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Decadent Chocolate Whoopie Pies: A Treat Worth Celebrating

Discover the secrets to the perfect Chocolate Whoopie Pie with our step-by-step guide. This pie is a classic treat with a delicious twist!

October 13, 2023
Chocolate Whoopie PiesPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 30 mins




  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set them aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix them well.
  4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, until combined.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Ensure there's enough space between each.
  6. Bake them for 10-12 minutes, or until the pies spring back when touched lightly.
  7. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


  1. For the filling, in a separate bowl, beat the 1/2 cup of softened butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and continue to beat until well combined.
  3. Add heavy cream, vanilla, and a pinch of salt to the mixture. Beat until the filling is smooth.


  1. Once the chocolate pies are cooled, spread or pipe the filling onto the flat side of half of the cookies.
  2. Top with the remaining cookies to form sandwiches.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14 g17.9%
Protein 4 g8%
Sodium 210 mg9.1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use butter at room temperature for both the pies and filling for smoother mixing.
  • For a festive touch, consider rolling the edges of the filled whoopie pies in colored sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
  • Allow the chocolate pies to cool completely before filling to prevent the cream from melting.
  • For firmer and more rounded pie shapes, chill the dough for 30 minutes before baking.
  • If you're a fan of different flavors, you can add a touch of peppermint or orange extract to the filling for a unique twist.
  • Use a scoop or measuring spoon. This can help ensure that all your pies are uniformly sized.
  • If you're not eating them immediately, store your whoopie pies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This keeps the cream filling fresh and prevents the pies from becoming too soft.
  • If you find your filling too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too stiff, a bit more heavy cream can loosen it.
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Indulge in the rich, creamy flavor of our Chocolate Whoopie Pies—a beloved treat with a modern touch. These cookies feature soft, cocoa-infused cakes enveloping a smooth, creamy filling, creating a delightful dessert. Whether you’re hosting a party, seeking a dessert for special occasions, or simply indulging a midnight craving, our recipe promises delectable results every time.

What Is A Whoopie Pie?

A whoopie pie is a classic American dessert made of two round, soft, cake-like cookies sandwiching a sweet, creamy filling. The traditional whoopie pie is chocolate-flavored with a marshmallow or vanilla-flavored filling, but variations can include different flavors of cakes and fillings.

Origins: The whoopie pie is believed to have originated in the New England region of the United States, specifically in Maine, which even declared the whoopie pie as its official state treat in 2011. However, the Pennsylvania Amish community also has a claim to the creation of this treat, with stories suggesting that Amish women would bake these desserts and include them in their husbands' lunchboxes. When the men would discover these treats, they'd shout "Whoopie!", giving the dessert its unique name.

Appearance and Taste: The cake portions of a whoopie pie are soft, with a texture that falls somewhere between a cookie and a cake. When combined with the creamy, often marshmallow-based filling, the result is a moist, rich, and satisfying dessert that's neither too heavy nor too light. They're typically about the size of a hamburger and are immensely popular at bakeries, fairs, and festivals in the regions where they originated.

Variations: While the classic whoopie pie is chocolate with a white filling, the dessert has been adapted into countless variations. Pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling, red velvet whoopie pies, and even maple-flavored versions are just a few examples. The versatility of the whoopie pie allows for a wide range of flavors and combinations, making it a continuously evolving and beloved treat.

Is A Whoopie Pie A Macaron?

No, a whoopie pie and a macaron are distinctly different desserts, both in terms of ingredients and preparation. Here are the primary differences between whoopie pie and macaron:

Whoopie Pie:

  • Origin: The whoopie pie has its roots in the United States, with both New England and Pennsylvania Dutch Country claiming its invention.
  • Composition: A whoopie pie consists of two soft, cake-like cookies sandwiching a creamy filling. The most traditional version is chocolate cookies with a vanilla cream filling, though numerous flavor variations exist.
  • Texture: The cookies in a whoopie pie are soft, moist, and cakey.
  • Size: Typically larger in diameter than a macaron, ranging from the size of a small cookie to nearly as large as a hamburger bun.


  • Origin: The macaron is a French dessert, with its modern iteration believed to have been popularized in Paris, although similar desserts have earlier origins in Italy.
  • Composition: A macaron consists of two almond meringue cookies filled with ganache, buttercream, or jam.
  • Texture: The outer shell of a macaron is crisp, while the inside remains slightly chewy. The filling can be smooth and creamy, depending on the type used.
  • Size: Generally smaller than a whoopie pie, often about the diameter of a US quarter or slightly larger.

Though both desserts involve sandwiching a filling between two pieces, the ingredients, texture, origin, and overall flavor profiles are quite different.

What To Serve with Chocolate Whoopie Pie?

Chocolate Whoopie Pies are a sweet and indulgent treat on their own. However, you can complement them with berries, nuts or other desserts. A cup of hot coffee or iced coffee goes well with this sweet treat. Additionally, herbal tea, like mint or chamomile, can provide a soothing balance to the sweetness of the whoopie pies.

Here are some our recipes that you can serve with Chocolate Whoopie Pie:

A Delectable Journey: The Whoopie Pie Origins

The whoopie pie recipe holds an intriguing place in American culinary history. Originating from the Amish communities, there's a charming tale that when children would find these treats in their lunch boxes, they'd shout "Whoopie!", giving rise to the dessert’s unique name. Today, this delightful confection has traveled beyond the Amish and is adored by many across the United States, especially in places like Maine and Pennsylvania, which both lay claim to its origin.

Delight in Every Bite: The Importance of the Filling

The heart of every chocolate whoopie pie is undeniably its creamy, often marshmallow-based filling. While the soft, cake-like texture of the pie itself is decadent, the whoopie pie filling introduces a contrasting, velvety richness. It's this harmonious combination of textures and flavors that make every bite simply irresistible. Those seeking to perfect their own whoopie pies should pay special attention to achieving the right consistency and sweetness level in their filling. A well-made filling can truly elevate the dessert from delicious to divine.

The Art of Variations: Making the Classic Your Own

While the traditional chocolate whoopie pie holds a special place in many hearts, the world of baking is replete with opportunities to innovate. For those looking for an easy whoopie pie recipe, the basic template is quite simple to adapt. Adding in flavors like coconut, raspberry, or even coffee can give a fresh twist to the classic. Variations of whoopie pies have included red velvet, pumpkin, and even savory versions. This just goes to show that with a little creativity, this timeless treat can be constantly reinvented, catering to every palate and occasion.

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