Moon Pies

While I was doing some research for the jambalaya that I made earlier this week, I also came to find out that Moon Pies are a very traditional part of Mardi Gras. Having never been in New Orleans for the celebration, I had no idea. As it turns out, Moon Pies are typically thrown from the parade floats out to the crowd. Believe it or not, I’ve never eaten a moon pie. I see them in the store all the time, but for some reason it has just never occurred to me to try one. Since I’m on a bit of a Mardi Gras roll here, I thought it would only be fitting to include some homemade moon pies in the celebration. While the traditional moon pies have two cookies with marshmallow filling in the middle, the ones I saw at the store (research!) were all double-deckers – cookie, marshmallow, cookie, marshmallow, cookie. Covered in chocolate. I decided to go the all-in, double-decker route. Shocking, I know 😉

These are actually pretty easy to make; it just takes some time getting all of the pieces together. The cookies are basically a sugar cookie made with all brown sugar instead of white, so they have a little bit of a sweeter flavor. The marshmallow filling is homemade, which I LOVE! You do use uncooked egg whites that are warmed up with the boiled corn syrup but if you are nervous about the eggs, I would encourage you to buy pasteurized eggs. I can usually always find them at the grocery store. And then of course the chocolate coating. I just spooned the melted chocolate over the cookies a couple of times so that it ran down the sides and covered most of the cookie. I love the ones where I can see cookie and marshmallow peeking out!

I absolutely adore these cookies. At first I thought the marshmallow filling may be too sweet when I tasted it by itself, but it’s perfect when melded together with the cookies and chocolate. I think these should be an everyday type of treat, not just a Mardi Gras treat. I’m going to start campaigning now :)

One year ago: Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Moon Pies

Yield: About 18 double-decker moon pies

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


For the Cookies:
8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt

For the Marshmallow Filling:
2 egg whites
Pinch cream of tartar
Pinch salt
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

For the Chocolate Coating:
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
¼ cup vegetable oil


1. To Make the Cookies: With a mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar and beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium, add the egg and the vanilla extract, and beat to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour and the salt, and mix just until a soft dough forms. Divide the dough in two, shape into disks, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line at least two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside. Working with one disk at a time, roll out the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch diameter round cutter, cut out the rounds and place them on the prepared baking sheets, about ½ an inch apart. Refrigerate the cookies (on the baking sheets) for 10 minutes.

3. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on the pans for a couple of minutes, and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

4. To Make the Marshmallow Filling: Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the the egg whites with the cream of tartar and the salt until firm peaks form, gradually increasing from medium-low speed to medium-high speed as the egg whites gain volume. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil the corn syrup over high heat without stirring until it registers 230 to 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer (thread ball stage). Slowly drizzle the hot corn syrup into the egg whites and beat at high speed until glossy, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, beat in the vanilla extract and the powdered sugar.

5. Using either a pastry bag or a spoon, mound about 1½ tablespoons of marshmallow filling into the center of a cookie. Top with another cookie and press lightly to spread the marshmallow to the edges. Add another mound on top of the second cookie, and top with another cookie, again pressing slightly to spread the filling to the edges. Repeat with the rest of the cookies.

6. To Make the Chocolate Coating: Using a double boiler or in the microwave on 50% power and in 30 second increments, melt the chocolate and vegetable oil together until completely smooth. Place the assembled cookies on a wire rack set over a sheet of wax paper. Spoon the melted chocolate over each cookie so that it runs down the sides and covers most of the cookie. Allow to set at room temperature for about 2 hours (or refrigerate to speed up the process). Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from Food and Wine)


108 Responses to “Moon Pies”

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  1. Erica on March 4, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I love moon pies! Ever since I moved to Minneapolis I haven’t been able to buy them. I will be making these soon. :)


  2. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on March 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

    I used to love moon pies as a girl, but they were always the one from the store. So I’m sure this version would be just simply amazing.


  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 4, 2011 at 6:06 am

    My mom would absolutely love these! I am pretty sure that moon pies were her favorite growing up.


  4. VeggieGirl on March 4, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Oh man! Classic treat :) Love it.


  5. Happy When Not Hungry on March 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

    These moon pies look beautiful! I love the marshmallow filling and will definitely have to try. Lovely photos too!


  6. Lori on March 4, 2011 at 6:50 am

    My father will love these! Thanks for posting


  7. Lynn on March 4, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for sharing! I never knew Moon pies were part of mardi gras! Interesting…I knew they were a southern thing though!! Love these!!


  8. Katrina on March 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

    These look divine! Great recipe.


    • Caroline on March 7th, 2011 at 7:08 am

      Will try to make these, look great


  9. Blog is the New Black on March 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

    AWesome recipe, great pics!


  10. Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It on March 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Nothing is better than a warm moon pie!! In fact Southern Living magazine even made a Moon Pie Banana Pudding a few years ago that is wonderful too!


  11. oureyeseatfirst on March 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

    youre taking me back to my childhood and i love it! wonder if that marshmallow fluff stuff is any good?


  12. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on March 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Yum! These look awesome! I’ve also never had a moon pie, but now I might have too!


  13. rebekah on March 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

    growing up in the south these became a staple for me! i was saddened when i moved to southern az and couldn’t find them! i can’t wait to make these now!!! yum!!!


  14. Angela @ Mind Over Batter on March 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Your moonpies look Amazing! I wasn’t really allowed to have many sweets as a child, and was ultimately disappointed when I tried my first moonpie. These may change my mind!


