One of my favorite desserts as a child were moist, chewy moonpies that I would get on special occasion from my great-grandma Dolly. She didn’t make hers by hand, but rather bought them from Mrs Bairds (still my favorite breadstore). The moonpies Grandma Dolly bought were filled with marshmallow and came in five flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana, and lemon–chocolate being my favorite of course. The kind I purchase at Mrs Bairds come covered in a thick icinglike coating and are easily addictive. So one day I set out to recreate these chocolate heavensents and I think I came pretty close. I left my moonpies uncoated, but you could easily melt some chocolate bark and either dip them in it or pour it over the top for a more traditional look.
Note: Some people, mostly Northerners (aka Yankees) call these delicious desserts Whoopie Pies. I told my oldest kid that and he thought I was going to spank him. Personally when I say Whoopie Pie, I think of Sister Act or Corina Corina.
2 cups white sugar
1 c shortening
1 c cocoa, unsweetened
2 egg yolks (save the eggs whites for the Homemade Marshmallow recipe!)
2 tsp vanilla
1 c milk
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
1 recipe for Homemade Marshmallows
Cream together sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating very well in between. Sift together dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Drop by tablespoon (I prefer to use my hands) onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until done. Do not overbake! Makes 16-18 cookies, which will equal 8-9 moonpies.
As each batch finishes baking, remove from oven and let cool for two minutes on cookie sheet. Then, using a spatula, remove cookies and place on cooling rack to cool completely. Once all cookies have finished baking and cooling, it is time to make the marshmallow filling.
Use this recipe for Homemade Marshmallows to make the filling to be used for the moonpies, except do not spread on cookie sheet just yet. Instead, immediately spread on one cookie, let set slightly; then cover with another cookie to create a cookie sandwich. Use a wooden toothpick to help moonpie retain it’s shape. Let set for one to two hours.
Coat with chocolate if desired. Pour the remaining marshmallow mixture into a powder sugar coated cookie sheet and spread evenly. Allow to set overnight or for four to six hours, and then cut into squares for homemade marshmallows.
Eat and enjoy the moonpies with a tall glass of milk.