Whoopie pies

Happy Valentine’s! 

These are whoopie pies, apparently an invention from the Pennsylvania Amish. These used to be sold at all convenience stores wrapped in plastic and my friend Lyse was crazy about the ones with chocolate chips. They are simply two big cookies with a cream filling.

 These whoopie pies  are  filled  with a berry mousse instead of the traditional buttercream. You can also use ricotta cheese, drain it well, add sugar to taste,  then run it through the food processor until it is smooth as cream; add berries too if you feel like it.

INGREDIENTS: 12 whoopie pies

Recipe adapted from the whoopie pie pan

  • 1 cup of flour (155 g.)
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa (45 g.)
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 2/3 cup of light brown sugar (155 g.)
  • 6 tbsp of unsalted butter (90 g.)
  • 3/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of buttermilk or yogurt or cream 
METHOD:
  1. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Beat sugar and butter, add vanilla, egg, and beat till fluffy. Add flour in three additions alternating with buttermilk and ending with flour. Beat 30 seconds. Fill each well with 1 1/2 tbsp of batter and bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes or until puffed up. Cool and when ready to serve, take two (puffed side down) and fill with about 1 tablespoon of filling. Cover with the other half and serve. 

 For a raspberry mousse filling recipe, click here and use half the quantities in the recipe.

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21 Comments

  1. Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    A droolworthy treat! Yours look very tempting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    je n’ai jamais testé, mais le texture des tiens me semble à tomber!! je t’en pique une avec la belle tasse de café!!

  3. Posted February 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of using berry mousse (or ricotta) as the filling. So much more healthier.

  4. Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Mmm ça a l’air troop bon!!! J’adore! Bonne soirée.

  5. Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Whoopie Pies!! Joumana!! LOVE the post! so NOT-Middle-Eastern and so 100% American! is it because of Valentine’s Day? Whoopie pies are my favorite treat, but I have to disagree with you on one thing – they are NOT JUST two cookies with a filling! they are so much more! they are more like a cupcake, made in a more convenient “grab-it-on-a go or pack-it-into-a-lunchbox” style, with double the fun and no mess while trying to eat the frosting; and they can easily be made without the whoopie pan; the batter can be placed directly onto a parchment- (or Silpat) lined baking sheet using an ice cream scoop; it will spread while baking and it will rise into nice fluffy pillows of goodness! love your version with raspberry mousse filling;

  6. Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Yummiiiiiiiiiiii! Ohh this looks SO delicious!! :-)

  7. Posted February 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    lovely, the raspberry mousse brings it out of the convenience store and into the bakery!

  8. Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    These look great! I’ve been so tempted to make various versions of the Whoopie Pie, but have never done it. I wonder where the name came from?

  9. Posted February 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Whoopie pies are a funny thing. I always sort of think of them as a slimmed down version of macarons because they sometimes look a bit like them (though being completely different). I really like your idea of substituting the buttercream with a ricotta mixture. Makes them so much fresher.

    Cheers.
    Tobias

  10. Alice K
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    These are awesome. And they are fluffy cookies… like a chocolatey cloud… heaven!

  11. Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    This is one popular treat that I still have yet to make! Yours look delicious and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  12. Posted February 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    I never would have guessed that the Amish in Pennsylvania had anything to do Whoopie Pies. I for one am glad they thought of it, because I absolutely love them. The cellophane wrapped whoopie pies are exciting to receive and eat, and I can imagine that your recipe is 10,000 times better!

  13. Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I did not know about the origin! Who woulda thunkit. Love it – happy Valentine’s Day!

  14. Posted February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Those whoopie pies look delicious.

  15. Posted February 14, 2012 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Joumana! And whoopie pies are always good but aren’t they just perfect for Valentine’s Day? I love the whipped berry filling! You know, as much as I love them I’ve never made them… I will now.

  16. Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Love the raspberry on top. Cheers!

  17. Posted February 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE whoopie pies, but have never made them….silly me. Happy Valentine’s day, Joumana!

  18. Posted February 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Joumana! These whoopie pies look heavenly especially with the raspberry mousse filling. Yummy!!!

  19. Posted February 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Joumana these look amazing! I am just crazy about the idea of mousse filling here… and gorgeous!
    Happy Valentines Day to you and family

  20. Posted February 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate and raspberry…perfect match, I like how they are so light and fluffy. Beautiful pictures as always Joumana.
    Happy Valentine’s Day :)

  21. Posted February 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    These look so good. I have never tasted a whoopie pie and I know how popular they are.

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