Grasshopper Brownies with Crème de Cacao Ganache

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Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail. Includes ‘boozy’ option. #bar #chocolate #mint #dessert #recipeFudgy, rich and chewy classic brownies with creamy Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream and Crème de Cacao White Chocolate Ganache layers reminiscent of the Grasshopper cocktail.

Grasshopper Brownies
with White Crème de Cacao Ganache

So, my friends, did you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration—either on the day or over the past weekend? Did you treat yourself to something special and Irish to celebrate? I hope so!

We did. Went to our favorite spot for such an occasion and enjoyed every bit and drop of food and drink! There’s always fantastic live music and plenty of dancing. It felt great to “get-up-and-go” since my awful blood clot situation is no longer painful and the swelling has subsided. (The extra aspirin has really helped.) Plus, drinking alcohol can be good for dissolving blood clots. (Seriously. It’s true.) At least I kept telling myself, “This one’s for healing my clot.” 😉 Rationalizing can be a good thing, right?

Do you see those swirls in the Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream on the top brownie in the photos? I struggled with that one pesky brownie as my knife got stuck. As I was working to lift the knife free, I was growling, in my best John Goodman voice from the film, The Big Lebowski, to the thick and fudgy “grabby” brownies, “Dude. Give me my knife back. You’re being very un-Duuude.” But, I really liked the look–that is, imperfect. It is shots like this that catch the light and reveal the type of texture adding interest. I hope you dig those upward swirls of mint buttercream like I do. 🙂

Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail. Includes ‘boozy’ option. #bar #chocolate #mint #dessert #recipe

Please forgive me for not posting this special recipe earlier for you for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. In fact, I almost didn’t post it at all and considered “banking it” for next year. Last week was filled with some strange occurrences that messed with my blogging schedule. Terribly. Then, we had some news on Friday that effectively changed our weekend plans. Life happens, right? There simply was no time to do blog work. Not only that, at the beginning of this week, something else happened. I will share everything in my next post because this one is so incredibly late as it is. Believe me when I say, as I write this, that I’m eager to click that publish button to share this recipe with you!

Let’s talk about these special brownies, Grasshopper Brownies, which you should not wait until next St. Patty’s Day to make! They’re that good.

First, let’s talk about the retro cocktail…the Grasshopper.

Grasshopper Cocktail via Wikipedia

The Classic Grasshopper Cocktail

Typically, the grasshopper cocktail consists of equal parts green Crème de Menthe, white Crème de Cacao and fresh cream. The drink is shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.

Variations of the Grasshopper Cocktail include the “Flying Grasshopper” made by substituting vodka for fresh cream, the “Brown Grasshopper” with the addition of coffee, the “Frozen Grasshopper” containing mint ice cream to intensify the mint flavor and dessert quality, and the “Green Genie” containing Crème de Menthe, Crème de Caramel and jasmine-infused vodka. Finally, in North Central US states, especially Wisconsin, Grasshoppers are blended cocktails where the cream is substituted with ice cream. This drink is also known as a “Grasshopper Milkshake” made with mint chocolate chip ice cream, milk and Crème de Menthe and is often served in a very tall glass adorned with a miniature cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookie, such as Oreo®, or topped with the same type of broken cookies.

For the chocolate, cocktail, mint and ice cream lover, these drinks all fit the bill! And, they’re perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. You know, being green and all. 😉

History of the Grasshopper

“A grasshopper is a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink is derived from its green color, which is provided by the Crème de Menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague’s, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans and gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.”

Good to know!

Now, let’s get to the brownie part…

Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail. Includes ‘boozy’ option. #bar #chocolate #mint #dessert #recipe

In my last post, I shared a special retro brownie recipe from The Big Lug’s great grandmother given to us by his Aunt Sophie—Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies. These brownies are fudgy, rich and chewy with an incredibly moist interior and a shiny, crackly, flaky top—everything a classic brownie should be. Readers really loved this retro recipe as it is now, officially, Wicked Good Kitchen’s #1 recipe knocking out our Cherry Pie Crumble Bars based on my Mom’s recipe for Homemade Tart Cherry Pie Filling. No easy feat! Also, in just one week, our brownie recipe has been pinned 4K+ times! Imagine that. All of this just proves that classic retro recipes endure and Grandmas and Moms know best. 🙂

Previously, I shared with you my recipe for Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream with a variation for Mint-Chip Cream Cheese Buttercream. Each is very suitable for St. Patty’s Day treats—especially Grasshopper Brownies. This buttercream frosting is wonderful. It is creamy, silky-smooth, melts on your tongue and has a cool mint flavor that is not overpowering. The taste is reminiscent of mint ice cream or mint cheesecake. Again, perfect for our brownies being featured today.

Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail. Includes ‘boozy’ option. #bar #chocolate #mint #dessert #recipe

With those two posts, you may have gathered that Grasshopper Brownies were going to make an appearance here on the blog. While I may have “tipped my hand” to y’all, my desire was to still “wow” you. To make my version of these wickedly good brownies different, and because I adore white cacao liqueur, especially the Crème de Cacao by Marie Brizard (called for it in our Red Velvet Cake Martini Cocktail), and white chocolate by Callebaut, I knew that I wanted to top these phenomenal brownies with an equally phenomenal topping.

When naming these beauties, I intentionally left out the word “chocolate”, representing the white chocolate, since “ganache” implies chocolate already is there. Plus, the word “white” is already in the title due to the white Crème de Cacao. Otherwise, the name would be just too long as in “white chocolate ganache with white crème de cacao.” So, White Crème de Cacao Ganache it was. Since I could not find a recipe for White Chocolate Crème de Cacao Ganache (this may be the first in food blogdom), so I just created my own based on a favorite recipe for chocolate ganache with liqueur added.

And, let me tell you…the taste of our White Crème de Cacao Ganache is truly divine and marries perfectly with the deep chocolate flavor of the fudgy brownies and the cool mint flavor of the buttercream. The white Crème de Cacao intensifies the flavor of the white chocolate and does not take away from the creamy texture as one might think. This ganache melts on the tongue and tastes magical on these Grasshopper Brownies. So, today I present to you… Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache. Swoon!

Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail. Includes ‘boozy’ option. #bar #chocolate #mint #dessert #recipe

What makes our Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache wicked good? These brownies start with a retro brownie recipe that is fudgy, rich and chewy with an incredibly moist interior and a shiny, crackly, flaky top—everything a classic brownie should be. The brownies are then layered with Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream for the creamiest cool mint buttercream frosting ever. The topping is an irresistible white chocolate ganache infused with Crème de Cacao for an intensified flavor. For Boozy Grasshopper Brownies, we added Irish whiskey to the brownie batter and Crème de Menthe to the Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream as a variation. When all flavors are combined, you’ve got brownie nirvana. What’s not to love?

Do not wait until next St. Patrick’s Day to make these beauties. And, definitely check out our variation for Boozy Grasshopper Brownies when you need an excellent boozy brownie recipe for a special celebration.

Bon appétit!






Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache by ~ Fudgy, rich and chewy with creamy layers reminiscent of the grasshopper cocktail to include Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream. Recipe includes ‘boozy’ option. | bar chocolate mint dessert recipe


Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: Makes about 12 large brownies.

Grasshopper Brownies with White Crème de Cacao Ganache

Fudgy, rich and chewy classic brownies with creamy Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream and Crème de Cocoa White Chocolate Ganache layers reminiscent of the Grasshopper cocktail.


  • 1 recipe Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • ½ recipe Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream by Wicked Good Kitchen™
  • For the White Crème de Cacao Ganache
  • 10 ounces (284 grams) white chocolate, such as Callebaut, chopped
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons/90 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons (about 9.5 grams) unsalted butter
  • 2½ teaspoons (12.5 ml) white crème de cacao, such as Marie Brizard® White Cacao Liqueur


Before preparing White Crème de Cacao Ganache, prepare brownies, Grandma's Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies. While brownies are cooling, prepare Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream. Frost the brownies evenly with Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream using an angled metal spatula. Chill frosted brownies in refrigerator until frosting is thoroughly chilled and firm, about 1 hour.

Prepare the White Crème de Cacao Ganache
In a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan containing shallow water (or in a double boiler), place chopped white chocolate and cream. Stir frequently over simmering (not boiling) water until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat; immediately add butter and crème de cacao liqueur. Stir until fully incorporated and smooth. Carefully remove bowl or insert of double boiler using oven mitts if needed. Set aside to cool slightly (about room temperature) and thickened.

Pour White Crème de Cacao Ganache over Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream topping by starting in the center. Then, spread evenly with an angled metal spatula. Return brownies to the refrigerator to chill until ganache is firm, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Use the foil on sides of pan to lift brownies out of pan. Carefully transfer to cutting board. Peel foil from sides and cut brownies into squares using a sharp chef’s knife. (I like to dip the knife under warm to hot running tap water, then carefully dry the knife between each cut.) Store brownies in airtight container in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes


Preparation time does not include chilling time.

