Friday, February 26, 2010


by robert indiana

"Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else." - ivern ball

ph: s. winesett

ph: juan cordosa

Whoopie Pies are a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. They're one of Maine's best known and most loved comfort foods, although not technically a pie. A whoopie pie is like a sandwich but made with two soft cake-like cookies with a fluffy, sweet white filling in the middle. According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers found these treats with their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!"

Whoopie Pie
for cookies:
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
5 tbsp of cocoa
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the beaten egg yolks.
  3. Sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine milk and vanilla.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk mixture to shortening/sugar mixture. Mix well.
  5. Drop the batter in equal spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving room for them to spread. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the center of the cookies spring back with lightly pressed.
  6. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  7. When completely cool, mix filling (recipe below), and spread half the cakes with the filling. Put them together like a sandwich.
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
  1. Beat the egg whites until stiff; set aside. Combine the other ingredients and beat very hard for several minutes on high speed. Fold in the beaten egg whites.

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