Mile High M&M Pie - No Baking Required!

A few weeks ago my little guy and I were out having brunch when he dropped a bomb on me—he didn't want a cake for his birthday, he wanted pie. Of course he didn't want just any pie, he wanted a pie like the one he was currently munching on from our new-favorite diner in Verona.

As heart broken as I was not to make a really cool looking cake like I usually do, I realized that I could absolutely get behind making pie because they're generally less time consuming to pull together. This one takes about 20 minutes as long as you have a food processor handy, which makes it the perfect last minute take-along for one of the many holiday parties in your future. It's also a great way to use up any leftover Halloween candy you have around the house, if you haven't already devoured it all—which we all know would never happen in my house. I have absolutely never eaten all the candy before Halloween, then had to rush out and buy more.

You believe me, right?

Didn't think so... you all know I'm a glutton.

At age 6 we have officially entered the geez mom, not another photo phase... he'll outgrow it eventually, right?

At age 6 we have officially entered the geez mom, not another photo phase... he'll outgrow it eventually, right?

M&M Pie



for the crust

30 Oreo cookies
¼ cup salted butter, melted
deep dish pie plate
parchment paper

for the filling

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
⅓ cup sugar
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
plain m&m candies
6 Oreo cookies, crushed

for the topping

4½ cups Cool Whip, thawed (see notes)
plain m&m candies
oreo cookies, crushed



  • Line your pie plate with a piece of parchment paper cut in to a circle or a pre-cut parchment round (see notes).
  • Using a food processor, crush 30 Oreo cookies (including their creme centers) until they are finely crumbled. Empty in to a mixing bowl, add melted butter, then stir well. Transfer to a parchment-lined pie plate, then press firmly in to place.
  • Using a food processor crush 6 more cookies and several handfuls of m&m candies, then set aside.
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Mix until well incorporated, then gently fold in the crushed m&m candies and Oreos. 
  • Transfer filling to the pie plate, top with remaining Cool Whip, then garnish with additional crushed m&m candies and Oreos. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!


I purchased a 16 ounce container of whipped topping, used 2 cups for the filling, and the remaining amount went on top of the pie. It should measure out to be approximately 4½ cups, although you don't really need to measure—pile it on top and be done. 

Don't skip the parchment paper! I really can't emphasize this enough. Your pie crust will be next to impossible to remove when it's time to serve, especially if you've refrigerated your pie for any length of time before serving. Cut out a circle of parchment paper or buy some pre-cut parchment rounds to make things a little easier. You can find them on Amazon, I'm partial to the 9 inch parchment rounds from Regency and use them any time I make a cookie pie crust or bake a cake.

The gummy worms were a last minute addition brought on by the fact that I had some sitting on our kitchen counter at eye-level for all of my son's friends to see. They're optional, but the kids loved them and ended up devouring most of the bag while I was trying to figure out where the birthday candle had wandered off to. I didn't find that stupid candle until the day after the party—go figure.


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Minion Munch

The new Minion Movie is here, is anyone else as excited as me? We're huge fans (which probably comes as no surprise since you know I have a cute little boy running around.) I knew my son would want to watch Despicable Me before we head out to see the latest movie with grandma, so I decided to have a snack on hand that even the pickiest of minions would approve of. If it looks somewhat familiar that's because it's based on the extremely popular Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) recipe you'll find on some boxes of Chex cereal. No matter what you call it, it's the perfect base for Minion Munch. Make sure you whip up a batch before you head out to see the movie, it only takes a few minutes.

If you're planning a Minion or Despicable Me party check back next month for more great ideas. I'll be sharing all my party tips as I plan my son's 4th birthday party.

Minion Munch

Minion Munch
makes 14 or more one cup servings


9 cups Chex cereal (any variety)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup butter, salted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar (or more as necessary)
1 cup yellow and blue m&ms
2 cups banana chips
2 cups pretzels


  • Measure out 9 cups of Chex cereal and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl add chocolate chips, peanut butter, salted butter, and vanilla extract. Heat on high for 1 minute, stir well, then heat for an additional 30 - 60 seconds or until mixture is smooth. Pour mixture over the cereal and stir until completely coated.
  • Allow to cool slightly before splitting into two 1 gallon bags or one 2 gallon bag. Add powdered sugar, seal the bag, and shake until well coated. 
  • Now add your mix-ins, we used yellow and blue m&ms, banana chips, and pretzels.
  • Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes, or until chocolate has cooled. Add additional powdered sugar if the mix has a muddy look to it, then serve. Enjoy!


I picked the blue and yellow m&ms out of 2 medium bags of m&ms and had more than I needed for this recipe. A large bag will give you slightly under 1 cup. You can also purchase individual colors in the bulk bins at some supermarkets, but you'll pay a premium (my store charges $9.99 per pound.)

You can easily make this recipe gluten free. I used corn Chex cereal and gluten free pretzels for our latest batch. 

Store in an airtight container for up to a week, adding additional powdered sugar as necessary.


Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

The last few weeks have been hectic as I rush around trying to pack up my life for five weeks on the road. I love to travel, but there is an insane amount of work that needs to be done before I leave if I want to enjoy some down time and disconnect from my digital life. I haven't taken a real vacation since Christmas, so I could really use a few days to recharge my creative batteries.

To keep everything somewhat organized I've made lists. I've even made lists of my lists and for the next three weeks I'll be slowly ticking off items so I can enjoy my vacation without any worries. First up I decided to tackle a problem that has been nagging me... what I'm going to eat while I'm traveling. 

It used to be I would stop for road trip treats at the gas station and call it a day, but now that my son has joined me on my travels I've been packing a cooler with healthy snacks. Neither of us really needs that family-sized bag of twizzlers, no matter how good they taste.

I didn't want to spend a lot of time cooking, so I decided trail mix was the way to go. I picked up jumbo bags of walnuts, peanuts, and cranberries, as well as a small package of m&ms, then made enough to last a few weeks. That's one item I can successfully check off my list.

In a fit of genius I mixed up a second batch to leave with my husband (we're leaving him at home this time.) I know that if I don't leave him something healthy while I'm gone he'll revert to his college days and chow down on chicken circles and frozen burritos the second I walk out the door. At least this way I know he's eating something nutritious, in addition to every bit of junk food I don't allow in the house, but I'm not going to think about that (much) it is his vacation too.

Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix

Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix
makes 12 servings


2 cups English Walnuts, unsalted
2 cups peanuts, lightly salted
1 cup sweetened cranberries, dried
1 cup m&ms or other chocolate candy


  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix until evenly distributed, then portion out into half cup servings.


If you're having trouble finding unsalted nuts try looking in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips.