When I was deciding which category to click for this recipe, I had to check out my recipe index to see how I've been classifying whoopie pies. In sixteen months of blogging this is only my third whoopie pie recipe. That seems kind of sad. I feel like I've made more whoopie pies than that, but apparently they were pre-blog. Things are going to be changing around here!
Nicole called these strawberry shortcake whoopie pies delightful and "one of the most delicious things you've [I've] ever made." I said that was bold statement. I'm always surprised when people say things like that to me because everyone has such different tastes and ideas of taste perfection. In this way, food competitions are so biased, get a different group of judges with different tastes, and you could have completely different results. This is also what makes baking for friends so fun, it's always possible to please someone!
I'm writing this while watching the movie Hook and I know it has nothing to do with strawberry shortcake whoopie pies, but it's such a throw back to my childhood. I don't even know how many times I've watch this movie, but it's been a lot. Growing up my brother and I watched it countless times with a babysitter while my parents were bowling. I've had the distinct pleasure of introducing the movie to campers one summer and some students during Saturday school.
RUUUUFFFFIIIII-OOOOOOOOOO! Why is this such a great movie? Is it simply nostalgia from my childhood or is it cinematic genius? I don't know if I care. Also, did you know Maggie Smith plays Wendy? IMDB to the recuse! The make-up tried to make her look older (about the age she is now in Downtown Abbey), but she still looks young. In real life she's much older than you would expect.
Enough digression, back to the whoopie pies. They really are delightful as Nicole said. I don't know what happened to yield 30 pies when the original recipe only yielded 12, but feel free to cut the recipe in half to make a more manageable amount. However, I assure you, there will be no problem distributing all of these. I was not only able to give a bunch to a student monitor for her birthday, but I was able to share with colleagues at lunch. Make yourself some lovely strawberry shortcake whoopie pies this spring; everyone will be as happy as a 28 year old re-watching Hook!
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Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies
Adapted from Cookies and Cups
Yield - 30 whoopie pies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 eggs, room temperature
4 1/4 cups flour
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoon whole milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 quart strawberries, washed, trimmed, and thinly sliced
Preheat the oven to 400 F and line all your cookie sheets with parchment paper. The more cookie sheets the faster things will go.
Beat the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in the baking powder, salt, and eggs on low speed until well combined.
Add the vanilla to the milk in a mixing glass and add the flour in three batches with the milk/vanilla mixture in between. Scrape the bowl as needed.
Mix until the dough is just combined.
Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the batter on the cookie sheets. Leave plenty of room between whoopie pies, I was able to put 8 whoopie pie halves per baking sheet.
Wet your fingers to smooth and flatten the top of each whoopie pie.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and completely.
Make the filling by creaming the butter and vanilla until pale yellow in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add in the powdered sugar half a cup at a time. Start on low and then increase the speed to high to whip the filling.
Beat in the milk until light and fluffy.
Match the whoopie pie halves and smear some filling BOTH halves. Place a few strawberry slices on one half and smush together.