Friday, July 2, 2010

Sugared Cinema: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

It all begins...with a choice.

Well, Bella?  What's it going to be?  Berry cobbler or mushroom ravioli?

The Volturi don't have all day!

Quick exercise:

Raise your right hand if you've read all of the books.
Raise your left hand if you have a Twilight-related t-shirt.
Now, stand up and sit down repeatedly if you waited in line for an hour to see any of the movies.

If I'm the only person doing The Wave at this point, I should probably seek counseling.

In celebration of, what is quite possibly, the biggest guilty pleasure franchise in movie history, we'll be making...

Moon Pies!
Or Eclipse Pies, as I like to call them.

Adapted from a recipe by Gale Gand
(you can make your own marshmallows or use store-bought.  I opted for the shortcut.)

Here's what you'll need:

12 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
bag of marshmallows
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter until it's like butta.

Add in powdered sugar and blend together well.  Add in the vanilla and give it another good whirl.

In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa powder, cornstarch and flour.  With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. 

Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form it into a disk.  Wrap it up and put it in the fridge. 

Let it chill for a few hours or overnight.

When you're ready to start baking, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Okay, this is where things got a tad bit tricky.  The original recipe says to roll out the dough on a floured surface.  Unfortunately, the dough was extremely fra-gee-lay and kept sticking to the pin after a few rolls, no matter how much I floured it.

Instead, I rolled the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet and flattened them with the floured bottom of a drinking glass.

Voila, people.

Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes.  You can let them cool on the baking sheet.

Decrease your oven temp to 300 degrees.  Put half of the cookies on a baking sheet (or remove half from the existing sheet) and place a marshmallow on each one, flat side down.

 Pop them back into the oven and heat them until the marshmallow is warm and puffy, about 5-6 minutes.

Take them out of the oven then immediately place one of the remaining cookie halves on top, flat side up.  Squish it down until the marshmallow spreads out to the edges.

 One more step and we're done, promise.

In a double boiler (or in a bowl set over simmering water), melt the semisweet chocolate and the vegetable oil, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Remove the chocolate from heat.  Dip each cookie in the chocolate, making sure to cover the entire sandwich.  Transfer the moon pies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

These took a long time to set.  The chocolate was still wet the next morning.  I put them in the fridge and they hardened up nicely but next time, I might use a different type of chocolate.  

I wonder if chocolate candy melts would take away from the authenticity...

We'll ponder that later.  We have Eclipse pies that need to be wolfed down (ha!) and there's an army of newborn vampires tracking our whereabouts.

Considering the bump in the rolling-out process, these turned out pretty good!  The cookie layer is crispy, like a chocolate graham cracker and the chocolate/cookie/marshmallow ratio is spot on.

Come on, Edward.  You need to eat.

Have a happy weekend, everyone.


  1. Vampire schmapire. But I want one of those Moon Pies.

  2. AHAHAHA! I love the fra-gee-lay in there. Is that italian?

    I must admit, I am so twilighted out even though I have never read a book or seen any of the movies.

  3. Wendi - you're close by. I'll drop a shmoon pie in the box.

    Celia - "Je bois ton sang." I drink your blood...muahaha.

    Margie - LOL! Understandably, my dear. Mike's happy that I've moved on from Edward. Now Severus Snape is a different story...

  4. Oh, Severus, that sexy, sexy man. Can Alan Rickman do no wrong?!

  5. I'm doing the wave too! Geeky, but nice to know when you're not alone :) Though as's almost getting overdone (though they sort of have to, when half the cast isn't supposed to age!)which is conveniently timed with Harry Potter's return! November.....

  6. Margie - No, he cannot. Wait, I mean...yes, he can do no wrong. You know what I mean, damn it!

    Melinda - we can form our own tiny wave. And yes, November can't get here soon enough.

  7. These look so good...must make them NOW. I love sugared cinema fridays!

  8. I LOVE THEM!!!!! I'm doing the wave with you. This one was actually good! I was surprised at the midnight screening with teenagers screaming team Malfoy.

  9. Oh my wow.. Making these tomorrow first thing and that's all there is to it. No ifs ands or buts... Now about the chocolate.. I'm going to suggest instead of using vegetable oil, to use solid shortening and sorta melt it together at the end. (Put crisco just as the chocolate is almost all the way melted). Its 'setting up' properties usually work better than straight up veg. oil. :) Love your site! Today's was fantastic..go T.E. ;) (yes, also doing the mini wave here...)

  10. Thanks Christa Rose!

    Rick - I'm terrible. The movie has been out, what, 5 days and I *still* haven't seen it.

    MBC - thanks for commenting and offering some much-needed advice! I will definitely try using Crisco next time - 1/4 cup oil was entirely too much. Let me know how they turn out :D The wave is steadily growing...

  11. oh my what a cute post, I love the treat so fitting for the occasion...


  12. Love this post!!
    I'll admit I'm a fan-pire!!
    I've read all the books and waited an hour in line to see the movies!! In fact I think I need to go see Eclipse again!!
    Your eclipse pies are just too awesome!!

  13. Crisco yes! The 1/4 cup could be tooo much.
    I'd just add Tablespoons until you like it.

  14. Waow, you're my new hero and these are my new favourite treat !

  15. i learned that if you roll out dough between 2 sheets of parchment, the dough will always come out great. then you can use the parchment on the pan and they easily come off the sheet too; no sticky situations here!

  16. Sweetlife, Valerie, Ash - thank you! :F

    Anonymous - I'll give the Crisco a try next time I make these (perhaps when Breaking Dawn comes out?)

    medora - thanks for the tip! I do that with my rolled sugar cookies but didn't try that with these. Next time...

  17. Really didn't like Eclipse. The movie only served to remind me how much the book pissed me off. I can't come out of that installment of the story with any respect for any of the characters at all anymore. Hate.

    Just sayin.

    Amanda loved it, of course.

  18. Made these for a bake sale coming up on Tuesday. To say my dough was fra-gee-lay would be an understatement. Course part of that was my own fault...after 2 days of baking, all that was left in my fridge was I-Can't-Believe-it's-not-Butter. I ended up just hand patting my dough into circles--couldn't even do the flatten trick. But the rest of it all went pretty smooth. I used crisco too and everything is all firm. Didn't try one since I only came out w/ 15...cookies? cakes? pies?...but the look pretty good. Hope they sale well.

  19. Liam - LOL! You're not a Bella fan, are you? You know teens. Can't live with them, can't push them off a cliff in La Push.

    Shanbanan - hi there, thanks for stopping by for a bit :) ICBINB or not, that batter was incredibly delicate so I wouldn't say you're at fault. I'm glad the remainder of the process panned out for you. Good luck and have fun at the bake sale - I hope you're able to sample one before they're gone.

  20. I'm actually not much of a marshmallow dessert person, but I do live in TN and Moonpies are local. So I thought homemade ones would go well, but I didn't try one. AND THEY DID! Sold out completely on them. One man bought 10 of the 15 pies. My mom got one and was very impressed. I'm keeping this recipe and doubling it next time. Many thanks

  21. Woo hoo! That's fantastic! I'm so glad the bake sale went well and that your mom was able to snag one before they sold out :D

  22. how are we only just now meeting?! twi-fan. willy wonka fan.

    jesus wept.