Yes, I know … they have nothing to do with Great Britain. Whoopie Pies are uniquely American, actually a New England creation. And, being from New England, I just had a craving for a Whoopie Pie (not sure why). What do you do when you want something and you just know that whatever you buy at the grocery store is not going to be as good as the ones you grew up with? Well, you get out the ingredients and make it yourself! Couldn’t be easier.
This recipe is ‘borrowed’ from Martha Stewart. Thank you, Martha. It is rich, chocolaty, cakey and delicious. I did not make a traditional marshmallow-fluff-type filling, but rather crunchy peanut butter. Just felt the need to do something different. Give this a try and let me know what you think.
WHOOPIE PIES with PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
Preheat the oven to 375°.
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tblsps. softened butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
I always gather all the ingredients and tools before cooking anything (with a cuppa, of course). It just ensures that I have everything I need before starting. Preheat the oven to 375° and grease two large baking sheets (or mold sheets).
In a mixing bowl beat together butter, shortening and sugars until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). While this is beating, in another bowl add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk well to mix and lighten.
To the butter and sugar mixture, add the egg, beat until light and fluffy. Add half the flour mixture to this, blending well. Then add the milk and vanilla. Beat well. Add the remaining flour. Beat together, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Using a rounded spoon or, as I like to use, an ice cream scoop, drop 24 equal rounds of dough onto a greased baking sheet. If you have a whoopie pie mold, that works beautifully.
Bake the cookies in the center of the oven for 12 to 14 minutes (turning the pans halfway through the cooking time). Do not overbake or they will be dry. Less is more!
When baked, let cookies cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a baking rack. While cooling, make the Peanut Butter Filling (or whatever filling you might like).
PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
3/4 cup natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 stick softened butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
pinch salt (to taste)
Using an electric mixer beat the butter and peanut butter together til smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Assemble the cookies by spreading (or piping) one tablespoon filling on the bottom of one cookie, then press the bottom of the same size cookie to it. You can certainly be fancy and pipe the filling onto the cookie bottoms (although I was too anxious to pipe this time, I’ve piped the filling ever since. It’s much neater and more professional looking).
Presto, you’ve made Whoopie Pies! Now all you need is a big glass of milk ….. or a big pot of tea!!
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References: Martha Stewart