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Whoopie PiesIf you are American, you may remember Whoopie Pies from when you were a child. They may have been called Moon Pies or even “gobs”. Really?…who wants to eat something called a gob? Let’s stick with the name whoopie pie because it’s more fun to say and when you, your friends or your children eat them, they are sure to say “Whoopie!!!!!!”

A whoopie pie is kind of a cross between a cake and a cookie with frosting sandwiched in between. We’ve been pretty whoopie crazy at our house lately because I have been testing (and re-testing) recipes to add to my website. Yes, my kids (and their teachers and friends) love my job!  Here I will share with you the recipes that I have found to be perfect, along with a few ideas for frostings and sprinkles that you can roll them in if you wish.

Classic Chocolate Whoopies Recipe

Ingredients to make Whoopie Pies:

  • 1/2 cup (115 g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cups (280g) all purpose flour (type 55)
  • 50 g  (1 ¾ oz) cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda (bicarbonate du soude)
  • pinch of salt
  • 225 ml (8 fl oz) buttermilk (lait fermenté)

Preparation of Whoopies:

  • Preheat the oven to 190*C/170*C for convection.  Line 3 – 4 large baking sheets with baking paper or silpat.
  • Put the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in an electric mixer bowl, or use a large mixing bowl and hand-held electric mixer and whisk together until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg.
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and stir together.  Add the buttermilk and stir until combined.
  • Using a level 5-cm/2-inch ice cream scoop or heaped tablespoon, put the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets.  Allow room for spreading.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes or until firm to the touch.  Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

When the whoopies are cold, match each whoopie half with its closest partner in size.  Spreading with a palette knife or using a piping bag, cover the flat side of one whoopie half of each pair generously with the filling. Top each with its matching half, flat-side down, and gently press together.

 

Classic Vanilla Whoopies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups (350g) all-purpose flour (type 55)
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda ( bicarbonate du soude)
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 fl oz (225ml) buttermilk (lait fermenté)

**Follow directions as indicated above for the classic chocolate whoopee omitting only the cocoa powder.

And now for the fun fillings!!!

Whoopies Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 2 cups (275g) jif peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 3/5 cup (140 g) butter, softened
  • 2/5 cup (57.5g) confectioner’s sugar (sucre glace)

Put the peanut butter and butter in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and beat together until light and fluffy.

Whoopie Pies Chocolate Ganache:

  • 150 g (5 ½ oz) dark chocolate
  • 150 g (5 fl oz) heavy cream
  • Small pat of butter (1 tablespoon)

Break the chocolate into a heatproof bowl and add the cream. Stand the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until the chocolate has melted, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat and add the butter. Stir until smooth and shiny. Leave to cool for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until firm enough to spread.

Whoopies Classic Marshmallow Filling:

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Put the butter and Marshmallow Fluff in an electric mixer bowl and whisk together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, gradually add the icing sugar. Add the vanilla and beat together for a further 3 minutes until combined.

The terrific thing about a whoopie is that the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Once they are baked and frosted, you can roll them in sprinkles, M&M’s, heath bits, toasted/chopped pecans, butterscotch chips, or anything else you can think of.

Everyone Says Whoopie

Two very happy taste testers!

If you gave those whoopies a try, tell us in the comments how they turned out !

10 comments

  1. Jaimee Iyo

    Marshmallow probably came first into being as a medicinal substance, since the mucilaginous extracts comes from the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, which were used as a remedy for sore throats. Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical purposes as well.-“:-

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  2. Stef

    Great ! thank you very much for your help.
    It will surely help me. That’s perfect. 🙂

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  3. Stef

    Thank you very much for those recipes ! 🙂
    For me, the difficulty will be to understand the quantities (to translate them into french).

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