recipe

WHOOPIE PIES

Hi! I’m Bourbonnatrix, of Bourbonnatrix Bakes, member of the Daring Bakers since 2011. I started blogging while looking for a creative outlet when on maternity leave with my second daughter, and have been enjoying the process ever since.

Since this time of year is especially busy for us bakers, I thought I’d go easy on you and ask you to be creative in the flavors you chose while making whoopie pies.

Whoopie pies are a cross between a cookie and a cake (not a pie!), with two round, mound-shaped halves sandwiching a sweet creamy filling.

According to Wikipedia, Whoopie pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. It is also Maine’s official state treat. The traditional Whoopie pie consists of a chocolate cake and a vanilla marshmallow filling, but pumpkin and gingerbread cake is also common enough. Want to know why they are named Whoopie pies? Check Wikipedia for the cute story!

I personally love them because of the infinite flavor combination possible. They remind me of cupcakes, but more portable and easier to eat. So while providing you with three recipes for the cookie/cake, and three filling recipes, I challenge you to come up with some delicious flavor combination on your own.

Recipe Source: Listed with each recipe.

Blog-checking lines: The December Daring Bakers’ Challenge had us all cheering – the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose… What else is there to say but “Whoopie!”

Posting Date: December 27, 2013

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE FILE HERE

Note:
As with most baking projects, be sure to take cold ingredients out of the refrigerator so they have time to warm up before being incorporated with other ingredients.

Ovens vary greatly, but be sure to preheat yours according to the recipe.

I tested these recipes using unsalted butter, large eggs, kosher salt, unbleached all-purpose (plain) flour, 2 % milk, 35 % cream, 1 % buttermilk.

Although there are whoopie pie pans available, I do not own one nor did I test the whoopie pie recipes using one. My preferred method to make whoopie pies as round and uniform as possible is to use an ice scream scoop with a release mechanism. It simultaneously measures a consistent amount of batter and dispenses it on the baking sheet in a uniform shape. You may, of course, just push the batter off a spoon using a second spoon or your finger.

Most recipes call for about a ¼ cup (60 ml) of batter per “cookie”. Using that much batter makes very large whoopie pies. Be sure to leave enough room between cookies on the baking sheet as they will spread some. I usually use about 1 tablespoon of batter per “cookie” to make more manageable treats.

I find that the more the batter sits, the smoother the top of the baked cookie is. (i.e. by the time I bake the second or third tray of cookies, the tops of these cookies are much smoother than the first batch)

I prefer to use a piping bag and decorating tip to pipe the filling on the bottom of one cookie before topping it with another. A spoon can also be used to plop filling onto the cookie, or it could be spread with a knife. Try to match the cookies with their closest partner in size and shape to make assembling them easier.

Mandatory Items: You must bake whoopie pies, from scratch, and assemble the whoopie pies with a filling of your choice, made by you.

Variations allowed: As there are as many recipes as there are flavor possibilities, you may chose the recipe and flavoring that appeal to you most. You don’t have to use the recipes provided here if you want to explore different flavors.

Preparation time: Listed with each recipe.

Equipment required:
•Large bowl
•Stand mixer or handheld electric mixer
•Large baking sheets
•Parchment paper
•Wooden spoons
•Spatula, whisk
•Dry and liquid measuring cups, measuring spoons or scale
•Strainer/Sifter
•Wire rack
•Ice cream scoop with a release mechanism
•Pastry bag and tips

CLASSIC CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES WITH MARSHMALLOW CREME FILLING
Recipe source: King Arthur Flour
Servings: 8 large or 16 small whoopie pies

Ingredients

For the Whoopie Pies

1/2 cup (120 ml) (4 oz) (115 gm) butter
1 cup (240 ml) (7 oz) (200 gm) brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) espresso coffee powder, optional
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (3 gm) baking soda
3/4 teaspoon (4½ gm) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup (120 ml) (1½ oz) (45 gm) Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
2 1/3 cups (560 ml) (10 oz) (285 gm) unbleached all-purpose (plain) flour
1 cup (240 ml) milk

Directions:

1)Preheat oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2)In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, espresso coffee powder (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla till smooth. Add the egg, again beating till smooth.

Directions

3)Add the cocoa, stirring to combine.

4)Add the flour to the batter alternately with the milk, beating till smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and beat again briefly to soften and combine any chunky scrapings.

Add the flour to the batter alternately with the milk

5)Drop the dough by the 1/4-cupful (60 ml) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving plenty of room between the cakes; they’ll spread. A muffin scoop works well here.

6)Bake the cakes in a preheated moderate oven for 15 to 16 minutes, till they’re set and firm to the touch. Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pans. While still lukewarm, use a spatula to separate them from the pan or parchment; then allow to cool completely.

Bake the cakes in a preheated moderate oven

(pictured are mini whoopie pies, using 1 tablespoon batter)

Ingredients

For the Marshmallow Creme Filling

1 cup (240 ml) (6 oz) (175 gm) vegetable shortening
1 cup (240 ml) (7 oz) (4½ oz) (125 gm) confectioners’ sugar or glazing sugar
1-1/3 cups (320 ml) (4 oz) (115 gm) Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallow creme
¼ teaspoon (1½ gm) salt dissolved in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1)(To make the filling:) Beat together the shortening, confectioners’ sugar, and marshmallow until well combined.

