Thursday, January 27, 2011

Makin' Whoopie (Pies)

When Mitch and I were in college down in Pensacola, FL, we went to an Ice Pilot's game with some friends. The Ice Pilot's are a minor league hockey team. Mitch is a huge hockey fan for those of you who don't know. (GO FLYERS!) He grew up in Canada and pretty much learned to skate while learning to walk. Okay maybe not that soon, but you catch my drift--huge hockey fan. Anyway, so we were at this Ice Pilot's game and the team that they were playing that night were called the Macon Whoopee. I'll never forget that name. So needless to say we were crackin' jokes all night long and still do on occasion.



So that's pretty much what I think of every time I hear about whoopie pies. Now if you're not familiar with these Dutch treats, fear not. You're not the weird one. Obviously whoever came up with the name is. I never heard of them either growing up in South Jersey. It's an Amish thing. They're most common in Maine and Pennsylvania. And frankly I don't really care for them all that much. They're super sweet and have lots of shortening in the filling. (I'm a butter girl.) They come in different flavors ranging from chocolate, to red velvet, oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter, and really any other flavor combo you can think of. I've even seen root beer ones. (gag) Here's what the traditional chocolate ones look like:


And this is what I found out about them on wikipedia:

According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!"

There's your fun fact for the day, folks. But anyway, this whole post does have a point to it. Ryder and I made Whoopie Pies yesterday. I didn't want to make the chocolate ones considering I'm not a fan. So I searched for a recipe on allrecipes.com and found one for cute little mini pumpkin ones. I am a fan of all things pumpkin.


And let me just tell ya, they're bangin'. The filling is made of cream cheese and buttah. Can't go wrong with those two. I didn't have quite enough cream cheese--I think I had 3 oz instead of 4 but they still turned out like little gems. Oh and I didn't put the ginger in since I don't have any. They're the perfect size too. Yum-o.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

  • Ingredients:

  • Cookies:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. For cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. (A total of 72 cookies are needed for the recipe.)
  3. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For cream cheese filling: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Spread a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat side of one cookie; top with flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

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So there ya go. Go get yo whoopie on! You won't be disappointed, I promise. In fact, I'm willing to bet it'll be the best part of your day:)

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8 comments:

  1. Yummy!! I cheat on my chocolate woopie pies. I just take a chocolate cake mix add an extra cup of floor and prepare according to the box. Super easy and simple, and then my own buttercream frosting in the middle.
    Willie would pick your any day over chocolate ones - maybe I will give them a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Those look really good and oddly enough I think I have all the ingredients already!

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  3. Wowzers those look GOOD! I think I'm going to have to make those. The three old and hubby will love them!

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  4. Very interesting- I never knew the history. They look delicious. Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  5. I'm ready for one of these right now! Please share your amazing recipie with our readers by linking it up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/banana-and-peanut-butter-egg-muffins

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  6. Thanks so much for linking kup at Muffin Monday! Hope to see you again next week.

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  7. I don't really care for whoopie pies either. However, I did make some this past week for a Fall themed recipe club. They were chocolate with a pumpkin filling. The filling was delicious!

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