The 12 Days of Christmas: Let’s Make Whoopie

Made with tender loving care by my grandmother every Christmas, the whoopie pie is a cherished holiday dessert. Fittingly called the "whoopie pie", these baked goods make you want to share the love. Although disputed, according to Wikipedia, these desserts are considered a "…New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition." Word is that Amish farmers would shout "Whoopie!" when they discovered one had been packed as part of their lunch. While that may be folklore, I can understand it. I want to shout "Whoopie!" and dance a jig when I bite into one.

Whoopie!

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Try something new this holiday season and whip up these little pieces of heaven. While they appear to be having an identity crisis and find themselves somewhere in between a cookie, cake and pie, I guarantee you will love them. Better not be counting those calories though; these use Crisco in this particular recipe. And I swear, that's the secret ingredient. Not only do they use Crisco, but the filling involves marshmallow fluff. Tell me, when is the last time you bought that? With that being said, you can search the internet for a wide variety of takes on the whoopie pie. This particular one comes from one of my mother's first cook books. Enjoy!

Whoopie Pies

3/4 Tbsp. Crisco

1 c. sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. milk

1 c. flour

5 tbsp. cocoa

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

Cream together Crisco, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add with milk to creamed mixture. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, about 1-2 inches apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Take out of pan immediately. Cool and put together with filling. Tip: consider adding a bit of extra cocoa.

Filling

3/4 c. Crisco

3/4 confectioners sugar

1 c. marshmallow fluff

3 drops vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. If too thick, add a few drops of milk.

Good thing grandma is in town for the holidays. Whoopie pies are (thankfully) on the menu!

About Kate Sepe

Kate Sepe joins Let's Party Magazine.com as the Event Trends Blogger with a background in nonprofit event planning and management. Kate is currently the Senior Community Director with the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter. She expresses a true love and passion for the event industry and is thankful for the opportunity to share unique ideas and popular trends with readers.

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