Whoopie Pies

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”  It’s also that time of year to dust off your cookbooks and find a favorite treat.  We’ve decided to share a 50s classic that the kids (both big and small) will just love.  

The whoopie pie is a 50’s goodie that some consider to be a big fat Oreo style dessert.  It’s two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake, or sometimes gingerbread cake, with a sweet, creamy filling.  You can also sandwich cake frosting between them.  While it traditionally has been considered a New England or Amish tradition, they were increasingly sold throughout the United States in the 1950s.  According to some historians, Amish women would bake these desserts (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers’ lunch pails or lunch boxes. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!”
Whether the tale is true or not, they are a fabulous 50s treat! We like to think these trendy little cakelettes are like the best parts of a cupcake squished into a big delicious sandwich. So, treat your tastebuds to an oldie but goodie this Christmas!
2 C. unsifted flour
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 C. milk
1 t. vanilla
1 egg
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 C. marshmallow spread
1 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 t. vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine milk and vanilla in measuring cup; set aside. Beat egg and oil in bowl of electric mixer until combined.
  4. Add sugar to egg-oil mixture; beat until pale yellow, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add flour and milk mixtures alternately to egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  6. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter onto greased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake until top springs back lightly when touched, 5-7 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  8. For filling, combine marshmallow spread, confectioners’ sugar, butter and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread filling between 2 cake halves to make sandwich.  Tip: make the filling while the cookies are in the oven.