04 May 2011

Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies


I made these a few weeks ago, but never got around to posting them. I actually made them to take somewhere. It must have been a party or some other event. The shocking thing is I can't remember. That's dreadful, isn't it? I am thinking it may have been a party that Cooper was invited to, I just cannot remember which, that baby has such a good social life.

OK, I am feeling so shamefaced I am going to check the date of the photos and check my calendar. I will be back in a minute!

So, it was the day before my birthday and there is nothing on the calendar, so I am no further forward. I do remember Graham and his brother enjoying them and when I offered to pack some for Lachlan, he said I had better not as he would just scoff them all in the car before he got home.

I do remember taking one to my friend Andrew, who enjoyed it, but said it was rather sweet.

Oh well, maybe I just made them for the heck of it or maybe it was because my second whoopie pie tray had arrived. Who knows? Enjoy the photos and carry on to the end for the recipe.

Oh, and I did let Cooper try half of a whoopie pie, but it was a treat not a regular occurrence, just in case there are any tsk tsks. He usually eats very healthily!

And before we get to the photos, I can honestly declare they were lovely!. The most scrumptious, gooey marshmallow fluff sandwiched between light, sponge-like cookies speckled with chocolate chips.



















Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

(converted to cup measures from The Whoopie Pie Book by Claire Ptak, I urge you to get this book, it is fab!)

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (I didn't have any bicarbs left, so I used 2½ tsp baking powder, apparently you can substitute bicarbs with baking powder, but not the other way around)
¼ tsp salt
125g/1 stick butter
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk (or the same amount if of milk with a good squeeze of lemon juice, set aside for a few minutes)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup/100g chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 f/160c fan/180c/Gas 4.

Lightly grease two whoopie pie trays or line 2-3 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add the salt and gently combine.

Cream the softened butter with the sugars until they are light and fluffy. Next add in the egg and beat until combined. Pour in the buttermilk mixed with the vanilla and add, mixing until the batter is smooth.

Gradually fold in the flour mix and the chocolate chips until it has all been added. Don't over mix.

Scoop dessert spoonfuls of mixture onto your prepared trays. A teaspoon can be helpful in removing the batter from the dessert spoon.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until the whoopies are springy to the touch.

Leave to cool on the trays. Some will lift off easily, but others might need a bit of gentle encouragement.

Once cool, sandwich together with a generous gloop of the homemade marshmallow fluff I made for the last batch of whoopie pies I posted.

Makes approx 24 complete pies

24 comments:

  1. Good Lord, no one is going to criticize you for giving your wee one half of a cookie SOMETIMES. You're obviously a stupendous mother, and it shows.

    I haven't been baking anything quite so complicated, but I keep meaning to try these, every time I see you post them. I don't think I could do the filling, but the cookie itself looks quite yummy.

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  2. Thank you Tanita. I was looking through the photos and thought, "Hmmmmmm, doesn't look too good, does it?". He did enjoy it, but I am very careful not to let him have indulgences too often, I want him to continue enjoying the food I give him and not refuse it, asking for chocolate etc instead. I prefer him to have fruit and yoghurt for a sweet tasty bit :)

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  3. Cooper is so cute, I love how in the first picture he's thinking "Hmm, not sure about this..." and then every picture is NOM NOM NOM. :)

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  4. I recently purchased this book and a whoopie pie tin but haven't got round to baking any. Your whoopie pies look perfect and seriously yummy!

    Maria
    x

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  5. Wow! These look good. I can understand why your son likes them so much.

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  6. sharing the whoopie pie love for your birthday I should think. They look scrummy x

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  7. No tsk tsks here. I'd feed my baby whoopie pies too.

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  8. gotta make whoopie pies - and I know sylvia would want one - yours look superb - and I know the feeling of not knowing what you did a week ago - I feel like I erase everything from my brain every night

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  9. He definitely enjoyed it Jackie :)

    It is a great book Maria and you are really going to love that marshmallow fluff!

    They are lovely and light Corina. I was surprised about that, the first time I tried them.

    I think it might have been just that Nic :)

    Not too many I hope TB :)

    I am glad it isn't just me that is losing their mind Johanna :)

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  10. Cooper seems to love them so that is good enough for me:D

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  11. He has good taste Val, hehe :D

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  12. Oh Jac, you are wicked. These sound divine and the best ones I've seen so far. Think these might even be the first I ever make. So glad you are strict with Cooper, it will be harder to control what he eats as he gets older.

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  13. They look great whatever the original motivation to make them (and goodness, I forget things ALL THE TIME--and have no baby--what's my excuse??). ;) I'm still a little amazed that such a thing as a "whoopee pie pan" exists. Do they really turn out differently from just baking on a cookie sheet? The combination of choc chip and that marshmallow fluff sounds to die for, though. :)

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  14. I find the pans good. The pies come out nice and evenly sized and a bit better shaped. Now if I could only master the piping of the fluff they would look great :)

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  15. Where'd you order that whoopie pie try from?! That would've been the most awesome thing to have when we made 200 mini whoopie pies a few weeks ago. The classic chocolate chip version is always a winner.

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  16. Oh my goodnes, I cannot believe you made 200 whoopie pies! Wow, that is dedication for you. I got the trays from amazon.

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  17. So pleased I'm not the only one who makes things and then can't remember what for!! They look great, I like the idea of a chocolate chip version. I've seen the pans in Lakeland and wondered if they were worth the investment, seeing your pies compared to my first effort without pans tells me they are worth the money.

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  18. Yeah, I thought that too after my first attempt Chele, although I did love them.

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  19. Yay! I have all the ingredients, so I think I'll make these. Cooper is super duper cute! I don't have trays like yours though, so I'm not sure if the shape'll turn out alright if I just spoon them like them on a regular baking tray...

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  20. You are going to love them. They work fine just dolloped onto a tray.

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  21. Hi Jac. I made the pies last night and they are delicious. I used a 12-hole tart tin which helped with the shapes a bit but they were still a bit wonky. The marshmallow filling was a dream! I was wondering if I could enter it for the Bookmarked Recipes? I've never entered an event before, and my food blog is rather new, so I'm not too sure about it...

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  22. I am so glad you enjoyed them and yes do enter the challenge. It is a good way of meeting other bloggers and for them to meet you. I am happy for you to print the recipe. Just use the linky at the end of the post.

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  23. I guess the chocolate chips get folded in after the flour mixture?

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    1. Yes indeed or at the same time. Well spotted Marie :)

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