No-Bake Moon Cookies

No-Bake Moon Cookies

What you need:

ingredients for cookies displayed on a woodgrain tabletop.

For the cookie dough:

  • 1/2 cup wheat germ

  • 1-1/2 cups peanut butter (Allergen note: Nut-free butters, such as sunflower seed butter, can be used instead.)

  • 1-1/2 cups honey

  • 3 cups dried milk

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 large bowl

  • 1 spoon or spatula

  • Dry measuring cups

  • 1 tray or storage container (not pictured)

For dipping:

  • 1-1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 small bowl


What to do:

1. Measure out all of the ingredients and dump them into the large bowl.

cookie ingredients in a clear glass bowl.

2. Mix ingredients very well with a spoon. When the ingredients get too stiff to mix with a spoon, you can continue mixing and kneading the dough with your hands! a person's hand stirs cookie ingredients with a red spatula.
a person kneads cookie ingredients with her hands.

Tip: If you wet your hands, it will be easier to work with the dough.

3. Next, use your hands to shape the dough into small round balls or moons. You can also shape the dough into crescent moons!

a person rolls the cookie dough into a ball with her hands.
a finished cookie dough ball rests in a person's hand.

4. Pour powdered sugar into the small bowl. Roll each moon in the powdered sugar.

a person dips a cookie dough ball into a small bowl of powdered sugar.

5. They're now ready to eat! Store leftover cookies in a covered storage container in the refrigerator.

a person holds a finished moon cookie that is covered in powdered sugar.

Note: This recipe makes about five dozen moons.

a tray of finished moon cookies sits on a tabletop.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Missouri, is one of our NASA Space Place Library Partners. We would like to thank them for sharing this recipe for delicious Moon Cookies!

Download a PDF of this activity.


Fun Moon Facts:

  • Scientists think the moon formed when a Mars-sized object crashed into Earth.

  • When the moon formed, it was much closer to Earth. It must have looked giant in the sky!

  • The moon is getting about 1-1/2 inch farther away from Earth every year.

  • The moon is bright because it reflects sunlight.

  • There is no air on the moon. The Apollo astronauts had to bring their own!

  • The moon's gravity is only about 1/6 as strong as Earth's. When Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon in 1971, it probably landed over two miles away!

article last updated December 21, 2016
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