Celebrate The Day Man Landed on the Moon By Making Moon Pies With the Kids

July 16, 2020

July 20th in national Moon Day!  It commemorates the day in 1969 that Armstong and Aldrin landed on the moon and proclaimed "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind".

In President Kennedy's speech to Congress, on May 25, 1961, he expressed a concern that the United States was falling behind the Soviet Union in technology and prestige. He challenged the nation to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.  On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

Moon Pie Recipe (Yields 2 dozen pies)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter or margarine and white sugar.
  3. Add egg, evaporated milk, and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Add flour mixture slowly to sugar mixture while stirring.
  6. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  7. Drop the dough onto greased cookie sheet by rounded tablespoonfuls.
  8. Leave at least 3 inches in between each; dough will spread as it bakes.
  9. Bake in for 6 to 8 minutes, until firm when pressed with a finger.
  10. Allow cooling at least one hour.
  11. In a medium mixing bowl, blend together 1/2 cup butter or margarine, confectioners' sugar, flavored extract, and marshmallow creme.
  12. Mix until smooth.
  13. Assemble pies by spreading 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls of filling on the flat side of a cookie crust, then covering with the flat side of another cookie.

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