Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

When I was a kid in Pennsylvania these were my favorite treat.  My mom used to make big batches, wrap them individually in waxed paper, and hide them in tins all over the house.  When she was at work, Dad and I would hunt for them.  I distinctly remember finding a tin of whoopie pies waaayyyy in the back of their closet – and another deep in the freezer.  Those we ate even before they thawed – just let them hang out beside the wood stove for a bit and then ate them frozen.  Yum!

While Mom didn’t make them nearly as often as I would’ve liked – I wouldn’t have, either, at the rate we went through them – whoopie pies can be found at every Amish stand, market, or store at home in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania (home of Belleville, the purest white top community in the world).  Some markets even have them in different flavors, but the basic chocolate remains my favorite.

Since my Big Helper’s book club is meeting this week to discuss Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Life with Lily, we decided to study Amish culture this month.  Today we made my great-grandmother’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies.

These whoopie pies are chocolatey and moist.  They don’t rise up super high, but they definitely grow in the oven, and that’s good – a tiny one just wouldn’t cut it.

I couldn’t get a picture of the actual mixing process – they were so excited that it flew by.  They were even happier to get their fingers into the icing, though!

Our finished product.
 
Chocolate Whoopie Pies
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8274 calories
1209 g
391 g
373 g
85 g
100 g
2196 g
4192 g
770 g
45 g
251 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2196g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 8274
Calories from Fat 3289
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 373g
573%
Saturated Fat 100g
498%
Trans Fat 45g
Polyunsaturated Fat 100g
Monounsaturated Fat 151g
Cholesterol 391mg
130%
Sodium 4192mg
175%
Total Carbohydrates 1209g
403%
Dietary Fiber 42g
169%
Sugars 770g
Protein 85g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
84%
Iron
111%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Cake Ingredients
  1. 2 c. sugar
  2. 1 c. shortening
  3. 2 egg yolks
  4. 4 c. flour
  5. 1 c. cocoa or a little less
  6. 1/2 t. salt
  7. 2 t. baking soda
  8. 1 t. baking powder
  9. 1 c. sour milk
  10. 3/4 c. hot water
Icing Ingredients
  1. 3 c. powdered sugar
  2. 2/3 c. shortening
  3. 2 t. vanilla
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 5 T. milk
Instructions
  1. Cream sugar and shortening.
  2. Add egg yolks and beat well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend slowly. (If you don't have any sour milk, you can put 1 T. of milk into a liquid measuring cup and then fill to the one-cup line with milk. Let it sit for 5 minutes, stir, and add.)
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Drop batter onto the parchment by the tablespoon. Leave 2 inches between each dollop - this batter will spread!
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  7. Remove from tray onto a tea towel or cooling rack.
  8. When pies are completely cool, match them up with others their same size and shape.
  9. Fill each pair with icing. (To make the icing, cream all ingredients.) One batch of icing should be enough for one batch of whoopie pies.
  10. Store in an air-tight container.
  11. Try to keep some in that container. Go ahead- I dare you!
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calories
8274
fat
373g
protein
85g
carbs
1209g
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