Whoopie Pies, Chocolate- Banana, Chocolate-Peanut Butter, Chocolate- Dulce De Leche

Whoopie Pies, Chocolate- Banana, Chocolate-Peanut Butter, Chocolate- Dulce De Leche

3 1/4 cups flour

1 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter, room temp.

1 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, room temp.

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 cups buttermilk, room temp.

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt onto parchment paper. With electric mixer cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg one at a time . Mix in vanilla and cooled melted chocolate. Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and buttermilk ending with dry ingredients in three batches.. Mix thoroughly.

Using a 1 oz. ice cream scoop, place batter on lined sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops crack and spring back when touched. Do not overcook. Cool completely.

Fillings

All three fillings together fill entire batch, recipe makes about 3 1/2 dozen pies

I prefer to pipe on fillings, it’s faster using a  plain tip

Banana Filling

4 tablespoons butter, room temp.

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup mashed banana

1/4 tsp. fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

powdered sugar , enough to create the correct spreading consistency. About 3 1/2 -4 cups

Dulce De Leche Filling

2- 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center.

Pour milk into pie plate or other shallow dish. Cover tightly with foil and place inside a larger baking pan and place in oven. Add enough water to larger pan to reach half way up the side of pie plate. Do not get any water in milk.

Bake for at least 1 hour. Carefully check with a spoon stir the milk to see if it is thick and a rich caramel color. Cover again with foil and check every 10 minutes until done. Add more boiling water as needed.

Transfer pie plate to wire rack to cool. Once cooled , with  electric mixer beat until smooth and mixture can support a spoon without sinking.

Peanut butter Filling

1 package Reeses minis

12 tablespoons butter, room temp.

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth, except the Reeses Minis

Place filling in piping bag with plain tip. pipe on one half and place 4 mini Reeses and top with other half.