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Whoopie Pie, Oh My!

A Summer Treat

Is there anything more dreamy than a sandwich made of cookies??

And a somewhat healthy sandwich it is - loaded with oatmeal, ground flax seed, raw cacao, & cacao nibs! 

You can also make these Gluten Free by substituting your favorite GF flour mix. I like to use Cup4Cup or Bob's Redmill GF flour in the blue bag. It's a solid swap, so you'll use the same amount of GF flour as you would All-Purpose Flour. 

If you don't have cacao nibs, simply omit them. You can use any cocoa powder you have on hand and if you don't add the ground flax, simply omit it & add a Tablespoon of the flour you are using.

Whoopie Pies - 

Makes 9 large sandwich cookies - prep time 20 min - bake time 12-15 min

Ingredients -

For the cookie -

1 Cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 C granulated sugar 

2 large eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 Cup All-purpose flour - or use a Gluten-Free substitute here

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 Cup cacao nibs

1/4 Cup cocoa powder

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds

3 1/2 Cups oats

For the cream filling -

3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened

2 1/2 Cups confectioners sugar, sifted

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 Tbsp milk or 1/2 & 1/2

pinch of salt

Directions -

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (use paddle attachment) , or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy - 2-3 minutes.

Add eggs and vanilla - mix until combined.

3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, ground flax, baking soda, & salt. Mix into the wet ingredients until combined. Stir in oatmeal and cacao nibs & mix until everything is incorporated.

4. Scoop about 3 Tbsp of dough form into a ball and place on baking sheet. Bake in pre - heated oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before making sandwiches.

Cream Filling - 

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (use paddle attachment)  or using hand mixer,

beat softened butter on medium speed for about 5 minutes - this will make your filling extra fluffy.

2. Turn speed down to low and gradually add in the confectioners sugar (powdered sugar) slowly until completely incorporated. 

3. Add in vanilla and milk & mix until combined.

4. Turn mixer back to medium speed & beat for an additional 3-5 minutes until fluffy - you can add in more milk if needed 1 tsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

4. Assemble your cookies! Spread the cream filling on the flat side of the cookies to make a sandwich.

5. Enjoy! You can find these creations on @bake_her on Instagram & Facebook/bakeher

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