How to Make Delicious and Easy Whoopie Pies

Inspired by the flavors of your favorite childhood cookie, these whoopie pies are chocolatey on the outside, soft, and filled with rich vanilla buttercream.

To soften the blow of it being Monday, we’re giving you the recipe for an irresistible sweet treat. These whoopie pies are just as dreamy as they sound. Inspired by the flavors of your favorite childhood cookie, they are chocolatey on the outside, soft, and filled with rich vanilla buttercream. Check out the video below for a full rundown of how to make them in your own kitchen.

Softened butter is easier to work with. To speed this up, you can rinse the bowl with warm water, then thoroughly dry it with a paper towel or kitchen towel. When you add the butter to the warmed bowl, it’ll blend more easily!

Be sure to incorporate the dry ingredients into the creamed butter until fully incorporated. The dough may be stiff, but keep stirring!

To avoid a meltdown, allow the cookies to cool completely before attempting to spread the buttercream.

4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup powdered sugar
1 parchment paper

1 egg
kosher salt
baking sheet

1. Cream Butter and Sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside butter to soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes (see Recipe Tip). Place ½ in a medium bowl. Add sugar mix and whisk until pale and fluffy. Separate 1 egg, reserving yolk.

2. Make Cookie Dough
Add 1 egg yolk and ½ of vanilla extract to bowl with butter and stir to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a pinch salt and stir to combine.

3. Form Cookies
Divide cookie dough evenly and form into 12 balls, about 1-inch in diameter. Space about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet and using the back of a spoon, flatten slightly.

4. Bake Cookies
Transfer cookies to oven and bake until centers are set, about 7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool completely, 5-10 minutes.

5. Make Vanilla Buttercream
While cookies cool, stir together powdered sugar, remaining butter, and remaining vanilla extract in a separate medium bowl until pale and fluffy.

6. Assemble Whoopie Pies
Spread about 1 teaspoon vanilla buttercream on flat sides of ½ of cooled cookies. Top with remaining cookies flat-side down. Enjoy as many whoopie pies as your heart desires. Store any leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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