Meet Anastasia

“Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean that you aren’t headed for sunshine”-unknown

Hello, sweet friends…

In the current world situation feeling “happy” takes a bit of effort at times.

A friend once told me that whenever she needed to change her attitude she’d reach out in service…

helping someone less fortunate than herself. That being said said I’d like to introduce you to a tiny kitten I recently adopted at ‘Saving Grace’ a no kill pet shelter located in Roseburg, Oregon. isn’t she the cutest?

Meet Anastasia…



I’m really not sure what compelled me to bake up this dessert cookie, other than it was one of my favorite childhood cookies. I have to admit this recipe took longer than expected since I had to run out and purchase a candy thermometer…however it was well worth it!

Homemade Moon Pies


For the cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

For the filling

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 egg white, room temperature

1/2 tablespoon gelatin powder

1 tablespoon cold water

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate glaze

12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Make the cookies

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugars, and salt together with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; beat until incorporated. 

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and cornstarch together. Add it to the butter mixture and beat until fully incorporated. Gather the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Scoop 1 tablespoon sized pieces of dough and roll them into balls. Place the balls of dough 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon mat. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned.

Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make the filling

Combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar in a small saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Bring to a boil and cook to “soft-ball” stage, about 235°F. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the egg white on medium speed until soft peaks form. 

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and set aside to soften. Once the syrup reaches 235°F, add in the softened gelatin and mix until fully dissolved. With the mixer running on low, slowly pour the syrup into the beaten egg white. Add the vanilla. Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and continue to beat until stiff. (This may take around 3-5 minutes)

Transfer the marshmallow to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe a large kiss of marshmallow on the bottom side of half the cookies. Top with a second cookie to form a sandwich. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Make the glaze

Add chocolate and oil to a heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of barely simmering water. Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Working with one cookie at a time, use a fork to dip it into the bowl of melted chocolate. Flip it over to fully coat the cookie in chocolate. Tap off any excess and let it drip back into the bowl. Place the cookies on a wire rack set over a large baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.

Keep cookies stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Cookies with keep for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container.

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6 Responses to Meet Anastasia

  1. Donna Kelly says:

    Good morning….well NOW you answered the question I was going to ask you!!!! Was Anastasia her name or did you bless her with it?!!! I love her name!!! So I am sharing your new adventures with my friend , who lives alone , and recently had to put her sick cat down. She was devastated and knew she needed another being in isolation so much, also living in an apartment with no outside . So she adopted Callie! She is the happiest lady right now! I know Callie is lucky too!!!!

  2. Joe says:

    I am so very happy for you and Anastasia!
    I am so happy for your husband for the Moon Pies!
    Hope Anastasia doesn’t disturb your sleep too much

  3. Mary Jane Pike says:

    Oh Marcia,
    What a wonderful gift to love and be loved by. Now she has the best mommy in the world. Love you guys and maybe we can meet her in person someday!!! Love all of you.

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