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Homemade Whoopie Pies

Homemade Whoopie Pies

Paula's Whoopin' It Up this Holiday with Whoopie Pies!

by The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Move over cupcakes…Whoopie Pies are the new darling!

We Southerners grew up on moon pies, but whoopie pies were the sweet treats of choice for our New England cousins. Not pies at all, they are small, round sponge cakes that are baked like drop cookies and sandwiched together with fluffy frosting.

The original whoopie pies had humble beginnings in Pennsylvania Amish country. Legend tells us that cooks would bake up leftover cake batter into cookies for their husbands’ lunch boxes; the lucky person who found their cake-like sandwich would yell “whoopie!”.

Whoopie pie mania has accelerated over the past few years, showing up in waves across the country from country restaurants and convenience stores to specialty food shops and boutique bakeries. Migrating to England last year, they took Britain’s most chic bakery counters by storm, outselling cupcakes and doughnuts.

The original whoopie pie was chocolate with a white frosting filling, arguably made from butter, confectioners’ sugar, and marshmallow fluff.  We dress up this chocolate cake sandwich with a cranberry cream frosting; Truffle Whoopie Pies with Cranberry Cream Filling are beautiful individual desserts for a party.

But whoopie pies now come in all sizes and flavors.  For the fall, Spiced Sweet Potato Whoopie Pies and Coconut Whoopie Pies make perfect pick-up treats for a tailgate party, box lunch picnic, or any other cool weather gathering. For the holiday season, Peppermint Crunch Whoopie Pies are a must and we wouldn’t be southern without mentioning what we now consider our own queen of the whoopie pies…the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. Perfect for any time of the year!

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I love all your recipes i have tried and watch u on T.V when i’m off work so i can enjoy watching your program. i love to cook and try new recipes.

rhonda amburn of stoneville, North Carolina on December 07, 2010 10:10 AM

I just love Paula, I’d love to meet her,,she has the nak for coming up with some many great ideas, I’m disabled due to my heart, but one day I’m going to make it down there to see her,,,hopefully,,,love ya Paula,,great ideas sincerely Barbara Campbelll

Barbara Campbell of Joppa, Alabama on December 07, 2010 10:12 AM

My sister-in-law introduced me to Whoopie Pies about 23 years ago!  LOVE them!!  I’m making some this year, didn’t think of them as a holiday thing until now!  Thanks for the idea!!

Beth Lunday of Rio Rancho, NM on December 07, 2010 10:13 AM

Whow! Paua those look delicious, It is early here, but it really makes me hungry.

Dollie Young of Oxford, Alabama on December 07, 2010 10:14 AM

I was looking at other recipes and realize that the canola oil is probably way too much for this recipe. As someone has mentioned, they didn’t turn out too well ... I’m going to try something else.

Janet of Anderson, SC on December 07, 2010 10:20 AM

My older sister, niece and I just made these this past weekend for Christmas! We made the original chocolate with fluffy white filling! So yummy!
My sister has been making them for years.
My husband had never heard of them until we went to New England this past October. He had a chance to taste them there and loved them, especially the pumpkin one! So worth the time!

Liz Roaden of Miamisburg, Ohio on December 07, 2010 10:22 AM

i love you you are the most winderful cook ever, i have a bro-in law that calles me paula all the time he says i cook like you and talk like you lol.

rolena moore of marion ohio on December 07, 2010 10:26 AM

Dear Mrs. Paula Dean I love you and thanks for being in my life

Ramona Jefferson on December 07, 2010 10:27 AM

Dear Paula I have the most yummy pumpkin whoopie pie recipe. I use real pumpkin but you can use canned.I will share this with you, However not enough space this way. Will have to send it by email or by mail. Please let me know and I will share it with you. And the filling has fluff in it and butter all the good stuff and you do not have to keep cool. Jill Jones

Jill Jones of Palm Bay Fl on December 07, 2010 10:27 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU PAULA!!  We used to live in Pennsylvania Amish country and fell in love with whoopie pies being sold at the local farmer’s market!  It was always a wonderful treat to stop by the fresh baked goods stand for a nice chocolate whoopie pie.  And my, the looks you get when you ask down here if folks know what a whoopie pie is!!!  HAHA!  Now I can share some at the next church supper!  YAY!! 

