Monday, August 1, 2011

Whoopie Pies! A Sweet Treat!

Recently my husband celebrated his "29th" birthday again and he requested his favorite childhood treat instead of cake! He grew up on these sweet treats called Whoopie Pies! These are a East Coast treat found at every local gas station, but you don't find them at all in the south!

They are fun to make and they bake up a large batch, so there are plenty to share! I'll explain first with pictures and add the recipe at the end of the post! Above are the ingredients for the cookie part, as you can tell they are made from all the "good stuff"!
Mix all the dry ingredients together first.


Then add the wet ingredients. The batter will be thick and light brown in color...
Looks good right?
Place them on a cookie sheet. I get 9 to a pan...they will expand, so give them some room to grow! ( I use a cookie scoop for this, but you can make them as large/small as you want!)


After they are baked, move them to a cooling rack or your counter. They will be like a cakey - cookie, soft on the top with a few cracks. They bake in about 10 minutes, but make sure you don't underbake them...that doesn't work well with this recipe...

Now, it's time to whip up the filling. When you see the recipe below, you'll notice that egg whites are in the frosting. ( just a note about egg whites: they last in frosting about one week, so eat these whoopies up!) Also, you could use store bought frosting or cool whip for the frosting, but they wouldn't be as good! The frosting is what makes them so YUMMY!
This recipe makes a big batch and you could half the recipe if you didn't want so many, but trust me, you'll have folks lining up to try them!
Now, you frost the cookies on the bottom side and then place another on top, bottom side in the frosting. Make sure the cookies are cool and fill them with a generous amount of frosting. This recipe makes about 2 dozen.


Here's a side view.
And a plate full! I wrap these individually with saran wrap and keep them in the frig. They are great with a large glass of ice cold milk! I have scene lots of variations to these Whoopie Pies, but this recipe is the classic, tried and true. I hope you get a chance to try it some day soon!
The happy birthday boy!

Whoopie Pies

4 C. flour
2 C. sugar
10 T. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C. shortening
4 egg yolks
2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Filling:

4 egg whites
4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. white shortening
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix thoroughly until fluffy.

Sift together the dry ingredients. Then add the shortening, egg yolks, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth and well-blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees until set, but not crisp. When cool, put together (bottom to bottom) sandwhich-style with generous filling between. Makes about 2 dozen whoopie pies.

Enjoy!

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