Monday, February 20, 2012

Homemade Mini Moon Pies

Mardi Gras is a fun holiday for us. I know that it's not as big of a deal in other parts of the U.S., but we are right in the middle of  Mardi Gras country! To our east is Mobile, the official birthplace of Mardi Gras, and  to our west is New Orleans, the place best known for it {sometimes} wild Mardi Gras ways! It is such a big holiday were we live, that the kids get three days out of school for it!

We usually celebrate by going to a local {very family friendly} parade. The boys love all the decorated floats, catching beads, listening to the marching bands, and eating yummy Mardi Gras snacks. Besides the traditional King Cake {which must be from the fabulous Paul's Pastry Shop} that we eat every year around Mardi Gras, we also LOVE a Moon Pie. These sweet treats are so yummy, and they are even better if you catch them at a parade! Unfortunately we missed our usual parade because of storms that came through on Saturday...so no parade caught Moon Pies for us! I decided making some homemade ones would be a fun replacement, and I'm sharing the step by step for those of you who can't get your hands on a store bought Moon Pie!
 Start with some really easy ingredients: graham crackers, marshmallow creme, and chocolate. 
 There technically isn't any cooking in this recipe...just melting and assembling:)
Start by using a small round cookie cutter {mine was 2 inches in diameter} to cut your graham crackers into circle. Each cracker should make two rounds.
 Put a good dollop of marshmallow creme on one graham cracker round and then sandwich it together with another cracker. This is easiest to do if you put the marshmallow creme into a ziploc bag and then squeeze it out onto the crackers! Place them in the freezer to chill while you melt the chocolate.
 Toss the graham cracker sandwiches into the melted chocolate and use a fork to turn and coat them. Lift them out of the chocolate and tap off any excess chocolate then place them on foil to harden.
 These aren't exactly the same as a traditional Moon Pie. The crackers are a little bit crunchier, and the chocolate isn't quite the same but they are a pretty close match without a whole lot of effort...and they taste really yummy!
How do you celebrate Mardi Gras?!?
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23 comments:

Amy's Cooking Adventures said...

Cute! And they look so much better than the original moon pies!

AikoVenus said...

So cute and so simple - I never really thought of making these but you make me want to try! ^^ I haven't had a moon pie in years!

Erin said...

Oh yum! They look delicious!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

What a yummy looking moon pie!!
I bet the kids love them :)

Foursons said...

They sound delicious! I've never had a King cake. What does it taste like?

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Moon Pie, a definite Southern staple!! :) How cool that you came up with your own recipe--they look delish!

Paula said...

Would you believe that this southern girl has never had a Moon Pie? Your recipe is simple and looks like a delicious treat.

Kmama said...

Yum! That all sounds pretty easy too. We might have to give it a try!

Angie said...

These look so good! I love this idea! We don't celebrate Mardi Gras. Maybe we should change that!

Nichol said...

Oh my gosh how simple! I love doing the peanut butter treat, my kids will love this!

Kelli said...

Oh.my Kelli! At first I was not sure if I liked moon pies but these pictures have changed my mind completely! YUM! Last night we had pizza and lemon bars for dessert (out of a box...gasp!). It was nice.

Richella said...

I was born and reared in Tennessee, so I LOVE Moon Pies! I've never even thought about making my own--what a great idea!

Tina @ Babycakes Blog said...

That's so cool that they are that easy! I definitely have to try that. I just made Oatmeal Cream Pie Cookies and those would go great with them.

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Maria said...

These look so great!!! Would be a perfect snack for a party!

Angela said...

looks yummy =)

Lindsi B said...

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Janiece said...

So glad that Tip Junkie introduced me to your blog.
I can not wait to try to make the moon pies.
I made my first 3 kings cake this year. My son in law is from Argentina and his family had always celebrated 3 kings day.
I love finding new tradions especially when they come with recipes.

Janelle said...

How fun! This is such a great recipe and will definitely satisfy that sweet tooth ;)

Candace Salisbury said...

What about the crease in the graham cracker, will it still make a round and not break? Planning this for my Sept 29th "Harvest Moon" Partey' and this is the best and easiest one I have seen so far :)

Candace Salisbury said...

What about the crease in the graham cracker? Will it still make a round and not break at the seam? I am making these for my Sept 29th Harvent Moon Party and these will be perfect ...thank you

Kelli W said...

Hey Candace. As long as you are careful when cutting the circles you shouldn't have a problem. I found that if I twisted the cookie cutter some to get it started it was less likely to break. Hope that helps:)

Candace Salisbury said...

Thank you Kelli :) I am looking forward to these, I will let you know how they went over

Candace Salisbury said...

and what chocolate should I get?

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