Thanks from a fellow butter-loving gal!
Shell

Michelle Grab of Sylvania, GA on December 07, 2010 10:32 AM

I grew up in Maine. and loved whoopie pies! I moved to Tenn. at the age of 21. How i missed whoopie pies when ever visiting home one of my first stops is a local store that sold big whoopie pies. I am not a fan of moon pies sorry:(. I look forward to shareing these whoopie pies with my girls this christmas. It will be our new treat for christmas treat bags thank you!!!

tina of tn on December 07, 2010 10:39 AM

My Mother in Law Makes these with chocolate cake batter and peanutbutter cream filling as well, We call them Gobs here in this part of PA. I do love the Pumpkin ones too. But her family recipe is for the cholcolate with white cream filling.

Joanna Cobaugh of Waynesburg Pa 15370 on December 07, 2010 10:43 AM

Whoopie Pies sound delicious!  Can’t wait to start a new Perrot family tradition!  Thanks for sharing Paula!  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you & yours!

Shelly Perrot of East Lake, NC USA on December 07, 2010 10:51 AM

PAULA YOU ARE AWESOME. I HAVE A NOTEBOOK THAT I SIT IN FRONT OF THE TV WITH AND WRITE ALL OF YOUR RECIPES. THESE WILL GO TO MY GRANDAUGHTER!~!~! I LOST MY MOMMA A YEAR AGO AND BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY SHE BOUGHT ME ONE OF YOUR SKILLETS!~!~! I WOULD NEVER PART WITH THIS !~!~ IT IS SOOO PRECIOUS AND I NEVER HAVE USED IT BECAUSE EVERY TIME I LOOK AT IT IT REMINDS ME OF MY MOMMA. NOW HOW SWEET IS THAT!~!~!~!~ SHE IS ALWAYS WITH ME. I KNOW I AM SOUTHERN AND THAT IS JUST THE WAY WE SOUTHERNERS LOOK AT THINGS !~!~! LOVE YOU PAULA!~!~!~

VICKI MEDLEY of BATESVILLE AR. on December 07, 2010 10:52 AM

I just love your recipes, if I see one that I know that I can fix for supper or breakfast or anytime, I will try to fix it.
I am from Tennessee, that is where my kids and grandkids are. I just love your cooking. One day I will buy your cookware when the funds come in to where I can buy them.
Thank you for being a very wonderful person.

Kathy Bryant of Petersburg, Virginia on December 07, 2010 11:07 AM

MRS. PAULA YOU ARE THE BEST OF ALL COOKS ON TV I LOVE YOUR SHOW AND RECIPES. YOU ARE SUCH A SWEET LADY. LOVE YOU ALL . HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS

BRENDA DUNCAN of Morganfield ,Ky. on December 07, 2010 11:08 AM

Here in Illinois, I have missed out on Whoopie pies, although there are those icky little moonpies at the store.

gertie of http://www.vintagebycherishedhearts.blogspot.com/ on December 07, 2010 12:38 PM

For Mothers Day a couple of years ago my husband and kids bought me one of your cookbooks.  Last year for Valentine’s Day I made your Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for my sons Valentine’s Day Party and they are now a hit at his school.  Every time I start making them my kids gather around and help me with each step.  They just love them and I have to agree they are the best. We are making traditions from your recipes keep sharing them with us.

Karla Roysdon of Stamford, TX on December 07, 2010 02:59 PM

Hi Paula;
I have always loved moon pies, infact I grew up on them.
Now I am courious…Peanut Butter filling..I love love love peanut butter!!!  This one is new to me tho…how do you make the Peanut Butter filling for Whoopie pies?

Ondra Corley of Muskegon, MI on December 07, 2010 03:02 PM

I had no idea you were the Whoopie Pie lady as well. I have been making them for a long time and if I don’t show up with the newest iteration of Whoopie Pies I am in big trouble. I am looking forward to St Pat’s Day and my Mint Pies rolled in Green Sanding Sugar. It is fun to make them special for each holiday or special occasion.

Jessie Thatcher of Dayton, OH on December 07, 2010 04:42 PM

We went on a trip to new england this fall, and was the first time I heard of whoopie pies. Didn’t see any but a man told us about them.  May try some this Christmas in Florida.

