Choc-Mint Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Frosting


I love the idea of whoopie pies; easier to make than a macaroon and easier to eat than a cupcake.

Ingredients

  • 150 g (5 ¼ oz / 1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 60 g (2 ¼ oz / ½ cup) cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 145 g (5 ¼ oz / 2/3 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 90 g (3 ¼ oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz / 1 cup) milk
  • 120 g (4 ½ oz) crushed peppermint candies, for decoration

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 3 egg whites
  • 165 g (5 ¾ oz / ¾ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp peppermint schnapps

Makes 12

  • Preheat oven to 175°C (340°F/Gas 3-4). Grease and flour 2 baking trays or 3 whoopee pie tins. Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl. Place the sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and mint extracts and egg and beat for a further minute. Reduce the speed and add the flour mixture, in 3 batches, alternating with the milk and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required.
  • Place 1 ½ tablespoon amounts of batter about 5 cm (2 inches) apart on the trays and bake for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through. Cool for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, to make the frosting, place the egg white, sugar and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler over medium heat and whisk for 3 minutes or until warm and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the schnapps and, using electric beaters, beat for 6-7 minutes or until glossy and stiff peaks form.
  • Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a 1 cm (½ inch) plain nozzle and pipe 2 tablespoons of filling onto half of the cookies. Sandwich with the remaining cookies and roll the sides of the pies in the crushed peppermint candies to coat.

You can buy Tea and Cake from Amazon WHSmiths  or have look in your local book shop.

 

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One thought on “Choc-Mint Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Frosting

  1. ooooh i am a big fan of whoopie pies and these sound so good! i will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the book – maybe something to add to my crazy long amazon wishlist?! xoxo

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