Sunday, February 13, 2011

Whoopie!





Well,  the good news is that I finally made Whoopie Pies.  The bad news is that they were from a boxed mix.  Whilst out shopping a few days ago my daughter spotted a mix for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and looked at me with a hopeful face.  How could I say no?  Secretly I wanted to try it too, so into the basket it went.




We were amazed that the mixture came out looking like a chocolate cake mix, but as soon as I added the eggs, water, and oil it started to get a red color to it.  After a quick mix with my hand-held Kitchenaid it was really red.  The mix came with a piping bag and a sheet to place on the cookie tray as a guide to making heart-shaped Whoopie Pies.  I think there may have been a little too much batter for the bag, but of course I didn't realize this until it was too late.  I was trying to pipe and batter was oozing over the top of the bag and running down my fingers.  I was desperately trying to stop it from getting all over the cookie sheet, and also trying to plug the hole in the bottom of the bag, as I moved from spot to spot.  Seriously, it looked like a crime scene.  In the end it didn't matter how careful I was to pipe the hearts because they ran on the tray into blobs.  I gave in to the nature of the batter and piped circles instead on my Silpat, realizing that I could just use a cookie cutter to achieve the hearts at a later stage.




Once the cookies were cooled I peeled them off the Silpat and let them cool completely on a wire rack.  As they cooled I made up the cream cheese filling that had come in the box.  Let me just say that it had a very "distinct" smell.  I likened it to an extremely strong cheese smell.  I won't tell you what my husband likened it to.  After adding a few ingredients as directed it still had an unusual smell to it, but it did taste like vanilla.  I kept thinking "what in the heck am I eating"?  However, I really wanted to take photos so I went ahead and filled the Whoopie Pies.

Honestly, I would not buy this again.  I definitely need to try making Whoopie Pies again, but this time from scratch so I can get a real feel for them.  At the moment I am just not sure if they are my kind of thing.  I am wondering if I would like a macron better because of the crunch factor?

Happy Valentine's Day!


15 comments:

  1. Delicious!! What else to say... Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Your post cracked me up...I can just imagine the "crime scene" on your Silpat :)

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  3. Sometimes our best baking intentions go awry, but you were able to salvage the hearts. At least it's the thought that counts, and you were making them for your daughter. I know that I have had many baking missteps.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. Oh well, it's still a first try at whoopie pies! My first attempt was a failure. you need to find a good recipe. These are very pretty. Looking forward for you to try to make them from scratch

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  5. I don't think it is bad at all to use a mix. We are busy people, why can't we use mixes? My family and friends don't value what I make them more or less whether it is fully scratch or from a mix. Heck, if I made it as opposed to ordered it, they are thrilled.

    Honesty they are thrilled I just thought of them.

    I think this looks great. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. @TheChocolatePriestess
    I totally agree about the mixes. I just meant that I wouldn't buy this particular brand again since it didn't produce good results.

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  7. These are adorable! Like you, I still need to try making whoopie pies from scratch! Either way, they are perfect treats on this day of love! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Hugs and well wishes from Austin! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  8. It's nice to see your sense of humour is still intact. Loved how you described your baking experience; especially the "crime scene" part. Thanks for the good chuckle,and best of luck with your next attempt at making these popular cookies.

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  9. I like that you took a chance with the package but I can't wait to see what you do with your own ingredients :)

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  10. Love your honesty. :) And they do look fantastic!

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  11. Your heart-shaped whoopie pies turned out beautiful and held its shape so well! ;)

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  12. Your whoopie pies are so cute! And I bet they're scrumptious too!

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  13. Those are so cute! I overfill piping bags all the time...it's on my hands, then on the table, then on my shirt, then in my hair...someday, I'll learn.

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