Monday, December 14, 2009

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

It has been a few weeks since I have posted a sweet recipe on Make It Yourself Monday. I have been baking more than usual with the holidays and this is a family favorite. This is my mom's recipe and she makes Chocolate Whoopie Pies quite a bit. I'm not sure where the name comes from, but these sandwich cookie/cakes have different names in other parts of the country.

Whoopie Pies


  • 1 Cup shortening
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sour milk - simply add 1 tsp white vinegar to the 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 1/2 Cups flour
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine the baking soda, baking powder, flour, cocoa, salt and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the Crisco, sugar and eggs together. Slowly add the hot water and sour milk and mix until just combined. Slowly add the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

I use an ice cream scoop to make cookies of a consistent size. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp. milk
  • 6 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups shortening
  • 5 1/2 Cups confectioners sugar

Using the wire whisk attachment, beat egg whites until stiff. Add other ingredients and mix until well combined.

At this point, try to avoid diving into the bowl of filling, you will need it for the pies.

Once the chocolate cookies are cool, spread the filling between two cookies. This recipe will make about 30 Whoopie pies, depending on the size of your cookies. The Whoopie Pies freeze well. I have about 2 dozen ready to go for Christmas Eve.

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  1. These look wonderful! They remind me of cocoa drop cookies that I make from my Betty Crocker cookbook. I make a single cookie and spread it with chocolate frosting. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  2. I love these cookies but have never made them. I just might have to give them a try, especially after the warning to stay out of the filling! I'll have to double that part!

  3. I love the way these taste but I have never made them. One day. . .

  4. Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

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  6. I absolutely love these and yes they call them by different names in different parts of the country. I made some this Fall and posted on my blog and they were pumpkin. Honestly I could not stop eating those too:) Thanks for sharing your tried and true recipe with me. I have copied it for a future day when I have a chocolate attack. Happy Holidays!

  7. Thanks for the comments.

    Joyce - I love pumpkin whoopie pies too. I might have to make some now with the squash I have in my freezer.

  8. I always buy a couple of these when I go to a farmers market. The Amish alway have these for sale. I live in Pennsylvania, too. This is the first time I've visited your blog. I have read some of your other posts and I agree with what you say. DH works for the DEP so we try to be green and thrifty.

  9. These look really yummy. I made a Red velvet version for v-day. The cake part was a little too dry though. I've been wanting to try chocolate ones, yay!

  10. These look decadent! Boy, that's alot of shortening in the filling, eh? What a treat though.

  11. Wouldn't those be yummy with a little mint added to the filling!


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