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Whoopie! It's Pi Day

Circular Foods Make The Math Celebration Both Tasty And Educational

I’m all in on any occasion that includes pie. Pi Day was created by physicist Larry Shaw in 1988 to bring an element of fun to math. On March 14, the most famous mathematic symbol gets its own all-day celebration. The little guy that represents the circumference
of a circle and its diameter is as good a reason as any for a party, don’t you think? Round foods are fun menu choices, and pies of all kinds traditionally top the list of possibilities.

While little mathematicians enjoy Pi Day activities, serve up these circles on steroids. My Whoopie Pies are from another stratosphere. In my catering business, a longtime client insisted they be a part of every single event. Their guests clamored for them.

Sink your teeth in these Snickerdoodle flavored cakey sandwich cookies with their sweet creamy filling, and I think you’ll agree Pi Day might be worth celebrating all year long.

Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies
Yield: 15

½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup buttermilk
¼ teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar, combined in small bowl

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling:
½ cup butter, softened
1 package cream cheese, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cinnamon
4 ½ cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese 2 minutes.
Add next five ingredients. Beat 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350º.
In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter and sugar 3 minutes. Add egg and oil, beating until just combined.
In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.
In separate bowl combine buttermilk, vinegar, and vanilla.
Alternate adding flour and buttermilk mixtures until combined.
Use a large cookie scoop to form into balls. Place onto parchment lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10-12 minutes until bottoms just begin to brown. Cool completely.
Scoop filling onto bottom side of one cookie. Top with second cookie.


"On March 14, the most famous mathematic symbol gets its own all-day celebration."

  • Photo by Shannon LeBlanc