Whoopie!

31 Jul

Last week I asked for ideas for my next cookie. And then….I made my next dessert before I checked the comments :/ Sorry Jess! I see that you ended up giving a suggestion, so I’ll keep that in mind. But I did still make something that’s a cookie. Kind of. It’s kind of a cake. And kind of a sandwich. It’s a whoopie pie! I’ve just recently heard of these, and to be honest I was s little skeptical. Let’s face it. The name is slightly ridiculous. But I thought I’d give them a try anyways. They looked fun and I found a recipe from my favorite website of all time, bakerella.com  There are lots of flavor variations to choose from, but I liked her suggestion of chocolate with peanut butter filling.

The dough starts with the usual suspects: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt sifted together. I usually give mine a quick whisk after I sift them just to make sure I get all of the lumps out.

Then you have to beat together the other ingredients for the dough: butter, brown sugar, shortening, egg, and vanilla. Once it’s all combined you can add the flour mixture and some milk to it. It makes a batter that smells similar to brownies.

This will be dropped onto a baking sheet by the tablespoon, and it’s important to leave a little room for them to spread. And equally important to line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Don’t forget that step. Let’s not all learn the hard way. 🙂

While these were in the oven I started making the filling. It starts with peanut butter and butter being creamed together.

Then it becomes fluffier and even sweeter when you add in the powdered sugar. 🙂 The only thing I changed in this recipe was the salt. It called for 1/2 tsp of salt to get added along with the sugar, but I cut it down to 1/4 tsp. It just seemed like too much salt to me. I didn’t want all of the sweetness from that powdered sugar to be cancelled out.

The next step is to try NOT to eat the filling by the spoonful while the cookies are cooling. It’s a hard one, but you must try. Once they are cool, you can fill them with a spoon. I decided to fill them with a piping bag instead. It’s just more fun that way. 🙂 But if you don’t have one it’s not at all necessary.

Once you add some filling to a cookie and press another cookie on top, you can leave it as is. Or, you can dress it up a little. Fun times. 🙂 You can add anything you like, such as: chocolate chips, peanut butter morsels, sprinkles, and chocolate sprinkles.

I think my favorite were the rainbow colored sprinkles. They just looked all dressed up, like they were ready for a party.

Another good thing about accessorizing your whoopie pies is that you can make them educational. Such as, a way to teach patterns.

Ok class, look for the pattern. Chocolate chips, sprinkles, plain,… chocolate chips, sprinkles, plain,… which one comes next?

Or if you don’t want to work your brain while enjoying your whoopie pies, just pile them on a platter and dig in. 🙂

I’m still not quite sure how to describe these things. Even though they look like a cream filled sandwich cookie, the texture really is more of a cake than a cookie. I’ve never had an Oreo Cakester, but I’m starting to wonder if this is what they taste like?

Next Up: Probably a variation of cakepops. A variation that I predict will be very popular.

Random Thought of the Day: It’s time for back to school shopping. As a kid, what was your favorite thing to get at the start of a new school year? A new backpack? A box of new crayons? Clothes? Folders with your favorite cartoon character? Post a comment to let me know  🙂

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