The Country Cook: Whoopie Pies
                                                   

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Whoopie Pies

I'm going to give y'all the cheaters version to making whoopie pies (if you don't already make them this way yourself). Making baked goods totally from scratch is always wonderful if you have time, but honestly, making whoopie pies can be a bit tedious even when using a boxed mix. And sometimes I have a short attention span when it comes to baking. Please note: I do not pipe frosting on anything, I always slather it on there with a knife or a spoon. I just don't have the patience for piping frosting. 
I probably need to work on that. So I'm going to take the shortest route here. I will point out that I have made these before using a "from scratch" recipe by Cook's Illustrated (a printable recipe for those will be on bottom of this post). They were very tasty and they came out very thick. However, I have to say, the ones from the box mix come out just as good (the cakes are a bit thinner), and it really is the filling that makes these so good, and we're going to make the filling from scratch.
Ingredients:
(for the cakes)
1 box of devil's food cake mix
eggs, oil, and water (in quantities indicated on back of box)

(for the filling)
1-½ stick (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-¼ cup confectioner's sugar
1-½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon table salt
2-½ cups marshmallow fluff
Green food coloring (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray. I like the parchment paper because it makes cleaning up easier later. Or if you have a silpat, use that. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Using a spring-release cookie scoop, scoop up batter and release into small mounds onto cookie sheet. You should be able to get about 12 circles per sheet.

Now, using the back of your scoop, gently press down (using circular motions) on each mound until the batter spreads out a bit into slightly flatter and wider circles. Just make sure to leave enough room between each circle so batter can spread a bit while baking. Put into oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes. Cakes should feel firm and spring back when you touch them. Once all your cakes have been baked. Allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Now time to make the filling.With electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla and salt. Beat in marshmallow fluff until incorporated. Now add food coloring (if you're using). I used about a 1/4 teaspoon of Wilton's Kelly Green concentrated paste icing color. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl and continue to mix until it has reached desired color and has been fully incorporated. Refrigerate filling until slightly firm, about 30 minutes. Bowl can be wrapped and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Dollop about a tablespoon of filling on center of flat side of half the cakes. Top with the flat side of the remaining cakes and gently press until filling spreads to edge of cake. Serve.
We like to eat these after they've chilled for a bit. I'll individually wrap them in plastic wrap or put them in a container with a lid and pop them in the fridge for an hour or so.
(Whoopie pies can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 3 days.)

Cook's Tip: Marshmallow fluff can be a wee bit sticky to work with. Spray your measuring cups with nonstick spray to help it come out easier. Also, when you are spooning the filling onto the cakes, do the same thing. Just spray your spoon with nonstick spray and it will slide right out of there.
(this photo is the homemade whoopie pie recipe)

Enjoy!


45 comments :

  1. I am all about easy so I think I'd make em the cake box way! They are just too cute for St. Pattys Bran! Love em : )

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  2. Wo, that is so simple! I think i will have to pick up a jar of marshmallow fluff and do some baking!

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  3. I'm game for any easy baking recipe - I'm a terrible baker! These look great and I like the fluff idea. I was just eating a whoppie pie the other day and complained about how the filling just squeezes out too much. The fluff must keep it all together better. And less dairy, which is a good thing for me! Thanks!

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  4. This looks really easy like you said! I love how they turned out. I might just make them, I think that my kids will enjoy it very much! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. We all need shortcuts sometimes! Love the green filling, they look wonderful!

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  6. OMG. I want one right now. Those look wonderful and very St. Patrick's Day. Yum.

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  7. Lin Ann - we love to eat these cold. Plus, keeping them cold helps with any problems of frosting squeezing out too. :)
    I really hope you enjoy them if you try it!

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  8. Those look delicious! You do know, however, that you are in the part of the country where Moon Pies and RC Cola are the treats of choice don't you? = )

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  9. Haha Bonnie - very true! I'll have to work on those moon pies :)

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  10. These look delicious, and so festive! What a great idea.

