Thursday, August 23, 2012

Whoopie Pies With Mint Filling : Free and Easy Bake-Along #31 - Theme : Whoopie Pies

It's time for our Bake-Along! Our baking buddy, Zoe of  Bake For Happy Kids has chosen Whoopie Pies for our theme bake. I have not made Whoopie Pies before this and it has always been on my list of to do. Thanks to Zoe for chosing this for our Bake-Along.

These Whoopie Pies are delightful and we really enjoyed them, a lot! Even though I can find lots of recipes of various Whoopie Pies online, I was really surprised that out of the many cookbooks that I own, only one of my books has a recipe for Whoopie Pies, and that book is Rose's Heavenly Cakes. But when I was browsing thru Bon Appetit's website, this Whoopie Pies with Mint Filling looks good, so I made this instead. And my daughter loves anything with mint and chocolate!

The original recipe calls for extra chocolate ganache over the buttercream, but I chose to omit that. And one of the ingredients for the buttercream is egg whites, and I omitted that as well. I am not a fan of raw eggs  in bakes, and the minty buttercream is extremely good without it. Take note that when placed in an air-tight container for storage, place them in a single layer, do not stack them up, as they sticks to each other! And would not look pretty once you remove them!

We really enjoyed eating these Whoopie Pies, the cookie-cake is really soft, moist and fluffy. The minty buttercream is a delight and put them together, you would not stop at just one! 

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Whoopie Pies with Mint Filling
(adapted from : Bon Appetit)
Makes 15 sandwiched cookies
For the cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
5 tablespoons unsweetended cocoa powder
1-1/8 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated solid vegetable shortening or unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature (I use salted butter)
1 cup sugar (I use 170gm)
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk

For the Mint Filling
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons nonhydrogenated solid vegetable shortening or unsalted butter, room temperature (I use salted butter)
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup egg whites, from about 2 large eggs (I did not use this)
3 to 4 drops green food colouring

Preparation :
For The Cookies : 
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat shortening (or butter), sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in large bowl until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, beating well until blended after each addition.

Drop dough by very rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Bake 1 sheet at a  time until cookies are slightly puffed and spread but are still soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on sheets 10 minutes. Carefully transfer cookies to racks and cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
DO AHEAD : Cookies can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight in single layer at room temperature.

For The Mint Filling :
Using electric mixer, beat shortening (or butter), peppermint extract, and vanilla in large metal bowl until blended. Add powdered sugar, egg whites, and pinch of salt, beat until light and fluffy. Add food colouring drop by drop for desired shade of green; beat until well blended. If mixture looks curdled, place bowl over low heat several seconds and beat until smooth. Repeat as necessary until smooth.

Spoon mint filling into pastry bag fitted with medium star tip (or spoon filling into resealable plastic bag, squeezing filling into 1 corner of bag, then cut off 1/4 inch of plastic bag corner to allow for piping). Starting at outer edge of bottom (flat side) of  one half cookies and working toward center, pipe mint filling in spiral. Place one half cookie over mint-filled cookie and pressing slightly to adhere.
DO AHEAD : Can be made 2 hours ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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  1. They looks stunning and absolutely irresistible.

  2. I just hop over from Zoe's blog, both of your whoopie pies look very good.

  3. Hi Joyce,

    I realise too that there isn't many whoopie pie recipes in my book collection... there is lots of whoopie pies recipes that uses shortening which is big "no-no" for me and my family. Yours look fantastic with chocolate and mint combination! Happy with mine too! After this bake-along, my husband and son have been "nagging" at me for more Whoopie pies... LOL!


  4. Wow ... looks good. I havent try anything with mint yet.

  5. I love the sound of that mint filling, so refreshing! This is also the first time I am making whoopie pies and am glad this Bake Along has chosen this theme too. Sort of pushing us to try new things huh! And yes, the pies do stick after they are cooled! Glad to know I am not the only one having that problem:D

  6. Lovely mint filling! I think the whoopie pies were a big thing in America before the "cupcake" revolution. And anyways these are nothing but cakes in a cookie shape :D. Thanx once again for hosting such a fun bake.

  7. What a great twist with the mint filling!

  8. I really need to make some homemade Whoopie Pies, Joyce. I've gotten so spoiled because we buy them at the farm stand down the road at least once a month, sometimes twice, but don't tell, lol...Marion's favorite are the peanut butter:)

    My daughter, who is having a birthday tomorrow, would LOVE these. I think I'll send her the link as a birthday gift since she lives so far away. Mint & Chocolate she loves it!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  9. Chocolate and mint sounds like a wonderful combination, I would love it too! I have not seen any Whoopie Pie recipes in my recipe books and ended up surfing the web for a recipe. This is also my first time making Whoopie Pies. Bake Along is great, as it encourages us to try new recipes :)

  10. I love everything mint and chocolate, too!

    I have no idea what is whoopie pie, until now :D

    Thanks for sharing the recipe here, it's already in my bookmark list.

    am droooooooooling


  12. I'm sure gonna like this lovely chocolate whoopie pie with mint feeling! YUMMY! I just bake my first whoopie pie yesterday but mine doesn't turn out like it suppose to be! A bit high in the top & not flat! LOL Will be baking whoopie pie again & let my imagination runs wild this time! LOL

  13. Yummmmmm ! Love the color combo ! I haven't tried baking it as well :P :D I still have enough time to bake this deliciousness ! lol

  14. hi joyce, just came back after a long day. I quickly posted that up this morning knowing that i'll be out the whole day. phew! choc and mint is a nice combination, i hv not eaten anything mint for a long long time. Really glad that we have made our first whoopie pies! i really like the texture of whoopie pies, soft and kind of fluffy cookies!

  15. Good job and love that mint filling!

  16. Beautiful whoopie the combination of chocolate and mint...and the texture of these are awesome.
    Thanks for the recipe Joyce and hope you are having a fabulous week :)

  17. mine was just posted :)
    Thanks for the recipe, i like the idea of mint filling go with the choc , good combination... it was my 1st try too .

  18. Joyce, I haven't had whoopie pie before but today I'm so lucky to see so many flavours of whoopie pies. Love your choice of using mint filling, must be refreshing!

  19. This whoopie pie looks beautiful. I've never tried this before but the taste must be superb.

  20. Hi friends,
    Thank you for your visits and your lovely comments! Have a great weekend everyone!

  21. I made the mistake of stacking some of my whoopie pies and they ended up sticking to each other. Grrrrr! Mint filling sounds refreshingly good.

  22. I love how you put sooo much of the mint filling. I love the combination of chocolate and mint! Yum yum!

  23. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesSunday, August 26, 2012

    Looks refreshing!

  24. looks so chocolatey good and it goes well with the mint cream too. this is a wonderful tea time treat (hint!hint!)!!!