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Thursday, December 15, 2011

~Whoopie Pies~

It was sometime around the year 1972, that I entered grade eight and met Anita, who soon became my best friend and continued to be my best friend until I graduated grade 12.  I spent many days and nights at her house.  Anita's mom was a very good cook and her baked goods compared to none else.  One of the things that she made and hid (from us) in the freezer was Whoopie Pies.  They are so GOOD frozen.




Anita's mom gave me the recipe and I have made them many times throughout the intervening years.  
But until recently, nobody that I knew, had ever heard of them.  Then one day everybody was talking about "Whoopie Pies".  Some say they are from Pennsylvania originally, others say Maine and still others say Boston, no matter where they originated, they are super-dilli-icious!




I wanted to make some for Christmas, but I could not find my own recipe.
I found one here on Martha Stewart's website, but it's not quite the same as the one that I used to make.  The batter was too thick and ended up rising too high, even when I used a lot less batter on the cookie sheet it still ended up too high.  They were a little tough, although I was careful not to mix the batter too long.  I would not use that recipe again, probably.

I made a cream cheese icing, using 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup cream cheese, added 3 1/2 cups icing sugar and 1 teaspoon real Vanilla extract.  
Then to make the peanut butter icing I divided what I had just made into two parts and added several tablespoons of peanut butter to one half.  It was a little dry, I should have added a tablespoon or so of milk.

Have you ever made Whoopie Pies?  Do you have a tried and true recipe?  If so would you be so kind as to pass it on?

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy your visits and your wonderful comments.

Have a fabulous pre-Christmas weekend, dear friend,

Warm hugs,

Cindy


26 comments:

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Cindy, I am from Nova Scotia and I ate Whoopie Pies growing up and was suprised when I moved to Alberta in 2005 that no one seemed to know what they were. I have made them regularly for the kids to take to school and no one had heard of them.In Nova Scotia, you can buy them in the grocery store, but not here in the West until recently. I think they have grown in popularity with cupcakes and french macaroons lately. I think Whoopie Pies are definitely a New England/Northern East Coast thing. Tomorrow I will dig out my recipe and pass it on. The original recipe makes very tender cakes and a very soft light whipped filling. Angie xo

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Cindy. It's true. They are a Maritime favorite! :) We never had them growing up but I know I had them at friends homes. And my mil made them too. I think she used Marshmallow spread with something added for the frosting. The kids loved them. I have her recipe but it's not the best so I would love to see Angie's recipe posted here if she would share it with 'the world'! It must be a good one if it's from N.S. I noticed they are in the odd magazine now too - like the popular cupcakes. Did you google All Recipes or Jean Pare's Company's Coming Cookbook? You might find it there. I've never had them with peanut butter added to the frosting. Have a wonderful day my friend. Blessings, Pamela

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oooooh, those look delicious!! I kind of like how high they rose!! Man, they are pretty! blessings ~ tanna

miabellavintage said...

Maybe the Mennonite girls can cook has on on their website!.....I don't even want to think about the calories in one of those!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Cindy, I have never eaten a Whoopie Pie and had not heard about them until they started appearing on the internet. They look very yummy so I think I've been missing out on something good. Maybe you will find your recipe but I'm sure a blogger friend will share a good one. By the way, your kitchen looks nice.
Shannon

thistlewoodfarm said...

I have never made those before, but yours looks absolutely delicious!

podso said...

My vote is that these came from Pennsylvania! They look delicious, and I'm sure they are worth the work as they are soo good!

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Cindy,they look delicious! Food Network UK, had a programme on only this week, where they featured Whoopi Pies, can't remember the chef, but I know he was American! If you go onto Food Network UK and browse there I am sure you'll find a good recipe! Good luck!

Robin said...

I've never made them before. They look very yummy, I'm going to give them a try.

Jackie said...

I haven't had whoopie pies since I was much younger. They certainly bring back fond memories. I will have introduce my family to this wonderful dessert. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the recipe you found.

Amish Stories said...

I smelled whoopie pies and had to drop over, and a local favorite with our Amish here in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Richard

Sheila said...

Cindy, your picture looks wonderfully decked out and it must be fun to spend time baking there. Best wishes for a Happy Christmas in your beautiful cottage.

Pondside said...

Cindy, I have a vintage 1975 recipe that I got from a friend. I'll look it up and send it to you as soon as I can.

Greet said...

Cindy,
Could you please send some of these whoopies to Belgium ?! Haha!!
They look delicious!
xx
Greet

Gail said...

What a sweet story about your friend Cindy! I had a friend just like yours too and we drifted. Reading this made me think if her. Those whoppie pies look delicious!

Christmas Blessings to you my friend,
Gail

Buttercup said...

I've never made them, but I do like to eat them. Your picture is adorable.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They sound yummy Cindy! If someone sends you a good recipe, please share! :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

They look delicious Cindy and I loved hearing the story also!

Merry Christmas!

Betty said...

I have never tasted Whoopee Pies, but have seen them on blogs. They look rich and delicous

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I've never made a whoopie pie...but I have eaten quite a few! My daughter makes them...yours look very good and thick. Your kitchen is the perfect place for holiday preparations...so festive. Hope you are having a good weekend!

nannykim said...

Hmm, well, we had things we called whoopie pies that came out of a snack machine, but I never heard of home made ones! I am wondering if your friend's mom actually ate them while they were still frozen!!

Julie Harward said...

Well, they look delish to me! Love that little snowman on the scale.. Merry Christmas Cindy! :D

Sue said...

Love the story of you and Anita ~ Cherished memories of your sweet friend.
Well the whoopie pies look delish! I have never made whoopie pies but would love to try one of yours. :)
xoxo Sue

Ana said...

Oh Cindy,
Sorry you couldn't find your original recipe...Hope it'll shows up some where :-) You know what? When I was younger, everyone called me Anita as it is diminutive of Ana. But as I grew older I thought it was too much of a little girl name so I decided I wanted everyone to call my Ana...There are still a few people that still call me Anita... My Dad, Mom and a couple of cousins, aunts and uncles. And I must say I like it now. Hee, hee, hee. Anyway, sweet story my friend.

Much love,
♥Ana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I hope you find your original recipe Cindy. What a great memory though. They still look quite delish. Always a pleasure to stop by for a visit. I've enjoyed getting to know you, and your warm heartfelt style. Have a Merry Christmas.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Hi Cindy,
I'm so sorry you lost your favorite recipe. :( I've lost a few of my favorite ones as well so I know the feeling. I've known about Whoopie Pies for a long time and had heard that the recipe came from the Amish. I've never made them but I have an Amish cookbook and know the recipe is in there. I'm getting ready to leave for a doctor's appointment but I'll try to remember to send you the recipe later. Have a great day today!