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2014….WHOOOOPIE!! January 6, 2014

Filed under: Daring Baker Challenges,Kitchen Catastrophes — Cisa @ 9:31 pm
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I’m sorry, that was a terrible word play, but it does lead in to the December challenge from the Daring Baker’s group. This month’s recipe was whoopie pies. when I think whoopie pies I for some reason think southern US. I’m really not sure why, but that’s what pops into my head…and makes me feel like I should pair these with iced tea. Anyway, here’s a fun recipe for soft cakey cookies filled with a marshmallow creme. For a holiday twist these ones were rolled in crushed candy canes.


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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate
2 1/3 cup flour
1 cup milk


How to:

1. Cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.
2. Add egg and beat until smooth.
3. Melt chocolate.
4. Mix melted chocolate into the butter/sugar mixture.
5. Alternate adding flour and milk util well combined.
6. Place in a ziplock bag and cut the corner off.
7. Pipe small dollops onto a baking sheet – try to keep them about the same size, and use your fingers to flatten the points on the dollops.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
9. Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool before filling.



Filling:

1 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme (I used two smallish containers because I didn’t want any left over)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
1 crushed candy cane (if desired)


Beat together all ingredients adding the powdered sugar slowly so it doesn’t explode in a cloud across your face.
Add more powdered sugar or a little bit of milk to adjust the consistency as necessary.



Putting it all together:

Pair off the cookies, matching size and shape as closely as possible. Put a thick dollop of the creme filling on the bottom of one cookie, and sandwich it with it’s partner. If desired for a holiday twist roll the exposed edge of the filling in pulverized candy canes (I used five candy canes total for the filling and edge decoration which I mashed in the food processor). The filling will become more like marshmallows the longer it sits so I recommend mixing that up just a little bit before you plan on using it.
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Shout out to the host from this month! The December Daring Bakers’ Challenge had us all cheering – the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose… What else is there to say but “Whoopie!”

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