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Mother’s Day is past now. And I’ve come to believe that it is a hard “holiday”. I had a conversation with my mom and sisters the other day. My mom said that she had read this article that said that most women don’t like Mother’s Day. You hear stories and stories about moms that do it all. Moms that have perfectly dressed and behaved children. Moms whose kids only say cute and witty things. Kids who spend the day pampering mom while she gets to take the whole day off, napping, being fed, and reading a book. Women hear these stories. And they read hundreds of them on the internet. And it makes women think that they aren’t good enough.

The truth of the matter is that motherhood is messy. It’s full of dirty laundry and bathrooms, cooking, cooking and more cooking, homework, fixing boo-boos, stopping fights, cleaning up (usually a bazillion times a day), dirty diapers, spit up, fingerprints, and nothing remaining your own anymore. Anyone who says that motherhood is only happy times and well behaved children is full of it. And unfortunately, in today’s world, it is much too easy to read the blogs and compare your life to other people’s lives. Mom guilt is a very real thing, and I think that in today’s world, it’s only getting worse and worse because it’s so easy for us to share our lives and to look into the lives of others.

I was talking to a mom whose youngest son just turned one. I asked her if they did anything for his birthday, and she told me that she felt guilty because they just went to dinner with some friends, and then went back home and had cupcakes and sang him happy birthday. She said she had read a blog where the mom was preparing for her child’s first birthday. The birthday was still 3 months away, and she was already gung ho – making decorations and planning this elaborate party. Seeing this online mom’s preparations, and knowing that she didn’t do anything but have cupcakes for her son – all led to mom guilt. But then she said that she thought back to when she was a kid. She didn’t have a million pictures growing up. She didn’t know when she took her first step, or what her first word was. And she never remembered having a big birthday party – only family get togethers. And guess what? She turned out to be a happy, well-adjusted woman with great memories from her childhood.

Life isn’t perfect. Motherhood isn’t perfect. And just because you see it online, that doesn’t make it true. And I think that is what Mother’s Day was about to me this year. Taking stock, and realizing – yeah, I think I’m doing an ok job. Yes, I let my son eat rice krispie treats for dinner last night, but does that make me a bad mom? (Ok, maybe if I did that every night, it would, but we were helping my sister to prepare a party, and I just needed to keep him happy!) But my kids are healthy. They are (mostly) happy. They may not speak 3 languages, or know how to read by the age of 3. I may not throw elaborate birthday parties, or take them on world-wide adventures. But I love them. And I know they love me. And that’s all that really matters.

Do you know what else isn’t perfect? These cookies. I’ll admit – I really struggled with the recipe for a couple of reasons, but I think I got it all figured out for you. These cookies are ooey and gooey and super messy. But boy, are they delicious! These are cookies that you want to serve with lots of napkins. The marshmallow creme filling oozes out, so you won’t want to fill the cookies until just before serving them. And my cookies were slipping and sliding, but nothing that a little re-adjusting didn’t fix. And even though they are messy, they are totally worth it!


Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies
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The oatmeal pie gets a makeover! A cherry and chocolate studded oatmeal cookie sandwiches a marshmallow center with a chocolate drizzle.
Serves: 18 sandwich cookies
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (7-oz) jar marshmallow creme
Chocolate drizzle
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the oats, cheerries and chocolate chips.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, just until combined. Remove bowl from mixer and add in the oat mixture. Stir in with a wooden spoon.
  4. Form the dough into 36 balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough each. Divide among the baking sheets. Press the balls down gently until they are about ½-inch thick. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, rotating the pans once, or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets.
  5. When the cookies are cool, spread the bottom of 18 of the cookies with marshmallow creme. Sandwich with the remaining cookies.
  6. Put the chocolate and honey in a medium-sized bowl. Heat the cream until boiling and pour over the chocolate. Let the mixture stand for 1 minute, then stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Drizzle over the cookies.
  7. -----------------
  8. adapted from Bon Appetit February 2012

Check out these other fun twists on the moon pie:

Gingerbread Maple Moon Pies from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Caramel Moon Pies from Fahrenheit 350
Dulce de Leche Moon Pies from Confections of a Foodie Bride
Coconut Moon Pies from That’s So Michelle

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36 Responses to Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies

    • Cindy says:

      What a wonderful post and so true! I have a three month old and I have felt bad because I see people doing these week to week photos of their kids holding little signs and guess what I tried to do one of those month to month frames last night and had trouble decifering which photos where month two or three! LOL Guess what no one will know except me if I get if wrong.

  1. What a sweet post and I totally agree with you. All that matters is that our kiddos know we love them and that we keep them generally safe and healthy without going crazy doing so. I have never been a big party person, as a matter of fact, sometimes I keep birthdays super low key (like a family dinner) just so I keep my kids in check. I think if they have elaborate parties every year they wouldn’t appreciate it.

    Your cookies sound wonderful. I just love oatmeal moon pies and your homemade version is such a great recipe!

  2. Oh my goodness, I would like to reach into the screen and grab one of these right away! They look soooo good!!

  3. Katrina says:

    Mmm love the look of these!

