There is a theme to this weeks post… “Whoopie” not only for a holiday favorite cookie, “Whoopie Pie” but more like “Whoopie” what a “stupid” week! Seriously, I want a “do-over”!
It hit me Saturday afternoon, the Colorado Crud. This year it’s bad, really bad and everyone has it. Upper respiratory misery. The one that knocks you on your back and you can’t even get out of bed. I have basically had an IV of Alka Seltzer Plus cold medicine, zinc, echinacea and emergen-c hooked up to me. It’s day five now and for a type “A” gal like myself I’m about to loose it. I am way too antsy to watch any more of my Breaking Bad marathon that I have been occupying myself with. I haven’t watched this much TV in an entire year! Ugh! The good news is though, I have great dogs that haven’t budged from my side all week. They “know” that I’m not feeling so hot and they are so sweet to hang out with me. I love my boys.
I was going to post these “Lamb Pops” this week and started marinating them on Saturday before I got slammed with sickness. It was Tuesday when I noticed them in the refrigerator! Whoopie! I wasted an entire rack of lamb! Story of my life, food waster extraordinaire! As food is the furthest thing from my mind right now, I was laying on my couch I was thinking what could I make and share. I really didn’t want to eat anything except chicken soup. Whoopie Pies, I thought. My friend Missy (who is from Boston) she will love them and has teenage boys! Whoopie, a great idea! When I told her of my plan, she said “what’s a Whoopie Pie”? What a girl from Boston who doesn’t know what a Whoopie Pie is? Seriously. I made them anyway. The boys loved them….
As the week progressed so did the “Whoopie” moments. Let’s see, my computer crashed (Whoopie), I dropped my iPhone 6 in a sink full of water (Whoopie), my amaryllis fell over and crashed, dirt everywhere (Whoopie) and the piece de resistance, my Christmas tree fell over and crashed (Whoopie)! What a huge mess!Lesson learned, don’t drag a 50 pound tree inside and set it up by yourself..
When you have a week like this, all you can do is laugh it off and yell Whoopie! Cause that’s how I feel right now. Now, back to bed…
- 1 stick butter (room temperature, softened)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs (room temperature)
- 4 oz chocolate bar melted (I used Ghirardelli)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¾ milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2½ cups cake flour
- crushed candy canes or coconut flakes
For the frosting
- 2 blocks of cream cheese
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tbs milk
- 1 tsp vanilla (or other flavor that you like)
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl (I used my stand mixer), cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla. Beat for two minutes.
- Slow down the mixer and add the salt, baking powder, baking soda and milk.
- Add the flour in small batches until everything is incorporated.
- Prepare a 9x13 baking pan lined with parchment paper and sprayed with Pam.
- Use ¼ cup of the cookie dough per cookie and place on cookie sheet. I did six cookies per batch.
- Bake for 14 minutes.
- Remove from pan and let cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
- Beat together until light and fluffy the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla.
- Set aside.
To assemble the Whoppie Pies
- Take one cookie and spread the frosting liberally around. Place another cookie on top and press gently so that some of the frosting protrudes from the sides.
- Roll in either crushed candy canes or shredded coconut.
- Repeat until all the pies are filled.
On a lighter note…. The Trail of Lights down at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield were spectacular! A fun night hanging out with my friends from the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce! Funny thing, every year that this event has been held it was freezing! This year, not so much. Just a lovely evening to enjoy over one million lights! Try and make it down to see this. It’s pretty neat-o!