November 22, 2017

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies

Faith Pineo Photo | Whoopie pies

Whoopie for our first Facebook drawing winners! In their honor, we’ve got whoopie pies for our recipe this week.

Whoopie pies: Nearly every Maine cook has their own “perfect” recipe for these treats. While we all agree that the cookie must be chocolatey and cake-like, there’s a wide range of tastes when it comes to filling. Some like theirs made with cream cheese. Others are aghast by that thought and swear by Fluff. Still more replace part of the shortening with butter.

Our recipe, which we recently revamped, has the requisite moist chocolate cookie and, by most standards, the old-fashioned, authentic filling made entirely with shortening. Give them a try. Tweak them as you like. But make a batch, grab a glass of milk and share them. You’ll find no end of willing volunteers ready to taste test.

— Faith Pineo

Whoopie Pies

For the cookies:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup milk (we use skim)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups flour

Cream first 3 ingredients. Mix in eggs, then cocoa. Mix in milk, vanilla, soda and salt. Mix in flour. Chill batter for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto large, ungreased cookie sheet, spaced approx. 3” apart (you can bake about 8 cookies per batch).

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should barely spring back when done. Do not overbake. Cool on sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

1 cup shortening
2 1/4 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar (add the extra if you want them super-sweet)
2 tsp. vanilla
2-3 tbsp. milk
good dash of salt

Cream shortening and sugar until combined. Add in the other 3 ingredients, beating until light and fluffy.

To assemble:

Put a spoonful of filling between 2 cookies. Smoosh together gently.

Storage: Wrap whoopie pies individually. They keep well for several days and improve in flavor the next day. They also can be frozen.