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Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Posted by laney (1)
Category: Desserts
Subcategory: cookies


Chocolate whoopie pies

Recipe Details:

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Cookie ingredients:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Filling ingredients:
- 1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Make cookies:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
- Beat until well combined.
- On low speed, slowly add dry ingredients, mix until combined.
- Drop 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter onto baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
- Bake until set, about 8 minutes, rotating halfway through. (Cookies should feel soft but not wet)
- Allow cookies to cool completely on wire rack.

Make filling:
- Put cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth.
- Reduce mixer speed to low.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Add confectioners' sugar, mix until combined.
- optional: I dyed the filling pink for Valentine's Day.

Assemble cookies:
- Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of filling on the bottom of one cookie.
- Sandwich with another cookie.

Cookies can be refrigerated for 3 days. (store in airtight containers and bring to room temperature before serving)

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