Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Whoopie Pies

I had fun planning a baby shower recently and I was really wanting to have macarons there.  But while researching them, I found they aren't any where close to us at all- and if I were to order online they would be over $50 for not even that many.  I was sad about it until I ran into this amazing recipe for whoopie pies!  These are perfect for a baby shower or even a wedding.  It's a way to have that classic look of macaroons without breaking the bank.  The best part is, they are so customizable too.  You can make them any size or color you want.  Not to mention, they are sooo easy to make and extremely delicious!
So without further adieu, here's the recipe:
Cookie Ingredients:
(maybe I should call it "cake" that's really the texture they are)
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/3 cup veggie oil
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
food coloring

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a large bowl beat egg and veggie oil.  Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until well blended.  In another bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda.  In a measuring cup combine milk and vanilla.  Add the flour and milk mixtures alternately to the egg and sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Now, I divided the mixture into seperate bowls and added food coloring until I got the colors I wanted.  The cookies will bake a slightly lighter color than what the mixture looks like.  Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, leaving a couple inches between drops.  Hint: if you have cheap pans like I do, and they warp slightly when heated, your cookies wont be perfect circles... mine definitely aren't.  So hopefully you'll have better luck (;  Bake about 5 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched with finger.  Also, if you think you can manage without parchment paper think again!  I was hoping I could (I didn't want to wait to bake them so I could run to the store) but they ended up being brown on the edges without it.  Use it!
Filling Ingredients: 
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Combine until well blended.
(this makes more than enough for your entire batch of whoopie pies... don't be skimpy on the frosting!  I tried not to be and I had like a cup of frosting left over)
After your cookies have cooled completely, frost inside and place another cookie on top.  Voila!  So cute, right?
*phew, okay.  I'm done posting for the month (; 

9 lovely comments:

2899016 + 3 said... Reply To This Comment

Those looks heavenly in every way! They're beautiful and they make my mouth water!! You're a genius!

Autumn said... Reply To This Comment

These are beautiful....I want to make them as well. I bet they were delicious too!

wholesouls2 said... Reply To This Comment

You know, a daughter who TRULY loves her mother would send her 2 to 4 whoopie pies in the mail! Love, Mother

Jennifer said... Reply To This Comment

mmmm! these look so good!

Randi Gardner said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for sharing! What a great alternative!

Karm said... Reply To This Comment

this looks so good. I am going to try this this weekend. and I shall facebook you to tell you how it comes out (:

Bri said... Reply To This Comment

these look so yummy and are so darn pretty! perfect touch for a baby shower :)

Leticia said... Reply To This Comment

those cookies look a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I have to wipe the drool off the keyboard as I type. haha.
so i'm taking a photography class next month and i just got my textbook.
i've discovered a whole new world of photography. aperature, shutter speed, manual settings,perspective (eek!) juxtapostion! wow there is SO much to know and i'm finding my love for photography is ever increasing. i want to know how you get your photography so clear and beautiful!? what camera do you use? what are your favorite settings? i pretty much want to pick your brain. may i? :)

Ana said... Reply To This Comment

Interesting - we always make our whoopie pies chocolate and cream, kind of like an oreo. These look good. I'll have to give them a try sometime.

Just thought I'd throw out there that macaroons are just about the easiest cookie to make. Mark Bittman has a fantastic recipe we make all the time. When we are really creative, we melt dark chocolate and dip them. And they aren't even close to fifty bucks in price, but totally there in taste!