Last summer, Holly and I took the girls blueberry and strawberry picking up at Dole's Orchard. We did quite a bit of picking (and eating), then sat down for lunches Holly had packed. We felt it only fair to the children that we also purchase some yummy whoopie pies from Dole's stand to celebrate their picking achievements. Ok, really just the adults wanted them and we used the kids as an excuse. Anyway, the pies were yummy, so I found a little recipe online (allrecipes.com) to try to duplicate the treats at home.
Ingredients for cookie parts: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 Tbs oil, 1 egg, 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup baking cocoa, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 4 Tbs milk (divided)
Beat sugar and oil until crumbly. Add egg and beat for 1 minute. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, then beat this into the sugar mixture. Add 2 Tbs milk and mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet. Flatten with an oiled jar bottom, then bake at 425 for 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
Meanwhile, here's what you need for the middle, or the "whoopie:"
2 Tbs butter softened, 1 1/3 cups confectioners sugar, 1/8 tsp mint extract
Combine butter and confectioners sugar until crumbly. Beat in extract and remaining desired milk. Spread on the bottom half of half of your cookies, then top with remaining cookies.
This recipe should really be doubled, as we ended up with only 11 whoopie pies, and small ones at that.