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!
i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above?
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am
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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am
I WISH I COULD COOK.
COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER?
I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE.
YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
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HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am
You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition.
Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm