Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Whoop whoop for whoopie pies

I love baking. A lot. The problem is, that there is only so many baked things you can eat in a week and stay just a little bit cuddly...but I have found the perfect solution to the baked goodies consumption problem...our youth group! I can bake to my hearts content and without the fail they usually polish the plate of whatever I've experimented with :)  Food for both, the spirit and the body.

I've been wondering about trying to make whoopie pies for a while  - especially as every now and then I've heard them referred as the 'next cupcake' yet I'd not even seen one. I came across a straight forward looking recipe on bbc website and last week I finally decided to give them ago.

The whoopie pies are basically two soft cookies squished together with a filling. And the beauty of the recipe was the filling, I'd seen quite a few that had complicated fillings that required this and that ingredient - this one only used marshmallows! Bake the cookies (warning - they spread...a lot), leave half to cool on a rack, flip the other half over, plop a marshmallow on top of each one and pop them back in the oven for 2-3 minutes. The marshmallows keep the shape but get soft so when you take them out you just squeeze the two halves together and the melted marshmallow acts as a glue.

The young sir helped me to squeeze the halves together, only his approach was rather energetic so some were more squashed and squeezed than others! 

The taste panels verdict was unanimous agreement of deliciousness. They are rather sweet so definitely a treat than a everyday cookie to have a round. Next time I might try to make them a bit smaller. 

I tried rolling them in hundreds and thousands, only I ran out after two pies. You could have some fun decorating them with all sorts of things. The recipe suggested covering them in more chocolate but I think that would be an overkill. My sister had a brilliant idea and decorated hers with some templates and dusting of icing sugar - simple but very effective and elegant!

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