Friday, October 14, 2011

Whoopie Pies

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Let me take this moment to inform you all that my mother is a fantastic baker!  Not by trade or anything like that, but by awesomeness.  And we were lucky because sometimes she would just bake because she felt like it.  My friends, that is an amazing thing.  So a couple weekends ago when I too was just in the mood to bake, I attempted one of her across-the-board favorites: whoopie pies.

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Now I’ve had plenty of whoopie pies that were not my mother’s and, honestly, they just don’t do it for me.  They’re either not chocolatey enough or the cream is bland… something is always off.  So I was extremely pleased to see that, even though I don’t even have a mixer, these came out just as I remembered them!

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Whoopie Pies

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In a large bowl cream together: ½ cup shortening and 1 cup sugar.

Add in: 1 egg and 1 cup milk.

In small bowl mix together: 2 cups flour, ½ cup baking cocoa, 1 tsp. baking soda.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

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Drop spoonfuls of batter onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

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{Note: I know that sometimes when I’ve seen whoopie pies in stores they are really kind of big, but this recipe is richer, so I’d advise against making them any bigger than this.}

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Bake at 400° for about 8 minutes.

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Allow for them to cool completely before adding the filling.  Now my mother’s recipe for the filling is the best and I personally think it’s because she adds Fluff to it… which is apparently only a New England thing.  So it may be kind of hard to find depending on where you live.  I was able to find a small container of ‘puffed marshmallow cream’…

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…which is essentially the same thing.

Whoopie Pie Filling

¾ c. shortening or ½ c. butter (or a combination!)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. fluff
¾ c. powdered sugar
drizzle of milk (if needed!)

**Fair warning**  Like any great recipe, my mom sort of eyeballs it.  These are just guidelines for what she uses.  I had to use some more powdered sugar, but I was also mixing it by hand which meant the filling wouldn’t get as fluffy.  So play around with the combination until it tastes good.

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Delicious success!  Enjoy!!!

4 comments:

  1. These look great,I need to try them :)

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  2. those look fabulous!!!
    and i had no idea fluff was a new england thing.
    just proof that i dont travel enough.

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  3. We sell whoopie cookies kind of like this at work & my mum loves them so i've emailed this post to her :) x



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