My usual Chocolate Whoopie Pies get the best reviews, and because of that I tend to use the recipe over and over. However, this week I decided to experiment and came up with these Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies.
I made them by modifying the usual recipe and adding peanut butter to the filling. The first changes I made were to the cake part of the cookie. My usual recipe calls for buttermilk and natural cocoa powder, but I since I don’t always have those two things on hand I tried a combination of Dutch cocoa powder and regular milk. That version was okay, but in a side-by-side taste test the buttermilk and natural cocoa version won out, so I’m sticking with my usual recipe for the cake component.
In addition to confirming that I don’t need to look for a new “cake” component, I discovered that piping the filling into the center of the cookies is a much better way to go in terms of both efficiency and neatness.
It’s definitely worth breaking out the pastry bag in this case. For the tip, I use a 1/2 inch round. However, even a pastry bag without a tip or a snipped-corner heavy duty zipper bag works just fine.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (7.9 oz)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened NATURAL style cocoa powder
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar (7 oz)
- 3/4 to 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 of a (7 oz) container marshmallow cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with nonstick foil.
- Thoroughly mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the vanilla. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl often.
- Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, stirring with a heavy duty scraper, until batter is smooth and thick.
- Drop batter by generously heaping tablespoons onto baking sheets spacing about 2 inches apart. Alternatively, transfer the batter to a pastry bag or heavy duty freezer bag with the corner snipped off and pipe gobs of batter onto the sheet.
- Bake one sheet at a time for about 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed, slightly cracked and set. Let cool on baking sheets for about five minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack.
- Filling: Beat the butter, peanut butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in vanilla and marshmallow cream until smooth. Taste test. Add more peanut butter if desired.
- Fill the sandwich cookies by spreading between cookies or piping it in. Piping the cream in is an extra step, but it makes the process of filling go smoothly and the pies look better.