I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Even more than the combination, I absolutely love a nice, light peanut butter frosting. The frosting was my favorite part of my Butterfinger cupcakes, and I suppose I have been on a bit of a peanut butter baking kick with my gluten free peanut butter cookies.
Whoopie pie - a traditional Amish dessert, is also a favorite of mine these days. I decided it was time to make another flavor of Whoopie Pie, after having done a chocolate raspberry Whoopie Pie. Really, the possibilities are endless and I plan to experiment with some unusual flavors. But before I go there, it was time to make a classic chocolate peanut butter Whoopie Pie. As i get to some of the more creative flavors (next up is Oatmeal/Caramel, I think), I will be writing my own recipes. But I decided not to reinvent the wheel with with one and go with my "old friend" Martha Stewart. I did adapt her recipe a bit so I could use canola oil in the cakes rather than butter or shortening, and that worked out perfectly. I love the look of Whoopie Pies - they kind of remind me a reverse cupcake, and yes, they may not be quite as cute as those Alice in Wonderland cupcakes that I posted last weekend, but they're pretty much one of the best desserts I've ever tasted. I thought I made a pretty big batch, but after sharing a few with friends and family, the rest disappeared very quickly - a little too quickly. I want more! I guess that's why the Amish farmers yelled "Whoopie" when they found these in their lunch bags.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie (adapted from Martha Stewart's recipe)
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch Processed)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 T butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup milk (I used organic skim milk from Stonyfield Farms, not whole milk)
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
Drop tablespoons onto baking sheets for the cookies, separating a couple inches apart. Make sure to spray the baking sheets with Pam first. Bake each sheet one at a time (I made 23 or 24 cookies total) for 12 to 14 minutes. Then allow to cool fully.
Beat the peanut butter, confectioners sugar and butter to make the frosting and sandwich between pairs of the cookies. Enjoy!