Whoopie pies!

With Halloween and Thanksgiving slowly creeping in on us, its time to start recipes for the holiday favorites, –¬† desserts! This is a delicious recipe for whoopie pies! A classic favorite, great and easy Halloween treat and easy to decorate with spooky ghosts or witches!.¬† Adding a large scoop of whipped cream in the middle, and who wouldn’t like it?!

Makes 12

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Orange nonpareils or sanding sugar, for decoration
  • Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until smooth. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and applesauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until smooth (do not overmix).
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean, 10 to 14 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make filling: With a whipped cream dispenser put 16 oz of regular whipping cream into canister add vanilla extract and confectionery sugar to taste. Dispense nitrous oxide, and put in refrigerator, until use.
  • Spread bottom of half the cookies with 1 tablespoon whipped cream each; sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently so filling oozes out slightly. Sprinkle exposed filling with nonpareils. Let rest 15 minutes to set. (To store cookies, keep in refrigerator¬† wrapped for up to 2 days.)

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