When I married my husband, I was already living a gluten-free lifestyle and unbeknownst to me, my mother-in-law is apparently the Paula Dean of baking, which means at any family gathering where we see her, she brings the glory of her baked goods and I'm left to sulk in the corner.
Now unlike some people (me included), she is quite gracious with sharing her recipes, and so I've taken it upon myself to de-gluten the easier recipes and make them at home. A favorite of Matt's is a insanely decadent whoopie pie recipe containing ridiculous amounts of butter, but it's so, so good.
You'll find a million different recipes for whoopie pies online if you search, and while this one is quite tasty, the amount of butter it contains will have you feeling as though you just consumed a ton of lead. However, it's very easy to make, and is a huge crowd-pleaser, in that distended stomach sort of way. The filling is rich and satisfying and the cake is soft and chocolaty.
I'm inspired to find new whoopie pie recipes to make, perhaps on the lighter side, I think getting some egg whites into the cake mixture would lighten up the texture and perhaps reducing the amount of butter in the fluff mixture, while adding more fluff.
I will experiment and share an updated recipe soon. Do you have a favorite whoopie pie recipe or a twist on the standard?
Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies
2 cups flour (I used Better Batter flour)
1 t. baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 t. salt
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup melted margarine
1 t. vanilla
¼ lb butter – softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar
5 T marshmallow fluff
1 t. vanilla
Combine the dry ingredients and combine the wet ingredients and then mix them together. Grease 1 large cookie pan, and spoon bite-size drops of batter onto the pan. Keeping the size small will make them less of a gut-busting dessert. Ensure you finish on an even amount. Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes. Cool on paper towel. In the meantime, make the filling. When the cookies are cool, put filling on 1 back (flat side) of 1 cookie and put another cookie back side on the filling. This will mean that the rounded sides are on the outside. Continue until the filling is finished. Roll whoopie pies in sugar, peppermint or anything else you want to add or keep them plain and enjoy!