St. Patrick's Day recipe: Grasshopper Brownies

Kathryn Rem

St. Patrick’s Day originally was a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. But now it has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish.

According to the U.S. Census, 36.9 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, a number more than eight times the population of Ireland itself, which is 4.5 million.

Dotti Milner of Springfield, Ill., got into the habit of making green food on the holiday, partly because her mother’s birthday was March 17.

“We made corned beef and cabbage and potatoes for her and had desserts with the color of green. It was fun to see what we would come up with,” she writes.

One of Milner’s favorites is Grasshopper Brownies, which she shares here. The brownies have a green peppermint layer.

Grasshopper Brownies

  • 1 (21 ½-ounce) box fudge brownie mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 to 6 drops green food coloring


  • 1 ounce (1 square) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 13-by-9-inch pan. Prepare and bake brownie mix according to package directions, adding vanilla to mix. Cool completely.

In large bowl, combine all filling ingredients; beat at medium speed until smooth. Spread over cooled brownies.

In small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring occasionally; drizzle over filling. Refrigerate before cutting. Store in refrigerator.

Tip: For more flavor, add 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips to the batter.

Makes 36 brownies.

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