Sweet Thursday – Whoopie Pies

Music: To Build a Home – Cinematic Orchestra (this goes out to all the FNL fans out there – or Chivas Regal fans).

I spent my summers in Maine (at band camp, no joke – and my band camp friends are right now screaming “it was MUSIC camp!”) and understand how Mainiacs feel about Whoopie Pies. My grandfather is from Maine.  I don’t actually know if this is one of his favorite things but it reminds me of him.  They have somehow been associated with him since I was a little girl.

Before I got married, my friend Melissa contacted all my friends and family and asked them to contribute to a wedding cookbook. She gave it to me during a tea party she hosted and it was one of the few things that really made me tear up. In it was a recipe for Whoopie Pies. Later, I looked closely at the recipe and realized it was from my Grandfather’s Mother, my Great-Grandmother, Alice.  Maybe it is, in fact, one of his favorite things.

What you’ll need for the cookie:

1 cup of sugar
½ cup of shortening
2 eggs
2 cups of flour
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. of baking soda
½ tsp. of salt
4 tbsp. of cocoa
2 tbsp. of vinegar
¾ cup of milk
1 tsp. of vanilla
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whip together sugar, shortening, and eggs. Let sit for a few minutes.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa,
  • Add vinegar, milk and vanilla to the sugar mixture.
  • With an electric mixer, add the flower mixture to the sugar/shortening mixture. Do not overbeat.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Drop generous teaspoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool on cookie sheet until cool enough to frost.

What you’ll need for filling: (I’m listing two. One has the traditional fluff while Alice’s is a simple cream filling – you decide).

Fluff Filling:

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 cups Fluff
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Mix together

Cream Filling:

  • 3 ½ tbsp. flour
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • pinch of salt
  • In a double boiler, cook mixture until bubbly. Let it cool completely.
  • Once cooled, add ¾ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • Beat with electric mixture until soft peaks form.

I don't know why it's blue!

Take cookie and spread filling as the center layer. Add another cookie on top and gently press together.


Filed under Chocolate, cookbooks, Dessert, Food Anecdotes, Recipes, Sweet Thursday

2 responses to “Sweet Thursday – Whoopie Pies

  1. molly

    this is exactly what I want to eat right now..mmm..mm

  2. Pingback: Food, Glorious Food! « My Heart, New York

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