Classic Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies have become very popular and a lot of people don’t even know where they originated from. Whoopie pies are a Pennsylvania dutch treat. I didn’t know what whoopie pies were till I met my husband and his dad made them. These things are AHMAZING! If you have never had one, you must make these to see what all the fuss about. They are cake like cookies with icing sandwiched between them. There are a lot of recipes floating around but rarely are they the true PA Dutch whoopie pies. I have tried some of them and they don’t compare to these.

Best way to store these little babies are to individually wrap them in plastic wrap or a sandwich bag. You will also question the amount to put on the baking sheet. I promise you that the 1 1/2tsp is just fine. They spread a bit and puff up.

Whoopie Pies

Makes about 2 dozen

  • 1 cup Crisco Shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg yolks (save egg whites for icing)
  • 1 cup sour milk (2tsp vinegar in 1 cup milk)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (hershey is great for this)
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper or spray Pam on a couple of baking sheets.

1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand up mixer add the Crisco, sugar, yolks, sour milk and water. Turn mixer on low and mix till just combined.

2. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, about ½ cup at a time, scraping down as necessary. Once everything is combined place 1 ½ tsp of mixture on baking sheets, spacing them 2-3 inches apart.

3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the center springs back when touched. (you can use the toothpick method to also check for doneness)

4. Once done, immediately remove them from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack. (Let the baking sheet completely cool before putting more of the pies on them to bake.)

5.When the pies are ready and cooled, match up the pies and spread the icing on one side then sandwich with the matching piece.


  • 1 cup Crisco Shortening
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 box (1lb) confectioners sugar

Put all the ingredients into a stand mixer and mix on low-medium till fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.


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