Monday, July 12, 2010

Whoopie Pies!

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I just tried out a book that’s all about Whoopie Pies. One of the writers of the book (Amy) is also the editor of my book, Cake Pops. Amy sent me a copy to check out and I couldn’t be more excited for her.

I made and fell in love with these sugar-filled sandwiches. They are delish! They’re like little cakes shaped like cookies… (but pie-like… not so much.)

It’s funny… when I gave these treats away, everyone loved them, but no one knew what to call them. Everyone asked “What are they?” It made me wonder how common they are in other places. Have you made whoopie pies? Heard of them? Seen one out in the wild?

No worries if you haven’t. Now you can make your very own. The book is organized for easy reading.

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There’s a section devoted to cakes…

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And a section devoted to fillings. Great for mixing and matching and making whoopies.

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Lots and lots of whoopie.

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Yum!

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I decided to make the classic chocolate whoopie (big surprise) and paired it with peanut butter filling. The recipe called for dark brown sugar. I used this dark muscovado sugar instead because that’s all I had on hand. It made them extra tasty.

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After you mix up the batter, drop it by spoonfuls on a parchment covered baking sheet.

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After they bake and cool for a few minutes carefully remove them from the parchment paper.

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Place them flat side up on a cookie rack. Then you can spoon the filling on…

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Or pipe it on.

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I like piping it on. It’s much more fun.

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And prettier to look at.

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Sandwich the filling between two of the cakes.

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And press gently. That’s it.

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Whoo-hooo for whoopies. Now go make some.

Classic Chocolate Whoopie
from Whoopie Pies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, sift together, flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat butter, shortening and sugar with a mixer on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat for two more minutes.
  • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk and beat on low until incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and beat until combined.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop batter on baking sheet two inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes each or until pies spring back when pressed gently.
  • Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

1 Tbsp of batter should make about 48 two-inch cakes or 24 pies.
2 Tbsp of batter should make about 30 four-inch cakes or 15 pies.

Salty Peanut Butter Filling
from Whoopie Pies

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (or crunchy)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Beat peanut butter and butter on low until creamy using a mixer.
  • Add sugar and salt and beat on low to incorporate. Increase speed to medium and beat for about four minutes until the filling is light and fluffy.
  • Spread filling on flat side on one cooled cake. Top it with a second cake and press gently.

Store whoopie pies in an airtight container.

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You can also roll the edges in sprinkles, chopped chocolate, nuts, etc. or in this case, peanut butter morsels.

Ummm… can I say these are just about the most fun things to eat. They’re so good you kinda feel like you’re being bad when you sink your teeth into them.

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Want to make some whoopies?

Amy sent me a second copy to do with what I want. And I want to give it to one of you. Want it?

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me if you’ve ever made whoopies… Heard of them?… Know the best place to get them? Or just want to learn more about them.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

Whoopie!!! We have a winner and boy are they in for a treat.

Congratulations Neddy (# 1413). Now you can try lots and lots of whoopie pies.

whoopie-winner

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Gretta said...

I’ve never made them but they look fun to make & delicious to enjoy. I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance

July 12, 2010 12:46 AM
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Barbara said...

i’ve never heard about it! but it looks awesome! i would love to make some :)

July 12, 2010 12:47 AM
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Nicole said...

I attempted to make them once. They’re very popular in Maine, where I live, so I figured I’d give it a try. I did not use parchment paper, and managed to burn them and stain my brand-new cookie sheets. I’ve been terrified to try again since then!

July 12, 2010 12:47 AM
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maria said...

they look really good! i wish i win! Never won anything in my life!

July 12, 2010 12:47 AM
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Lynn Chen said...

I’ve never made them before but I would love to! :D I’ve heard of them on Unwrapped before ^_^ In SF there’s a whoppie pie truck I may have to try out now… ^_^

July 12, 2010 12:48 AM
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Amanda said...

I love Whoopie pies!!! The first ones I made were Red Velvet cake ones!!!! First one I tasted was from the Tea Cake Bakery in Emeryville Ca.

July 12, 2010 12:48 AM
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Kelly said...

I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before, but I can tell by the pictures that I would probably eat them until I exploded!

July 12, 2010 12:48 AM
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Casey S said...

I love sandwiches and I love cookies…these look like the perfect combination. I’ve never had whoopie pies but I’ve seen them a lot lately and would LOVE to make some! Yum!!

July 12, 2010 12:48 AM
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liloh said...

they remind me of oreo cakesters! which i loveeee (despite how bad they are)

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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bri said...

i have heard of them but never had any. kinda reminds me of those oatmeal pies. I would really like to try to make them. I have been looking at all the recipes on your website. they look totally awesome!!!

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Lynnea Waters said...

