gallamore west: Chocolate Cherry Whoopie Pies

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Whoopie Pies

There are so many delicious looking Valentine's Day recipes floating around blogs and Pinterest lately.  Here's one that I came up with yesterday while my boys were home for the MLK Jr. Holiday... 


After pinning these cupcakes from Glorious Treats via The Tomkat Studio to my xoxo board...


I came up with my Chocolate Cherry Whoopie Pies because I loved the ingredients for the cupcakes and the look of the sandwich cookies.

Here's how I made them:

Have you ever made cookies from a cake mix?  It's SO easy!  Just mix the dry cake mix {any flavor you choose} with 2 eggs and 1 stick of softened butter.

 Your cookie batter will come out stiff like this...

Preheat oven to 350 degrees... then roll cookies into small balls, one at a time and drop them onto your parchment lined cookie sheet {I was out of parchment so you'll have to see my well-used cookie sheets}


Once on the cookie sheet, shape it into a heart {this was the hardest part because the dough is very sticky, but just do your best... you'll be able to fix them a little bit when they first come out of the oven}


Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until they are no longer doughy on top, but not browned on the edges.  When mine came out they didn't look much like hearts anymore...


So while they were still hot, I gently used a butter knife to push the center of the cookie back into a heart shape like this...


Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

  While they're cooling, make your frosting... by the way this made WAY more than plenty, you could probably just make 1/2 of this...

2 sticks softened butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons cherry juice from your jar of maraschino cherries
15 or so maraschino cherries, chopped into small pieces

Make sure you wear an apron or just not your favorite shirt while chopping those cherries... they're juicy!

Your frosting will look like this... a pretty pink color without having to add any food coloring, thanks to those cherries.


I used my piping thingy {I think it's called a Decorator Pro?} but a butter knife would work fine too...

Pipe {or spread} your frosting onto one cookie, on the bottom of the cookie like this...


Place another cookie, bottom side in touching the frosting to make a little sandwich...


And ta-da... simple and delicious semi-homemade 
Chocolate Cherry Whoopie Pies! 

p.s. Don't they look pretty on my new cake stand from Costco???  

If you have a Costco nearby and a cake stand collection like me, 
you'll want to get these too... just $19.99 for 2 gorgeous cake stands!


I'm linking up to some of my favorite places!

25 comments:

Michelle Paige said...

Wow! These look so beautiful! I bet they're delicious too!

Colleen said...

Those look so good right now!!!

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Yum.Yum.hope your saved me some! WOW Those look good- your frosting was oh so pretty....but not as pretty as those Cakestands!!! LOVE THEM!

Deana@ said...

Oh my......found you at clean and scentsible party! Gonna pin ya!

Becky said...

Yummmmmm! Those look delicious! Found your blog on The Creative Spark. :)

Reannah @ {Shaped by Grace} said...

I don't know what I'm more excited for -- those delicious whoopie pies or the $19.99 price for TWO cakestands! I think I need to make a Costco run!! xoxo YUMMY! :)

Tonia L said...

Beautiful! I JUST posted about pink cookie sandwiches...too funny!

Jennifer said...

Yummy!! I love that cakestand!!

Jen said...

Ooh, I think your recipe looks the best of the three! I bet my boys would really like to help me make these - maybe a surprise for Dad? Pinning it! :)

Natalie Dixon said...

These are gorgeous and look SO good! Love them so much! Thanks for linking up, I was so excited when I saw this linked back to you! I actually said, "ooh, my bloggy friend!" and then my hubby giggled at me!

Karla Medina said...

mmmm those look delicious. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment. :)

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I've always wanted to make whoopie pies, I'm going to have to try your recipe. Yum!

Maria Matter said...

yummO, this is a great idea Laurie, I'm sooo making these! thank you!!


would love you to share this at my linky party, Inspire Me Fridays! I think others might like this fun recipe!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

how fun, I love how you shaped them!

Lisa said...

Yummy! I didn't realize they were heart shaped at first. That makes them extra cool.

Jenn said...

That is my kind of cookie!

Jenn Lifford said...

These look so pretty {and I'm sure they taste just as good!} Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring these on Sunday. Hope to see you again next week!
Jenn :)

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

How cute are these!? Great job. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party! www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

Serendipity and Spice said...

I found you on Tatertots & Jello… these looks amazing! I wish I had a Costco membership- the cake stands are adorable!

I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
-Melissa

Hani@Craftionary said...

Great simple idea.. Smething I would love to make.. :)
thanks for linking up at Friday fun party..
Love
Hani

Six Sisters said...

These look so delicious...I love the heart shape! Very cute! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday to share more great ideas! -The Sisters

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

These look so good - and they are so cute too!!
Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays - I featured you! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/01/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-37/

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

These look delicious! Thanks for linking up, I'm featuring you tomorrow!

Isabel J.Hughes said...

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JAM said...

I just made these for my family and they loved them!!! Super easy to make. I didn't form them into hearts but that'll be cute for vday. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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