This week the #SundaySupper family is sharing the kids favorite recipes. We have six grandchildren, extended family along with Nieces and Nephews so what’s their favorite? For this event I asked that question and the unanimous favorite was Whoopie Pies. Why? “Because it’s fun and that’s what we do with you”. That, my friends, is what the “Art of Gathering” is all about!
The other day I had our granddaughters for the afternoon and we made Whoopie Pies. This tradition started over fifteen years ago my Niece and Nephews were toddlers and we started baking cookies. The Whoopie Pie quickly became the favorite so now that’s our “thing”.
It is so much fun to share the experience with the children. They so enjoy adding the ingredients, dropping the dough onto the baking sheets, then licking the bowl and spoons. They always sample a cookie when it comes out of the oven and are disappointed in the flavor and texture. We have to remind them that this is not the finished product – they still need to make the filling.
Once the cookies cool we reassemble the mixer, then add shortening, confectioners sugar, marshmallow fluff and vanilla. Once we beat this together it becomes the magical fluffy binder for these magnificent creations. We sandwich the filling between two cookies, then repeat until the filling is gone. Inevitably it seems we always run out of filling. I have taken to increasing the filling recipe by 50% to compensate for this. We like lots of filling oozing out of our Whoopie Pies and the girl love the leftover marshmallow filling. Feel free to eat one immediately but if you wrap them in saran wrap and wait a few hours the cake like cookies become meltingly soft. They are to die for…
We have been doing this a long time – my neice and nephews are quadruplet survivors and just turned Eighteen and graduated from High School. I visited for their birthday and for graduation and they still ask for Whoopie Pies. It’s proved to be such a bonding tradition I started it with our Grandchildren. Last weekend Em & Cate came to visit but we ran out of time to make them. Hopefully we’ll have them back next weekend and I have everything we need for the task.
This week I had the youngest set of Grandchildren for an afternoon so I pulled their hair back, dressed them in my old shirts and introduced them to Whoopie Pies! I think they liked them….
This recipe, from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion is the ultimate Whoopie Pie. I guarantee it will be a favorite in your household. I urge you to try it – you will make some friends.
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar (I use the dark variety)
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk (whole or low fat – not nonfat)
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1⅓ cups Marshmallow fluff or marshmallow crème
- ¼ teaspoon extra-fine salt or dissolve ¼ teaspoon regular salt in 1 tablespoon water
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- To make the cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and egg. In a separate bowl, wisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the vanilla into the milk.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the milk mixture to the shortening mixture, beating until smooth. Drop the batter onto the prepared sheets (The recipe calls for ¼ cupful but I make mine smaller. You can decide the size – just make them uniform. You will have to match them up later.) about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until they are firm to the touch. Remove them from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- To make the filling:
- In a medium bowl beat all of the ingredients together.
- To assemble:
- Spread half of the cookies with the filling; top with the remaining cookies. For best storage wrap each cookie individually.
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Special Thanks to Ellen Folkman – Family Around The Table for hosting this event!!!!
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