Traditional Whoopie Pies

Posted: September 24

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Traditional Whoopie Pies are a New England classic and the official state treat of Maine, which you can make with ease right in your own kitchen. Tender chocolate cakes sandwich a rich creamy filling, perfect for serving with tea or as the capstone to a wonderful meal. Traditional Whoopie Pies will tempt you to eat all of them in one sitting.


For the cakes: • 2/3 cup shortening • 1 1/4 cups sugar • 2 eggs • 2 1/2 cups flour • 1/2 cup cocoa powder • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract • 1 cup milk For the filling: • 3 tablespoons flour • 3/4 cup milk • 3/4 cup solid white shortening • 1 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease a cookie sheet.

Step 3

Cream the 2/3 cup of the shortening, 1 1/4 cup of the sugar, and 2 eggs. Beat until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Sift together the 2 1/2 cups of the flour, the cocoa, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

Step 5

Mix the 1 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla and the almond extract into the 1 cup of the milk.

Step 6

Add the dry ingredients mixture and the milk mixture to the creamed mixture, a little at a time and alternating between the two, being careful not to overmix.

Step 7

Drop the batter 1 tablespoon at a time on the prepared cookie sheet.

Step 8

Bake until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Let the cakes cool.

Step 9

On the stove, mix the 3 tablespoons of the flour and the 3/4 cup of the milk until very thick, stirring constantly. Cool to cold.

Step 10

Beat in the 3/4 cup of the solid white shortening, 1 cup of the sugar, and the 1 teaspoon of the vanilla until light and fluffy.

Step 11

Sandwich your cakes with the filling and serve!

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