  4. grace says:

    i’m digging the marshmallow middle! i don’t mind a mess every once in a while. 🙂

  5. Mmm, the way that these are oozing with sweet goodness is making me VERY hungry. Yum!

  6. Mmm, mmm, mmm! I want one of these right now!!!

  7. Well said. Comparing ourselves to others is far too easy and it does steal joy and contentment from our own little blessed lives. Those pies have me drooling!

  8. Oh my goodness – that drizzled chocolate looks heavenly! These look great!

  9. Lauren says:

    Wow these look amazing! This is going on my baking to-do list.

  10. They look great! Marshmallow ooze is never a bad thing!

  11. Barbara says:

    Loved this post. So true!
    Also think, as a mother (and grandmother) someone ought to have made me these sticky moon pies!

  12. This is a cookie I could love. Moms are definitely to hard on ourselves. You’re a great mom!

  13. I couldn’t agree more, Deb. Being a mom is the toughest job I’ve ever done. It’s rewarding, yes, but it doesn’t come without feeling guilty, comparing ourselves to other moms and and a need to do more or be better. Thank you for writing this, it’s just what I needed this morning! Hope you had a beautiful day yesterday with your family!!

  14. Jessica says:

    This cookie looks so yummy, but what I really love is what you wrote about moms. Thanks for being real and not sugar coating every day of motherhood. Its a rollercoaster ride, and I just hope to savor the ups! Happy mothers day to you!

  15. Cassie says:

    These cookies do look perfect to me. I love the drizzle! My nephews love moon pies, they will go crazy for these!

  16. Oh how I needed to read this post. Thank you. I feel that mommy pressure, too. I try to ignore it and overall, I am pretty good at that 🙂 But sometimes I’m like, really? You child speaks 4 languages and he’s…5?

    On lighter matters, I LOVE oatmeal creme pies. Me and Little Debbie are BFF’s 🙂

  17. This is such a fantastic post, Deborah – one that every mother should read. We truly put too much pressure on ourselves to be “perfect”. When it comes down to it, at the end of the day, all our kids really want is our time and our love. Okay, and may some of these moon pies! 🙂

  18. Great recipe, Deborah! These look so delicious.

  19. Stephanie says:

    I totally agree with you. Thanks for sharing the other side of motherhood that people just don’t talk about.

    I just helped plan a birthday party for a five year old. The neighbor kids and his cousin came over to watch a kid’s movie and there were cupcakes. That was all! No elaborate party planned or fifteen billion gifts. He was super happy and grateful all day and that’s all that matters!

  20. OMG – these look amazing! Bookmarking this to make ASAP!

  21. These look so delicious, Deborah! I love the marshmallow ooze.

  22. Great post Deborah! It’s so easy for us to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves (or our kids) to others.

    The cookies look awesome! Moon pies are on my list of alltime favorite foods.

  23. Messy cookies are good cookies! My kiddos would love these. You are right as motherhood can be very messy sometimes.

  24. Joanne says:

    This is such an honest, awesome post and not just for moms but for everyone! It’s so easy to compare yourself to other bloggers…with their beautiful scenes and seemingly endless counter space and food props…but it’s just not realistic for everyone and it doesn’t have to be. Real life is messy. It just is. End of story. And you know what? I was not reading by the age of 3 and I turned pretty okay if I do say so myself. 😛

    LOVE these cookies! moon pies are the best.

  25. Kim Bee says:

    I love the honestly in this post. My Mother’s Day consisted of a rare argument with my daughter that almost ruined our day, the same daughter blowing out her achilles at soccer, my son working and my hubs out of town. I also went to the cemetery to visit my own mother. So while we had some fun going to a movie and ordering dinner there was also lots of everyday angst. All in a typical day here.

    Since I just rambled on like a lunatic can I just say “me likey” to this fantastic recipe.

  26. Wonderful post, Deborah! I can completely relate to what you say. My twins are almost 2 and they have me going day and night lately. I just keep telling myself that there is always tomorrow to do the laundry, mop the floor (for the tenth time) etc… Thanks for sharing your story and these beautiful cookies!

  27. Sandwiched cookies are always the best. You get more cookie ratio in every bite!

  28. I’m a sucker for any kind of cookie, but oatmeal are my favorite! I love sandwich cookies too!

  29. Kristy says:

    My daughter owned this post on my phone yesterday and was practically trying to eat these through the screen! 🙂

  30. Nicole@Classic-Hymns.com says:

    Those look amazing. I wonder if you can gain weight looking at the picture!

  31. Emma says:

    These look absolutely delicious! You can never get enough of marshmallow creme. Who’s with me?!

  32. Stephanie says:

    I really like your post, I had a similar conversation last week-end with my mom and sister in law and we came to the same conclusion 😉
    I really like those cookies, they look goooooood and yummy 😉 Have a great day!

  33. Chels R. says:

    Mommy Guilt definitely sucks, but I think eating one of these cookies would erase all my guilt for a couple of moments, LOL! I really need to try a moon pie at some point in my life, lol! Maybe I’ll be making these soon enough for my kids to make a big messy mess with, haha!

  34. Mercedes says:

    These look so wonderful and I love the idea of packaging them individually in wax paper like it appears that you did in your photos! I always find that the messiest things usually taste the best!

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