Today must be a day for whoopie pies, because I had my first attempt at them this morning! My sister and I ate our first whoopie pies on Friday and so the attempt to recreate them began. It was a…moderate success. It ended up more like a cookie than a cake, but it was still yummy!

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Kassy said...

I’ve heard of them and have had them, but never made them. I’d sure like to try though :)

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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karen said...

i’ve always wanted to try to bake whoopie pies! you’ve just inspired me to finally try it.

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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PD said...

I’ve never had whoopie pies before, but I have come across them in cookbooks, and I even came across this particular book at a bookstore once. It’s a very cute book :)

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Jilly said...

I think these might be similar to moonpies? In any case they look like so much fun to make, and even more fun to eat!

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Meg said...

My grandma used to make these and she/we called them Whoopie Pies. They were so very good :) I’d love to make some myself :)

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Amy said...

I’ve heard of them but never eaten one and never made one. Love that you can mix and match cake and filling!!! Looks like you’ve got yourself an awesome editor, too! Can’t wait to see your book!

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Donna said...

I have never heard of them before! They look fantasticly evil!

July 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Karen K. said...

I love making red velvet whoopie pies… who doesn’t love bright chocolate cakes filled delicious ooey gooey cream cheese frosting??

July 12, 2010 12:50 AM
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Bek said...

I have seen them my whole life, never tried them! I guess I better now!!! YUM-O

July 12, 2010 12:50 AM
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Dana said...

I wanna make whoopie pies!! Thess look amazing! Love pb and chocolate.

July 12, 2010 12:50 AM
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mandy Gross said...

i’ve been dying to make whoopie pies but haven’t had the time to do it yet!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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linda nguyen said...

I may have heard of them in passing but i’ve never had one! Looks very yummy though!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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ang said...

I’ve never made them but it looks like they’re going to be the next cupcake.

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Andilu said...

I’ve never made ‘em but i’ve eaten them! And if I get the book I will make ‘em for sure!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Kate said...

Wow. That looks delicious. I need to make some of these!!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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SarahV said...

I have actually never had one! But I see them on your site and they look soooooo delish!! I’m gonna have to make them sooner or later.

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Julee I. said...

My husband grew up in New England and is very familiar with whoopie pies. They are his dad’s favorite dessert and so of course hubby loves them too! My sister-in-law makes them whenever her dad comes to town, but I don’t think I’ve ever tasted one. I’d love to have the book!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Sandra said...

I have never made whoopie pies before! but would love to try…i bet they are way better than the prepackaged ones. yum!!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Jen P said...

OMG, I’ve been eyeing this book all week!! I make red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese filling and EVERYONE loves them. I want this book so bad!!

July 12, 2010 12:51 AM
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Katrina said...

Mmmm they look so yummy! I have never made them before though

July 12, 2010 12:52 AM
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Fallon said...

I believe whoopie pies are an east coast thing. A popular company makes them that been featured on the Food Network show Unwrapped. I’ve had chocolate whoopie pie with the vanilla filling, so good.. reminded me of an upscale oreo!

July 12, 2010 12:52 AM
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Jen said...

They look a lot like French “macarons” which I absolutely adore but have yet to attempt on my own. I’d like to try making these and see how they compare!

July 12, 2010 12:52 AM
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Jessica M. said...

My mom used to make whoopie pies for us all the time as kids! Apparently, they are really popular on the East Coast (she is from Boston). So yummy!!

July 12, 2010 12:53 AM
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Jennifer said...

I’ve never even heard of them, but now I must try them right away! :) They look like they could be related to macarons. Anyone know if that is the case? :)

July 12, 2010 12:53 AM
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Jenny said...

I’ve never had one but I have seen them at stores quite a bit recently. Maybe they’re the next big thing……

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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Aparna said...

I’ve never heard of whoopie pies, but they remind me of oreo cakesters–and i love those so i can’t wait to give these a try :)

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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Serena said...

Funnily enough, I just heard about them today. A blogger (based in Scotland) I read was talking about how wonderful they are and how a journalist in Britain was disparaging the American treat as being too sweet.

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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Katelyn Anderson said...

They kind of remind me of oreo cakesters! But a thousand times better, I’ve never had either one but I’m determined to make some… along with ALL of your other recipes you’ve shared. It might take me a year but these look delish.

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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Ashley said...

Most of the mennonites I know (Old Order and Progressive alike) either know of them, make them, or sell them. I love them! They seem so simple and not much to look at, but are soooooo tasty! I haven’t had much more than your garden variety white cake whoopie with white cream filling, but that book looks like it is full of super exciting possibilities! :D

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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Rachel said...

Those look so delicious! I have always been curious about making them, I might have to give that recipe a try!

July 12, 2010 12:54 AM
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nour said...

