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Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies

 Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies
Who can resist soft chocolate sandwich cookies filled with a layer of fluffy white frosting? Mom has made these for years...they're a treat that never lasted very long with me and my two brothers around. -Maria Costello, Monroe, North Carolina
24 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • FILLING:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and water. Cool for 5 minutes. In a
  • large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the eggs, vanilla and cocoa mixture. Combine dry ingredients;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk,
  • beating well after each addition

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Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking
  • sheets. Flatten slightly with a spoon. Bake at 350° for 10-12
  • minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small saucepan, combine flour and salt. Gradually whisk in milk
  • until smooth; cook and stir over medium-high heat until thick, 5-7
  • minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until completely
  • cool.
  • In a small bowl, cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla until light
  • and fluffy. Add milk mixture; beat for 7 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Spread filling on half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 244 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 116 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.