Friday, October 22, 2010

Chocolate-Chocolate Whoopie Pies

After all the fall-inspired baking and cooking I've been doing lately, the one thing I'm craving is CHOCOLATE.  Sure, I love cinnamon and spice in desserts, but my one true love is and always will be chocolate.  And since I've been dying to try my hand at whoopie pies, I decided to go all in and make double chocolate whoopie pies.  My chocolate craving was so intense that marshmallow filling just wasn't good enough.

Chocolate was what I wanted, and its what I got.  The cake (cookie?) portion of the whoopie pies are pretty chocolatey and rich on their own, but add in chocolate marshmallow frosting, and they just go over the top.  Joey was shocked that I was able to eat more than one in a sitting (really, I don't understand when people say a dessert is "too rich."  I take that to mean they are a wuss).

I think these would be super a welcome addition at a Halloween party - next to some pumpkin whoopie pies, perhaps?

Double Chocolate Whoopie Pies
makes about 1 dozen sandwiches
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tbs baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1-2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup half and half, or as needed
For the cookies, preheat the oven to 400.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar over medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla, and beat until well combined.  Decrease the speed to low, and slowly add the dry ingredients.  Beat until just combined.

Using a small cookie scoop, place cookies on the baking sheets, leaving at least 1 inch between each cookie (about 12 per sheet).  Bake 12 minutes, or until they spring back when lightly pressed.  Remove to a rack to cool.

Meanwhile, make the filling.  Beat the marshmallow fluff, 1/2 cup sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, and butter until well combined.  Alternately add the half and half and remaining confectioner's sugar until the desired consistency and sweetness is reached.

Pair the cookies off by size, and pipe filling onto 1/2 of each cookie sandwich.  Press the other half down lightly, and serve. 

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Source:  Cookies from Martha Stewart, filling adapted from All Recipes


donna said...

Chocolate and marshmallows! My 2 favorite. I'm drooling at all these goodies you've been making lately.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I think my family would love these with chocolate filling...I've always done vanilla. YUMMY!

Smitten Sugar said...

Whoa! These look and sound amazimg. Love that choc filling

Erin said...

These look fabulous. I've never experienced the "too rich" feeling either, and also agree that those people are just really big wusses!

Unknown said...

LOL I agree if you say something is too sweet = WUSS

ARPL said...

I so strongly agree that there is no dessert that is too rich. Why do people say that? Because they are full? They are trying to stop themselves in a public way from eating?

The pies look delightful! I'll bet they'd taste good frozen too.

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

Like several people who commented before me, I totally get you on the "too rich" thing. I have no problem scarfing down a huge slab of cheesecake or chocolate cake, or any of those desserts people typically deem too rich!

These look awesome by the way. I've never tried making whoopie pies but I've been wanting to!

- Maggie

JehanP said...

These look amazing and I have been craving Chocolate myself so this just may be the fix I need!

Ravenous Rowie said...

I think I just drooled on my keyboard a bit.

Dimah said...

Those look fantastic and so delicious!

the blissful baker said...

i love whoopie pies! i usually make a vanilla filling, but chocolate sounds even better!

Mommara said...

These sound delish! I am going to have to try and make these.

Amanda said...

Pretty sure these would not last a day in my house!! Great pics as well!


Eliana said...

Your whoopie pies look picture perfect and I love that you used a chocolate filling for them.

eatme_delicious said...

I've seen whoopie pies around a lot on blogs recently but I never feel too inspired to make them. However there's something about these ones that makes me want to try! They look really good. And I totally agree with you - I don't get when someone says a dessert is too rich! It's dessert!!

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