• Chocolate Mint Eclair

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by kdrausin in Cooking.

    Think Thin Mint Blizzard! Yum!

    Day 3 of St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza!

    Today I learned a very important lesson… read the entire recipe carefully the night before or the morning of baking. No, I didn’t forget any ingredients. I had that checked off my list two days ago. What I didn’t realize was that this recipe needed 2 hours in the refrigerator. Ooops. And I discovered I had to add those two hours to my baking time just as I remembered Kai’s orthodontist appointment that I also didn’t make time for in my day. Ooops again.  What I thought was going to be a quick dessert turned out to be hours in the kitchen… after the orthodontist appointment.

    If you like Andes mints or Dairy Queen’s peppermint Blizzard. You’ll love this dessert. It feeds a crowd. Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

    Chocolate Mint Eclairs

    Serves 9-12
    Prep time 30 minutes
    Cook time 2 hours
    Total time 2 hours, 30 minutes
    From magazine PIL Cookbooks

    Ingredients

    • 1 box Whole Chocolate graham crackers
    • 1 container (8 ounces) Frozen whipped Topping
    • 3 cups Lowfat milk
    • 2 (4-serving) packages vanilla instant pudding
    • 1/2 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract

    Optional

    • 6-8 drops green food coloring

    Frosting

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon milk
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    Frosting (Optional)

    • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Directions

    Step 1
    Grease a 13x9 baking dish and line the bottom with graham crackers. I used 7 whole crackers and a half. As tempting as they are don't eat too many. You're going to need the entire box.
    Step 2
    Whisk the milk and the packages of pudding.
    Step 3
    I would suggest making the pudding a darker green because the white whipped topping will make the mixture lighter. Add drops until you get your desired color.
    Add the food coloring and peppermint extract.
    Step 4
    Fold in the whipped topping. I was tempted to add some cream cheese to this mixture. Alas our cream cheese was out of date... way out of date. Maybe next time.
    Step 5
    Spread half the pudding mixture on top of the crackers.
    Step 6
    Add more crackers. Cover the giant pan of mint chocolate goodness and store it in your fridge for two hours. Now, go fold one of those piles of laundry strewn across your bed.
    Step 7
    For the frosting: Melt the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Stir in the milk and cocoa. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, powdered sugar and peppermint extract. It tastes just like melted Andes mints.
    Step 8
    Pour the frosting over the graham crackers and place it back in the refrigerator for 15 or 20 minutes. If you try and cut it right away after pouring the frosting you will have a big mushy mess. Decorate your masterpiece for St. Patrick's Day and enjoy!

     

     

     

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