I have never made them, but they look good! I actually knew what they were, but did not know they were called that. My niece and nephew are in town so i might try this out for them. Thanks!

July 12, 2010 12:55 AM
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angela said...

Whoopie Pies were my absolute favorite growing up!! I haven’t attempted making my own, but this fabulous book would sure help me out! :)

July 12, 2010 12:55 AM
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Jamie said...

Ive heard of them but never tried one! This book looks amazing and YUMMY!

July 12, 2010 12:55 AM
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Heather said...

I have had them many times, but never made them. Here in CA they are pretty common and every grocery store bakery section sells a version. They were also pretty common as I was growing up on the east coast.

July 12, 2010 12:55 AM
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Stacey Beth said...

I’m on a diet, so really getting this cookbook would totally justify me falling off the diet plan because really who would let a perfectly good cookbook full of yummy treats go to waste ;)

July 12, 2010 12:55 AM
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Terese said...

I’ve only made chocolate cakes with cream cheese filling. We’ve always called them homemade oreos, but I’m excited to try different varieties.

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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Michele said...

I have heard of them, but have not tried baking any yet. They sound delicious…looks like another great book to add to my wishlist!

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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Michele said...

I’ve never had them or made them but PB & Chocolate is my love language. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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brittnie said...

I’ve never made them- but I sure want to now!!!

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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Emily said...

I’ve always wanted to make them but found them intimidating! This book looks fabulous though!

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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Gina said...

I have heard of whoopie pies but never had one. I’d love to make some, though, as it has been quite some time since I’ve baked anything “different” and I am longing to fix that! :) Looks like a great book (oh, and BTW, my 7 y/o dd just asked me to put Cake Pops on her Amazon Wish List!!) :) Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about whoopie pies.

July 12, 2010 12:56 AM
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Samantha said...

I have seen these before but have never tried them. I look forward to trying these.

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Sophie said...

I thought whoopie was an “old school”
term for making out! Ha ha ha boy was I
wrong! These whoopie pies look delish I
must try!

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Ashley W said...

These look great! I’ve heard of them but have never tried them.

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Tara said...

yum. I love to eat ‘em, never made ‘em. :)

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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ceedeedee said...

My pregnant belly neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeds these!

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Annie Kaiser said...

I have never made them but I would love to!! They look so beautiful!

July 12, 2010 12:57 AM
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Naomi said...

I’ve never made them, but I’ve seen a pan for them several times. (I think it’s made by Wilton.) Every time I see the pan, I think about making them. They look so yummy :)

July 12, 2010 12:58 AM
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Jodi Jenson said...

I have never made whoopie pies but I’ve always wanted to try…they just look so hard to make!

July 12, 2010 12:58 AM
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Kelly said...

I’ve made pumpkin with cream cheese filling whoopie pies. Oh, they were delicious.

July 12, 2010 12:58 AM
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Christy said...

I’ve definitely had whoopie pies! I love them and love a chance to have this book :)

July 12, 2010 12:59 AM
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Hannah Tubbs said...

I’ve heard of them, but didn’t really know what they were. I would LOVE to try them out!

July 12, 2010 12:59 AM
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Becca said...

Hi!
These remind me of an adult version of one of my favorite Little Debbie cakes we ate as a kid!

I would love the chance to make some of my own! Whoooooooooooopieeeeee!!!

July 12, 2010 01:00 AM
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Step said...

I heard about whoopie pies on a show hosted by Paula Deen’s sons and then I saw them in the grocery store a few years later. I was OBSESSED with them but then my supply got cut off! I want them to become the next big bakery thing, like cupcake-level popularity.

July 12, 2010 01:00 AM
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Becca said...

I made pumpkin spice whoopie pies with cinnamon cream cheese filling for Thanksgiving this year – they were fantastic!

July 12, 2010 01:00 AM
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LuizaCC said...

I never made Whoopies… but after this post, I will make them. Thanks!

July 12, 2010 01:00 AM
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Christin Kreml said...

I’ve heard of them but have never made them. Yours looks soo good I might have to this week!

July 12, 2010 01:00 AM
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Casey Clark said...

Yes and they are fantastic! I cant wait to get the book and try all the great combos!

July 12, 2010 01:01 AM
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Jennifer said...

I have seen them on one other cooking blog not to long ago. Never made or tried them. Would love to have the book and do so :)

July 12, 2010 01:01 AM
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Mackenzie T. said...

I’ve heard of them before, but have never had one! They look delicious and I would LOVE to have that baking book since I have time to bake now since it is summer!

July 12, 2010 01:02 AM
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Elaine said...

I made the red velvet sandwich cookies you posted for Valentine’s Day. Would those be considered whoopie pies?

July 12, 2010 01:02 AM
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Nichole Brown said...

