I tried to think of something that they might like to eat, yet different than a sugar cookie.
Then remembering my favorite Moon Pie treats as a child,
I pondered just how to recreate them using an Easter theme.
I needed a marshmallow filling that would not ruin.
Kraft made it easy for me by introducing Jumbo Egg Mallows--large pastel colored egg shaped marshmallows.
Thank you Kraft!
After altering an old nutmeg cookie recipe from my Charlotte Turgeon cookbook, all that was left to do was dip them in pastel colored confectioners melts and decorate. I inserted straws into the filling of my "Moon Pies" so that they can be easily placed upright into the Baskets, but you can make them without using the straws if you like.
To make these Easter Egg Marshmallow Pies,
you will need:
- I recipe Almond Nutmeg Cookies 3-1/2" egg shaped cookie cutter
- Jumbo Egg shaped Easter Marshmallows
- Pastel confectioner's melts Vegetable shortening
- Colored Straws (opt-- to insert into basket )
- 5 Plastic disposable piping bags
- #1, #3 piping tubes
- Sparkling sugar
- Sprinkles (opt)
- Pastel candies (opt)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons Half & Half cream
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill well.
On parchment paper, roll the other half quite thin
and cut cookies using a 4" egg shaped cookie cutter.
then scraps until all dough is used.
until edges are slightly browned.
flatten the marshmallows using a rolling pin.
When cookies are ready, remove from oven.
and place marshmallows, sandwiching between two cookies;
gently press cookie on top.
Insert straw into the center off soft filling.
Set cookies aside, and allow to cool thoroughly.
Once completely cooled, you can spray a pair of clean scissors
with non-stick spray and easily cut the cooled marshmallow
even with the edges of the cookie.)
Melt confectioners melts in a chocolate pot or double boiler.
Thin melts to a glazing consistency by adding
vegetable shortening, one tablespoon at a time.
If you used straws, insert bamboo skewer into straw for support.
Holding cookie over pan, spoon melted pastel colored
confectioner's melts over marshmallow pies.
until cooled and confectioners' melts have set up.
Fill bags with melted colored confectioners melts.
Pipe lines, dots, squiggles, loops or scallops in contrasting colors.