Making Whoopie (Pies)

| May 24, 2010

Usually, an appointment with my hairdresser, – we’ll call him Casanova – lasts approximately 25-30 minutes.  But upon seeing my stylist’s face, I knew that I would be in the chair for slightly longer.

“Hey Girlfriend.” Casanova sighs. “What’s up with you today? “

“Oh, I’m well!”  I exclaim.   “Thanks for asking!  Seriously, though, I am SO happy to be here – you’ve got to do something about this tumbleweed on top of my head.  Can you do something about this?  Can you help me?  Also, craziness at the house  – what’s new, right?  I have to make a couple of whoopie pies this afternoon.”

“What in the world is a whoopie pie?”  He teases. “ Sounds nasty.  Dirty.  Scandalous.  Suspicious, you know?”

“Huh?  Dirty?  Oh geez, no!  Not this time.   It’s nothing dirty.  Essentially, it’s marshmallow-y gooeyness pressed between two semi-sweet, chocolate-y cookies.  Like an Oreo cookies…except the cookie isn’t crisp.”

“ Humph.  Oreo cookie, you say?   Whateva.  I have a little Oreo cookie situation going on right now, you know what I mean??  Maannnn….”

Casanova is a 40-something, 5’2 Caucasian, heterosexual male and career hair dresser from a very small mining town in PA with limitless knowledge of all hair textures and types.  My man is a genu-WINE hair styling genius with a very soft, palpable spot in his heart for Black and Latino women.

His current love interest is a 20-something, 5”8 African-American female with a body that rival’s J-Lo’s and Beyonce’s (put together) and legs that could easily envelope the mid-section of a large rhino (with extra leg to spare).

The situation?  Mommy long-legs won’t commit and Casanova is love struck and heartbroken.  While Casanova normally plays the therapist, I took on that role today, doing my best to help him think through the current scenario and sort out why “homegirl was actin’ so shady.”

After five minutes, it dawned on me that “homegirl” simply isn’t interested in my dear friend.  But how could I tell him this?  The realization would devastate him and obliterate the romantic and sentimental remnants he retains after years (rather, decades) of heartbreak and disappointment.  Maybe, with a little more tender love and care (and something along the lines of a miracle) she’ll come ‘round and decide that this small, sentimental, creative and talented man IS the one.  Maybe?????

I dedicate this post/recipe to my hair dresser and all the other pint-sized romantics out there! !  There’s ****BIG***** love out there for you and the rest of us!

Whoopie Pie
Serves approximately 15 large pies

I used Martha Stewarts whoopie pie recipe to make the cookies; however, I created my own whoopie pie filling.  See the whoopie pie filling recipe below.


Zomppa’s Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pie Cookie recipe:
http://www.marthastewart.com/article/whoopie-pie

Whoopie Pie Filling Recipe
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Whoopie Pie Filling Recipe

Ingredients:
3 egg whites
2 cups of mildly flavored honey like Clover
¼ teaspoon of salt
4 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
2 sticks of room temperature butter

Directions:

In an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, mix 3 egg whites on high for approximately five minutes, or until you see stiff peaks.

Once you see stiff peaks, reduce speed to medium and slowly drizzle in the honey.  Once full added, increase mixer speed to high for another 1-2 minutes.

Add salt.  Mix for 30 seconds.  With the mixer on low, slowly add 2 cups of sifted powder sugar.  Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.  Once incorporated, increase speed to high for 1-2 minutes.

Put half of the marshmallow fluff in an air tight container.  Will stay in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and can be used just like any store bought marshmallow fluff!

Put the other half of the marshmallow fluff in a separate bowl for use in this recipe.  Clean out your mixing bowl.

In the cleaned mixing bowl, mix, with the paddle attachment, on medium to high speed the butter and remaining two cups of powdered sugar.  Mix for about 3 minutes.

After three minutes, add the marshmallow fluff (remember, only half of the amount you originally made!) to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.  Slowly add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vanilla.

Using an ice cream scoop, place 1 scoop of filling on the flat side of a cookie.  Place another cookie (flat side down) on top of the filling and flatten slightly.  Ta-da!  You’ve got a whoopie pie!

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We all have a friend in our lives who is smart, witty, intelligent: you give her cold pasta and chicken and she will whip out a gourmet meal in 15 minutes, she makes chicken soup from scratch for her sick neighborhood even though she is nursing a cold herself… you know that friend who will always be there to drive common sense into you, but doesn’t realize that she is as perfect as they come as a mother, wife and friend. That is our Patty….

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  1. Simply Life says:

    Oooh those look great!

  2. kristy says:

    Oh Patty, your hairdresser is such a teaser. Btw, are you going to send me any of those lovely looking bakes? Yumm…. Hope you’ll have a wonderful day!
    Cheers, Kristy

  3. Brit-Girl says:

    too funny! He needs a few of those who whoopie pies and all his troubles will fly away!

    Having had the pleasure of eating one, I can give this advice on good authority!

