Thursday, February 28, 2008

Have you heard of them?

Whoppie pies....have you heard of them? I have lived in Maine most of my life, and always thought whoppie pies were all over the place. I guess not. Are they just a Maine thing? Or maybe just a New England thing? I am not even sure.

I made some today and was thinking about how if you have never had one, you have to have one. Here, they are available in every gas station, grocery store, and most restaurants. I like to get the ones that are the size of my head. You can get pumpkin ones, vanilla ones, peanut butter frosting ones. Yum.
So, if you have never had one, go ahead. Make some. Here is the recipe. You won't be sorry. They are worth it.

Whoppie pies:
Cream together 1/2 C shortening, 1 C sugar
2 beaten egg yolks
Sift together:
5 T. cocoa
2 C flour
1 tsp. (each) salt, baking soda, and baking powder
Add 1 c. milk and 1 tsp vanilla to sugar and shortening mixture, combine with dry ingred.
Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
Cool completely
Beat two egg whites until stiff
fold in 2 C powdered sugar, then mix 1/2 c. shortening, 1/4 salt, 1/2 tsp vanilla.


Fran said...

As a southern girl, I can tell you that we do not have whoopie pies down south.

I love 'em!

Java Mama said...

I guess I am more southern than anything & I too have never seen a whoopie pie other than cooking magazines. They look & sounds yummy. I feel like I will be making whoopie pies this weekend.

Rachel said...

Ditto to what the two fine ladies from the South have already said. No whoopie pies down here (grew up in GA, now live in NC).

Now, we have moon pies...which I cannot stand, but we do have something similar...

Karen said...

They have them in Pennsylvania and into a tiiiiny bit of Maryland (where I'm from). I think they just stop south of the Mason Dixon line :) They're delicious though!

Jenny said...

I saw Whoppie pies made on the Martha Stewart show, so I guess they are a New England thing. There are none of those here in MI, but when I lived in Kentucky, we had moon pies - a southern tradition. Kind of like RC cola or Cheer Wine. Haven't all these southern commenters had a moon pie?

But it sounds like whoppie pies come in such lovely flavors! I'll have to try your recipe for sure.

Anonymous said...

I've heard of them but I've never had one. The pumpkin one sounds like something I'd like - they look yummy!


Steph said...

In the Midwest, I have heard of them, but can't say I've had a real one. Sounds tempting!

Claremont First Ward said...

I think it's a Maine thing. I lived in MA for a few years, and I've never heard of them!

Amanda Jean said...

never heard of them. they look delicious, though!

kaetrn said...

i am a huge fan of whoopie pies, i actually always thought they were a southern thing...i guess i was wrong! the peanut butter ones sound good, and yours are making my stomach growl! thanks for sharing the recipe!

nova said...

Haing lived all over, including Maine, I feel safe in saying that I think the whoopie pie is Maine phenomenon. I friend of mine (from Maine) sends me a giant chocolate whoopie pie for my birthday every year. It's so huge, it's kind of hilarious!

Kate said...

Ooh - Yummy!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I'm seriously suffering from a sugar craving and this just made it worse! :) They look delicious!

Katie Jean said...

I'm pretty positive that it is a New England thing. My aunt grew up in NH and she used to make them for us as kids. They are still my favorite! I've also seen them in VT. And Ben and Jerry's makes a whoopie pie ice cream. yum.

Now I'm wishing you didn't post about them, because I'm totally craving them!

Shannon said...

Never heard of them either but after taking a look at yours, i think I need some!

Carol said...

I'm from Atlantic Canada and I have them all the time! they're yummy!!! and yours look so good. I'll try your recipe soon!