The most popular of the Amish “Whoopie Pies” are the chocolate ones! They are so soft and yummy, and the kids love the marshmallow fluff icing inside! The story goes that mother’s of little Amish children would pack their school lunches and put the soft cookie pies in their bags and when the children opened their lunch bag and found a cookie pie, they yelled “Whoopie” and that’s where the name originated…as the story goes! lol Even though chocolate are the most popular, there are many other favorite varieties. I love the oatmeal and pumpkin almost as much as the chocolate!
Happy Whoopie Pie Baking!
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening (Crisco)
4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour milk (or buttermilk)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup hot water
Cream together the sugar and shortening and cream well. Add eggs one at a time and cream well.
Sift together flour, cocoa and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with the sour milk. Add vanilla. Dissolve soda in hot water and cool slightly. Add soda water to creamed mixture and mix well.
Drop by rounded teaspoons (I use a large heaping cookie scoop for larger Whoopie pies). I suggest baking a few first before baking them all so you can see what size you like best. True Whoopie pies should be about 3 or 4 inches round.
Preheat oven to 400.
Bake 8 – 10 minutes, depending on the size you make.
The larger ones may take 10 – 12 minutes to bake.
After the cookie part is baked, match up the sizes that go together best.
Fill with “Whoopie Pie Filling.”
Whoopie Pie Filling
2 egg whites at room temp (beat until stiff)
4 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioner sugar
1 and 1/2 cups shortening (Crisco)
Beat egg whites until stiff. Mix egg whites (beaten) with milk, vanilla and 2 cups sifted confectioner sugar. Then beat in shortening (Crisco). Add remaining 2 cups confectioner sugar.
Spread a large dab of filling on one flat side of cooled cookies. Top with another cookie to form a sandwich pie.
Make sure you put plenty of filling in the middle, that’s what a Whoopie Pie is all about, taking a bite and having the filling all over your mouth…kids anyway! Whoopie!!!!