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Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies Recipe

Old-Fashioned Whoopie Pies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 244 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Jane jones User ID: 8944470 254841
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"I followed this recipe exactly as written. It it was wonderful. Will definitely make again. The cake texture and flavor was perfect and the filling not too sweet but very tasty. Thankyou"

iluvmi3kds User ID: 8472655 230708
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."

bev871 User ID: 8159318 215006
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"

c1981 User ID: 8016034 48183
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."

Caramelizedonions39 User ID: 7094784 48182
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."

jctkrause User ID: 5185979 50762
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!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 202655
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013 Edited Sep. 23, 2013

"The cookie part is good.....the filling is too much like eating shortening that is slightly sweetened. It doesn't even taste like vanilla, and I added extra. I'd try to find a different filling recipe if I were to make them again.

I'm adding this update several days after writing the first review........these seemed to taste a lot better the next day; in fact, I had a hard time leaving them alone! (I stored them in a tightly closed container.)"

Reneencurtis User ID: 5503238 17086
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"I wasn't crazy about the filling. Kids liked the cookies without the filling. I made the red velvet ones and everyone loved them."

chocolate898 User ID: 5452159 22015
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

"We love this recipe! No other words needed."

darlenam User ID: 2532242 23278
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Liked the cookie not the cream. I like the marshmallow cream better."

jen2106 User ID: 6929219 27679
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"These are the best! What a hit!"

Kaye1956 User ID: 3664551 27676
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2012

"I added 2 large heaping tablespoons of peanut butter to the icing, yummy with chocolate gobs !!!!!!"

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 81337
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"I loved these! They are perfect whoopie pies and just like the ones my aunt from Lancaster PA makes. Some whoopie pie recipes are too hard in the cakey part but this wasn't. These were awesome - everyone wanted seconds!!!!"

QuintessentialJ User ID: 6510542 48180
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"The cookie part was fantastic and exactly what I was looking for, but the filling was...honestly, "ewww" is the best I can come up with to describe it. It seemed like a lot of shortening for the amount of powdered sugar, and it is. Far, far too much. I tried mixing it for 10 minutes, and it left a greasy feeling on my tongue without being at all tasty; tried adding more powdered sugar, which cut the greasy feeling a little; tried adding more vanilla, which resulted in a vanilla-flavored greasy feeling; and, finally, gave up and made buttercream frosting and filled them with that.

I have no idea how the filling works for anyone. I will note that I don't like Oreo filling because it tastes like shortening to me, so maybe if I did, I'd have been more positive about this? Anyhow, like I said, cookie part was great."

LAP7050 User ID: 4478534 17083
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"A co-worker just brought these to work and OMG they are the best Whoopies I have ever in my life had!!!! I can't wait to make them myself."

Bradkatieknott User ID: 3148124 23605
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"I was looking for a recipe similar to what I used to eat as a kid and these are the best. The cakes are perfect - they puff nicely as mini's. I prefer to fill them with peanut butter frosting. :)"

silly girl User ID: 5270321 52446
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"These were incredible. I was looking for a scratch recipe and not a cake mix and this was so perfect. It seems like it would take a long time but doesn't really. I used crisco for the cookie and half butter half crisco for the filling. I was imagining a icing filling but it was more like a stiff pudding vanilla. They are so good. I tinted the filling green for Saint Patty's Day. Will def. make again!!"

silly girl User ID: 5270321 22129
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"Going to make these...did you all use Crisco or sub.butter?"

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 202654
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"These are the best yet! All my grandchildren loved these whoopie pies and asked if I would make them for Christmas. Thanks for the best yet!"

[email protected] User ID: 909709 22107
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2009 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"Excellent recipe. I have made this recipe several times and I love it. Everyone I share with loves it too."

sharonbolden User ID: 3313103 22012
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"Whoopie Pies have now become something I 'have' to make every year at Christmas because I did when my kids were in their teens and gave them out to their friends. Now it's for each family. They don't last long."

Jessica Slaymaker User ID: 3012536 22009
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2008

"very good!!! :)"

jham User ID: 183482 50719
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"My Granddaughters can't get enough of these. Yum. Yum."

wild fire User ID: 2691551 51947
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2008 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"Our whole family absolutely LOVES them!"

wild fire User ID: 2691551 50717
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2007 Edited Aug. 5, 2015

"Our whole family absolutely LOVES them!"

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