|Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (without the red food coloring...so really they are just chocolate whoopie pies)|
Well, the Chinese are not well known for their bakeries or their sweet foods, but one baked item they make well is moon pies...a round cakey, cookie that resembles the color and shape of a full moon which is spread with a creamy filling and topped with a second cookie making a sandwich. If they were chocoholics like us, the color and flavor would not be golden, but dark brown, and we might suggest that they call them Whoopie pies.
Since my grandchildren were coming this afternoon, I thought I would bake chocolate whoopie pies for them to share. Our Baked Explorations recipe for this week calls for red food color to create Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, but I could not bring myself to add the red.
|My First Taste--YUM!|
So I chose to leave it out.
I checked the Chocolate Whoopie Pies recipe from the same book, and it is similar, but the fillings suggested are different. If I had more time today, I would have made a marshmallow filling and might have tried the peanut butter suggestion. For today, our filling was vanilla-cream cheese-buttercream and chocolate buttercream. We rolled the cookies in chopped walnuts and Valentine sprinkles which delighted the kiddies.
The suggested baking time is from 10 to 20 minutes...quite a variation. I started baking for 15 minutes (I doubled the recipe so I had several trays to experiment with), and that was too long. The cookies were OK but quite crispy, and today I did not want them to be like Oreos, but more like the Chinese moon pies which are soft and tender. 10 minutes was enough.
|Filled with Chocolate or Cream Cheese Fillings and Rolled in Walnuts or Heart Sprinkles|
When I make this recipe again...soon...I will take the time to make a marshmallow filling, I will keep the baking time to 10 minutes, I will use a uniform scoop of batter (today I experimented with 3 different whoopie pie molded pans which did not work as well as I would have liked), and I may try additional cookie dough flavors just for fun.
This recipe was easy, yummy (one granddaughter said, “Chocolate cookie + chocolate filling = YUM!), fun and enjoyed by all the 11 people at my house this afternoon.