Monday, June 21, 2010

S'more Whoopies



After seeing a huge display in the grocery store for graham crackers and hershey chocolate - yum, I was in the mood for some s'mores. I guess since it's summer time the thing to do is go camping and eat s'mores. Since I can't go camping I figured I would just skip ahead to the s'more part.
I tried to think of fun ways to jazz up a normal s'more cause that would make for a pretty boring blog post. While scanning one of my favorite stores Paper Source the other day I ran across the "Whoopie Pies" cookbook - an entire cookbook on whoopie pies, why didn't I think of that?!? I was oddly drawn to the page with the s'more whoopie pie recipe... strange, I know :-)
I have made a few whoopie pies in the past, including my yummy lemon oatmeal whoopies which are great, but most of my whoopies have more of a nontraditional cookie texture rather then a cake texture. Since I hadn't tried a cake like recipe I thought it might be good to start here. These are insanely good, but I should warn you that they do take a little time, not quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies. I suggest preparing your chocolate ganache first and setting it aside while you make your whoopies and the marshmallow filling, that way you can be most efficient with your time. Also, they stick together since they are so moist which is good for taste but bad for storage. If you don't eat them all an once ;-) then place a piece of parchment in between each layer when you stack them in your storage container. I promise if you take the time to try this recipe you will not be disappointed! Give me s'more whoopies!


Start with your chocolate ganache - here is the cream right after I poured it over the chocolate chips.

This is the smooth ganache once all the cream and chocolate have melted together, yum!

Flour mixture

Sugar mixture

eggs and buttermilk

finished batter

I used a pastry bag with a extra large tip to make my circles, but use whatever you have handy, and make sure they are at least 2 inches apart so they don't bake into each other.

marshmallow cream mixture

I made sure I was organized so it wouldn't be chaos when I it came time to assemble

Graham Cracker Whoopie

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c graham flour - if you can't find this then use wheat flour
  • 3/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter and room temperature
  • 4 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1 c packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
  1. Place rack in the center of the oven and prehead to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together both flours, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer (if you have one) fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, and brown sugar until light and cream, about 3 min. Add eggs and buttermilk and beat until combined.
  4. In a measuring cup, combine milk, baking soda, and vinegar. Add this mixture slowly to the batter along with the flour mixture and beat on low speed until completely combined.
  5. Using a spoon or put your batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip or even a ziplock with the tip cut off would work, drop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto your baking sheet, repeat spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for about 10 min until the cakes begin to brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for 3-5 min before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. Otherwise they are likely to break if you try and move them when they are too warm.
  8. Spread with marshmallow cream and chocolate ganache, but if you are in a hurry a dollop of marshmallow fluff and a square of chocolate would work fine also.

Makes about 40 two-inch cakes, about 20 assembled whoopie pies.

For the Marshmallow Cream!!

  • 1 1/2 c marshmallow fluff, this is about 1 full normal sized jar
  • 1 1/4 c vegetable shortening
  • 1 c confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  1. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the paddle beat together marshmallow fluff and shortening, starting on low and increasing to medium speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 3 min.
  2. Reduce mixer speed to low, add confectioner's sugar and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Increase mixture speed to medium and beat until fluffy.

Chocolate Ganache - this is the easiest chocolate ganache ever!

  • 11 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Place your chocolate in a large, heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan over medium heat just until in bubbles.
  3. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate in the bowl and let it sit for about 10 minutes, until the chocolate is melted. Stir with a whisk until smooth.
  4. Allow the mixture to rest until firm enough to spread, about 2 hours. Or you can refrigerate it for about 30 min until it is firm enough to spread, shirting every 10 min.



25 comments:

  1. Looks amazing - I can't wait to try them myself! xo

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  3. Wow...these are pure genius!! These look delicious

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  4. I love whoopie pies and these look so yummy! I can't wait to try them.

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  5. What a great idea! I love anything smores so I'll definitely give this a try.

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  6. OF COURSE. A s'more whoopie pie!

    This epitomizes my perfect dessert: a mix of classic and fun. Very cool...I bow to your creativity.

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  7. Thanks everyone! They were so good, enjoy!

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  8. A campfire classic!! I never seen these before. This looks great!!

    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

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  9. these look great but it's so odd that the recipe calls for
    -buttermilk
    followed by
    -milk + vinegar

    isn't that the same thing essentially??

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  10. This is nothing short of brilliant. They look delicious!

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  11. An entire book of whoopie pies?? I have got to find it - especially if the rest of the recipes look as good as this one!

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  12. What a fantastic idea! These look heavenly!!

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  13. Lovely!! I wonder if melted normal marshmallows could be substituted for the marshmallow fluff, as we don't have that here (unfortunately)!

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  14. If you don't have Fluff you can make your own by either doing:

    3 egg whites, room temperature
    2 cups light corn syrup
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cups sifted powdered (confectioner's) sugar
    1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

    In large bowl of an electric mixer, add egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. Using your electric mixer on high speed, mix for approximately 5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and volume has almost doubled.

    On low speed, add powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Add vanilla extract just until well blended.

    Your homemade marshmallow fluff/cream is now ready to use in your recipes. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.

    OR

    For 1 cup marshmallow cream heat 16 large or 160 miniature marshmallows + 2 tsp corn syrup in the top of a double boiler.

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  15. Wow!! Love your blog! Found it through "Baking Bites". Can't wait to make those! They look fabulously delicious! :)

    Can I introduce you to a non-food related blog? I recently found it since I've been craving blogs. Hehe!

    wishfulthinkerphd.blogspot.com

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  16. Hey, thanks for passing along the recipe! I love s'mores and will have to give this a try!
    ~ingrid

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  17. Is that supposed to be 1/2 cup or 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk? (I see 2 "/"s up there, hence my question...)

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  18. Wow, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    Love, Hannah

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  19. I just found toasted marshmallow fluff. These would be amazing with them to give it a toasty flavor.

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  20. It is meant to be 1/2 cup of buttermilk, sorry for they typo. I hope you make them and enjoy them as much as I did.

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  21. Whoopie pies really seem to be the next big trend- I keep seeing them everywhere! Do you serve them with anything in particular?

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  22. Hmmm, These would be great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a nice tall glass of milk. They are so much fun to eat and melt in your mouth. I hope you like them!

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  23. I followed a trail from this sweet collection to your blog! Looks like you found your s'more's whoopie pies awhile ago, but they are still attracting attention! Mmmm! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

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