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Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies, made popular by the Amish, are a dessert sandwich made by enclosing a vanilla frosting between to chocolate cake-like cookies.  This recipe has been modified somewhat from it's original Amish version however, mainly to substitute a healthier fat for the shortening that was initially called for.





Whoopie Pies (Printable)


Cookie Outside

2 cups sugar
1 cup soft butter or lard
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar + enough milk to make 1 cup)
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease well with butter.  

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter.  Mix in eggs.

In another large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing after each addition.

Add the vanilla extract and mix well.  

Mix together the baking soda and hot water, and add to the batter, mixing well to incorporate.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, one inch apart, onto one of the cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  

Meanwhile, prepare the second cookie sheet in the same way.  Once the first sheet has finished baking, place the second sheet in the oven.  Remove the cookies to a rack from the first sheet, and drop more cookies onto it to be ready to go into the oven once the second sheet has finished.  Proceed this way until all the batter has been used.

Spread filling (below) onto the flat side of one cookie, and top with another cookie to make a sandwich.

Filling Inside

2 egg whites, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, softened

In a large bowl, mix together egg whites, milk, vanilla, and 2 cups of the powdered sugar.  Then add remaining sugar and butter.  Mix well, until the frosting becomes thick and creamy.

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