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).
- 1 stick softened butter
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 cups Fluff
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Mix together
- 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.
Take cookie and spread filling as the center layer. Add another cookie on top and gently press together.