For Gluten Free Option: As stated in our recipe for Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies, substitute 1 cup sifted (120 grams) Cup4Cup (C4C) Gluten-Free Flour for the regular all-purpose wheat flour called for in the recipe. C4C is available at Williams-Sonoma.

Variation for Boozy Grasshopper Brownies: Prepare Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Rich Fudge Brownies. Immediately from the oven, drizzle 2 tablespoons of Irish whiskey evenly over the top of warm brownies. (Don’t worry. The top will dry as the brownies cool.) Cool completely in pan. Prepare ½ recipe of ‘Grasshopper’ Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream (a variation of Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream), which incorporates Crème de Menthe. With the White Crème de Cacao Ganache topping, this recipe variation contains booze in each of the brownie layers.

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Recommended Brands

Callebaut® White Chocolate

Marie Brizard® White Cacao Liqueur

About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.


  1. Those look AMAZING!!!
    Chloe @ foodlikecake recently posted…Yellow Cake with Raspberry FillingMy Profile

  2. I’m glad you’re doing better, and I love your rationalization for indulging in some alcoholic beverages! These are absolutely gorgeous, and I’m sure they’re DELICIOUS as well!


  3. I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Stacy, and that’s so nice that alcohol can help. haha These look so mouthwatering with all of those luscious layers — what a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! I’d enjoy these any old day, however. Take care, my friend! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Marcie! These brownies were sinfully good. Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Friday! 🙂

  4. I. Just. DIED. these look incredible Stacy, I am completely enamoured 🙂 pinned!
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes recently posted…Bacon, Strawberry, & Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Panini + GIVEAWAY!My Profile

  5. Wow! That ganache sounds divine. What a great pairing of flavors!
    Jenn @ Once Upon a Tier recently posted…Chocolate Loaf Cake with a Mint Cream Cheese Swirl {Recipe}My Profile

  6. I literally gasped when I saw the photos. OMG these look to die for! Pinning. You are nailing it with the recipes.

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better.
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    • Thank you, Norma. I appreciate your kindness. I am beating this thing and feeling much better. 🙂 Enjoy your Friday and weekend my friend!

  7. GAH! I am speechless! These brownies are insanely amazing. I am in awe.
    Ashley – Baker by Nature recently posted…Banana Bread Bundt Cake with Milk Chocolate DrizzleMy Profile

  8. Oh, I love the layers in these brownies! You had me at mint cream cheese buttercream…! And the white chocolate looks absolutely delicious, I love that you used such a pure brand!

    • Thank you, Jessica! You will love these brownies, girl. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

  9. Glad you are feeling a bit better and got out to have some fun – these are so pretty!
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living recently posted…Gluten-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies RecipeMy Profile

  10. I do dig those upward swirls of mint buttercream. The brownies look so perfect though! The layers are so distinct and the colors look amazing and complement each other so well (:
    Monica recently posted…Braided Chocolate Hazelnut BreadMy Profile

  11. Love these grasshopper brownies, Stacy, I only wish I had one to munch on right now! Happy to hear your clotting situtaion is getting better too. Looking forward to your next wicked good creation!!

    • Thank you, Dan. I appreciate your kind words. You will enjoy these special brownies. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

  12. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    So glad you are feeling better!! A few extra drinks for a worthy cause has to be a good thing! I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had a grasshopper, although I think I need to remedy the situation very soon. Both in drink and (this) brownie form. Looks so fantastic!

    • Thank you, Maria! I appreciate your kind words and well wishes. Hahaha…I love it! “A worthy cause”, indeed. 😉 I tried my Mom’s Grasshopper cocktail in the late ’70s or early ’80s. She loved to make frozen or nearly frozen cocktails. I hope you’ll try the Grasshopper soon…either in brownie or cocktail form. Thanks for stopping by, my sweet friend. Have a fabulous weekend!

