Whoopie Pies have been around since around 1920. The origin of the name is said to come from the pie being packed in a farmers lunch pale, once he realized the treat his wife had packed, his initial reaction was “whoopie.” A whoopie pie is essentially a cake based round cookie or cake with a cream filled center. Baking and working with the cake style of whoopie pies can be a bit difficult as you can easily overcook them and they end up dry. They are also more difficult to handle when adding the creamy center. This recipe uses a red velvet cake-mix cookie recipe.
Red Velvet Cake Mix
1/3 Cup Oil
Cream Cheese Filling:
1 Stick of butter
4oz of cream cheese
1 tspn vanilla
2 Cups of powdered sugar
Step 1: In a large bowl mix the Red Velvet cake mix (or you can use chocolate) with 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of oil (canola or veg), and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Place in refrigerator for 20-30 min or how ever long it takes for the mixture to get thick enough to roll into a balls. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Step 2: Once the batter is cooled, roll into 1 inch balls (I use a 2-TBS cookie scoop). place the balls into a bowl filled with powdered sugar or regular sugar and coat the outside. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Put in oven and bake 10-14 minutes until you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. It is always best to undercook and be able to put it back in the over than to overcook and have crunchy cookies.
Step 3: While the cookies are baking: Mix 4oz. of cream cheese with 4 oz. of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Cream that together and add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until creamy. Place the icing in a ziplock bag. Sit to the side and wait for cookies to finish baking and cool.
Once the cookies have cooled, start matching up the cookies by size. Cut a small corner off the corner of the ziplock bag. Start filling the cookie from the inside and swirl around until you have filled the entire cookie. Cover with the top cookie and place in the fridge so the filling can set up. Once the filling is set up you can stack them or place them in a bag. But before they are cooled, the cream will easily be smashed.
This recipe makes about 10-12 whoopie pies. If you double the cookie recipe, you don’t need to double the creamy filling recipe. There will be some of the cream cheese icing left over.