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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Making Whoopies!

I spent the evening making whoopies.

Chocolate cake with white creme filling.

Yea, I know what you thought :=) fooled you, didn't I? To quote Nancy Griffin in her book on Whoopie Pies 'Some whoopie pie aficionados may in fact equate eating whoopies with its more salacious connotation.'

When we were in Maine this summer I picked up Nancy Griffin's little recipe book Making Whoopies, The Official Whoopie Pie. This sweet little book covers the history of whoopies (there is controversy whether Maine or Pennsylvania produced the first one!), tips for making them, where to get them, the who's who of whoopies, and of course the recipes, from classic to healthy to wacky.

The first summer we took the kids to Maine we got a whoopie the size of a dinner plate at the local market. They couldn't get over the size of it and we took many pictures of it before we devoured it. This last summer one of the first things they did was get their mom and dad a whoopie pie! Now we can make our own.

My first go at it I picked Diane's Modified Boston Globe Whoopie Pies because of the cream cheese in the filling.

2 cups unsifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup milk (Diane uses undiluted evaporated milk)

4 tbsp. butter
3-4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 heaping tbsp. marshmallow fluff
1 tsp. vanilla

*Preheat oven to 350*

*Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and sugar. Add the egg, oil, vanilla, and milk and beat.

*Drop the batter onto greased cookie sheets, leaving space for each to spread as it bakes. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool cakes on the pan briefly, then on a wire rack.

*Beat together the butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, fluff, and vanilla and spread between cooled cakes.

Whoopie wisdom pg. 21:
Unless they're being served right away, wrap the whoopies individually in plastic. They will grow more moist while incarcerated! And some recipes call for refrigerating the assembled whoopie pies - especially those containing raw egg whites in the filling. 

I'll be putting two of these big girls in the freezer for the grandkids!

I think it might work better to double or at least 1- 1/2 times the filling recipe. I think they could have stood more filling in each one.

Peggy Ann


  1. Whoopie pies remind me of my favorite aunt! I've never made them myself, but should really try...

  2. I am slowly realizing that Whoopie Pies must be a "Maine thing". My husband and his family were all born and spent their early years in the Portland and Sebago Lake area. On one of our family reunion trips up there, one of the relatives brought homemade Whoopie pies to the delight of everyone! They were new to this southern girl:)

    1. They are a Maine thing, Paula. Pennsylvania has them too but a lot of people here call them Gobs. Your husband is so lucky to be from that area! Thats where my heart is! I wanted to move there but bossman didn't. Took my son and daughter in law this last summer and they fell in love with the Portland area too. We can still spend summers up there;)


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