My favorite family recipes

Grasshopper Cake February 15, 2014

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This was originally a poke cake (you are to poke holes into the cake and pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.)  I didn’t care for the texture of the cake after this, so the next time I make this I am going to leave this step out. 

I made the Grasshopper Cake for Ryan’s 26th birthday (wow, 26! where is the time going?!).  It was or first birthday celebration since the birth of our daughter, so it was even more special for us! Here is a picture of Ryan’s birthday:



1chocolate cake mix + water, oil, eggs as listed on box

1 – 12.8 oz. jar of Heshey’s Special Hot Fudge Sauce

1 – 10 oz. package Keebler Fudge Mint Cookies (I use Walmart brand)

1 – 16 oz. container cool whip

1 Duncan Hines Mint flavor packet




  • Prepare and bake the cake mix in a 9×13 baking dish.  Allow to cool completely.
  • Heat the hot fudge sauce in a small bowl in the microwave.  30-40 second should be fine, you just want it to soften a little.
  • Crumble half of the fudge mint cookies into the hot fudge sauce and mix.  Spread the cookie/fudge sauce over the cake.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mint packet and cool whip.  Spread the whipped topping over the fudge layer.
  • Crumble the remaining cookie crumbs over the top of the cool whip.
  • Cut and serve.  

Pizza Dip

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1 – 8oz. package cream cheese, softened

½ c. sour cream

2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. dried parsley

½ tsp. dried basil

1 c. pizza sauce

Pizza toppings (I just used pepperoni and cut each slice into fourths)

Dippers of choice (pretzels, crackers, bread, tortilla chips)



  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, ½ of cheddar cheese, ½ of mozzarella cheese.
  • Add in oregano, parsley, and basil.
  • Mix until mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Spread in bottom of a pie pan, then top with 1 cup of pizza sauce.
  • On top of sauce, add remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  • Top with your favorite pizza toppings and a pinch of parsley.
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until the dip is warm and bubbly.
  • Serve with dippers of your choice.