Recipe: Whoopie pie

Classic Chocolate Whoopie Pie
Makes about 48 two-inch cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
Preparation:
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt onto a sheet of waxed paper.

  3. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, shortening, and brown sugar on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes.

  4. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.

  5. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk to the batter and beat on low until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining flour mixture and 1/2 cup milk and beat until completely combined.

  6. Using a spoon, drop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.

  7. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes each, or until the pies spring back when pressed gently. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
Classic Marshmallow Filling

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups Marshmallow Fluff (or other prepared marshmallow cream, which will do in a pinch)
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preparation:
  1. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the Marshmallow Fluff and the vegetable shortening, starting on low and increasing to medium speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy for about 3 minutes.

  2. Reduce the mixer speed to low, add the confectioners' sugar and the vanilla, and beat until incorporated.

  3. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes more.
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About Sarah Billingsley:

Sarah Billingsley is a food writer and cookbook editor. She has written for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Edible Brooklyn and worked on the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking.

She graduated from the Food Studies master's program at New York University. She lives in San Francisco.

About Amy Treadwell:

Amy Treadwell was born in Massachusetts and raised on a steady diet of whoopie pies and franks and beans on Saturday nights. A self-taught home cook and avid baker, Amy now lives in San Francisco, where she edits a wide variety of cookbooks.

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