Friday, December 7, 2012

whoopie pies

Okay, is that not just about the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?!  

This is a special weekend.  I'm turning 30 (again), and I'm going to eat a huge chocolate cupcake with lots and lots of frosting to celebrate.  We're also having Monkey Bread for breakfast - I've never had it before, and my husband said it's about time I've been enlightened.  

These whoopie pies come from the "Best-Loved Cookies and Candies" magazine.  It was such a hard decision to pick out which cookies to make - they all looked soooooo good - but I think we really chose a winner.  They are so delicious that I'm thinking of making them the theme of Miss Pebbles' first birthday party.  I can just see it now..."Whoopie!  Pebbles is turning 1!"

What do you think?

Although it does take some effort, this recipe is neither difficult nor time-consuming.  I will say, though, that you'll need more than your elbow and a whisk.  This requires the biggest mixing bowl you've got and an electric mixer.  I used my small hand-held mixer, and I sure was wishing for a Kitchen-Aid by the time I was through!

You begin with butter and sugar...

Cream them together until light and fluffy, and then add eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients.

Now, here's where it gets exciting.  You have to alternate adding the flour, buttermilk, and water.  I actually just combined my buttermilk and water into one measuring cup to make things a bit easier.  So add some flour - mix - add buttermilk/water - mix - and then do it all over again!

Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet.  Don't worry if they don't look pretty...they will later.

Bake for just 5-7 minutes or until they are set.  They'll look like little cupcake tops.

For the frosting, mix together marshmallow creme, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla.  This is so delicious you'll want to eat the bowl.  Heck, you'll probably want to make two bowls - one for the cookies and one for you.  My one suggestion is that you don't get lazy and just use plain marshmallow creme to fill the cookies - it doesn't work (speaking from experience!).

Slather the frosting in the middles and let the cookies sit for a few minutes - the frosting will smooth out and look absolutely perfect.  You won't be able to help taking a bite out of these!

Whoopie Pies
from Taste of Home's "Best-Loved Cookies and Candies"
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 cup water
1 cup buttermilk

2 cups confectioner's sugar
2 cups marshmallow creme
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 t. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with water and buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until set.  Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until fluffy.  Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.


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