Tennessee is home to some of the tastiest treats this side of the Mississippi. We have the Volunteer State to thank for Goo Goo Clusters, Nashville hot chicken, Memphis-style barbecue and Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey. You can also add Moon Pies to the list!
What Is a Moon Pie?
A Moon Pie is a packaged snack consisting of marshmallow creme sandwiched between graham cookies. The whole thing is then dipped in chocolate, which makes this treat very similar to a s’more in terms of flavor.
Moon Pies are made in Chattanooga, Tennessee and are popular throughout the South. These cookies first came onto the scene back in 1917 when a coal miner told a Chattanooga Bakery salesman that he’d like a snack as big as the moon. Soon after, the bakery started to produce the treat we know and love, according to MoonPie.
Our Moon Pie Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jar marshmallow creme
3 packages (10 ounces each) chocolate chips
Step 1: Make the cookie dough
Start by creaming together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy—about 5 to 7 minutes. Once fully combined, scrape down the side of the bowl and then add in the egg, molasses, honey and vanilla extract. Beat again until well mixed.
In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed ingredients.
Divide the dough in half. Press each portion into a disk and wrap tightly before refrigerating for an hour, or up to overnight.
Step 2: Roll out the dough
Next, it’s time to grab your rolling pin. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough out until it’s about 1/8-inch thick. Cut with a 2-inch round cookie cutter.
Place the cookies on a sheet pan leaving about two inches between each round. Bake at 350ºF for 9 to 11 minutes or until the cookies are just set and slightly golden around the edges.
Remove the cookies from the pan and allow them to cool on a wire rack completely.
Step 3: Fill with marshmallow creme
When the cookies are totally cooled, it’s time to layer on this cookie’s signature ingredient: marshmallow creme.
Spread a tablespoon of marshmallow fluff onto half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies. Once assembled, chill the cookies in the freezer until the filling is set—about an hour.
Step 4: Coat with chocolate
Dip each sandwich cookie into the melted chocolate—be sure to dunk the whole thing! Then set the cookies onto a wire rack so the excess chocolate can drip away. Move the cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set.
Editor’s Tip: Because this Moon Pie recipe yields about 40 cookies, you will want to melt the chocolate in batches. This will allow you to dip cookies without the chocolate seizing up or getting hard.
How to Serve Moon Pies
Moon Pies are delicious on their own or with a cold glass of milk. You can even use Moon Pies to create other treats like this Moon Pie pie.
However, many Southerners will tell you that there’s no better match for a Moon Pie than an RC Cola. These two sweets became known as a “working man’s lunch” in the 1950s since the duo could be purchased for just 10 cents. The combo gained further acclaim thanks to the song “Gimme An RC Cola and a Moon Pie” by Bill Lister. Today, you can even attend a festival dedicated to this treat in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.
No matter which way you want to enjoy a Moon Pie—homemade or store-bought—we’re certain that you’ll enjoy its s’mores-like flavor and gooey marshmallow center.
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