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Valentine's Day Whoopie Pies

Contest Photo by: oneordinaryday
Dover, PA,
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

These cakey chocolate cookies are a traditional PA Dutch treat when paired with a heaping filling of marshmallow buttercream. These whoopie pies have a Valentine's Day twist because the marshmallow buttercream frosting has been colored a bright pink. The contrast of dark chocolate and pink icing looks fun and festive, and the classic combination tastes amazing.

Ingredients

Cookie Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Filling Ingredients:
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
* 1 jar (7 1/2 ounces) marshmallow Fluff
* 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
* pink food coloring (gel)

How to Make

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease two large cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.

  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and continue beating until fluffy, 1-2 minutes longer. Beat in milk and vanilla extract. Finally, beat in flour mixture to combine.

  • Drop by heaping tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets .

  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until top springs back when touched.
    Cool completely. Spoon or pipe a heaping amount of frosting on the flat half of one cookie, then top with another cookie. Repeat.

  • For filling, incorporate ingredients thoroughly one at a time until frosting is light and fluffy.

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