Happy Friday everyone! Casey Wyatt here. I hope you are all enjoying holiday treats week!
One quick announcement – the winners of Embrace the Highland Warrior are: Gerri Brousseau and Anne Francis. Congratulations ladies!
In case, you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for chocolate.
One of my favorite indulgences is Whoopie Pies.
For those unfamiliar with Whoopie Pies, they are a Northeastern treat whose origin is hotly contested. Maine claims to be the home of the Whoopie Pie while Lancaster, Pennsylvania begs to differ.
I’m not getting in the middle of that debate!
So what is a Whoopie Pie? Some call it a cake, others a cookie, but one thing it’s not is an actual pie. There is no tin. No flaky crust. Usually they are chocolate, but I’ve seen gingerbread, pumpkin, and red velvet varieties.
I like to think of Whoopie Pies as an inside out cupcake (because the frosting is on the inside!) My favorite recipe uses boxed cake mix (hey, I like it easy) and homemade filling. You can find a link for the recipe at the end of the post.
The first time I made Whoopie Pies, two Christmases ago, I made them for a holiday party at a friend’s house. Within the first hour, my intrepid, chocolate loving friends were already sneaking them off the plastic-wrapped plate. By the time desert rolled around, a noticeable dent had been made.
Of course, I knew who the culprits were. My friends have no shame. Chocolate was involved so the little Whoopies were fair game. (Rhyme unintended). Friends are funny. Mine claim that there are no calories in food eaten at parties. Just like there are no calories in food eaten standing up.
Uh. Huh. Don’t we all wish?
I won’t lie, these treats take a little more work than cupcakes. First, you have to make the chocolate “pie” by dropping teaspoons of batter onto a cookie sheet. Once they cool off, they need to be assembled like Oreo cookies. And, of course, you have to resist the urge to eat them under the thinly veiled disguise of “quality control”.
But they are worth the effort. And I love to see the smiles on my friend’s faces. If you’d like to try making these delightful chocolate treats, click here!
What treats do you like to make? What brings smiles to your friends and family?