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  11. Oh, I love the shortcut way! Too clever. And the "spray the inside of your measuring cup" tip - when I first heard about it, my mind darn near boggled. Great tip!

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  12. Yay for whoopie pies! I've been addicted lately, and they can take a bit of time and effort, so I love that you've found a shortcut. These look delightful!

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  13. Lovley beautiful colorful pies! The green and chocolate color contrast looks so great, thank you for sharing :)

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  14. You must have had a leprechaun in your kitchen helping you. Your moon pies looks so good, especially for St. Pat's Day!

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  15. Wow these whoopie pies look amazing! Love the bright green too!

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  16. Perfect St. Patrick's Day treats! And after making many batches of homemade whoopie pies, I love your shortcake...I don't think my family would even notice the difference :)

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  17. I always think whoopie pies look good, but I've never had the nerve to make them - they look like so much work! And I'm afraid that after all that work I'd feel I was entitled to eating about three of them. :)

    I'm happy to see your green filling isn't mint. Sometimes I'm just not a mint chocolate fan. Chocolate and marshmallow? Oh, I'm all for that.

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  18. These look amazing. Love the added green. I want to make them right now..

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  19. Your whoopie pies are too cute and so festive! I haven't made whoopie pies before and I think I need to do it soon. These look great!

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  20. How cute! The green filling is perfect for st.pat's day!
    Thanks for that tip too :)

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  21. IMO shortcuts recipes are sometimes the best! This is a great one that I will have to try. I've been dying to make whoopie pies and this just looks too good and easy to pass up! Thanks!

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  22. Yes! Finally a whoopie pie filling that does not call for crisco/shortening. I can't wait to make these. thanks.

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  23. Love them. You've finally convinced me to give whoopie pies a go. Fun colours and look delicious with that marshmallow fluff, too!

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  24. I love festive treats and these look perfect for St. Patricks Day! Yummy!

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  25. I love whoopie pies! Yum. Great post.

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  26. I am loving that marshmallow fluff in there! wow!! ♥- Katrina

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  27. I always make my whoopie pies with a cake mix. It saves so much time and there are so many other foods I would rather make from scratch! Love the green frosting!!

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  28. Looks so yummy I will have to give these a try!
    Crystal

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  29. I have never made a whoppie...so thanks for the easier cake mix version.

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  30. These look awesome! Love the green filling.

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  31. Can you believe I've never made whoopie pies before? I like the sound of your easy method. I keep wanting to try making some :)

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  32. What a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. That green filling looks great.

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  33. I love the colours on these babies. I still haven't gotten round to trying whoopie pies and really think it's about time I did. Thank you for sharing the recipe, no matter how simple it is!

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  34. Both versions look great! It's always nice to have an alternative in a pinch:)

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  35. I love these! So simple and perfect for any holiday just by changing the filling color!
    Have a great weekend :-)

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  36. I love how simple these are yet they look sooo good. Love the green color! :)

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  37. I had no idea that making whoopie pies were so easy! I love them so much. I should give them a try sometime. Thanks, Brandie!

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  39. Hi, All week I've been reading about whoopie pies.They're just starting to overtake the favourable cupcake over here at the moment(If that's possible)I still love mix and matching with cupcakes! I've yet to try these! They look delicious! Yvette x
    http://yvettesblogs.com/2011/03/24/food-of-the-gods/

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  40. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. These whoopie pies look incredible. Thanks for creating such a fantastic blog -- I'll be back often.

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  41. Those are so cute! I love the convenience of using a cake mix as well. I've often thought about doing these...someday I'm going to have to make it happen! :-) www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

    PS - love your name!

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  42. I would do this with the box cake--and you could do so much! A variety of ideas are popping in my head. You got a new follower! Please check out my blog as well if thats your forte'!

    www.cookinformycaptain.blogspot.com

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  43. I remember reading about this last month. I'm tagging my blog posts right now and came across my own Whoopie-Pie How-To from 2008. Before you and I became online friends in 2009: http://vollmerdp.blogspot.com/2008/01/all-hail-whoopie-pie.html

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  44. YUM!! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Hope to see you again this week.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

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