Cookie Carnival: Mini-Chocolate Whoopie Pies

by Holly on October 19, 2008

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After missing the last couple rounds of the cookie carnival I am finally back this month for the Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Martha Stewart. Well, they are chocolate whoopie pies with pumpkin filling actually and Martha’s guest on her show was my favorite blue guy so who could resist. Except. I changed things around a little again…

Now, I am especially grateful that we are allowed to fiddle around with recipes for the cookie carnival this month because though the original recipe calls for a pumpkin filling for these babies I just didn’t feel like pumpkin. I could have made it and I’m sure that it would have been good, but, I just wasn’t feeling it.

I think it is all the fault of that little side-bar on Martha’s site that shows other recipes you ‘may’ be interested in because there was one with another whoopie pie variation with a peanut butter filling. After that I just couldn’t resist. So, rather than change things completely I went ahead and used the original cake/cookie part of the recipe. For the filling I just slightly modified the peanut butter filling recipe from the other version.

The flavor of the cookie and of the filling was great. I did think that the cookies were a bit too dry, but a big glass of cold milk takes care of that. It was probably my fault somehow too, because the picture on Martha’s site looks like the ‘dough’ was a bit softer than mine because of the smoother spread. Oh well, because they are still just so darn cute, fun and easy to make that there was really no complaint here. Because the recipe did make so many though (I think I ended up with about 18 sandwiches) these made their way to one of Aidan’s friends house for a birthday party where the kids got to enjoy them (and I didn’t eat them all myself over the next couple of days).

Thanks Kate for another great cookie carnival!

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Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies
(Source: Martha Stewart)
Makes about 20.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Filling
(Adapted from Martha Stewart)
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tbsp heavy cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (I actually had to use 350 degrees).

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.

Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes (mine only took about 11 minutes).

Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.

To make the filling, in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter, peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Cristine October 19, 2008 at 4:08 am

YUM! You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! I liked the pumpkin filling but the pb will be in my near future! 🙂

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Jules Someone October 19, 2008 at 4:44 am

You know, I liked these, but I didn’t feel they had strong enough flavors. The pumpkin and chocolate were too muted for me. Ah well.

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kamailesfood October 19, 2008 at 4:56 am

Cute cookies! PB filling sounds pretty good. The pumpkin filling has me curious enough to try it though.

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Manggy October 19, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Oh! If it’s any consolation, they don’t look dry at all– in fact, they look quite fudgy and brownie-like. Yummmmm 🙂 (I think I would have followed my instinct too and gone with peanut butter!)

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Shari@Whisk: a food blog October 20, 2008 at 2:00 am

I think chocolate and peanut butter are MUCH BETTER than chocolate and peanut butter! Good call. They look great!

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kate October 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

your pictures are just mouth-watering!
and i love the new header!

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Jin Hooi November 1, 2008 at 9:56 am

wow.. your cookies look so yummy !! My filling were way too thin .. D’oh!!

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Kirstynn Evans November 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm

So Cute! And yummy!!! I am for going to try peanut butter SOON!

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mysweetestday November 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm

i love your tower of cookies! they look yummy!

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mangomissives November 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Yours look great! I may try making these again with a peanut butter filling. The pumpkin one was just too mild and the cookies overpowered it.

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Stacey November 3, 2008 at 2:27 am

I will have to make another batch with PB! Yum!

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Pamela November 3, 2008 at 2:43 am

They look luscious! I think the PB filling sounds just plain yummy.

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Engineer Baker February 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I’ll have you know, these things are DANGEROUS. I made them with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting, and everyone at work loved them. Made quite a few more than 20 sandwiches though – almost 30. And mine spread just fine, which is odd. Maybe you used colder butter and crisco than I did? Either way, they were wonderful.

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