Fancier than plain cookies and easier to tote than cupcakes, whoopie pies are perfect picnic fare.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 20 mins
hands-on:
20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 sandwich cookies
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • For cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl beat shortening on medium 30 seconds. Add 1 cup granulated sugar, the baking soda, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg, buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in flour until combined.

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  • Using a large (3 Tbsp.) cookie scoop, drop 20 mounds of dough 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms start to brown. Remove; let cool on wire racks.

  • For filling: In a medium bowl beat butter on medium 30 seconds. Beat in marshmallow creme and remaining 2 tsp. vanilla until fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar.

  • Spread filling on bottoms (flat side) of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat side on filling. Wrap individually and chill up to 3 days. Makes 10 whoopie pies.

Coconut Cream Whoopie Pies:

Prepare filling as above, except add 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract to the filling. Prepare cookies as above. Roll edges of filled cookies in toasted coconut.
Nutrition Facts per serving: Same as above except 543 calories, 81 g carbohydrate, 22 g total fat (10 g sat. fat), 22 g cholesterol, 315 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 10% iron

Banana Cream Whoopie Pies:

Mash 1 banana (1/2 cup) with 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Prepare cookies as directed, except reduce buttermilk to 1 cup; beat half the banana mixture into cookie batter with buttermilk. Prepare filling as directed, except beat remaining banana mixture into filling with marshmallow creme and increase powdered sugar to 2 1/2 cups.
Nutrition Facts per serving: same as above except 580 calories, 94 g carbohydrate, 62 g total sugar, 2% Vitamin C, 308 mg sodium, 4% calcium

Double-Chocolate Cream Whoopie PIes:

Prepare cookies as directed, except reduce flour to 2 1/4 cups and combine with 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Prepare filling as directed, except add 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Facts per serving: same as above except 520 calories, 6 g protein, 2 g fiber, 11% iron

Strawberry Cream Whoopie Pies:

Prepare cookies as directed, except add 1/8 tsp. liquid red food coloring to batter with buttermilk. Prepare filling as directed, except fold in 6 Tbsp. finely crushed freeze-dried strawberries.
Nutrition Facts per serving: same as above except 550 calorie, 84 g carbohydrate, 53 g total sugar, 317 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 10% iron

Lemon Cream Whoopie Pies:

Prepare cookies and filling as directed, except stir 2 tsp. lemon zest into filling.
Nutrition Facts per serving: same as above except 80 g carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

526 calories; fat 21g; cholesterol 45mg; saturated fat 9g; carbohydrates 79g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 3g; trans fatty acid 2g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 49g; protein 5g; vitamin a 328.8IU; vitamin c 0.5mg; thiamin 0.3mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 1.9mg; folate 61.9mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 314mg; potassium 102mg; calcium 55mg; iron 1.6mg.
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