Thursday, January 12, 2012

Strawberry Whoopie Pies

Hello all,

The return to winter weather (for me) is approaching quicker than ever, and I am so not looking forward to it. It has been an average of 70 degrees for my winter vacation, and the idea of bracing the average 35 degrees up in New Brunswick fills me with dread. With that said - the rest of my baking adventures until I leave will be delectable, fruity, and full of Spring/Summer fun.

After the huge success of the Strawberry Shortcake Muffins, I just had to see what else I could whip up with these amazingly juicy little fruit that have just come into season down here in Florida. I came across Strawberry Whoopie Pies on SweetPea's Kitchen and I knew I had to try it.



I always thought shortening was the key for Whoopie Pies, but apparently vegetable oil and some sour cream can go a long way. These are chewy, cake-y and full of fresh strawberry flavor. Although they are sort of, well, huge (she said heaping tablespoons...) it will keep me from eating all of them in one go; I hope.





I hope these remind you of summer as much as they do for me (I bet it would work with blueberries or raspberries as well!) and as always,

Happy Baking!


Strawberry Whoopie Pies 
slightly adapted via SweetPeasKitchen

3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped strawberries
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Combine oil and sugar, whisking until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in sour cream and strawberries.
3. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Fold in flour mixture in two batches; do not overmix
4. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto the baking sheets approx. 2 inch apart (to allow for spreading).
7. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from one of the cookies.
8. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Frost - Flip cookie upside down and place large dollop of Buttercream in center. Place another cookie on top and gently press to spread Buttercream to edges.


Strawberry Buttercream

1 cup softened butter
1 cup finely chopped strawberries
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 drops red food coloring

1. Beat butter until fluffy, then add in powdered sugar. Slowly add in strawberries and food coloring and beat until frosting reaches uniform consistency.


Whoopie Pies on FoodistaWhoopie Pies

16 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, these look absolutely delightful! Light and fluffy, these are definitely a dessert that wouldn't weigh you down. What a perfect dessert to cap off your vacation in Florida. I am jealous of the whole 70 degree thing, by the way.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Maggie :D I do have to say though, after a few these might weigh you down; my dad has been inhaling them and I think he's in whoopie pie overload right about now.

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  2. Oh, these are just spectacular! Well, brace yourself for the weather. It could always be worse--zero degrees with several feet of snow, for instance. Hope you had a good vacation!

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    1. Thanks Cucina49! I know it could always be worse; thank goodness it hasn't snowed too much in NJ this winter! (Knock on wood).

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  3. Hi there!
    I'd like to invite you to link a recipe up for A Themed Baker's Sunday, Where the theme is Caramel! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi!

      Unfortunately, I don't have any caramel-themed recipes (yet!) but I thank you so much for inviting me! Perhaps if there is another theme I could share a recipe :)

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  4. I've never had whoopie pies - I look forward to trying these! Moo x

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    1. Moo Eleven,

      Hope they work out well for you! Let me know if you run into any issues :D

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  5. These turned out great!!! Makes me wish summer was here too. I am so glad you enjoyed them! :)

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    1. best. idea. ever. Serious kudos to you heehee :)

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  6. These look delicious and I'm excited for summer! I noticed that you perfected your macarons....congratulations! That must have felt GREAT! I'm happy to be your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you so much Ann! I'm so happy to have you as my newest follower and I hope you enjoy the recipes you find here :D

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  7. What beautiful whoopie pies!! I love strawberry anything and I think they make a great whoopie pie filling. Thanks so much for dropping by curry and comfort. I really appreciate it. I have really enjoyed your recipes and am going to follow your blog so we can continue to share recipes. ~Ramona :)

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    1. Well I appreciate you dropping by over here and following me back! :D Thanks so much and it's nice to meet you Ramona

      ~Jess @ OnSugarMountain

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  8. To be honest, you had me at 'strawberry' but the whoopie pie part makes me want to scream with delight - these look amazing and I bet taste even better :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself
    Latest: Aus Day Green and Gold Cake

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    1. Thanks so much Choc Chip Uru! I hope you try them out for yourself and enjoy them as much as I did :D

      They DID taste pretty great - my dad definitely ate more of them than I think is considered healthy :O but how can you say no to fresh strawberries in cookie sandwich form?!

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