Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whoopie Pies!

Since tonight was my weigh-in night at Weight Watchers, I shouldn't be thinking of food but I am. In fact, I am thinking about chocolate and how good Nancy's whoopie pies were...so I dug out her recipe to share with you.  A whoopie pie is made of two round pieces of chocolate cake with a mound of frosting sandwiched between them. The origin of the whoopie pie has roots in Maine and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. There is quite a debate about where they were made first but, since I'm blogging from Maine, we'll claim them for this post. No matter where the recipe originated, whoopie pies are, as we say in Maine, "wicked good".

Here is Nancy's recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cake:
Cream together:
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. shortening
Stir into above:
1 2/3 c. flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Add:
1/2 cup milk
Pour 2/3 c. boiling water over 1/2 c. cocoa - add to rest of ingredients.
Drop by quarter-cup spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 10 minutes until tester comes out clean and top springs back when touched, rotating cookie sheets once during baking. When cakes have cooled, spread filling on half of them; cover with remaining cakes.

Filling:
3/4 c. Crisco (shortening)
3/4 c. Confectioners' sugar
6 Tablespoons Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla
Enough milk to help mix in better
Mix all together in small bowl.

You can vary the basic Whoopie Pie recipe by adding different flavorings to the filling. Some people roll the edges in tiny chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or colored sprinkles. Here is a recipe for Peppermint Whoopie Pies:

And one for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, which would be fun to make for Valentine's Day.

Or, as was done in this photo from Williams Sonoma, you could shape your cake mounds into hearts before baking and do something like this with the original recipe:
If you try Nancy's recipe, I'd love for you to Comment and let us know how they turned out. However you make them, enjoy!

5 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Totally yummy looking!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Anonymous said...

Seeing these great recipes, and knowing how yummy they are, makes me think of a card
I saw at my local book store the other day.

Cover: photo of woman saying, "I'm on a tranquilizer diet"

Inside: "I haven't lost an ounce, and I don't care."

I know that card would have made Nancy laugh.
So in honor of the tranquilizer diet, have a whoopie pie..........or two!

Karen

Teresa said...

While writing down the recipe I see in the icing it calls for flour and in the indg. it doesn't call for any. Could you send the correct flour amount or whatever is missing.
Thank you.

What a beautiful way to remember your sister.

Cheryl said...

Hi Teresa,
I reviewed the original recipe to try to answer your question and can't find flour listed in the icing, or filling as I called it. There is flour in the cake. The filling has four basic ingredients: shortening, confectioners' sugar, Marshmallow Fluff, and vanilla. I may not have understood your question so, if it's still not clear, I hope you'll write back.
I'd love to hear how your Whoopie Pies turn out!

marion said...

started to make these but there is no sugar in the whoopie pie dough??? there has to be.