Baked Sunday Mornings: Chocolate Whoopie Pies

by byn on February 13, 2012

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Let’s talk Whoopie Pies! The previous two versions I’ve blogged about were both from Baked: Red Velvet and Pumpkin, both with cream cheese filling. I was interested in trying these ones mostly because of the filling, a Swiss Vanilla Meringue Icing that I’ve always been too intimidated to try before.

They’re notorious for “breaking” and I was nervous it wouldn’t work with my hand mixer. Danielle advised that it should be okay without a stand mixer, so I jumped right in. And….it was gross. For this icing you’re basically making a marshmallow type mixture with egg whites and sugar, and then beating in an obscene amount of butter. I can’t get on board with this. I felt like I was just eating whipped butter. Blah. I think I would love these with an espresso buttercream in the middle or cream cheese icing instead.

The whoopie cookies were great though, rich and chocolatey, helped along by some coffee and espresso powder added to the batter. After pondering this for a while, I realized that these are basically homemade Jos Louis: a lunchbox treat I used to trade for when I was little. They just needed a little dip into chocolate ganache.

One more note: I made a half recipe of these which yielded 12 huge whoopie pies. I would definitely make them smaller next time!

You can find the recipe here!

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Bourbonnatrix February 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

lol you’re funny! yeah, swiss meringue buttercream is definitely not my favorite! and now that you mention it, it is very similar to a joe louis!

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frugalfeeding February 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Those look truly great :D. I’m most impressed.

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dulcetdevotion February 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

Am I the only one excited about eating loads of sugar and butter between these moist delicious cakes? It sounds delish to me…:) Then again, so does espresso buttercream!

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Danielle February 14, 2012 at 12:41 am

I’m glad we’ve both made swiss meringue icing and now we can put it behind us and never make it again! I wasn’t crazy about it but I thought it was because it didn’t look good but now I can be certain it didn’t taste good either!!

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Chris February 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I’m not going to lie: I was eating one of these tonight when I realized what the filling tasted like: whipped butter. Let’s be kind and just say I, uh, didn’t finish it.

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Byn February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

we need to keep it real. it was gross.

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