Festive chocolate whoopie pies are a sweet and easy treat for the busy holiday season! (Updated December 2020)
This year sure has been something, hasn’t it? Whew. I always look forward to the New Year and the chance to start over and do better, but never before has the feeling been so keen.
But, as of this writing, there are still weeks to go and Christmas noshes to think about. The Chocolate Whoopie Pie might not be the first cookie you think of during the holidays, but I think it’s a worthy addition.
Especially this year, when we could use a little over-the-top comfort in the form of chocolate. And cookies.
If you’re not familiar with the whoopie pie (it seems to be a regional thing), it’s two soft chocolate cookies sandwiched around a huge dollop of marshmallow creme filling. Light and sweet and filling all at the same time, they’re a delicious treat when the average chocolate chip cookie just won’t do.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sort of a sucker for marshmallow fluff. It’s the kind of thing that I can eat right off the spoon (although adulting means I don’t).
It’s really the perfect filling for a whoopie pie: regular cake frosting is too heavy and cloying; whipped cream is far too lightweight. The marshmallow fluff is the perfect combo of “sweet” and “texture” to highlight the yummy chocolate cakey cookies surrounding it.
For an extra fancy presentation, pipe the filling with a swirly edge design on one cookie, gently top the filling with the second cookie, and then sprinkle colored sprinkles over the filling.
You can also make different sizes of chocolate whoopie pies, as I did here in the photos. Just watch the baking times to make sure the chocolate cookies set and don’t burn.
Here’s to a better year, with even more delicious food!
Chocolate Whoopie Pies
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons natural cocoa OR 3 tablespoons each black cocoa and natural cocoa
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar or glazing sugar
- 1 1/3 cups Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallow creme
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt OR the salt of your choice dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening, sugar and egg. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa(s), flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir the vanilla into the milk.
- Add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture alternately with the milk/vanilla mixture, beating till smooth. Drop the dough by the 1/4-cupful, onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cake. Smooth the tops into shape with an offset spatula
- Bake the cakes for about 15 minutes, or until they're firm to the touch. Remove them from the oven and cool completely on a rack.
- Beat together the shortening, sugar and marshmallow, then stir in the salt and vanilla. Spread half of the cakes with the filling; top with the remaining cakes.
Tuesday 20th of December 2022
Hi, again. I want to give these a try. Does shortening mean "not butter?" And I may try to make my own fluff because why not make the next few days more complicated? Or I may come to my senses.
Thursday 22nd of December 2022
@SoupAddict, Thanks and excellent timing on the refrigerator ?
Wednesday 21st of December 2022
I've always made these things with shortening because that's what my mom did. I've never made them with butter -- something in my gut thinks the batter won't create a sturdy cake (i.e., something strong enough to be, basically, sandwich bread, rather than tender crumbly birthday cake). I could be wrong there! I'm also the queen of making things more complicated. Like, trying to have a new refrigerator delivered before both a snowstorm and xmas, instead of just waiting until January. Lol.