I have never made whoopie pies, never had a whoopie pie, never seen a whoopie pie. But after drooling over those pictures I would love to make and devour some whoopie pies!!!

July 12, 2010 01:02 AM
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Cori said...

I actually saw an episode about these on Food Network. They look so easy to make and I’m thinking about making them for party favors for my daughter’s party. I would love a book on them.

July 12, 2010 01:02 AM
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Jo said...

I’ve never heard of them, and I’m fairly certain that my Weight Watchers lady will NOT approve, but I’m going to give them a go this weekend!!!

July 12, 2010 01:03 AM
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Amanda Bagley said...

I’d obviously NEVER heard of them because when I read the headline at first glance I thought it said Whopper, then I did a double take and thought, “what in the world is she talking about?”
NOW I see what it is you are baking and am relieved to not have to cover my eyes!

July 12, 2010 01:03 AM
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Holly said...

I’ve never made whoopie pies before but they look yummy! I would love to try the chocolate and peanut butter ones you made.

July 12, 2010 01:03 AM
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Karen F. said...

Never heard of them, but now I’d like to make some!

July 12, 2010 01:03 AM
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Jess said...

This is so random because I was just reading the review for this book online on Friday! I would LOVE a copy!

July 12, 2010 01:03 AM
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Katie said...

Have heard about them, dreamt about them and made an Oreo version of them. Please let this be my lucky day!

July 12, 2010 01:04 AM
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Cheryl said...

Fun! I love me some whoopie pies. I’ve made the classic chocolate with marshmallow creme filling. I love the idea of making them mini! What a fun book that would be!

July 12, 2010 01:04 AM
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Leah said...

I’ve heard of them, but never had one. I always assumed they were a Southern thing and that they were very similar to a moon pie. But the ones you made look soooooooooooo much more yummy than moon pies ever did. I’d love to do some experimenting with these :)

July 12, 2010 01:04 AM
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Rox said...

Heard of them. Love them. Cant wait to make them myself. Thanks for the recipe! Now, if I only had a whole cookbook of them…..

July 12, 2010 01:04 AM
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Amber said...

I have never heard of whoopies before, they look delicious. I love peanut butter and chocolate together, I’m gonna have to try these!

July 12, 2010 01:05 AM
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Sheri said...

I have heard of them but don’t think I have ever had them.. They look delicious!

July 12, 2010 01:05 AM
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Laurel said...

I have not made them, but I have eaten them and I love the endless possibilities for flavor combinations! They’re on my list of things to bake. =)

July 12, 2010 01:05 AM
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Nicole said...

I’ve heard of them, but I can’t remember ever having one. They look and sound delicious!

July 12, 2010 01:05 AM
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Tiffany said...

I love whoopie pies, got the pan at William Sonoma and just used there boxed red velvet wp mix. Cake was good, filling wouldn’t turn out fluffy but still good. Would love to have the book to make new kinds.

July 12, 2010 01:06 AM
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Lynnette said...

I’ve never made them myself. When I lived in Japan, my neighbor (also American) would make them at Valentine’s. Those are the only time I’ve had them…but so good! Will have to give them a try!

July 12, 2010 01:06 AM
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Erin Blodgett said...

I have heard of them when I lived in Texas… also know about moon pies.. never had them though, thanks for the recipe… its a great start. Of course if there was only a cookbook dedicated to them…..(hinthint)

July 12, 2010 01:06 AM
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Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

YUMMO! these look oh so good!

July 12, 2010 01:06 AM
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Jessica said...

Heard of the but have never had a homemade one … saddly only packaged. I would love the book to learn more!

July 12, 2010 01:06 AM
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Carolyn said...

Oh yes. We like the chocolate ones, but my favorite is pumpkin whoopies with cream cheese filling. Yumm-o. I preserve pumpkin just for these!

July 12, 2010 01:07 AM
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Barbie Holt said...

I’ve heard of them but never made them. The book looks so fun.

July 12, 2010 01:07 AM
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Sherry said...

I have never tasted whoopies before. This is a perfect opportunity to try them. Thanks for the recipe!

July 12, 2010 01:08 AM
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iliana said...

I’ve made whoopie pies before. They were delicious and cake like. However I accidentally made the scoops of dough too big so they turned out ginormous!

July 12, 2010 01:08 AM
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Shana T. said...

I have heard of them but have never mad any. They sure do look yummy!

July 12, 2010 01:09 AM
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Emily said...

I’ve never made them before! But I’ve had some with ice cream centers! Delicious!!

July 12, 2010 01:09 AM
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Andrea R. said...

I’ve heard of them, but I’ve never eaten them or made them. I’d love to have that book though. They look wonderful!

July 12, 2010 01:09 AM
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Maria said...

Heard of them, ate them, never made them!

July 12, 2010 01:09 AM
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