Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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
  • 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

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.


  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p35

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Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"I shouldn't even give this one star. This is not the traditional whoopee pie. The cookie part wouldn't even cook in 20 minutes in the oven. Not cakey. Thick and heavy like a brownie. Had to keep cooking until outside was hard . Insides still never quite cooked through. Taste is pitiful. I wouldn't call it chocolate for sure. Even look disgusting-like Buffalo Chips. Could use them as a joke I suppose. Waste of ingredients and time. My kids wouldn't eat these and they will eat anything."

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"I made these Whoopie s today but not pleased with this recipe they didn't t raise and didn't t have much taste"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"Is the cookie a soft fluffy type or heavier type? Hard to rate when I have not tried yet but I will give a 3 for now."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"I think the cookie turned out great, but I didn't use the filling recipe, I filled them with peanut butter buttercream, because I'm a real sucker for chocolate and peanut butter. Next time I will have to try the filling. Thanks for the great recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"These were delicious, the best chocolate whoopee pies I've ever tasted.The filling recipe is exactly like the traditional frosting recipe for red velvet pie. I always use half shortening and half butter to avoid that "mouth full of shortening" sensation, plus I add 4 teaspoons of vanilla instead of just 2.I completely agree with your choice of filling. Regular buttercream would be too sweet and make a mess when the butter softened. Plus, you can make this filling chocolate by making a one-to-one exchange between the flour and the cocoa; if you wanted to add 1 tablespoon cocoa to this filling, subtract 1 tablespoon flour from the recipe.This recipe's a keeper!"

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