Today I’m featuring a delicious heart shaped moon pie recipe from Tidy Mom in honor of Mardi Gras!! In various places in the gulf coast, Mardi Gras is celebrated for months leading up to Fat Tuesday with parades and balls. Growing up I loved going to the parades or being in the parades. At the parades generally there are a series of floats, and people throw moonpies, beads, candy and stuffed animals. I loved catching the moonpies! They are so tasty. I was so excited to find this incredible recipe by Tidy Mom. I pretty much followed her recipe exactly with only a few adjustments:
1. I made them into hearts in honor of valentines day using my favorite heart shaped cookie cutter. 🙂
2. When I rolled out the cookie dough, I made it a little thinner than the recommended 1/4 inch. As a result, I had a lot of extra dough that I just baked and served as plain ole cookies. I liked the cookies thin, so if I made this recipe again I would probably cut the dough ingredients in half.
3. After the cookies had sat at room temperature for a few hours, I refrigerated them over night. That really helped to set the chocolate.
A few general notes/observations:
>These are super messy but totally worth it.
>Tidy Mom mentions this is her recipe notes, but it is really hard to find Graham Flour. There was only one super market in all of San Francisco that had it. I would recommend calling around to the supermarkets in your area before you go looking for it.
>The cookies themselves are a little bit denser/not as soft than I remember the real mardi gras parade moon pies being, but I love them just as much.
>Did I say these were messy? Prepare yourself. You will literally get marshmellow creme and chocolate all over yourself and your kitchen. It’s kinda fun.
>This would be a really fun recipe to make with kids, but I would caution against letting them help with the chocolate drizzling step. The chocolate can get very hot, and you have to be very careful not to burn yourself.
Thanks so much to the Tidy Mom for making this incredible recipe!
P.S. Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day recipe that’s a little easier and not as sweet as the moonpies? Check out my favorite Valentine’s Day sugar cookie recipe:
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