Whoopie Pies

Have you ever eaten a Whoopie Pie, two dark chocolate cake like cookies held together with frosting or fluff?
Whoopie Pies are definitely a New England thing. You find the original chocolate, or vanilla, pumpkin, and even zucchini flavors from independent bakeries that sell them at small shops, and then, of course, the grocery chains make their plate sized version as well.
Just thinking about my Grandmother’s Whoopie Pies brings a smile to my face. The older recipes are always interesting too because they don’t necessarily detail things like current recipes, but I can read and pronounce all the ingredients which is a really good thing these days.
Whoopie Pies can be found all over the Northeast for both residents and tourists to enjoy. If you’ve ever wanted a recipe to try, here’s my Grandma Sweet’s recipe with best wishes for a delicious Whoopie Pie to enjoy.
Have a great week whether you’re baking, gardening, or staying afloat at work. 🙂
My grandmother’s Whoopie Pie recipe:Recipe
2 3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour milk (1/2 Tbsp. vinegar added to 1/2 cup milk)
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cocoa (mix and add last)
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add the boiling water and cocoa mixed last. Interesting how the flour and milk aren’t mentioned in the mixing. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
*I use a small cookie scoop so they are uniform in size and can then be put together easily. We make smaller ones because we count carbohydrates, but then we can eat two.  🙂
** My grandmother noted on the recipe that she used marshmallow fluff between them and then wrapped each in wax paper to store.
*** Many of the bakeries here use frosting as the cream between the chocolate pies.
A few years back, I took the series of Wilton Cake Decorating courses, and I use their frosting recipe to fill mine. Everyone in the family likes it, just ask my grandson who doesn’t care that much for chocolate cake but eats the frosting on graham crackers or anything else he can spread it on.
Wilton Frosting:
Yield: 3 cups (I only need half a batch for Whoopie Pies.)
1 tsp. Wilton Clear Vanilla Extract
2 Tbls. Milk or water – I always need more than that
1 cup solid vegetable shortening – Crisco (In some recipes, they use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 butter – your choice.)
1 Tbls. Wilton Meringue Powder – Sometimes I have that and sometimes I don’t and it works for Whoopie Pies with or without it. If decorating a cake, I’d certainly recommend using it.
1 lb. sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 4 cups)

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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11 Responses to Whoopie Pies

  1. I’ve not heard of whoopie pies before but they sure look good and at least I know now what fluff is used for! You can buy that over here in the UK but never knew what I could use it for.
    Have a good week 🙂


  2. I’ll have to try this recipe, my kids would love them!


  3. Nothing more dearer to the heart than a recipe from Grandma…thanks for sharing.


  4. Sounds like fun to make! The sour milk makes me ask a question though…you wrote “1/2 cup sour milk (1/2 Tbsp. added to 1/2 cup milk)”; is that 1/2 TBSP in addition to the 1/2 cup? Or did I read it incorrectly? Thanks. Hope you are having a great summer.


  5. Grandma Kc says:

    I don’t think that I have ever had one but since I do love all things chocolate I am more than willing to try out your recipe. I love the Wilton frosting, too — that is certainly be what I use to fill them. Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s recipe.


  6. We have them in our area too. I was surprised to read ( somewhere at some point ) that they are not common all over the country. I think I made them a few times ( way back when the kids were little ) but have not done so in years! This recipe will work for me ! : ) But not THIS week. The heat is back and that oven is staying cold and off again. : )


  7. Karen says:

    How nice to have your grandmother’s recipe for such a popular New England snack. Would you believe that I still have never had one of these…don’t know why. 🙂


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