Banana Moonpies

It’s officially Mardi Gras season, which is only the best time of the year! For the new kids around here, I live in Mobile, AL which is the birthplace of Mardi Gras. Every year, thousands and thousands of people descend upon our downtown from all over the Gulf Coast all in the hopes of leaving with a trunk full of beads, stuffed animals, and most importantly, moonpies.

(Mobile is also the only place in the world that drops a moonpie on New Years. You can’t make this stuff up, people.)

It’s been my goal to make moonpies every year since I started blogging but there are zero moonpie recipes on the interwebz and I didn’t know where to start. Finally a chocolate moonpie recipe popped up and I was able to adapt it to make my favorite kind: banana!

Banana moonpies are one of those things that you love or you hate. The coating has that fake banana taste (think banana Laffy Taffy) that seems to bother a lot of people but I adore it and I’m not above an elbow to the ribs if I see a banana moonpie coming towards me at a parade. Yeah, don’t stand by me.

This recipe, while not difficult, did take all day. You have to make dough, chill dough, bake dough, cool dough. Then make marshmallows, pipe marshmallows, cool marshmallows. Then you have to melt coating, use coating, cool coating.

But it’s so worth it. They taste exactly like the store-bought moonpies but better because homemade marshmallows make everything better.

Banana Moonpies

adapted from Food Network


For the dough:
12 tablespoons butter
¾ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
For the marshmallows:
¼ cup water
¼ cup light corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon confectioners gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the coating:
12 ounces white chocolate, chips or chopped finely
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ teaspoon banana extract


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