Moonpies are a Southern snack that dates back to 1917. Although they come in many flavors, this version adds festive sprinkles to the classic combo of graham cookies, marshmallow filling, and chocolate coating.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Carson Downing

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40 mins
8 mins
1 hr
1 hr 48 mins
20 sandwich cookies


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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl beat the 1/4 cup shortening and the butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugars and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs and as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets; flatten slightly.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove; cool on a wire rack.

  • Spread bottoms of half of the cookies with Marshmallow Filling. Top with bottoms of remaining cookies, bottom sides down. Arrange on a tray; cover and chill 30 minutes.

  • In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and the 2 Tbsp. shortening over low heat, stirring occasionally. (Or in a small bowl, microwave chocolate and shortening, covered 1 to 2 minutes until smooth and melted, stirring every 30 seconds.) Remove from heat.

  • Using a fork, dip cookie sandwiches in the melted chocolate mixture. Gently tap fork against rim of saucepan allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Top with sprinkles or additional graham cracker crumbs. Chill at least 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.

Marshmallow Filling

For filling, in a medium bowl stir together 2 tsp. hot water and 1/4 tsp. salt until salt is dissolved. Add one 7-oz, jar marshmallow creme, 1/2 cup shortening, and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Beat on medium until combined.

Nutrition Facts

313 calories; fat 18g; cholesterol 15mg; saturated fat 8g; carbohydrates 37g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 3g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 27g; protein 2g; vitamin a 84.5IU; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.5mg; folate 17.8mcg; sodium 93mg; potassium 85mg; calcium 13mg; iron 1mg.