Wilma Jones of KY, but Fl for the winter on December 07, 2010 04:46 PM

These are my favorite Holiday treats.  My sister’s late husband use to beg for me to make these over the Holidays.  I remember one year that I left out the baking powder and the whoopie pies were like pancakes.  LOL.  What a tradition to continue for future generations.

Neece of Lynchburg, Va on December 07, 2010 07:20 PM

HELLO PAULD DEEN HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IS DOING OK DURING THE HOLDAYS.HEY IF YOU HAVE A CHANGE SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE RECIPE FOR EMPERAL EEG PLANT THANKS TOM & ELLA CARDEN THANKS

thomas of 1928 crofton dawson rd.crofton ky. on December 07, 2010 09:33 PM

Glad you gave the Amish credit for these tasty delights.I was born and raised in Lancaster Co. Pa, the center of the Pa Dutch (Amish) country. My Grandma made them every Christmas. I’m puzzled as to how New England came to be credited for these. They first appeared in the late ‘40’s or early 50’s and the original filling was beaten egg whites, 10X sugar, milk, vanilla, and shortening.

Sandy of Richmond, Va. on December 07, 2010 10:39 PM

I grew up eating whoopies,i come from up north in the mountains,Cambria county in a little coal mining town and these cake like pies are the best and i love the idea of the new flavors Paula has come up with,love the show and love the recipes,have made a few of her dishes,one day i would love to meet Paula,keep the recipes coming Paula….love your food…Patty

Patty Moody of Denver,Pa on December 08, 2010 05:20 AM

Dear Paula,

Enjoyed reading this article about whoopie pies. Being from western PA. (Johnstown), we grew up calling these gobs instead of whoopie pies. Nothing hits the spot better than a chocolate gob and a glass of cold milk. Our church makes chocolate, vanilla, and pumpkin gobs from scratch on a regular basis. They always sell like hot cakes (no pun intended). Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your whoopie pies! Luv ya!

kathy mandrgoc of johnstown, pa. on December 08, 2010 08:27 AM

I absolutely LOVE whoopie pies, perhaps I will give it a shot this weekend?  For some reason it seems like it would be complicated?? Thanks for these awesome recipe’s Paula!
With much love and admiration,
Tracey

Tracey Lopez of Turlock, Ca on December 08, 2010 04:33 PM

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Deependra nirajan of nepal on December 09, 2010 06:14 PM

Hello Paula,
I have watched you from the beginning, and I have enjoyed you. I always say to people that I really love you and your ways, I feel that it comes from the heart. I have tried saving up so I could come and see you at “The Lady and Sons” and hope to meet you, but we will see how that goes. Paula stay the way you are because I really think you are a beautiful person out and in. And by the way keep it up with the butter girl I’m loving it.

Sincerely,
Juana

Juana Harper of Hawthorne, California on December 09, 2010 08:55 PM

Hi Paula,
I first made your deelish whoopie pies when I saw the recipe in your magazine.  I make little ones and call them mini MEs for my grand daughter, Mary Evelyn.  I was working in Maine last year and found homemade whoppie pies in a little country store. It was a happy surprize.  They all thought I sounded just like PAULA!  You are loved everywhere! Truly,  Vicki Woods

Victoria Woods of Baxley,Ga on December 10, 2010 09:49 PM

this website is very enjoyable to read and very nice to get recipes to try too.  very much enjoy your show and watching you on qvc too.  thanks for being out there and being the person that you are.  merry christmas and happy new year to you and yours and all the best too.

stephanie kinnett of stanton, ky on December 11, 2010 06:34 AM

I love the Paula Deen magazine!!! All the recipes are GREAT! After reading my magazine (several times) I always walk away smiling and thinking about the next recipe I will try. Thanks Paula!

Tori Cox of Illinois on December 11, 2010 09:58 AM

paula   I’m looking for a good receipe for anise xmas cut out cookies like we use to get when i was a kid in western new york the bakery we got our cookies from ken-paul bakery has since gone out of business! I enjoy your shows and also when your husband is on talking about his goat GTO. I had an 67 GTO thanks and GOD BLESS you and your family!

bobby cush of mooresville n.c. on December 11, 2010 10:38 AM

 

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