Makin’ Woopie

There’s something about eating a Whoopie Pie that makes me feel like a kid. Maybe it’s because the sandwiched treat, which bears a cute name, is just as much whimsical as it is scrumptious.

The dessert consists of two soft-as-cake cookies separated by a layer of creamy frosting.

When I came across this Whoopie Pie recipe in Health magazine, I was intrigued by the unsweetened applesauce and agave nectar, so I knew I had to give it a try. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?!

Whoopie Pies

Mini Whoopie Pies

What You Need

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or table salt

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Filling
  • 2/3 cup marshmallow creme

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

What To Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt); stir well with whisk until there are no lumps. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce and next 6 ingredients (through vanilla); stir well with whisk. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  3. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon 32 cookies about 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cookies are puffed and set (8-10 minutes).
  5. Let sit on hot pan 2 minutes; cool completely on wire rack.

  6. To make filling: Combine marshmallow creme and butter in a medium bowl. Beat with a hand mixer at medium-high speed; gradually stir in powdered sugar. then vanilla. Beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (Note: makes 3/4 cup filling.)
  7. To assemble pies: Sandwich cooled cookies together with 3/4 tablespoon filling.

Notes

If you make the Whoopie Pies bigger than what the recipe suggests, baking time will need to be increased 1 to 2 minutes. Also, I was running short on filling so you may need to make 1 1/2 of the filling recipe.

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