Those beautiful visions of snackdom you see there are peanut butter whoopie pies with dark chocolate buttercream filling. My dad sent me an email yesterday with this link, making sure I was fully aware that it was National Peanut Butter Day. There’s a National Peanut Butter Day?! How exciting!!! Who knew? So I gleefully hopped on the peanut butter celebration train and took a wild ride.
A wild ride that included literally whipping up ten whoopies in like 30 minutes flat, because I had had a “bad day” and I knew that peanut butter whoopies would most certainly make me feel better. Oh yeah, when I’m right, I’m right. These fluffy peanut butter snack-style cake/cookies smothered (I mean did you SEE how much CHOCOLATE butter cream I got in there?!) with chocolate in-between and then dunked in a cold glass of milk were pure bliss. Oh happy day.
When we dunked them, it created quite a tidal wave of milk, and my daughter half jokingly suggested that we should pour the milk into a cereal bowl to be able to properly dunk these monstrous whoopies without the slosh factor. Instead, we just pushed up our sleeves and got a little messy with it as puddles of milk dotted my kitchen table. We’re no sissies when it comes to our snack-a-tites (my dad’s made up word which is a merge of appetite and snack).
Naively, we all cut the whoopies in half and each of us chomped our half down in seconds and then, when no one was looking, one of us would swipe another half because we just couldn’t help ourselves.
When our “little” evening snack was over there were only six whoopies left. And this morning when I got up at my usual 5:00am…low and behold there were only five whoopies left. I barely got to snap a shot of the two lone whoopies this afternoon. Outside our little family of four, only one very nice teacher, whose birthday was today, got to enjoy one of these whoopies.
And, as I write this post, exactly 24 hours after the whoopie pie baking occurred, they are ALL GONE. If you need some peanut butter, chocolate frosted whoopie pies in your life, you’d better make these, but then expect them to disappear rather quickly I’m afraid. Sorry dad. 😦
For another and very wonderful version of peanut butter whoopies, go to Simple Math Bakery or if you feel like a devils food with marshmallow cream whoopie, go here.
Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies with
Chocolate Butter Cream
Adapted from Whoopie Pies by Billingsley and Treadwell
Makes 12 large.
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
4 T. vegetable shortening (I use all natural organic)
1/2 c. creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
Chocolate Butter Cream
1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/2 c. cocoa powder (best quality you can get your hands on…makes a huge difference)
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 T. heavy cream (whipping)
1/2 t. salt
To make the whoopie pies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Get out two cookie sheets and line with parchment paper or use nonstick spray coating on your whoopie pie pans (I mean, doesn’t EVERYBODY have whoopie pie pans?).
In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour through salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter, shortening and brown sugar. Then add the peanut butter and vanilla. Combine on low speed and then add on egg at a time, beating with each addition on low speed. Add 1/2 the dry ingredients and combine. Then add half of the buttermilk and mix together. Repeat until all of your ingredients are incorporated. Don’t over mix or your cookies will be tough.
Using a spoon or 2 tablespoon scoop, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter onto on of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for 15 minutes each or until the cakes begin to brown at the edges and are slightly firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. DO NOT FROST until they are completely cooled.
For the Butter Cream:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the powdered sugar, butter and cocoa, starting on low speed and increasing to medium speed until the mixture is crumbly. Add the heavy cream, vanilla and salt and beat on high until smooth, about three minutes. The butter cream should be fairly stiff. You can always add more powdered sugar by 1/4 c. if the mixture is not stiff enough.
For easy frosting, scoop the frosting into a gallon sized ziploc bag (or pastry bag fitted with a large piping tip of any sort). Zip the bag shut and squish the frosting down to one bottom corner, rolling up the top of the excess bag in your hand. Snip a 1/2 inch corner off one of the bottom corners and use the Ziploc bag as a piping bag. Pipe the frosting onto the flat side of one of the cookies for pretty cookies or just spread it on and don’t worry about beauty…after all it’s all going to taste the same, isn’t it? Then top with a remaining cookie (flat side down). Now enjoy!
January 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm
Peanut butter, chocolate butter cream…is there any better combination than these two!!!
January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm
BRILLIANT whoopie flavor combination! Happy national Peanut Butter Day! I adore peanut butter and while I didn’t blog it – I certainly celebrated it!
January 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm
I can see why these whoopies disappeared so quickly – what a scrumptious decadent Whoopie pie!!!
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January 26, 2012 at 2:59 am
I didn’t eat them 🙂 Seems so delicious, so delicious… Thank you dear Geni, with my love, nia
January 26, 2012 at 5:08 am
All I can say about these is…why aren’t they on my kitchen table? W.H.Y.
January 26, 2012 at 5:32 am
True confession time: I’ve lived a life completely whoopie-free. It’s not that I’ve anything against, nor am I boycotting or protesting the li’l pies. It’s just the way that things have worked out. BUT, how can I say no to these? It is time for this life-long drought to end. Thanks, Geni.
January 26, 2012 at 6:50 am
Peanut butter & chocolate, ALWAYS the perfect combination!! Miss you!! xoxo
January 26, 2012 at 7:11 am
Ok. Now you are just rubbing it in my face! 🙂 I kid, I kid. I want to make these so bad, but you know my whoopie history!
