Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Traditional Whoopie Pies are a New England classic and the official state treat of Maine, which you can make with ease right in your own kitchen. Tender chocolate cakes sandwich a rich creamy filling, perfect for serving with tea or as the capstone to a wonderful meal. Traditional Whoopie Pies will tempt you to eat all of them in one sitting.
IngredientsFor the cakes: • 2/3 cup shortening • 1 1/4 cups sugar • 2 eggs • 2 1/2 cups flour • 1/2 cup cocoa powder • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract • 1 cup milk For the filling: • 3 tablespoons flour • 3/4 cup milk • 3/4 cup solid white shortening • 1 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a cookie sheet.
Cream the 2/3 cup of the shortening, 1 1/4 cup of the sugar, and 2 eggs. Beat until light and fluffy.
Sift together the 2 1/2 cups of the flour, the cocoa, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Mix the 1 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla and the almond extract into the 1 cup of the milk.
Add the dry ingredients mixture and the milk mixture to the creamed mixture, a little at a time and alternating between the two, being careful not to overmix.
Drop the batter 1 tablespoon at a time on the prepared cookie sheet.
Bake until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Let the cakes cool.
On the stove, mix the 3 tablespoons of the flour and the 3/4 cup of the milk until very thick, stirring constantly. Cool to cold.
Beat in the 3/4 cup of the solid white shortening, 1 cup of the sugar, and the 1 teaspoon of the vanilla until light and fluffy.
Sandwich your cakes with the filling and serve!