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Pretzel and Potato Chip Moon Pies

These grown-up moon pies are made with shortbread cookies loaded with blitzed-up pretzels and salty potato chips.

Pretzel and Potato Chip Moon Pies
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By Sohla El-Waylly, Bon Appétit

“Little Debbie’s chocolate marshmallow pies were my favorite packaged treat as a kid,” says Sohla El-Waylly. “I’d carefully separate the layers with a butter knife, toast the marshmallow on a fork over the gas burner, then sandwich it all back together. Even as a kid I knew that desserts are better with a bit of extra-toasty flavor. That’s why I’m obsessed with these all-grown-up moon pies. The shortbread cookies are loaded with blitzed-up pretzels (for that extra toastiness) and salty potato chips—the perfect contrast to the sticky-sweet marshmallows and half-dip of bitter dark chocolate.” The dough will look dry at first, but it will come together with a bit of kneading. Don’t worry about overworking it—with all that butter and the fat from the potato chips, there isn’t much opportunity for gluten to develop.


Ingredients

  • 1cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½" pieces

  • 1cup lightly crushed small pretzels

  • 1cup lightly crushed potato chips

  • ½cup (100 g) sugar

  • ½tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt

  • 1¾cups (219 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 18large marshmallows

  • 4oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, bars, or wafers (disks, pistoles, fèves), coarsely chopped

  • 2Tbsp. refined coconut oil

  • Pretzel salt or flaky sea salt


Special equipment

  • A 2"-diameter cookie cutter



Preparation

Step 1

Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°. Pulse butter, pretzels, potato chips, sugar, salt, and 1¾ cups (219 g) flour in a food processor until clumps form. Turn dough out onto a surface and knead gently to bring together.

Step 2

Roll out dough on a lightly floured sheet of parchment to just under ¼" thick. (If it feels very soft, cover and chill 20 minutes before proceeding.) Punch out rounds with lightly floured cutter. Transfer rounds to a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 1" apart. Gather dough scraps and repeat rolling and cutting process until no dough remains (you should get 36 rounds). Divide remaining cookies between 2 more parchment-lined baking sheets.

Step 3

Working in batches, bake cookies, rotating baking sheets top to bottom and front to back halfway through, until golden brown, 10–12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer half of the cookies to a wire rack. Let cool completely.

Step 4

Meanwhile, turn over cookies remaining on baking sheets and top each with a marshmallow, flat side down (make sure marshmallows stand up evenly or sandwiches will be crooked). If your oven has a convection fan, turn it off and bake cookies until marshmallows are softened and beginning to puff but not brown, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven and top with cooled cookies, letting weight of cookies gently push marshmallows to the edges. Let cool at least 1 hour.

Step 5

Melt chocolate and oil in a small heatproof bowl set over a small saucepan of barely simmering water (do not let bowl touch water), stirring occasionally, or melt in a small microwave-safe bowl in a microwave in 20-second bursts, stirring between bursts. Dip half of each sandwich cookie in chocolate, then sprinkle top of chocolate sides with pretzel salt. Chill cookies 15 minutes to harden chocolate before serving.

Do ahead: Cookies can be made 2 weeks ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

See more at Bon Appétit

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