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Traditional Whoopie Pies Recipe

Veg  CD  CBF  N. American  40mins


Makes 8 x 7cm/3-inch filled Whoopie Pies    Cold  Vegetarian  Chocolate  Baked Fayre  Teatime   Cookies  North America  USA

100g/4oz Butter or Margarine
100g/4oz Brown sugar
2 Eggs

120ml/4fl.oz. Milk

1 teasp Vanilla extract
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
225g/8oz Self Raising Flour
˝ teasp salt

For the filling
2 Egg Whites
225g/8oz Castor Sugar
80ml/2˝fl.oz. cold water
1 tbsp Honey
1 teasp Vanilla Extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and lightly grease 3 or 4 large baking sheets.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar then add the  eggs, milk and vanilla extract and mix well.

3. In another bowl, mix together the cocoa, flour and salt then add to the butter mixture, a little at a time, beating to incorporate well between each addition, to form a smooth very thick mixture.

4. Drop large spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets to make 16 cakes making sure you space them about 5cm/2-inch apart on all sides, then using the back of a spoon, spread each into 7cm/3-inch circles.

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are firm to the touch. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

6. Once the biscuits are completely cold, make the filling.  Place all of the filling ingredients in a large heatproof bowl and whisk until well mixed.

7. Place the bowl over a saucepan of rapidly boiling water, then whisk constantly for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy and stands in peaks. Using an electric whisk is easier.

8. Remove from heat, whisk for a further minute or so then allow to cool completely before using to fill whoopie pies.

9. To make up the whoopie pies, spread some of the filling on the flat side of a biscuit quite thickly then place another biscuit on top, pressing together lightly, to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining filling and biscuits.

To keep - Wrap individually in clingfilm or place in a single layer on a large plate - do not stack them as they may stick to each other. Store in the refrigerator for a few days.

To freeze - Wrap individually in clingfilm then pack loosely in a freezer proof container and freeze. Defrost the wrapped whoopie pies in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat – To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Main equipment required to make this recipe


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Wire Rack


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