January 26, 2012 at 7:55 am
Oh girl, these look divine! LOVE your daughter’s idea of a bowl of milk! LOL! Tell her yes, there are definitely times when a bowl is more appropriate than a glass and yes, this qualifies as one of those times. She’s no dummy!
I hope you have a wonderful day, Geni!! Hugs!
January 26, 2012 at 8:18 am
Snack-a-tites! I love it! That is now going into my vocabulary. 🙂 These wouldn’t have lasted in our house either. I have two chocolate (and peanut butter) fiends that like would have devoured the batch in 24 hours or less as well (and likely whether I let them or not!). 😉
January 26, 2012 at 8:39 am
How could I have missed this peanut butter holiday? Oh well, guess I’ll have to celebrate it this weekend instead. I made a batch of very similar whoopies a few weeks ago and this is definitely a winning combo! I like the thickness of the buttercream in your version. 🙂
January 26, 2012 at 9:07 am
Jeanne I went back to your recipe to review and noticed we both got it from the same book. Yours look less dense than mine. I like that. Mine were just a tad dense. You used granulated sugar and I wonder if that kept the texture a bit lighter? Yours look magical!
January 26, 2012 at 9:16 am
Hmmm…maybe it was the granulated sugar, or the fact that I used all butter instead of shortening? Maybe we need to get together and have a whoopie pie baking/testing session…for research purposes, and the advancement of global whoopie pie knowledge. 😉
January 26, 2012 at 10:17 am
A tidal wave of milk! Way to soldier on. These look fantastic as your desserts always do.
January 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I’ve never made whoopie!! 🙂 But I guess I better get going…and this looks like the perfect recipe!! My son loves peanut butter anything – over chocolate, but a little is just fine for him!! You’re are definitely the queen of desserts!!
January 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Peanut butter whoopies! These sound so fantastic. I completely missed National Peanut Butter day… I’ll just have to make some of these as a belated offering 🙂
January 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Oooh I so want to try these! 20 mins baking time?! Amazing!!
January 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Of *course* these would whet any Snackatite!!! Appropriately enough, my computer tells me that when I write Snackatite I mean Snakebite, and I will admit there is a certain resemblance in speedy attack and deadliness; thank goodness you found the cure! 🙂
January 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm
I tried making whoopies once and they were a totally disaster, still gathering up the nerves to attempt them again 🙂
January 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm
In my house they would never have made it past bed time! lol I love peanut and chocolate and can’t wait to bake these when I feel better! Better yet I should get my kids to bake these for me to keep them busy so I can nap a bit longer, but that’s a bad idea! Can you imagine the mess in the kitchen?
January 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm
I had no idea there was a national peanut butter day. If I knew, I would’ve gotten some, put it on the roof of my mouth, whistled and make a fool out of myself for the occasion LOL. But I LOVE these whoopie pies. I wonder if I can make this but I am certainly gonna try
January 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm
Oh yum! I love whoopie pies! They’re liek inside-out cupcakes of joy! And Ive recently been thinking that I want to make something PB and chocolatey, but nothing I’ve mad before. This might be just the ticket!
January 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm
You know, I should be ashamed to admit it, but I have never had Whoopie pies before… I don’t really even know what they are like – I can imagine, but it’s probably nothing like the real thing. And of course, on National Peanut Butter Day, you had to make this amazing combo (which you know is a favorite of mine). Honestly, if they’d been at my house, I doubt they would’ve made it the night.
January 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm
HA! I have made whoopie (I have two children) but never whoopie pies!! I must make these at least once!! I mean goodnesssakes woman, they are peanut butter and chocolate!! =)
January 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm
Aw! I’ve never made these pies either. I’ll have to get on that train soon!
January 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm
I’m still ashamed that I didn’t participate in national peanut butter day…considering how OBSESSED I am with peanut butter. Fail on my part. But these whoopies sound fantastic! Never made them either (like chunklet), but have heard great things. I can understand why yours are already gone!!!
January 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm
These look delicious! I must try this recipe.
January 28, 2012 at 9:21 am
YUM! These look super delicious. I am finally reaching a point where I am wanting to cook/bake again. Of course, that bug will bite harder when I am also in my own place, which will hopefully be soon! 🙂 Hope you are doing well, my friend! xoxo
January 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm
WOw! I love how much chocolate is in there. I mean peanut butter and chocolate, how can you beat that?
January 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm
Mm, these sound so good! ^^ I need to try these for breakfast one day.
January 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm
At least you still have 5, If that were in our house it will all be gone
January 30, 2012 at 3:12 am
yum! did u really make these in 20 min? i take longer than that to hunt out ingredients! 😀 looks delecious
January 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Epic fail in the whoopie pie department – but the buttercream, wow!! So, so good! http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/01/30/peanut-butter-chocolate-whoopie-pies/ Thanks for the inspiration, as always, to push myself and try new things. Hugs!
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January 31, 2012 at 12:57 am
Sinfully delicious !
January 31, 2012 at 8:42 pm
These look fantastic, girl! Way to whip up a treat. My kids would have flipped for these.