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Friday, 16 May 2008

Whoopie Pies with Peanut butter filling

These little pies are something I have always wanted to have a go at baking. The name itself I find fascinating it just lured me in, much like a little child running into a sweet shop all intrigued and innocent looking at sweetie jars wondering, which sweet they’d choose and what would it taste like? I was just in the same frame of mind with Whoppie Pies, intrigued to taste the delights from our ‘dear’ friends across the water in America.

Having researched recipes, one I tried was a complete failure I have to admit, too overpowering of chocolate (now this is coming from a chocoholic here), and looked like the sponge had done 10 rounds in a boxing ring and tasted like it had too! I hate wasting good ingredients or food but there was no other option but to bin them.

In the end I followed my own instincts and came up with my own recipe for the sponge. The filling is not the normal marshmallow fluffy filling I have been reading about but a fluffy peanut butter one which I have adapted from Martha Stewarts Cookie Book. The filling blends remarkably well with the chocolaty soft sponge and taking one bite I was in Whoopie Heaven!! I will definitely be baking Whoopie Pies again and may even try having a go at making my own fluffy marshmallow filling.

Whoppie Pies with Peanut butter filling

Makes 16 round sponges and 8 Whoopie Pies

225g (8 oz) plain flour
50g (2 oz) cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
75g (3 oz) softened butter
225g (8 oz) caster sugar
150ml (1/4 pint) whole milk
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
For The Filling
150g (5 oz) peanut butter
75g (3 oz) softened butter
75g (3 oz) icing sugar, sifted

You will need 2 large baking sheets lined with Teflon mats or non-stick paper.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together into a large bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the butter and sugar and beat until creamy and light in colour. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well in until fully incorporated. Fold in gently half the flour mixture and half the milk until combined and do the same with the remainder of the flour mixture and milk.

Drop 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time on the baking sheets leaving enough room between each tablespoon for the mixture to spread as it bakes in the oven. Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until firm to the touch when pressed lightly on the top. Place the sponges onto a cooling rack to fully cool.

Make the filling: Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat until fluffy and light in colour. Spread the filling onto 8 sponges equally and place a sponge on top.


Maria said...

Rosie these looks absolutely amazing, that peanut butter filling has me drooling. I can just imagine how good these Whoppie Pies must taste!!


Rosie said...

Hi Maria, these Whoopie Pies do taste rather good, better than the first try out ones ;) Thanks for your sweet comment!!

Hugs Rosie x

Uma said...

It seems you're never tired to make those beauties, Rosie! Your family must be proud of you! Whoppie Pies look gorgeous and with the filling of peanut butter, it must be a kid pleaser too!

glamah16 said...

You know you like saying Whoppie Pie! You need to start your own bakery.

Sylvie said...

Chocolate and peanut butter in one recipe?! What could possibly be wrong? Those look yummy. I have got a glass of milk, would you send a biscuit, please?!

Ruth Elkin said...

These look fab!!!!! I can see why you wanted to make them for so long!

Bellini Valli said...

I think you can still buy Whoopie Pies along with Ding Dongs and Yo Yo's from the Hostess Company. I'd prefer the homemade ones of course:D

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, yeah, peanut butter beats cream any day. Now, that's a whoopie pie I could drown in.

RecipeGirl said...

I've always wanted to do whoopie pies too. I love the idea of a peanut buttery filling!

Jerri said...

lookin' good as usual, Rosie!

Nickki said...

Wow Rosie, they look so good! My american neighbour makes something similar to these,her version had a cream cheese filling though. when she baked us some last year they didn't last very long! I like the idea of the peanut butter filling, I must give your recipe a try. :)

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie my dear..always something so fantastic i find in your posts!! These little pies are simply great..I wish I had one right now!! i'm so hungry..but maybe it's because of the chocolate :-P
A big hug

Lore said...

I'll give you some Nutella cookies for a whoopie pie ;). Love their rich dark cocoa colour!
Rosie dear their is an award waiting for you on my blog and it looks pretty anxious to get home were it belongs :D.

Priscilla said...

Yum, these look deelicious. Peanut Butter filling in these cookies sound delicious.

Donna said...

LOL...OhMyGoodness!! We Love Whoopie Pies here in Texas!! Great recipe sweetie!!!hughugs

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

They look amazing. I must give them a try and soon.

Gloria said...

Rosie Im really sorry that to understand bad the Sweet and simple cakes, dont will be happens, so sorry.

These looks so nice Rosie, xGloria

Kevin said...

Those "pies" look amazing! It is always fun and rewarding when you experiment and develop your own recipe and finally get it just right. Chocolate and peanut butter....mmm...

