- 1½ cups of all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour*
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
- 3 ounces or 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- ½ of a cup of packed dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 6 ounces of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, Ghirardelli 60% or similar recommended
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Classic Cream Cheese Filling
- 4 ounces or about ½ a package of cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of heavy cream, optional
- Pinch of salt (about a ¼ of a teaspoon), a very small pinch if using table salt
- 2 tablespoons of seasonal mix-in: pumpkin purée, citrus zest, liqueur, mashed berries, or in-season puréed fruit (or jam)
Vanilla Bean Marshmallow Creme
- 2 large egg whites, from fresh eggs
- ½ cup or 4 ounces of granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or a little pinch of cream of tartar
- 1 vanilla bean, sliced open and seeds scraped out, or 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- A few granules of kosher or flake salt (about ⅛ of a teaspoon), less if using table salt
For the Whoopie Pies
- Line two large baking pans with parchment paper, or use non-stick pans.
- With a sifter or fine mesh sieve, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl or onto a large piece of parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt together the butter, chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, and brown sugar. Set it off the heat to cool slightly.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract at medium speed until combined.
- Beat in the chocolate mixture on low speed, scraping the bowl and beater as you mix. In several additions still on low speed, beat in the dry ingredients. The batter will be very thick.
- Chill the batter for one to two hours, or cover and chill it overnight. If you chill it overnight, let the batter sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften (it will make scooping easier).
- Preheat your oven to 325° F.
- With a one to two-inch ice cream scoop with a release (or two large spoons and your hands), scoop the batter into balls. Rinse the scoop in a cup of hot water to keep it clean and prevent the batter from sticking to it.
- Space the scooped dough two inches apart on a couple of parchment-lined or non-stick baking pans. Aim for an even number of batter mounds. Flatten each one about halfway down with a wet palm. Or you can also lay a second piece of parchment on top of the pan and flatten the balls all at once using the bottom of the second pan.
- Bake the whoopie pies for 10 to 14 minutes for two-inch pies, just until they begin to rise and lose their sheen. Cool the pie halves for a few minutes on the pan until you can handle them. Then cool them completely on a rack or plate before filling. Warm pies will melt the fillings.
- Scoop or pipe your filling onto half of the baked whoopie pie halves. Then top with the remaining ones.
- Store the pies chilled, but serve them at room temperature for the fullest flavor and best texture.
Cream Cheese Filling
- Sift the powdered sugar with a fine mesh sieve or a sifter to remove any lumps.
- With a hand mixer (or stand mixer with a paddle), beat the softened cream cheese on medium-low speed until smooth.
- Slowly beat in the powdered sugar in several additions.
- Beat in your seasonal flavoring, if using, and then the vanilla extract, heavy cream, and salt.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week. But fill the pies with it and serve it at room temperature.
Homemade Marshmallow Creme
- Place the egg whites in a heat-proof bowl near the stove and plug in your hand mixer nearby. Or place them in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Place a candy thermometer in the bowl if you have one, or have ready a digital kitchen thermometer. Bring the sugar and water to a boil, and boil until it reaches 235° F. This will take between three to six minutes, and depend entirely on your stove burner's intensity.
- While the syrup comes up to the target temperature, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Soft peaks are when the whites form floppy peaks off the tip of the beater when you pull it away. Beat in the lemon juice or cream of tartar once peaks begin to form. If your whites are whipped before the syrup is ready, just turn a stand mixer on low speed or your hand mixer off.
- As the sugar syrup in the pot approaches 235° F, turn the mixer back on low speed. Once the syrup hits 235° F, slowly drizzle the hot syrup into egg whites while continuing to beat. Do your best to aim for the side of the bowl and avoid hitting the beater (this will splatter hot syrup all over the bowl and leave chunks of hard sugar in your filling).
- Once all of the syrup is beaten in, speed the mixer up to medium-high, and beat until the meringue cools down to room temperature.
- Beat in a few granules of salt, and the vanilla bean seeds or vanilla extract.
- Use the meringue immediately, or store it refrigerated for a couple of days. Italian meringue is best enjoyed within a day or two. If any extra is stored chilled, it will need to be whipped again on high speed for a couple of minutes to revive it.
Always store whoopie pies chilled. But serve them at room temperature.
On Buying Chocolate
The better the chocolate, the better the whoopie pie will be! Richer, darker chocolate will balance out the sugar in the recipe and offer more of a flavor profile than standard, semi-sweet brands.
For Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, or Vegan Whoopie Pies
Since the recipe for the chocolate pies calls for eggs, this recipe is not easily made vegan. But let me know in the comments if you try the recipe with your favorite egg substitute! For gluten-free, replace the all-purpose four with your favorite gluten-free flour blend. I like to use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour. For dairy-free pies and cream cheese filling, substitute with vegan "cream cheese" and your favorite plant-based "butter".
On Nutrition Information
The Nutrition Information below is based on the recipe as written for the chocolate whoopie pies filled with the homemade marshmallow creme. The cream cheese filling will offer a different nutritional profile.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- Serving Size: 1 Filled Whoopie Pie
- Calories: 386
- Sugar: 17.8 g
- Sodium: 121.8 mg
- Fat: 20.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 42.1 g
- Protein: 6.7 g
- Cholesterol: 80.8 mg
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