Sunday, April 7, 2013

#50 Good morning Pancakelicious Whoopie Pie!

Don't they look delicious? :) They really are! I came across the term "whoopie pie" when my daughter picked up a little Pillsbury cookbook, while we were in line waiting to pay for our groceries. We all know that inescapable spot where we all have to line up, is also where all the grocery stores display all the candies, chocolates, gossip magazines, etc. for sale when we are bored waiting, tickling us to buy! Or are the treats entertainment for children who have to line up with their parents? I wonder ;)  Then I thought, well, she's not asking for a candy or a bar of chocolate,  she wants a small and cute cookbook! so of course I said yes. What's inside is an explosion of colorful desserts. Smart girl. She buys a cookbook so she can get 100+ treats! "Mom, let's make this, let's make that..oh that looks sooo good, when can we make this? Ok, I'll fold this page, I'll get the ingredients from the relax". LOL

Whoopie pie is a US baked good also known as gob, BFO (big fat oreo), black and white, bob or black moon. It is considered either a cookie, a cake or a pie, with a sweet filling sandwiched between them. I used a different pancake recipe and  tweaked the filling. We all loved our pancakelicious whoopie pie breakfast! I can't wait to make it again.


For the pancake recipe: See our melt-in-your-mouth pancakes

  •  I scooped 2 tablespoons of batter to make each tiny pancake. 

For the Filling:


2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 package cream cheese (less fat variety)
2 teaspoon of sugar


  1. In a large bowl, beat ingredients with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 
  2. Spread in between pancakes. Enjoy!

First project from the cookbook, done..many more to go!

New England claims that it is the birthplace of the whoopie pie, however, Pennsylvania and Maine claim it as well.  Maine declared whoopie pie as the official state treat. This little sweet cake is also a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. According to historians, Amish women would bake these desserts and include it in farmer's lunch boxes, and when the farmers find it in their lunch, they would shout "WHOOPIE!". Back in the days, it is called 'hucklebucks' or 'creamy turtles'.  It appears that the predecessor of whoopie pie was brought by German immigrants to the Northeast of the United States. We learned something new again, thanks to my child's boredom + inquisitiveness + smarts. :)

If you want to learn more about the Amish tradition, here are some great photographs of a friend who had a rare opportunity to freely mingle and photograph the unique lifestyle of Amish people in Pennysylvania. Please visit his website at where you can buy his prints. Some of his work are being displayed at US embassies.

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