Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Whipped Cream Whoopie Pies: My Light Summer Version of the Classic by Cleo Coyle

This is a lighter version of a classic Whoopie Pie. I replaced some of the butter with canola oil and used yogurt for added nutrition. The chocolate flavor is delicious and the texture soft and brownie-like. They're wonderful eaten warm, just out of the oven, and remain one of my favorite coffee break snacks.

You can drop this batter into a bigger and thicker cookie, which will give you a cookie that tastes like a brownie. 

You can drop the batter into smaller cookies, which are perfect for making tasty, little ice cream sandwiches, a summertime version of a Whoopie Pie! 

On the ice cream sandwich making: I’ve used softened frozen yogurt, ice cream, and gelato. But my favorite version is a "cheater" ice cream Whoopie Pie using whipped cream or Cool Whip, which is even lower in fat and calories. It’s also economical... 

The prices for low-fat frozen desserts are fairly high for the amount per box. So while my homemade frozen treats are about the same calories as (say) a Weight Watchers ice cream sandwich, they're also fun to make, you can control your flavor and ingredients, and they’re much easier on ye olde budget. 

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Cleo's Whipped Cream 

(or Ice Cream) Whoopie Pies!

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Makes about 24 large or 48 small, 
soft, brownie-like cookies


5 tablespoons butter, melted 
1/3 cup oil (I use canola) 
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt or coarse sea salt 
3/4 cup light brown sugar 
1/2 cup white, granulated sugar 
1 cup plain yogurt (low-fat yogurt is fine, but
   do not use nonfat; you can also use sour cream) 

2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Add fiber to this recipe by replacing half of the all-purpose flour with "white whole wheat" flour.


Step 1 – First preheat your oven to 350° F. Next melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir the oil into this and set aside to cool. 

Step 2 – One bowl mixing method: Sift together flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Now add in your two sugars, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Finally add the cooled melted butter and oil mixture. With a spoon or rubber spatula, mix by hand until flour is completely incorporated into a thick batter. Now stir about 50 strokes to blend well. Do not over-mix, however, or you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and your Whoopie Pie cookies will be tough instead of tender.

Step 3 – Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Batter will be thicker than cake batter but thinner than cookie dough. Drop in small mounds with a few inches of space between. Use a tablespoon for large cookie, a teaspoon for smaller ones. Using the back of the spoon, lightly swirl the mounds into even, level, flattish circles. Bake smaller cookies for about 8 minutes, larger ones for about 10. Remove from oven. I like to slide the entire strip of parchment paper onto the wire rack--this saves time and avoids disturbing the shape of the cookies by moving one at a time with a spatula. Serve warm or chill and sandwich together with ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato.

CHEATER ICE CREAM SANDWICHES: For a tasty, much lower calorie alternative to ice cream, use whipped cream or Cool Whip (low-fat, vanilla, or chocolate). See my photos below, which will show you how I use Reddi-whip whipped cream to make my chilly cheater treats.


(A) Line the plate:
 When making ice cream sandwiches, be sure to cover your plate with wax paper or plastic wrap before placing in the freezer or the bottom half of your sandwich may stick to the plate. After filling each sandwich, wrap them up separately, and store them in the freezer.

(B) Cover lightly: When using whipped cream, be sure place the top cookie on very gently

(C) Allow time to freeze: The whipped cream will freeze after two to three hours.

Prefer that heavier marshmallow filling?
Here you go...

More Traditional Whoopie Pie Filling…

1 cup solid vegetable shortening or butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt (if using unsalted butter)
2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
(optional) 1 or more tablespoons whole milk

In a medium bowl, beat together the shortening (or butter), sugar, and vanilla. If using unsalted butter add a pinch of salt. Now add the Marshmallow fluff and beat until well blended. If too thick for your taste, beat in a bit of milk until you like the consistency.

F O O D I E 


If using whipped cream in a can, you'll need to double dose
the cream after about an hour in the freezer. Here's why:
After the initial hit, the air in the cream deflates.
But no worries. The double dosing really does the trick. 

See the results in the photo below.

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  1. Sounds delicious, and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are very welcome, Barbara. I hope you enjoy these chocolate, chilly treats as much as I do, especially in the heat of summer!

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  2. Cleo's Whipped Cream looks so delicious! Mmmm... chocolate.....

    1. Jen - Your Mmmmm made my day. Thanks for dropping in!

      ~ Cleo

  3. those are wonderful Cleo--wouldn't one be just right for breakfast? xo

  4. These look fudgey good! And frozen as an option? Even better.

    1. Libby - Once again you are spot-on. The frozen part makes these the perfect summer treat (for me, anyway) because I can make a big batch, wrap them individually, and store them in the freezer for a few weeks. No waste and a win-win coffee break treat (because it's relatively low in calories, too). Thanks again for dropping in, Libby, it's always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen!

      ~ Cleo
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  5. Cleo, I *love* the painting of you and Marc. I hope you can buy it from the artist! That's classic!

    1. Krista - Thanks for the nice words! The artist, Cathy Gendron, has been painting our Coffeehouse Mystery covers since the beginning (over ten years now). She's fantastic, and we've heard from many readers over the years about their affection for her covers. We hope she'll continue to honor us with her talent - and wit! Her work always manages to have something in there that makes us smile.

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  6. Oh, my! These look fab -- and I don't even like whipped cream! (Is that heresy? Oh, well, it's true!) And I LOVE the painting!

    1. Leslie - There's always ice cream! (And if you don't like ice cream, I can recommend a good psychiatrist. :)) Kidding, kidding...we all have our favorites and our "thanks, I'll pass" foodie preferences. Thanks for being honest and for the nice words about Cathy's painting. She's wonderful. An artist with great talent and wit and we love her!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  7. You guys always have such good recipe ideas!

    1. Thanks, Elaine! Whoopie pies are such a fun food, even the name is fun to type. The traditional recipe is fairly heavy for a summer treat, and this was my solution. So happy to see you back in our Kitchen, thanks for dropping by!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    2. I try to come every day, to see what you guys are cooking up! Yum!

    3. And we're glad you do, Elaine, we truly appreciate your happy comments!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  8. Oh, yum!!! Do you hear me singing? Hmmm, can I make gluten-free? The challenge is on!

    Daryl / Avery

  9. Oh my goodness! Who wouldn't love these?

    Also, love the rendering of you and Mark, by Cathy Gendron!