RICHMOND, Va. -- Summer is a great time to spend time with your children or grandchildren in the kitchen. Our Andrias White Murdaugh is joined by author and Editor-in-Chief of Food Network Magazine Malie Carpenter who shared a fun recipe for children of all ages, Whoopie Pies and “The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book.” Find it now where books are sold.
Design Your Own Recipe
Bake the Cookies
• Mix 2 cups flour, ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt in a medium bowl with a whisk. In a large bowl, beat 10 tablespoons softened butter, 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy; beat in 1 egg. On low speed, beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with 1 cup buttermilk in two batches.
• Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Scoop 16 mounds of batter (2 tablespoons batter per cookie) onto the pans, about 2 inches apart; gently form into rounds with damp fingers and smooth the tops. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
• Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Bake the cookies until they spring back when gently pressed, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven with oven mitts. Let the cookies cool 5 minutes on the pans, then use a spatula to move the cookies to a rack to cool completely.
Make Your Filling
Beat 1 stick softened butter in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy; gradually beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Gradually beat in 2 tablespoons milk, then another 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Beat until smooth. Mix in ½ teaspoon vanilla. Pick a flavor and stir in one of the following ingredients (or leave the filling plain).
2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons cocoa powder dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
2 ½ Tablespoons lemon curd
¼ cup dulce de leche or thick caramel sauce
Assemble the Whoopie Pies
Sandwich about 2 tablespoons filling between 2 cookies. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling.
Roll the edges in any of the following:
Toasted shredded coconut
Mini chocolate chips
Tip: When you’re making sandwich cookies like these whoopie pies, try to make all the cookies the same size—that way they’ll match up when you sandwich them!