Men are from Mars…

Awhile ago there was a book that was pretty popular called Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Personally, I’m from planet Earth and I didn’t speak either of those languages. If you are wondering what the book was about, it was a relationship book basically saying that men and women are from different planets when it comes to expressing how they feel and how they love. Basically a crock of shit. But, it made the author very rich…good for him.
When I saw this recipe I thought, maybe I should move to Mars because these sounded wonderful! They are a take on the Southern treat called Moon Pies(which I have never had but would like to). The traditional kind are sandwich cookies and these are more open faced. You could however make these into a sandwich cookie if you would like. I really love the use of the graham flour as it gives the cookie that graham cracker taste. I made smaller ones(shocking) than what the recipe called for and they turned out great. The marshmallow is wonderful and I plan to use it in a cake someday. And I already used the chocolate-caramel ganache in my Bailey’s cake so there are many ways to use the different components of these cookies.
If this is an indication of what life is like on Mars, maybe I really should move there. :)

Mars Pies
Chocolate-Caramel Ganache
Chocolate-Marshmallow Filling
Chocolate Coating

All recipes follow


1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-grain graham flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
Cream butter and sugar together, about 3 minutes until fluffy.
Add both flours, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until thoroughly incorporated.
Roll dough out to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured flat surface.
Using a 3 ½ inch diameter cookie cutter, cut out six cookies(I used just a small biscuit cutters since I wanted mine smaller and got 14 cookies).
Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the cookies completely on racks before covering with ganache.

Chocolate-Caramel Ganache

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream
10 caramel candies, unwrapped

Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat the cream and caramels over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the caramels have melted completely. Pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and stir until melted.

Chocolate Marshmallow Filling

1 ½ envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
6 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder

Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whit the gelatin into ½ cup of the cold water. 
In a medium saucepan, heat the sugar, corn syrup, remaining ½ cup of cold water, and salt with out stirring until it reaches the soft-ball stage, registering 234 to 240F on a candy thermometer.
Add the warm sugar mixture to the gelatin mixture in a slow, thin stream, stirring continuously on low speed. Increase to high speed and beat about 5 minutes, until the mixture has thickened and cooled. Reduce the speed to low, add the cocoa powder 1 TBSP at a time, and beat until incorporated.

Chocolate Coating

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Microwave the chocolate in a bowl for 1 minutes on  medium-high. Stir, and if the has not completely melted, keep  microwaving for 30 second intervals. Stir until smooth.

To Assemble the Pies:

Place the cookies on a baking sheet covered with waxed paper, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies. Spread a ¼ inch-thick layer of ganache on top of each cookie and refrigerate about 10 minutes, until set. Spread a layer of marshmallow filling(about 2 TBSP) over the ganache, it will flow over the edges of the cookie. Spoon about 2 to 3 TBSP of the melted chocolate to cover each cookie completely. Refrigerate the cookie about 10 minutes, until the chocolate layer has hardened. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between each layer.

Adapted from The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman


  1. Peabody- I’ve been reading your blog for months now, and never realized you live in Seattle…Where do you live? I live on Queen Anne…crazy small world. Where did you go to culinary school? I went to South. Any way, I just had to say hello from a fellow seattleite. And by the way- these little Mars pies are precious.

  2. That looks amazing. I want it.

  3. Mars, Venus – Earth wherever you decide to serve these I’ll follow you like a lost puppy for one of these treats. These look too good!

  4. Peabody,

    As a Yankee transplanted to the South, let me just tell you that no Moon Pie ever LOOKED as good as your cookie, and I HIGHLY doubt they taste anything close to as good as yours do.

    Don’t try the Moon Pies….you’ll be disappointed!

  5. Those look really good – but probably not for breakfast.

  6. Peabody,

    I live in KY (the edge of the south) and I’d be happy to send you a real moonpie if you send me your address. They are not very good cold, but if you warm them up so the marshmallow gets all gooey…mmm, heaven.

  7. Ooooo…those look good.

  8. I have been reading your blog for several weeks (forget how I got here). I love it. Your concoctions look wonderfully scrumptious, and your photography is great. I have one question: do you really bake all this stuff? And do you eat it? And do you weigh 10,000 pounds (I’m gaining weight just looking at the pictures)? Well, that’s three questions, but you get my drift. –Susan

  9. You never disappoint!! I have had moon pies before, but this looks soooo much better!

  10. Kelly’s right. After these, I’d think you’d be very disappointed in a Moon Pie. Hope you stay on earth as mars is a very long trip.

  11. It does look like a most delicious UFO…one I’d love to eat!!

  12. First of, don’t you dare move to Mars..Who whould satisfy my close-ups food porn addiction? Second, I shall make you B’s mom’s moon pies…all dipped in dark chocolate…to die for…and I don’t even like marshmallows that much (except roasted). Yum!

  13. See? there you go again…looks absolutely heavenly!

  14. On second thought, mars wouldn’t be so bad. When I was growing up I always thought I’d travel in space – not just be spacey.

  15. Yum! I’d follow you to another galaxy for those moon pies!

  16. OOOOOOHHHHHHH…. Moonpies! I love moonpies. These look absolutely scrumptious and somehow upscale

  17. Moonpies – what a fabulous name :) My sweet tooth is aching for a bite of this, they look amazing, your pictures are always great, but your second picture is especially good.

  18. haha, I couldn’t agree more – what a frivolous book! but this mars pie looks sensational :0)

  19. This is one masterpiece! I just wanna link the screen!

  20. I think I’ll be moving to Mars too, I want some of these.

  21. Too good to believe. What a great new recipe. Wonderful pictures…great post…Di

  22. If you have any leftovers here on Earth, I’d be happy to help. I haven’t had a good moon pie in years!

  23. Perfect timing friend; my team is working over the weekend and this “Peabody” just SCREAMS “end of quarter sweet treat for the sales operations team”!

  24. That first picture looks so incredibly delicious. Usually this is not the kind of cookie I would like but you’ve made it sound and look pretty damn good! Especially that cookie on the bottom.

  25. Peabody, I just love your concoctions! Those Mars Pies look fabulous. I love Moon Pies (It’s a nostalgia thing.), but these look sooooo much better.

  26. Oh my goodness, that does look like a heartstopping treat! let’s all move to Mars. When’s the interstellar flight?
    P.S. I read the book, but I don’t remember a thing he said.

  27. These look friggin delicious… and I’m so glad to hear that you also think the book was a crock!

  28. Those cookies looks awesome.Like always…I really appreciate your amazing gift to made sweet baked good

  29. These are the sorts of treats I could eat a dozen of before even beginning to realize I needed to feel guilty. They look fantastic. Love your blog.

  30. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Way to go – it looks fabulous!

  31. The edition of the book I have doesn’t have a photo. Now I know what the recipe looks like. Thanks!

  32. That book was cr*p haha
    But..your ganache is gorgeous :)

  33. WOW!! SOooooo delicious. Never read the book, guessed it was crap, but not these this dessert! Delicious – like someone else wrote, makes me want to lick the screen!

  34. wow. those. look. AWESOME.

  35. Delicious!

  36. omg those look heavanly! really really out of this world!

  37. Wow. I’m a Southern gal, and I have to say that these look better than ANY moon pie I’ve ever laid eyes on!

  38. How did I miss these?

    Now that’s a cookie I could get cozy with. I love the marshmallow and I can’t wait to see what you do with it in a cake.

    Beautiful – as always =)


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