Whoopie Pies Recipe

Whoopie Pies Recipe makes an old fashioned soft chocolate cookie with luscious marshmallow cream filling.

The cookies are made 3 1/2-4 inches in diameter and look and taste more like a cake than a cookie.

You can also fill them with your favorite ice cream and freeze them for a quick snack anytime or for unexpected company.

My first memory of eating this "type of cookie" was in 1942 when Daddy gave my twin sister and I a whole oatmeal cookie each, along with a whole Pepsi Cola for our 5th birthday.

We had previously gotten only one cookie and Pepsi to divide between us.

Oatmeal was our favorite cookie.

Pepsi was our favorite cola.

By the way, I never heard what we just referred to as Pepsi, RC, Coca Cola, and Doctor Pepper referred to being a soda.

Daddy owned a country store and these snacks, along with nabs, which were packaged peanut butter and crackers, along with small cans of sausages and potted meat, was daily lunch for workers stopping by on their lunch breaks.

The people I knew back in those early days, as I recall, asked for "Moon Pies", regardless of which type of cookie they were.

The first time I heard about "Whoopie Pies" was from reading about them in a Woman's Circle magazine, "Recipes" classified ads section in the 1970s.

I ordered the recipe for twenty five cents.

Here is the original recipe I received.

Whoopie Pies Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • Marshmallow Cream

Cream butter and sugar together.

Stir in the egg, chocolate, and vanilla and mix well.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and the salt.

Gently mix in the flour and the milk, alternating between them starting and ending with the flour.

Drop from a large tablespoon about 2 inches apart, on a lightly greased cookie baking sheet.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F., approximately 5-8 minutes until the tops are done.

Remove them from the pan immediately and place the cookies on a rack to cool.

When completely cooled, fill the cookie with yummy Homemade Marshmallow Cream or purchase it from your local grocery store if it is available there.

These Whoopie Pies can also be sandwiched with a filling of your favorite ice cream and kept frozen until you are ready to serve them. 

Be sure to wrap each ice cream sandwich separately.

They are equally delicious filled with puddings.

This is one time I recommend an instant pudding mix.

There are so many flavors to choose from.

Serve with a cold glass of milk.

Milk and chocolate are delicious, healthy choices for deserts.

Marshmallow Cream

  • 1 (10 oz.) package marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt together the marshmallows and water in a large saucepan on low heat, stirring frequently until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Then add the butter and the vanilla extract to the melted marshmallows.

Stir the mixture until the butter is well incorporated.

Put the mixture into a stand mixer and beat on high speed until mixture becomes the consistency of jarred marshmallow cream.

Use this Homemade Marshmallow Cream to fill the above Whoopie Pies or any other type of sandwiched cookies that you deem to be appropriate.

Many cakelike cookies with a diameter the size of the woopie pie above, such as a vanilla or raisin would be appropriate and also be delicious.

To store the Marshmallow Cream, spoon it into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and place it in the refrigerator. 

It is best to use it within a couple of weeks.

History Of Whoopie Pies

The Historical records that I had when I first published this recipe on this website has expanded to include more information.

Here is the first Historical information I posted about the recipe. 

Whoopie Pies Recipe cookies were first made in America by the Amish people in the 1920s.

According to legend, they got there name from children who found them packed in their lunch pails shouting, Whoopie.

There is controversy over when and where the cookie recipe originated.

Who created the recipe?

There are several states that lay claim to the introduction; Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The earliest time there is any historical information on the recipe that I can find, is the Berwick Cake Company in Roxberry, Massachusetts, which is no longer in business, was selling the Whoopie Pie Cookies in the 1920s.

Today, when I was checking to confirm the original historical information of this recipe, I found this gem!

The date of origin is correct, however the name whoopie pie was given to this cookie when it's creator saw a Broadway Play named Making Whoopie.

The Whoopie Pie (cookie) is the State Treat (not to be confused with dessert) of Maine, in the United States.

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