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Baking, a Love Story

Have Fun Making Whoopies!


Whoopie pies actually have a short but sweet history at my house.  I am not from the East Coast where they are a well loved traditional treat, nor did my grandmother make them from an old family recipe.  I had never even heard of them until a few years ago when I saw my first whoopie pie on Unwrapped, via the Food Network, and was mesmerized.  How could you not be glued to the tube when your chocolate cookie fantasy was right before your eyes?!

Cookie, cake, chocolate and marshmallow cream all in one handy package seemed too good to be true. Forget about Waldo…Where in the world were the West Coast Whoopie Pies being sold?  I Googled and to my dismay I couldn’t find a local bakery that sold whoopie pies so I decided to settle for a packaged variety called a Moon Pie and quickly clicked through to buy them.

The day the UPS guy came was very exciting, and I ripped open my box to discover 50 individually packaged MOON PIES!  50…did I really order 50?!  That was shocking.  I ate one, and was satisfied, but not blown away.  I guess that’s because they weren’t REAL whoopie pies.  Real whoopie pies, are cakey, not crispy like the Moon Pies were, and let’s face it nothing packaged ever holds a candle to something homemade.

I was a bit disheartened and real whoopie pies were starting to seem like make believe akin to unicorns or leprechauns until I found the All-American Cookie Cookbook.  It had a picture perfect whoopie pie jumping off page 119.   Of course, I went immediately into baking mode, and yes that was the cookie I had been dreaming of.  Dark, devilish, cakey and soft with a rich, moist crumb, and if that didn’t alone make it the Golden God of cookies…it also had a smooth, creamy marshmallow center.  DIVINE.

So this is where my personal whoopie pie story gets cemented into my mom memory as one of those, “I have the greatest kids” moments.  One, sad, sick day when I was feeling very sorry for myself and moping about in bed, out of the blue I smelled something chocolatey wafting up to my room.  Was I dreaming?  Had the cookie fairy really come after all these years of  believing?  Actually, my then 13-year-old son was baking whoopie pies to cheer me up.  Teenage boys are normally seen glued to video games or ipods, but my son was making me, “Hope you feel better soon,” whoopie pies.  Maybe some of my momness had worn off on the kid.  Wouldn’t you know it, but after the whoopies, I was really starting to feel much better.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies
from The All American Cookie Book
2/3 c. unsweetened American-style cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t baking powder
2 c. all-purpose white flour
3/4 t. salt
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/4 c. vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 large egg
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. sour cream

Marshmallow Filling
1/3 c. white vegetable shortening
1/3 c. unsalted slightly softened butter (5 1/3 tablespoons)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 t. vanilla extract
1/8 t. salt
1 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cover several baking sheets with silpats (rubber baking mats) or parchment paper.

Cookie: In a stand mixer or medium bowl, cream together butter, shortening and brown sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, creaming together.   In a separate mixing bowl, put in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk together or sift for a smoother batter.  Pour 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, turning the mixer on low to cream.  Add 1/2 of the sour cream and then cream together again and repeat until the dry ingredients and sour cream are incorporated.  Using a small ice cream scoop,  place small scoops of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Drop them three across and four down so that they have room to expand in the oven.  Bake for 12 minutes on the middle rack.  Let cool completely before frosting or the filling will melt and liquify on the cookie.

Filling: In the bowl of a mixer, using the balloon (wire whisk type) attachment on medium to high, beat together butter, shortening, powdered sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt and marshmallow cream.  Spoon the filling into a large gallon sized Ziploc bag.  Make sure all of the filling is pushed into one corner of the bottom of the bag, SEAL the BAG,  and snip off a small (quarter inch) piece of that corner.  Using the Ziploc like a pastry bag, generously frost the flat side of half of the cookies.  Place the other half of the cookies on top like a sandwich.  Refrigerate and store in an air tight container until you are ready to serve them.  They taste the freshest the same day and are fine next day, but after that they get dried out.  Enjoy and have fun making whoopies!

38 thoughts on “Have Fun Making Whoopies!

  1. I have a question, as I recently too attempted Whoopie Pies after never having heard of them prior. Is it a cake or a cookie type that is the ideal to aim for? Also, what is shortening?! It’s not something we have in the uk – my only thought I had was is it suet?

