It is 4 days past Thanksgiving and I am already thinking of Christmas treats. What can I say? I actually was testing this recipe out to take to a cookie swap at work. In my opinion, my Grannie Annie makes the best whoopie pie cookies. I even have her recipe for them. However, I saw one online that I wanted to give a shot. Even if I have my grannie’s recipe, I know I can never make them as good as hers. Why is that!?!
Anyway, what a funny name, right? Whoopie Pies? Well, I did a little investigating on Wikipedia and here is what they have to say about the origin of these cake cookies, filled with a delicious cream.
“While considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition, they are increasingly sold throughout the United States. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these desserts (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers’ lunch pails or lunch boxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!” It is thought that the original Whoopie pies may have been made from cake batter leftovers.”
Interesting, right? I wonder why anyone would have left over cake batter though! As stated, I got my recipe online. I am not going to share it because in the end, I felt the cookie was too thick and dry and the middle part not sweet enough. However, I think this is a great idea for a Christmas Cookie! Here is what I did.
Gather your ingredients. Pretty simple list – which is why I was initially intrigued.
Mix together water and cocoa.
Cream together Crisco and sugar.
Add dry ingredients. I still had high hopes at this time. The batter was pretty delicious.
Drop by Tablespoon full and bake.
Gather your ingredients for the filling. This was a very interesting recipe to me.
You start by cooking together milk and flour. You have to watch this constantly though. Trust me. I had to throw out my first batch because I got sidelined doing other things. It thickens up quite nicely. You then need to let it cool completely before mixing with your other ingredients. This is the part where living in ND in the winter is nice – it takes no time to stick this outside and let it cool off!
Also, make sure your cookies cool completely during this time.
You add in the other ingredients (I added at least another 1 cup of powdered sugar that what the recipe called for as I thought it was not sweet enough.) You beat the heck out of this – probably at 5-7 minutes before it comes together nice and fluffy. Very fluffy!
I divided my frosting in two batched and added some red food coloring and vanilla flavor to one dish and green food color and mint extract to the other dish.
I then divided the cookies evenly and applied the filling.
Top with your other cookie and you are done. I did appreciate that the recipe made exactly as many cookies as it called for and I had no frosting remaining. It was the perfect amount.
I had to test the mint ones out right away. I put a few red sprinkles on the red whoopies as well. Like I said, great idea and concept, I just need a better cookie and filling recipe. Maybe I should attempt Grannie’s recipe?
This recipe over at Epicurious sounds good as well. These were always a favorite treat of ours when Grandma baked them up. Enjoy if you try them. The mint and vanilla flavors were equally good. You could make any type of cake cookie and filling – I saw a lot of pumpkin cookies with cream cheese filling for Thanksgiving online.