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Friday, December 13, 2013

Peppermint Whoopie Pies

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You are in for a treat today! Literally.

This is one of my all-time favorites. So much so that it was my request every year for my birthday, instead of cake, from my mom! {In fact she still makes them for me, I'm so spoiled!}

I am sharing it today with a twist. Peppermint.

Tomorrow we have our first family Christmas party of the season and I made these for dessert to share. I can hardly stand to wait. Yum!

Imagine these on your holiday dessert table with these great choices from Red Envelope.
This holiday I am collaborating with Red Envelope to bring you some special holiday treats.

These are their Handmade Swizzled Cake Pops. 

Or these beautiful Gourmet Dipped Fancy Berries.

My Whoopie Pies are a recipe from the Lancaster County Amish. They know how to bake! This is also where I was born, so maybe that's why they are near and dear to my heart er, tummy.

To make the chocolate pies here's what you'll need:

1 cup shortening
2 cups of sugar
cream these together
2 eggs
beat well
1 cup of sour milk 
{ to make this add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to curdle your milk and let it stand 10 minutes before mixing into your sugar/egg mixture}
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix this well and set aside

Mix together your dry ingredients separately:
1 cup baking cocoa
4 cups flour 
1 teaspoons salt

Then add 2 teaspoons baking soda to 1 scant cup of hot water.
{a scant cup is just under the one cup line}

Add your dry ingredients to your shortening/sugar/egg/milk mixture, and mix it all well. Lastly add your soda water and combine it all together.

When its all mixed together it looks like fluffy cake batter.

To make your pies you can use a whoopie pie pan or put parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Bake them in a preheated oven to 400 degrees for about 8-9 minutes.

For the frosting/filling:

Beat 2 egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside.

In another bowl mix:

1-1/2 cups shortening
4 cups of powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons of flour
4 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 crushed candy canes

Beat til smooth. Mixture will be thick. Then fold in your egg whites. You don't want to over-mix this, just enough to get it all combined.

Using a spatula or knife spread frosting thickly on the bottom of one pie and add a top. Roll the edges in crushed candy canes if you like. 

Whoopie pies can be wrapped individually  or stacked on a platter. Refrigerate if you are preparing these ahead.

I sure hope there are some left by the time the party starts tomorrow! ;)

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