Monday, October 10, 2011
Chocolate & mint are the perfect partners. Dark chocolate and cool mint bring out the best in each other. Since I’ve never tried my hand at whoopie pies - this version seemed like a good place to start. I chose to make them bite-size (OK - they were 3-4 bites each... but I was tempted to inhale them in one...)
I found this recipe on jamiecooksitup - Jamie has several wonderful posts on fabulous baked items. She takes the cookie recipe from joyofbaking.com, and adds her own frosting & ganache recipe for the finishing touch. These are so good, they give me a headache. So much chocolate will force you into a state of bliss.
So have you ever wondered how the Whoopie Pie came to be? I hunted for that information and found that in the past, it was also known as a Gob, Black-and-White, and “BFO” (for Big Fat Oreo). I liked the BFO name - and I’m going to dub these as such.
The Whoopie Pie is an American baked good - considered to be either a cookie, pie, or cake. It’s made of two round mound-shaped pieces of chocolate cake with a sweet, creamy frosting or filling sandwiched in between. There is some controversy about which state can claim Whoopie Pies originated there - Pennsylvania & Maine. The Pennsylvania Dutch claim that the whoopie pie got it’s name when farmers opened their lunch pails to find this treat - shouting “Whoopie!” One urban legend mentions they were most often made from leftover cake batter. To complicate it even more - yet another legend says that German immigrants brought the predecessor of the Whoopie Pie with them to communities in the Northeast.
Wherever they came from - they are sinfully delicious. Big and FAT, they are often called cake/cookies. Like a cookie sandwich, but always made with a SOFT cookie.
For detailed photos, directions, and the complete recipe - go to:changeabletable.com