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Whoopie pies

My Grandmother Elva–the eleventh child of Swedish immigrants, lived in a small town filled with a population of mostly immigrants. My Grampa Adolph worked at the local brick yard while Elva stayed home taking care of their three daughters. My mother, Elaine is the oldest child. The small town where mom grew up has a population of around 700 and that hasn’t changed much through the years.

As we made our way through the rolling fields of the Palouse all I could think about was what would await us when we arrived!  I could smell the cinnamon rolls and maple bars that I knew would be sitting on the counter. Grama made homemade rolls, candies, pies and cakes. She also made Whoopie Pies which would become a family tradition.

When I was a child  each year we would visit my very special Aunt Kristine, the youngest of the three girls. She lived in a small town near Seattle. I knew that every time we arrived there would be a huge pot hidden away some where in her kitchen cupboards. This large pot would be lined with Whoopie pies. Each time she would say she had not had time to make Whoopie pies, sending us cousins out to play. Hours later we would enter the kitchen to find Elaine and Kristine sitting at the kitchen table, as if they were once again 10 and 5 years old, giggling and quickly trying to hide the huge pan that sat in front of them! When I think of my aunt I think of her beautiful face and Whoopie pies. She passed away at a young age while we were in Saudi in the apartment.

Ingredients

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

3 eggs

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 cup water

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 tsp salt

Filling

4 Tbs. flour

1 cup milk

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix sugar and shortening, add eggs and mix until fluffy.

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Add cocoa and mix well, add salt and mix.

Add one cup of flour at a time and alternate with buttermilk, add water and soda. Mix well.

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Place batter by spoonfuls onto sheet. Leave space in between as they do spread out!

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Bake for 8-10 minutes or until done. Do not over bake.

Remove from oven and let cool.

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Filling

In a saucepan place milk and flour, whisk well, turn heat on medium and whisk until thickens.

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Cool a bit and then refrigerate.

When totally cool move to mixing bowl and add shortening and beat until fluffy.

Beat very well, add sugar and continue mixing until fluffy.

Put a spoon full onto one side of cookie and top with other side.

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111 Comments Post a comment
  1. These look so tasty right now. They remind me of marshmallow pies.

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    September 24, 2015
  2. Ive saved this to try later

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    September 24, 2015
  3. They look absolutely mouth watering. 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  4. Yikes! You cook it all don’t you girl and it all looks so yummy! I’m glad you don’t live next door, I’d be mooching snacks off you all the time, in a week I’d double my weight!

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    September 24, 2015
  5. Wow, love those whoopie pies. Such great memories they invoke. Have never made them but love to eat them. I really like your boiled milk filling!

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    September 24, 2015
  6. I’d never had a Whoopie Pie until a recent trip to visit with my BIL and SIL in West Virginia. They took us to the local Farmer’s Market, where this seems to be a big thing. All kinds of different flavors.

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    September 24, 2015
  7. Yum!!! And I am just learning more about you- 9 children! You rock mama!! How inspiring you are! ❤️❤️❤️

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    September 24, 2015
  8. Whoopie pies, Yummy! 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  9. I can think of no better epitaph than to be remembered for baking such squidgerlicious delights with the most hilarious name 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  10. omtatjuan3 #

    Ok, I’ll give you my shipping address, though they are probably better fresh but beggars can’t be choosey!

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    September 24, 2015
  11. childhood memories are the best. And these whoopie pies look so moist and delicious. My children would enjoy them for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Lynz. 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  12. They look so good! Might have to make them this weekend. Just one question, I do a lot of baking and I’ve never heard of vegetable shortening before, I’m presuming that’s because we call it something different in England, do you know what that might be?

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    September 24, 2015
    • the brand is crisco dont know if that helps. you could probably use butter or margarine. Does that help?

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      September 24, 2015
  13. Yum-Chocolate!

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    September 24, 2015
  14. What a beautiful story! I love the way your aunt would try and create an element of surprise, even though you expected them. What a sweet way to honor her memory and a family tradition. The whoopie pies look so delicious….Yum 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  15. Absolutely luv it☺☺

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    September 24, 2015
  16. Uhm I will try to make these Lynz

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    September 24, 2015
  17. Vibrant #

    Looks delicious though I am veggie who doesn’t take eggs. I enjoyed reading the brief story as well.

    LOve and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  18. If I open my mouth can you throw them in?

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    September 24, 2015
  19. Yummo!! Can’t wait to make these!! Also loved hearing about your beloved aunt and her wonderful legacy.

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    September 24, 2015
  20. Oh! OH! My mouth is watering. Oh my gosh … Wishing I could jump right in and grab a few. Lynz, your recipes are fantastic! Love, Amy

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    September 24, 2015
  21. Wow ! These look so tempting Lynn !

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    September 24, 2015
  22. I love, love, love this post. What a sweet story to go along with a sweet treat.

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    September 24, 2015
  23. OH! OH! OH! There it is! Thank you so much! OH my! I am so happy!

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    September 24, 2015
  24. I’ve never had a whoopee pie…but I want one now! These look so good!

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    September 24, 2015
  25. They are really big here in Pennsylvania Dutch country. ☺ Your blog and your recipes are so diverse, Lynn, so lucky to have found you here. ❤️

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    September 24, 2015
  26. Whoopie pies, I have had one in years.

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    September 24, 2015
  27. My grandmother made these as well! Such good memories and delicious treats! Our local Amish Market now sells them and they’re ALMOST as good as hers 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing Lynn!!

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    September 24, 2015
  28. Yummy for whoopie pies! WHOOPPPIEEE! 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  29. Recipes that call for Buttermilk are usually the best. Sadly it’s getting harder and harder to find. My local grocery store doesn’t carry it at all. I have to make a special trip to another store across to get some.
    When I was a girl I used to love drinking an ice cold glass of Buttermilk whenever my had some in for a baking project. Yum!

    Your Whoopie Pies look sinfully delicious! 0 calories right? 😉

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    September 24, 2015
  30. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:
    Shared from Lynz Real Cooking
    Memories of my childhood, My great grandma would make these.. Lynz shares a family story here as well.

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    September 24, 2015
  31. Love, love whoopie pies! Yummy 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  32. I’ve never had whoopie pies – these look incredible. Love the milk filling – sound so simple, but so yummy! 🙂

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    September 24, 2015
  33. Food memories are the best!

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    September 24, 2015
  34. Delicious looking cookies and love reading your story Lynz! What a nostalgic story.

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    September 25, 2015
  35. You’ve given whoopie pies a whole new meaning:)

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    September 25, 2015
  36. Now you’ve done it, Lynz! Hello twenty pounds – just go straight to my thighs! 😉

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    September 25, 2015
  37. Delicious! Thank you for sharing it!

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    September 25, 2015
  38. simplystacy05 #

    These look sooooooooo delicious! You’re making want to go to the store right now to buy some ingredients. 🙂 YUM!

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    September 25, 2015
  39. These look amazing

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    September 25, 2015
  40. A really tasty treat for the family. They look wonderful, Lynn – how could anyone resist? (I read your correction before reading this recipe, so thank you for doing that.)

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    September 26, 2015
  41. What a great name your Mum has…..! 😉

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    September 27, 2015
  42. These remind me of moon-pies:) I used to eat them as a child:p

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    October 2, 2015

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