Saturday, August 4, 2012

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with marshmallow frosting

No I am not going through a baking obsession....!!!

I am trying to give my kids more of a range of desserts and sweets snacks other than the store bought ones and plus my 6yr old son Lachlan wants to be a chef. We will see how long that lasts but we will be buying him stuff for Christmas and birthday to enhance his enjoyment of cooking and baking. I just have to get over my total dislike of mess - which is something that is unavoidable when kids are making food.

I made some awesome Chocolate Whoopie Pies. Once again I forgot to wrote down where the recipe came from so am sorry about that.

Ready to go in the oven
Lachlan making the 'cookies'. Look at his mouth lol.
The mix. OMG this was awesome by itself.
Just out of the oven. These tasted nice just by themselves.
With marshmallow frosting.
Unlike the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies these actually taste awesome with the frosting in the middle.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons of cocoa
2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon each of baking powder, baking soda and salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk

Sifted all dry ingredients.
Cream the shortening and sugar (this will not cream like butter and sugar so mix until combined). Add and mix the egg yolks. Add the dry sifted ingredients a little at a time - alternate with a portion of the milk with vanilla. Mix well until all combined.

Drop the batter on a baking tray lined with baking paper, leave room for them to spread. Bake at 190 degrees celcius for 7 -10 mins (I did mine for 8 1/2). Remove and let cool. When completely cooled put frosting in the middle and sweeze to the edge.

Marshmallow Frosting
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups icing sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons marshmallow fluff/creme (I doubled that amount).

Mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Easy peasy.

This recipe yielded about 20 pies - depends on how big you make them. They are very soft - very much like an actual cake so if you want them firmer you might have to alter the mix a bit so it is a little drier.

These are so much better than the red velvet ones. The frosting makes them taste better. Kids love them and believe it or not so does my hubby. LOL. Enjoy your weekend.

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