chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies…

13 Jun

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

You say whoopie pies and half the people have no idea what you’re talking about, I prefer to call them dessert burgers because really you can make them that big and they’ll be scarfed down like no tomorrow.  I’m assuming that these desserts are a pretty old timey baked good judging by the name but there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into the cakey buns, getting a burst of sweet from the filling with an aftertaste of salt (because we all know that’s what makes chocolate and peanut butter so good!).

Fairly easy to make, you just need a bit of patience as there is a cooling period…nobody wants runny whoopie pies…nobody.

What you need!
3 1/2 cups  flour
1 1/2 cups cocoa
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
2 egg
2 cups buttermilk, room temp
2 tsps vanilla extract

Filling:
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
salt to taste

What to do!

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.  Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

 

2.  Add butter and sugars into another bowl and cream.  Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla, beat mixture until fluffy.  Slowly add the dry ingredients, don’t over mix.  In general your mix should be muffin-like but should not be too dry or else the batter will bake chunky.

whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

3.  Drop 1/8 cup batter 2″ apart on sheets.  Bake one sheet at a time in middle rack for 12min, rotate tray half way, the batter should spring back like a pound cake when it’s done.  If you can’t tell visually, you can always poke a toothpick in and make sure it comes out clean.

whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

4.  Take the sheet out and let cool for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

5.  Make the filling!  Combine all the filling ingredients and combine with electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and smooth.  Add salt to taste to bring out the peanuttiness!  At this point you can choose to put it into a piping bag to make filling easier.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

6.  Pipe a dollop on half of the whoopie pies on the flat side, you can just spoon it on if you don’t have a piping bag.

chocolate peanut butter whoopie pie urbanpocketknife

7.  Place the other half of the pie flat side towards filling on and you have dessert burger perfection!  Like all buttercreams, heat will melt it a little, store in the fridge in an air tight container and take it out a half an hour before serving.

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