Whoopie Pies Are A Pillowy Treat That Are As Easy To Make As To Eat

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Whoopie PiesPHOTO: RYAN LIEBE; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

If you have ever been to the East Coast, especially Maine, I'm sure you've at least heard of whoopie pies. You’ll also find them throughout Pennsylvania as they are a traditional Amish dessert. It’s unclear who gets to call dibs on the whoopie pie, but either way, I’m glad they exist. The iconic dessert is essentially a cake sandwich. For a traditional whoopie pie, you’ll find a marshmallow buttercream sandwiched between two soft, chocolate discs of cake. A properly filled whoopie pie should squish out its buttercream with each bite, but it's absolutely worth the sweet mess it creates.

Yields: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Cakes

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 1/4 c.

    (270 g.) all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 c.

    (40 g.) unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)

  • 1 tsp.

    baking powder

  • 1 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp.

    baking soda

  • 1 c.

    (210 g.) light brown sugar

  • 1/4 c.

    vegetable oil

  • 4 tbsp.

    unsalted butter, softened

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

  • 3/4 c.

    milk

  • 1/4 c.

    warm water

Filling

  • 1 1/2 c.

    (172 g.) confectioners' sugar

  • 3/4 c.

    (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 7 oz.

    Marshmallow Fluff

  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

Directions

Cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and grease with cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat brown sugar, oil, and butter until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat on medium-low speed until only a few dry streaks remain. Add milk and warm water and beat until just combined.

  3. Using a medium scoop (about 3 tablespoons), scoop batter onto prepared sheets, spacing 3" apart.

  4. Bake pies until edges are firm and centers are just slightly soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool.

Frosting

  1. In a large bowl, using handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat confectioners’ sugar and butter until smooth. Add Fluff and vanilla and beat until well combined.

  2. Flip half of discs over. Using medium scoop, scoop frosting onto center of flipped discs. Top with a second disc and gently press down until frosting is almost to the edge.

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