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Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Susan Reid

Everyone's favorite flavor combination, peanut butter and chocolate, is highlighted in these decadent snack cakes.

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  • 2 1/4 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, soft
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional


  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted


  1. To make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the the butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to make sure everything is evenly mixed.
  4. Add one third of the dry ingredients, and mix until moistened. Add half of the buttermilk, and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, then add the remaining flour mixture and remaining buttermilk. Scrape the bowl again during this process; the peanut butter tends to stick to the bottom.
  5. When the batter is evenly mixed, stir in the chocolate chips, if using. Scoop by the quarter cup for large pies onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 1/2 inches between each scoop.
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly touched, and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack before filling.
  7. To make the filling: Place the cocoa, chips, and salt in a medium bowl.
  8. Bring the heavy cream to a simmer, either in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove, and pour it over the chocolate.
  9. Stir until the mixture is smooth, add the vanilla, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and shortening with half of the confectioners' sugar until fluffy.
  11. The mixture will go through a crumbly stage, where it doesn't seem it will come together. That's OK; just keep beating.
  12. Once the mixture becomes smooth, add half of the cooled chocolate mixture, and beat until it's incorporated.
  13. Be sure to scrape the bowl: you can see why.
  14. Add the remaining chocolate and confectioners' sugar, and beat until you have a fluffy, spreadable mixture.
  15. Add another tablespoon or two of cream if necessary, to adjust the consistency of the filling.
  16. To assemble: Scoop and spread 2 tablespoons of filling onto the bottom of one of the cookies. Place another cookie, bottom toward the filling, to make the whoopie pie.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 large pie, 187g
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 673
  • Calories from Fat 396
  • Total Fat 45
  • Saturated Fat 18g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 110mg
  • Sodium 494mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 58g
  • Dietary Fiber 7g
  • Sugars 30g
  • Protein 15g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.