Margaret said...

Must say I have never come across a recipe called 'Whoppie Pies' before - love the title.
Also, have learnt something else today, that you can flavour buttercream with peanut butter. They look delicious.

Loulou said...

These look divine!! I just love peanut butter (a new found love) and will definitely try these Rosie.
The chocolate cookies look amazing too but I think i will sway to the whoopie pies......(love that name)
Loulou x

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rosie, Whoopie Pies are something that I have seen a fair bit on the US blogs,and always wanted to try myself. Yours look delicious!

I have nominated you for an award:

Zita said...

yum...yes I'm craving now for peanut butte filling, this is a really must try :)

dabrah said...

Rosie, these whoopie pies have one of my favourite flavour combinations. I must try it out!
It sounds so delicious and they look so good in the picture too!

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Chocolate and peanut butter...yum!
I love the name too.

Anna said...

Rosie, they look gorgeous!

The Caked Crusader said...

You're on a chocolate kick at the moment aren't you?!
These look great. I think I'd try them with a vanilla filling as I'm not mad about peanut butter - but the chocolate cakes/biscuits look like they could be used in so many different ways!
Lovely photos

Indigo said...

I love the name of these - they make me want to run around shouting 'whooppiiee!' - and they look to die for. I've got such a craving now...!

Rosie said...

Many, many thanks everyone for all your kind comments - you've made my day go with a huge smile :D

Lore, thank you sweetie for the award and I am very honoured and will treasure this award :0

Gloria, many thanks for putting up our link on your post and please nothing to say sorry for sweetie : ) I hope you are able to bake with us this month our cranberry flapjacks too :)

Susan & Zita, welcome to my little space in on the net and lovely to *see* you both here :)

Thank you all once again my 'dear' friends for calling by :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Indigo, awe thanks sweetie and the name I must admit drew me to bake them in the first place :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Kelly-Jane said...

They look so good! If only I lived next door ;)

I'd long wanted to make them becasue of the name as well, it's just so whimsical.


Rosie said...

Hi K.J, amny thanks sweetie and they do have a great name and have to agree so whimsical :D

Best wishes Rosie x

David Hall said...

Rosie - too much!!! Every time I come here I have to resist trying your stuff. Amazing.

David x

Rosie said...

Hi David, I just love to spread a little sweetness around the world :) Thank you for you lovely comment!

best wishes Rosie x

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie. Very, very lovely
Thank you for your visit and comments forever so delicious.
Best and whises.

I'm in my blog the cookies:

Rosie said...

Hi tartasacher, my pleasure to visit and wow your cookies are very much like the ones I made here :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Ivy said...

You make everything look so easy.They look delicious.

Rosie said...

Hi Ivy, awe you are such a sweetie - thank you :)

Best wishes Rosie x

farida said...

These look yummy! I wonder if I can try some other filling instead of peanut butter. Sadly, I am not a big fan of peanut butter. Great recipe!

Lina said...

Thanks for visitng my blog! Ive been seeing these whoopie pies on a lot of peoples blogs but they look SOOO good! Ive never had one before. I must try!

Dhanggit said...

these sound so delicious rosie :-) i could finally use the peanut butter sitting in our kitchen for months now..i wanted to do somethingwe havent tasted before..these whoppie pies are the answer

kisses my sweet rosie

Emiline said...

Oh my goodness! Those look amazing!
I just saw a recipe in Martha Stewart's food magazine, that looked similar.


Aparna said...

Yum. Chocolate and peanut butter. Another tasty combination.
You are one great baker, Rosie.

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, Awe thanks sweetie! I just maybe seeing Whoopie Pies when I visit you soon – kiss back to you too :)

Hi Emiline, ahhh thanks sweetie, the idea for peanut butter for the filling came from Martha Stewart and it tastes just wonderful :)

Hi Aparna, you are SO kind thank you :)

Lovely to *see* you ladies here and thanks for calling by!

Best wishes Rosie x

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

Wow! I really want to make these. They look and sound gorgeous!
Vicky xxx

Deborah said...

Your pies are gorgeous! I actually have made the ones from Martha's book, and we loved them!

dabrah said...

Hi Rosie
I made the Whoppie Pies! But I have a confession to make (I blame my oven, of course) they came out a bit dry. Today i solved that problem, I put a pie in a bowl, added a few scoops of vanilla ice cream (organic of course) and a very generous squirt of Hersheys Chocolate Syrup......Heaven! Next time I'll cook them in my top oven which doesn't have a fan.

Rosie said...

Hi dabrah, sorry to hear they came out a bit dry. I like the sound of ice cream and Chocolate Syrup being added mmmmm...

Rosie x