  15. CathyN on March 4, 2011 at 10:14 am

    You are an evil, evil woman!! LOL, just kidding of course! Moon pies are my favorite and my weakness; next to chocolate & peanut butter, Texas sheet cake, ice cream, oh well, I have a lot of weaknesses! Growing up in the Deep South, moon pies were almost a staple. I’ve tried to stay away from them as an adult, every bite goes straight to the hips, I won’t even look at a box in the store. I never even thought about home made. I will definitely try them!


  16. Tina from Pa on March 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    You just made my husband a very happy man!!! I can not wait to make these for him! Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe!


  17. Robyn on March 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

    i’ve never heard of moon pies before, guess i’m too far north (toronto!). sounds almost like a s’mores cookies, with a vanilla cookie instead of a graham cracker. anything with marshmallow and chocolate gets bookmarked by me!


  18. Georgia on March 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Just as a short cut, could you use Marshmallow crème or fluff instead of making it yourself?


    • Michelle on March 4th, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Hi Georgia, Sure you could do that.


  19. Paula on March 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The only thing I’ve eaten similar to these were *Wagon Wheels* when I was a kid. Your moon pies look great and interesting to know that they are a big part of Mardi Gras. I’d rather catch these than beads!


  20. Lindsey@ Lindselicious on March 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

    These look amazing! I didn’t know these were originally associated with Mardi Gras either… This is going on my list to try!


  21. Gabby@foodchowdown on March 4, 2011 at 11:35 am

    wow these look great. these were my favorite snack from little debbie (i think) growing up and sometimes they wouldn’t sell them all the time.


  22. chris on March 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Wow! and so pretty too! My daughter would love these … this is one cookie I will definitely be trying out. Thanks for sharing.


  23. Michelle on March 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Question, can you use brown syrup instead of corn syrup?? And they look yummy.


    • Michelle on March 4th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Michelle, I have never used brown syrup, but if you have used that substitute before it couldn’t hurt to try!


  24. Joy on March 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I love love love love moon pies. I get them all the time. I can’t wait to try this.


  25. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner on March 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    SO cute!!! 😀



  26. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on March 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Love the light marshmallow filling of moon pies! These look like the perfect treat :)


  27. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on March 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    These look super tasty! I love that you made them double deckers. I think I’ve had little Debbie-type moon pies before, never homemade!


  28. Jess Wakasugi on March 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I always see these in the gas stations but have never had one either. I think I’d like the homemade variety a little better :)


  29. The Chocolate Priestess on March 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Could you dip the cookies? Or flip them over once dried and cover the rest with chocolate?


    • Michelle on March 8th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      You could try dipping them, but just be careful, especially with the double-decker ones. I thought that dipping/flipping them might cause the cookies to slide off the marshmallow filling.


  30. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a tempting little cookie! These look delicious, Michelle. Thanks for sharing the recipe and inspiration for Mardi Gras!


  31. Maria on March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Um-these look awesome! Can I have one?


  32. Lauren from Lauren's Latest on March 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I didn’t realize how easy these were! Yum! I’ll have to try these out.


  33. The Farmers Wife on March 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I’ve never had a moon pie before either! But they do look scrumptious! I think my little guy would just love these!


  34. Sunny @ on March 4, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Try putting them in the microwave for about 15 seconds! Yum! Girl, all you need now is an ice cold RC soda! Moon Pies and RC are a great childhood memory by brother and I have with our grandparents.


  35. Kathy Diaz (foundbaking) on March 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and mouthwatering! I had no idea moon pies are traditional mardi gras treats. Beautiful shots!


  36. Sharlene on March 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I cannot say enough about how much I love moon pies. Homemade version here I come! Looks sooooo good!


  37. carolyn on March 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    good for you! these are perfect! i can only imagine how delicious they are…


  38. Pudding Pie Lane on March 4, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    These are beautifully photographed, so amazing! So yummy looking too, I wish I could taste them! :)


  39. Amy on March 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I might try to make these this weekend. Yum!


  40. Susan on March 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Love me some Moonpies! My girls even have a MoonPie shirt.

    Your pictures are amazing – great work! Susan


  41. Kealy on March 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Ohmygosh. I won’t eat store-bought moon pies because they use gelatin in the filling, which isn’t strictly vegetarian. You are my dessert craving savior! I can’t wait to try them–and share them with my other vegetarian friends!


  42. Kate @ on March 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Anything that includes a marshmallow filling is a yummy treat for me! These cookies sound fantastic!


  43. Kat @ Cupcake Kat on March 5, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I’ve never had a Moon Pie. This recipe may be my ticket to trying then


  44. Johnna on March 5, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I flew through the Nashville airport last week and noticed a large display of Moon Pies. I had not thought about them since I was a kid! Thanks for the recipe–they look better than the original and I can’t wait to give it a try!


  45. Anzelle @ Scrambledpancakes on March 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’d love to make these, but I can never find corn syrup. Is there anything I can use in its place? I notice you talked about brown syrup, what is it? I guess our ingredients differ a little over here in SA.


    • Michelle on March 8th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Anzelle, You could try brown rice syrup, cane syrup, or also mix your own using 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup per 1 cup called for in a recipe.


  46. Diane@Simply Sweet on March 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve never had a moon pie, either. I’m thinking this Mardi Gras is the perfect time to try one!


  47. Sandra on March 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Sign me up for that campaign!


  48. Hannah {Oven Hoots} on March 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

    could these look any more perfect? they remind me of those korean choco pies i used to eat!


  49. Cate on March 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

    YUM! Can’t wait to try these! They’ll make a different Easter treat!


  50. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on March 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Oh yum Michelle. I’ve never heard of these, but they look delicious. What’s not to love. Bookmarked and stumbled.


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