2)Dissolve the salt in the water, and add to the marshmallow mixture. Add the vanilla, and beat until smooth. If the filling is too thin, add confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Directions 1

Assemble the Whoopie Pies

1)Spread or pipe filling onto the flat side of half the cakes (with the filling). Top with the remaining cakes, flat side towards the filling. Wrap individually, in plastic wrap, until ready to serve.

pipe filling onto the flat side of half the cakes

The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days on a parchment lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

RED VELVET WHOOPIE PIES WITH CREAM CHEESE FILLING
Recipe source: Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Servings: 18 small whoopies

Ingredients

For the Whoopie Pies

2 1/2 cups (600 gm) (10 ½ oz)) (300 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
3 tablespoons (45 ml) (3/4 oz) (22 gm) dark unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 teaspoon (2½ gm) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon (2½ gm) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3 gm) salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) canola oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 ml) buttermilk
2 tablespoons (30 ml) liquid red food coloring
1/2 cup (1 stick) (120 ml) (4 oz) (115 oz) butter, softened, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (12½ gm) vegetable shortening, at room temperature
3/4 cup (180 ml) (5-1/4 oz) (150 gm) dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup (60 ml) (2 oz) (55 gm) granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1.In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2.In a small bowl, whisk together the canola oil, buttermilk and red food coloring.

3.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and shortening until smooth. Scrape down the bowl and add the sugars. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl then mix on low speed for a few more seconds. Do not over mix.

Directions 2

4.Turn the mixer to low. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk mixture, in three separate additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix on low speed for a few more seconds.

5.Cover with plastic wrap and chill the batter in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Cover with plastic wrap

6.While the batter is chilling, preheat the oven to moderate 350°F/180°C/gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

7.Remove the batter from the refrigerator. Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 1-inch (25 mm) apart. Bake in a preheated moderate oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. Let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling.

Ingredients
For the Cream Cheese Filling

3 cups (750 ml) (13 ¼ oz) (375 gm) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup (120 ml) (1 stick) (4 oz) (115 gm) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces (225 gm) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon (1½ gm) salt

Directions:

1.Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.

2.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is completely smooth. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.

3.Add the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until smooth. Be careful not to over beat the filling or it will lose structure.

(The filling can be made 1 day ahead. Cover the bowl tightly and put it in the refrigerator. Let the filling soften at room temperature before using.)

Directions 3

Assemble the Whoopie Pies

1.Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down (flat side facing up)

2.Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie.

Use an ice cream scoop

(cream cheese filling pictured on a pumpkin whoopie pie)

3.Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling.

4.Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie.

5. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days on a parchment lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator
(Mini whoopie pies are pictured with standard American buttercream frosting as a filling. Cream cheese filling will be much looser and will not hold its shape if piped.)

VANILLA WHOOPIE PIES
Recipe source: FoodNetwork Magazine
Servings: 8 whoopies

Ingredients

2 ¾ cups(660 ml) (11-2/3 oz) (330 gm) flour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) baking soda
¾ teaspoon (3¾ gm) baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) (4 oz) (115 gm) butter, softened
1 1/3 cups (320 ml) ( (10-2/3 oz) (300 gm) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) vanilla
1 large egg
2/3 cup (160 ml) buttermilk

Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and vanilla with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy; beat in the egg. On low speed, beat in the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk in 2 batches; beat until just combined.

Ingredients

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 16 mounds of batter onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches (50 mm) apart (about 2 tablespoons (30 ml) batter per cookie); gently form into rounds with damp fingers and smooth the tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to moderately hot 400°F/200°C/gas mark 6. Bake the cookies until they spring back when pressed, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Bake the cookies

OLD FASHIONED VANILLA FILLING
Recipe source: Baked Explorations, by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Servings: way more than you actually need to fill the whoopies

Ingredients
1 cup (240 ml) (8 oz) (225 gm) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) (1 oz) (30 gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
1/4 cup (60 ml) heavy cream (about 35%)
1 cup (2 sticks) (8 oz) (225 gm) unsalted butter, cool but not cold, cut into ½-inch (15 mm) cubes
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract

In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

Ingredients

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until cool, at least 7 minutes. (You can speed up the process by pressing bags of frozen berries or frozen corn against the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.) Reduce the speed to low and add the butter; mix until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. You can’t overbeat this mixture. Just let it go until it’s nice and smooth.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl

Add the vanilla and continue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, put the bowl in the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.
Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips: In my experience, all whoopies freeze really well, and some of them are better frozen Smile

Additional Information:
Gallery of yummy looking whoopie pies : http://www.tastespotting.com/search/whoopie+pies/1 or http://foodgawker.com/?s=whoopie+pies (each picture should lead to a recipe)
History of the whoopie pie on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoopie_pie

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*