this pie recipe, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite pics from the show. The general basis of the show was actually all about enjoying some of the memories and moments from Disney over the past 100 years. It was so fun to get to see so many wonderful stories in one place! It was a fun way to kick off our holiday season and get the kids on a magical track.

I tend to be a fairly nostalgic person any time of year, but there is just something about the holiday season that seems to bring that side of me to the forefront. It should come as no surprise to know that food often ends up being the star focus of the bulk of my wanderings down memory lane.

Starring in my daydreams in particular is of course dessert! Shocking, I know. While I was meandering through past desserts that stuck in my memory, there were a few that came to mind, but surprisingly there was one I hadn’t really thought of for a while. Probably because my tastes have grown up and branched out. That was certainly not the case when I was a kid, as my parents will readily testify to. I was a super picky eater (serves me right with my kids, I know). My kids actually do even better than me. I had total semi-phobias about foods though. Very strange ones, even desserts. Go figure.

In particular I remember that for the longest time (probably up until the time I left home just after high school) I had to have my own dessert at Thanksgiving. I didn’t like any baked fruit pies (which, for the most part is partially still true today). I preferred cream pies or cheesecake. Especially a certain No-Bake chocolate pie. Again, I know you aren’t surprised. My mom was always kind enough to let me choose my own pie and make it for my Thanksgiving dessert, and I still remembering loving eating the whole thing by myself over the holidays.

One thing I had a bit of a phobia about though was mint. I just didn’t like it and was not a fan! Finally, probably in high school, my Dad convinced me to try a Thin Mint straight out of the freezer. A whole new world of the possibilities of peppermint opened up to me – when combined with chocolate, peppermint was a whole different flavor to me, and one that I loved! Our oldest son has followed in my peculiar footsteps and hates peppermint alone, but loves it when combined with chocolate.

For the holidays this year I decided to see if I could create a Thanksgiving or even Christmas worth pie (his favorite type of dessert) that would include those flavors he loves. I decided that using a homemade recipe for Thin Mints would be the starting point for both the crust and topping, but I knew I didn’t just want this to be a cream pie. If you’ve never had a chess pie, you really should. It’s ridiculously easy to make and the texture isn’t like anything else you’ve had. Kind of like a baked chocolate mousse, only creamier and thicker, like a truffle. I topped that with a layer of melted chocolate combined with some peppermint extract and then a nice layer of cocoa and peppermint whipped cream on top.

Success is mine.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching many of you may be searching for that perfect pie to serve. Around here, we like to make pies a bit more off the beaten path, so you’re in luck! My bestie Krista, over at Budget Gourmet Mom, and I want you to share your favorite slice o’ pie right here. Krista made a killer pie that is her riff on another classic confection – a TAKE 5 candy bar. In pie form. Shut the front door! (You should also check out the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie she made last year!)

Don’t forget to check out the details and link up to our Slice o’ Pie event with your favorite pies!

Link up below. Follow our #sliceopie pinterest board here and check out twubs that will have a live twitter feed from our hashtag {#sliceopie}.

Some other pies that will knock your socks off!

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue | Completely Delicious
Mini Blackberry Pies | Sweet Basil
Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Crumb Crust | Barbara Bakes
Super Simple Pecan Pie | A Bountiful Kitchen
Caramel Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel | Cafe Johnsonia
Apple Toffee Galette | Two Peas in their Pod
Snickerdoodle Pie | Mountain Mama Cooks
Pumpkin Pie with Dulce de Leche | Everyday Southwest
Dazzleberry Pie | Frieda Loves Bread
Maple Buttermilk Pie with Meringue | Vintage Mixer

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sara November 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Fantastic pie! This looks SUPER delicious! 🙂

Jess November 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Looks like you guys had so much fun! This pie is amazing – these are my absolute favorite flavors together, and the pictures are beautiful!

Frieda November 18, 2012 at 10:46 pm

How did you ever know that Thin Mints are my all time favorite GS cookie? And you just HAD to make a Thin Mint pie to tempt me….like you, I don’t eat fruit pies, but I’m a sucker for cream pies. Thanks for the recipe and for the link (yes, it IS a fruit pie, but my family loves it!) 🙂

Christian Rene Friborg November 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I love mint even with or without chocolate, so this is the perfect recipe for me. Thanks!

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