The Little Epicurean

Feb 20 2012

Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies

Have you heard the saying, sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?

It took me a while to figure that out as a child.  Math was always my favorite subject in school.  And in math we are taught that the whole is supposed to be equal to the sum of its parts.  It doesn’t make any sense, until you eat these cookie moon pie things and finally understand.

I found these cookies in the February issue of Bon Appetit.  Its two chocolate oatmeal cookies sandwiched together with marshmallow fluff and drizzled with a little melted dark chocolate.  Its heaven and hell all in one bite.  This whole moon pie is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

These are definitely not for the faint of heart or the occasional dessert eater.  These moon pies are more for the refined palate of a major sweet tooth.  It has everything I look for in a dessert- crunchy, chewy, sweet, tart, and of course, chocolate.  Its the hidden tart cherries and toasted pecans that make these cookies so addicting.

You can thank Chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon in New Orleans for these goodies.  This month’s issue of Bon Appetit is all about Southern soulful food.  There are a lot of great savory dishes that I’d love to make.  Better yet,  I’m a bit tempted to visit Georgia or South Carolina for some good comfort food.

Especially with Mardi Gras tomorrow, these are the perfect cookies to indulge in before Lent begins.

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Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies

Yield: makes about 18

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla paste

14 oz marshmallow cream (fluff)

chocolate dipping sauce

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.  In another bowl, toss together oats, dried cherries, toasted pecans, and chocolate chips.  Set aside.

3.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Mix until incorporated.  With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry flour mixture in three additions.  Mix until just blended.  Fold in oat mixture until evenly distributed.

4.  Use a 1 oz ice cream scoop or 2 tablespoons to scoop out balls of dough.  Arrange dough onto a parchment lined sheet tray.  You should end up with 36 pieces.  Gently flatten each ball of dough with the palm of your hand.

5.  Bake cookies for 12 minutes.  Rotate the sheet trays and then back for another 6 minutes until cookies are golden brown and the center is still slightly soft.  Let cookies cool on sheet trays.

6.  Once cookies have cooled, spread 1 tablespoon of marshmallow fluff on the bottom of 18 cookies.  Pair the remaining 18 cookies with similar size/shape bottom cookies.  Sandwich the cookies together.

7. To make the chocolate drizzle sauce, bring the cream to a boil.  Place chopped chocolate and honey in a medium bowl.  Pour hot cream over chocolate.  Let mixture stand for 1-2 minutes.  Cover with plastic wrap to kept warmth inside.  Then stir mixture until chopped chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

8.  Drizzle chocolate over prepared cookie sandwiches and enjoy.

 

   

17 Responses to “Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies”

  1. February 20, 2012
    4:39 pm
    Tina says...

    These do look like a delicious yet sinful indulgent treat! It looks like the cookies alone would be tasty,but the addition of the fluffy center and the drizzle on top really amps up the flavor. Your pictures are fabulous-yum!

    • Many thanks, Tina! I had a couple left over cookies and not enough fluff so I made them into ice cream sandwiches! It was just as delicious!

  2. February 20, 2012
    6:25 pm
    Kristina says...

    these look fabulous! I’m craving one already, definitely saving this recipe! I love all of the ingredients in these, chocolate.. cherries..oatmeal… fluff…these sound delicious!

    • Thanks, Kristina! I love cherries and chocolate, especially chocolate covered cherries which would go well with these cookies too :)

  3. February 20, 2012
    7:03 pm

    These look so delicious with so many awesome ingredientas! So much craving (and the fact that there is oatmeal means I can eat 5 at lleast :D)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Surprise Choc Cookies + Choc Truffle Chunk Muffins

    • I like how you think! Since there is oatmeal in the cookies, it also means you can have it for breakfast :)

  4. February 20, 2012
    7:22 pm

    I LOVED that edition of Bon Appetit and love seeing when someone makes one of their recipes; I have so many pages earmarked in that one and can’t wait to try these too!

    • I just got the March issue and am in love all over again. There’s never enough time to try out all the recipes!

  5. February 20, 2012
    10:07 pm
    Liz says...

    Oh my gosh–these need to be in my mouth, now. Gorgeous photos and I bet they tasted phenomenal.

    • Thanks, Liz! They tasted amazing. I can’t wait to make them again :)

  6. February 20, 2012
    11:40 pm

    I like your sentence about “the refined palate of a major sweet tooth.” I feel so dignified about myself now.

    Also, these look amazeballs.

    • Feel proud of yourself, Katherine. Its hard work having a sweet tooth. Glad to know I’m not alone :)

  7. February 21, 2012
    7:25 pm
    Simply Tia says...

    These are so delicious looking!!! Well done.

  8. February 24, 2012
    4:22 pm
    doublexuan says...

    Thanks for basically putting all my favorite ingredients into one dessert and making me really hungry now :(

  9. March 2, 2012
    4:36 pm

    yes, I want to indulge with these

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