  13. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better, I guess those extra cocktails worked. 😉
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  14. I’m so happy to hear you are staring to feel a bit better and got out to have some fun 🙂 These brownies look gorgeous – I love the pretty layers and they look perfect to me! Hope you continue to feel well and have a wonderful weekend ahead girl!:)xo

    • Aww…thank you, Kelly! You are so sweet and thoughtful. 🙂 Thank you for the compliments, my friend. I’ll never forget your gorgeous pink peppermint cream cheese brownies for the Christmas holiday. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend! xo

  15. Alcohol definitely does help with blood clots! It thins out your blood so good for you for getting some extra drinks in 😉 I’m glad you’re feeling better! Always a great sign! These brownies look so perfect. I love how crisp the cuts are and the layers – oh the layers!! xoxo
    Julie @ Table for Two recently posted…Chicken with 40 Cloves of GarlicMy Profile

    • Haha, so true! The cocktails certainly didn’t hurt. 😉 Thank you, Julie, for the kind words and well wishes. I appreciate the compliments on the brownies, too. And, thanks for pinning to the Best of Pinterest board for me! So sweet of you. Your support means so much to me. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend! xoxo

  16. Stacy – I am so glad the aspirin (and alcohol ) are helping you feel better!

    About these brownies – they look seriously delish! so decadent, fudgy and those layers of Mint Cream Cheese Buttercream and White Crème de Cacao Ganache are simply, truly divine!!!!
    Incredible Job my friend – I am so glad you posted these after all!
    Sending hugs your way – hoping your weekend is wonderful!
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    • Haha, yes…I think the alcohol in the cocktails helped! 😉 Thank you for the compliments, well wishes and hugs, my sweet friend. Have a fabulous weekend!

  17. Don’t your brownies look special. A grasshopper is the very first cocktail that I had and I loved it. 😀
    Karen (Back Road Journal) recently posted…Kung Pao, Szechuan Style Chicken With PeanutsMy Profile

    • Thank you, Karen! So interesting about the Grasshopper being your first cocktail. My mother loved them and some of my earliest memories are of her whipping out her blender to make frozen cocktails…including the Grasshopper. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Wow, very impressive to see something like this first thing on a Saturday morning! I’m fully awake now … haha! So glad to hear you’re feeling a bit better, Stacy and … I know what you mean about finding it hard to stick to a blogging schedule! I think it’s hard anyway but when other things come up it’s almost impossible. Oh well! Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • Thank you, Helen! I’m glad your Saturday got off to a good start with these Grasshopper Brownies. 😉 Thank you for the well wishes, my friend. You are so very kind. Life certainly throws some curve balls at ya, doesn’t it? I have tried to keep a blogging schedule and it just seems impossible…especially when writing a cookbook and testing recipes. There just isn’t enough hours in a day is there? Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

  19. Beautiful brownies, your layers are just perfect!
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) recently posted…almond & blood orange pound cakeMy Profile

  20. I definitely dig the look! I used to not like mint and chocolate together but have since come to my senses 🙂
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  21. Glad to read that your legs are feeling better now! I hope you feel perfect as soon as possible Stacy dear!
    These brownies look delicious! I’m really liking the flavor combo, and they are so pretty with all those colors awwh.
    I hope you had a lovely weekend! <3
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    • Thank you, sweet Consuelo! I appreciate your well wishes and kind words, my friend. I am feeling so much better. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll try these brownies soon. Have a fabulous week ahead!

  22. wow! great looking brownies! thanks for the info about “grasshopper”!
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  23. WHOA!! Look at all these layers! And the colors are so perfect for spring!
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  24. These brownies are stunning, Stacy! Grasshopper brownies has always been an idea at the back of my mind and I think you just convinced me. LOVE how moist and fudgy these look!
    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven recently posted…Whole Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes (Updated Version)My Profile

    • Thanks, Sarah! These Grasshopper Brownies were fun to make. For quick and easy, you don’t have to make the ganache. But, it sure makes them special and taste fabulous. I hope you’ll do a version of them for your blog!

  25. These brownies – OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD!!! Love the layers and all the flavors! Pinning!
    Hope life is getting back to normal! xoxo
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet recently posted…Glazed Lemon Muffins RecipeMy Profile

    • Thank you, sweet Anna! And, thank you for the pin. Life is sort of getting back to normal. Hubby is being transferred out-of-state. (Ugh!) But, more on that later! xoxo

  26. These just scream Spring to me, I might have to make them this upcoming week… good luck getting them away from me!

    • Hahaha! Thank you, Pamela. 🙂 This brownie is perfect for chocolate, mint and crème de cacao lovers. Enjoy!

  27. Grasshopper brownies are great if it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not! My college had great mint brownies, and they have been one of my favorites ever since then.
    Laura @ Laura’s Culinary Adventures recently posted…German Chocolate Cake PancakesMy Profile

    • Hi there, Laura! Thanks for stopping by. I agree with you…mint brownies are great anytime of year and should not be reserved just to observe St. Patty’s Day!

  28. Beutifully layered… looks so delicious!


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