Fat Tuesday Special: Healthy moon pie recipe

12 Feb

As you may or may not know, I was born and raised on the Gulf Coast. And, people along the Gulf are avid celebrators of Mardi Gras. So, as I sit here writing this right now, I am simultaneously daydreaming that my neck is covered in beads as I catch moon pies that are thrown at me, but instead I am in my office writing and researching the day away. Since it is midterm and my time is kind of tight today, I decided to have a fun post today to those who may want to celebrate Mardi Gras, and eat a moonpie. Naturally, since my posts are about healthy living, I will give the low cal recipe so you won’t have to feel guilty for splurging on a Tuesday (although this particular Tuesday it will not be frowned upon). So, check out this recipe below from www.vegetariantimes.com (only 101 calories per pie) and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Makes 20 cookies

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup bittersweet chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup marshmallow cream, such as Marshmallow Fluff

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cream together sugar and butter with whisk until smooth and sugar begins to dissolve. Whisk in egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Add melted chocolate and cocoa, and mix until smooth. Stir in flour with wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Do not overmix.

2. Transfer batter to resealable plastic bag or pastry bag fitted with small round tip. Trim ½-inch tip from corner of resealable plastic bag, if using, with scissors. Squeeze 40 1-inch dollops of batter onto baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes, or until tops look dry and smooth. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

3. To assemble: Spoon ½ tsp. marshmallow cream on bottoms of 20 cookies. Top with remaining cookies.

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