  4. anncoo says:

    Looks to good! Wish I can try some 🙂

  5. Well, the name sound cutie to me, and the pies look great. By the way, did I missed out seeing the cocoa powder? : ).

  6. Well, the name sound cutie to me, and the pies look great. By the way, did I miss out seeing the cocoa powder? : ).

  7. Christine says:

    Poor Casanova! He sounds like a great catch and I am sure that he will meet his match someday. In the meantime, these whoopie pies will help to mend his ailing heart. What a great friend and confidant you are!

  8. Juliana says:

    Wow, these cookies look so yummie, never made them before…it is time to try 🙂

  9. MaryMoh says:

    These look interesting and very delicious. I can just imagine biting into it….soft, creamy, chocolatey…mmmm

  10. Sook says:

    Oh how I love whoopie pies!! These are perfect around holidays and my husband always requests I make these. Your recipe looks delightful! I will have to try it for sure!

  11. Oh my goodness these little whoopie pies look incredible! Yum!

  12. Kat says:

    You are just hilarious Patty! Love this post and the pictures!!!! Yum, I want some whoppie pies now…

  13. The whoopie pies look fantastic! Love the Cassanova story. I’ve got 2 guys that I’ve been going to for years and love going to see them. The stories are endless and funnier than anything you’d see at the movies or on TV. Sounds like Cassanova’s the same.

  14. Great blog post! Poor Cassanova! The whoopie pies look gooey and delicious.

  15. I’m sure one of your delicious whoppie pies would make anyone feel better about life.

  16. I love your relationship with the hairdresser. He’s like a good friend. Too bad that girl isn’t interested. Maybe if he gives her a whoopie pie, she may turn around:) The marshmallow fluff look so great in between the cookies. Love it!

  17. Great story. Poor Casanova… Those whoopie pies of yours would definitely be perfect to mend his broken heart. They looks delicious. I wish I could just reach out and grab one!
    Magda

  18. Gera says:

    I can’t believe how good and tasty look these creamy pies totally charming 🙂

    Cheers,

    Gera

  19. I have never made any whoopie pies. They look so much more appealing than OREO! :-))

  20. Emily says:

    Oh I adore whoopie pies! And adore this post, too!

  21. Oh man…. whoopie pies!!! I’ve been meaning to make these for ages.. but this one girl at work makes a mean one so I figured why make my own? Well these images definitely give me hope that they definitely are worth making.
    I totally want Silpat mats….

  22. Jeanne says:

    I’m sure Casanova will find his big love…he sounds like quite a character! I’ve been wanting to make whoopie (pies) for so long. Thanks for sharing this recipe – and that honey fillings sounds super yummy!

  23. Alta says:

    Loved your story about poor Cassanova. Maybe he needs to see/read He’s Just Not That Interested In You…cause it goes both ways! Anyway, those whoopie pies look amazing. Drool-worthy.

  24. Better than going to the movies! I just loved this and the wordage was dynamite! Couldn’t stop reading it along with salivating over the Whoopies! Writing and Whoopie at it best!
    Hugs,
    Penelope

    This is a “gotta try” recipe!

  25. Cristina says:

    I’ve never had a whoopie pie, but have been wanting to try it. This is a great post for me to start. Thanks for sharing! =)

  26. JL says:

    Omg, I love whoopie pies. It looks so delicious… aww you’re bringing me back to my childhood.

  27. The Food says:

    That was such a funny post! I tried woopie pies myself and they were really yummy.

  28. Sommer says:

    Hilarious. Poor guy, I bet a few of these would make him feel better!

  29. Those whoopies look so good!

  30. eleni says:

    Never had them before…but, look soooo good. Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Ann says:

    Ohhh, I keep seeing the Whoopie Pie pans at Sur La Table and have never made them… Good to know you don’t need a pan- these look great…I like your story:)

  32. Baking Serendipity says:

    I’ve seen whoopie pies all over the place lately and definitely need to get on making them already!

  33. Chris says:

    Love these! The cake part looks fantastic, and I’m digging your filling recipe.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Your hair stylist is Casanova!? Well I must say there is some envy there. And your whoopie pies…Splendid!
    These babies look flawless 🙂

  35. Sorry I did not mean to be anonymous…That was just me

  36. Oh, your poor hairdresser! You should bring him some of these tasty whoopie pies to ease his sorrow. I like the honey you used, I’m partial to a wildflower honey that a local honeybee farm makes here in Nova Scotia. Such a great recipe!

  37. Nicole says:

    Great post! After today I needed a laugh…Thanks. The Whoope Pies looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Ramona says:

    These look absolutely perfect. If I could reach into the screen and grab one, I would. : ) ~ Ramona

  39. Evan says:

    These look absolutely fantastic! I love whoopie pies!

  40. Kim Beaulieu says:

    Oh my, these look delicious.

  41. I would love to try them sometime. Your look so good, and your photos look so tasty and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!