    • This is technically a cookie, however the cookie part is actually more like a cake in texture but it holds up better than cake so you can handle it. I guess it’s a cross between a cookie and a cake. Vegetable fat is shortening and you can substitute butter or margarine. I use an organic vegetable shortening from a health food store. Here is a link to one. http://www.spectrumorganics.com/?id=87

  2. Geni, your Whoopie Pies look fantastic! We love them…although I have not tried with marshmallow filling before! It really is the perfect “all american” dessert…and how sweet of your son to do that! Hope you are having a great summer! xo

  3. Geni, your Whoopie Pies look so delicious and moist! I love your chocolate sweet treat and this one is the winner in my book! Wonderfully done, perhaps because they are homemade, and nothing can beat that!

  4. Your Whoopie Pies look amazing! I love Whoopie Pies! I like Moon Pies, too!

  5. I never had tried one of these before but we have something similar which is called mallows. Its a marshmallow on a cookie then coated in chocolate.

  6. These look amazing but not as amazing as your son must be! Great job!

  7. I only just heard about whoopie pies this year as well – they’re not that well known in Australia, if at all. Yours look delightful I have to say!

  8. Those whoopie pies are perfectly baked! Must bake some for myself too.

  9. They look fabulous! Think I should make them for a friend who is having a birthday soon.
    🙂 Mandy

  10. What a sweet son you have! I’ve never eaten or made a whoopie pie, but I’m sure that will change soon.

  11. My kids just enjoyed these at our friends house this past week. They LOVED them!

  12. What a sweet, sweet son you have – can he talk to mine??? 😉 Yum! Chocolate and marshmallow – another divine combination.

  13. Whoopie pies are such a fun dessert. I never made them before but your recipes doesn’t seem to complicated so you know I will be trying this out.

  14. As much as I love the Oreo Cakesters, I’ve never thought to make my own whoopie pies. Yours turned out fantastic!

  15. Katherine would just love making these. Her parents have a thing for these! They look just great.

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  17. I love whoopie pies! I made chocolate ones with a peanut butter filling recently and they were heavenly. I took them to a party and they were a hit- but everyone was from PA and they called them something different- it has escaped me!

  18. I haven’t made whoopie pies in such a long time, and they’re so good so I’m not sure why. But these look really good… I might just have to make some again, and soon!

  19. Whoopie pies are the greatest. I, once baked them with my class and they did a good job, to my amazement.

    Would you link this up to Bake with Bizzy so others who may be looking for a good recipe for whoopie pies can find it?


    I am not going to ask what happened to the 50 moon pies.

  20. I have never heard of whoopies till now but they seem too good to miss..
    I can’t wait to try these

  21. These look so pretty! I became obsessed with whoopie pies during a trip to Maine about a year ago. They’re so precious and like easy-to-eat cupcakes. I made it my quest of that trip to find the best one…and then I put them on my blog- but I think you’ve seen that post already 🙂 The next ones on my list are carrot cake whoopies!

  22. Geni, you’re a really lucky mom to have your son baking for you!! That would never happen in my kitchen! Tho I know my son would love these! They look so fluffly light; you really did a great job on these cookies!

  23. Oh, I love that your boy made you a get well treat. That is so precious. I don’t think I have ever had a whoopie pie either. I feel deprived!!

  24. Man does this look good. I’ve always wanted to make these, my boys would love to help bake these in the kitchen and the best part is licking the bowl full of marshmallow filling!

  25. These look wonderful! I love your son made them for you for you too.

  26. I had whoopie pies before but never attempted to make them…yours look delicious, if only I could get a hold of one 😉 Great pictures Geni, hope you have a fantastic week ahead!

  27. Thanks for bringing a bit of the East coast to our West coast! This recipe looks delicious and I’ll be sure to refer it to my friends! If you need a quick run to the grocery store for a few last minute ingredients, try Zupan’s!

  28. I’m from the east coast and yet, before blogging, I had never heard of a whoopie pie either! Sadness.

    Yours look fabulous though. And you’re totally right that homemade always trumps pre-packaged!

  29. I have been dying to try these! Yours look great!

  30. I’ve always wanted to make whoopie pies. These look perfect, Geni! Can’t believe your son baked for you, what a treat!

  31. That is such a sweet story! And the whoopie pies look incredible — I will not be waiting long to make them!

  32. I would definitely have fun eating these!

  33. Whoopie Pies are definitely on my to-do list! Yours look so yummy, Geni!
    50 in the box??!! That’s a lot of Whoopie Pies!! Well, with school starting you can pack them into the school lunches.
    Thanks for the post!

  34. Hello my love..howz you..looks like I missed few posts while being away..I land on your page & what a way to welcome!!- WANT!

  35. Yum! I’ve never made whoopie pies, can’t wait to try them!

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