Makin’ Whoopie for the Holidays

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Makin’ Whoopie for the Holidays

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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By Lisa the Admin on December 28, 2011

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Im a black chick from the HOOD in Texas and dont really watch you much, but something about your style of cooking, that glow you have and your southern tone is wonderful. (jared cranberries and nuts) Well Mrs Deen you won me over with all these wonderful ideas of yours , it has brought me deeper into Hood with great southern holiday ideas. thanks Queen "D"

By hood chick on September 28, 2011

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Paula, heard about you on Restaurant Radio, 560am, Saturday 1-1-2011 Please send a link to your furniture site. Jeff Smith

By Jeff Smith on January 01, 2011

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they are melt in your mouth drop to the floor gooooood. but what else but the best from such a sweet lady. i am your no 1 fan you are so beautiful and i just love watching you

By lee anna on December 28, 2010

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My daughter made the pumpkin whoopies, oh they are the best.

By Rena Gilliam on December 23, 2010

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Think this recipe might be good with Bobby's caramel cake with caramel or peanut butter frosting. Layer some pecans on the frosting. Either way you say it is correct. I say pecons because my grandmother and her family were from Scotland and with a Scottish brogue, that is the way it came out. Any way these Georgia nuts are great. Second place behind the Georgia peanuts. So have a great day from North Georgia and blessings from my kitchen. Rhonda Beall Hawkins I rate it 5 stars or lolliepops.

By Rhonda Hawkins on December 20, 2010

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I made pumpkin butter this year and then I made pumpkin butter and apple butter whoopie pies

By pam on December 20, 2010

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I was wondering why there is no recipe for the Holly Jolly Chocolate sandwich cookie here.

By John Farrer on December 15, 2010

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Dear Paula, Your cranberries with cream chesse was great but, I would like to know about your beautiful hair. I am letting my gray hair grow in and would like to know what color you use for your hair. It looks beautiful and so healthy. I know you are very busy and I have pictures of you that I will take to my hair dresser, but your hair color is sooooooo beautiful and looks so healthy and always done just so. I wish you and your family the best of holidays and another year filled with love, joy, and peace. Thank you for all the wonderful recipies and enjoyment you have brouhgt to my family and friends. You are a stunning lady with my joy in your heart. Merry Christmas Anna Wong

By Anna Wong on December 14, 2010

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Dear Paula, i love to watch your show and i love your cooki ware also i bought peppercon in the jar you turn the cover just like a pepper mill. I was so upset when the pepper mill broke in the stew i was making for my family and i had to throw out the whole mwal . i'm bring it to your attention so this will never happen again . i hope you understand my concern maybe better quality control. Thank You Jean Lyon

By Jean Lyon on December 14, 2010

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i watch your show all the time and i love all of your foods i have learned alot watching your show. so keep up the great work and keep making great meals and goodies.

By vicky morse on December 13, 2010

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i love all of ur cooking shows and the most wounderful thing i loce are ur cooking ware. they ar the best cooking ware that i have ever had they lasted all year and many more to come i hope. merry christmall to all. I love the tv show were ur grandson was a baby boy.

By crystal lingenfelter on December 13, 2010

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i would love to make things like this an will one day.

By latrease mayfield on December 13, 2010

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By Jim Meyer on December 11, 2010

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!

By bobby cush on December 11, 2010

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!

By Tori Cox on December 11, 2010

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.

By stephanie kinnett on December 11, 2010

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

By Victoria Woods on December 10, 2010

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

By Juana Harper on December 09, 2010

Hi,I absolutely LOVE whoopie pies Madam PAULA DEEN i Need job in your company are you agree ? please mail me avobe address okay i am from Nepal bye take care of….............

By Deependra nirajan on December 09, 2010

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

By Tracey Lopez on December 08, 2010

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!

By kathy mandrgoc on December 08, 2010

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

By Patty Moody on December 08, 2010

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.

By Sandy on December 07, 2010

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

By thomas on December 07, 2010

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.

By Neece on December 07, 2010

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.

By Wilma Jones on December 07, 2010

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.

By Jessie Thatcher on December 07, 2010

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?

By Ondra Corley on December 07, 2010

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.

By Karla Roysdon on December 07, 2010

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

By gertie on December 07, 2010

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

By BRENDA DUNCAN on December 07, 2010

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.

By Kathy Bryant on December 07, 2010

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!~!~!~

By VICKI MEDLEY on December 07, 2010

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