Parfait! Whoopie Pies

WhoopiePiesVertbfLORecent Parfaits! have been channeling all things good for a summer’s cookout – the cheese for the burgers, the corn, the potato and macaroni salads – let’s take today for dessert, specifically, little discs of chocolate with fluffy vanilla filling.

These were pretty common in our snack tin growing up, and they’re not really all that much more involved to make than cookies, so let’s dive in, shall we?

Whoopie Pies:
•5 tbsp butter
•5 tbsp cocoa
•1 cup sugar
•1 egg
•2 cups flour
•1-1/2 tsp baking soda
•1/2 tsp salt
•1 cup milk
•1 tsp vanilla

•1 lb (4 cups) powdered sugar
•1 cup solid shortening
•1/4 cup water
•1-1/2 tsp vanilla
•Dash of salt

Heat oven to 400º.

Mix butter, cocoa, sugar and egg together.

Blend in the flour, salt, soda, milk and vanilla and mix well (I whisk the flour, salt and soda together first).

Drop by heaping teaspoon onto an ungreased baking sheet (I line mine with parchment paper) and bake for seven to ten minutes. Cool on a rack.

While the pies are cooling, make the frosting by beating the shortening until fluffy (this may take a while – OR it could be because I started using with the mixer paddle before light dawned over Marblehead and I replaced it with the whisk attachment), then add sugar, water, salt and vanilla. Beat for 5 minutes. Frost with abandon.

This will make 36 disks – or 18 pies.

I’m making some of these next week for a friend’s birthday, but he’s requested ALL chocolate, so will do a chocolate cream cheese frosting and (maybe, if I get my act together) a white frosting glaze swirly thing on top. Stay tuned…

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