Whoopie

Whoopie pies are a sweet, nostalgic treat for your homemade Halloween party.

Bernie Mason

Halloween is next week, and if you are planning to host a special party to celebrate, the following recipes are ones your guests and family will enjoy.

Whoopie Pies are a dessert that is made with two small cakes that are put together with a frosting type filling.  They can be made in a variety of flavors and the filling can be marshmallow or a more traditional flavored frosting.  The following chocolate recipe has a marshmallow filling, but since the marshmallow filling is rather sticky, you may choose to use the buttercream version instead. 

Magical Whoopie Pies (Yield: 12 Whoopie Pies)

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

¾ cup milk

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 large cookie sheets, or line the cookie sheets with parchment paper.  In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix until smooth, using an electric beater on medium speed.  Drop dough by heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart, on each prepared cookie sheet. (There should be 12 rounds per sheet.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking, until puffy and toothpick inserted comes out clean.  With wide spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Prepare Marshmallow Cream Filling.  In a large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter until smooth. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar. Beat in marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth. Add additional confectioner’s sugar if needed.  Add food color of your choice. To fill cookies, place icing in a pastry bag fitted with an 8B tip. Pipe the icing onto inside of the cookie, working from the outside to the middle; sandwich with a second cookie.

Marshmallow Cream Filling:

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, slightly softened

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 jar (7 to 7½ ounce) marshmallow cream  

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Purple or orange food coloring

Source: Halloween with Matthew Mead

Classic Buttercream

Ingredients;

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 to 4 tablespoons heavy (whipping) cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the confectioner’s sugar with the butter, starting on low and increasing to medium speed until the mixture is crumbly, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and vanilla; beat on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Source: Whoopie Pies, by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell.

Pizza Burgers (Yield 16 sandwiches)

Pizza is always popular, but how about trying pizza burgers instead? Since the filling for these pizza burgers can be made in advance, it will save time in preparation for the party. Just before your guests arrive you can spread the filling on the buns and heat in the oven.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

½ cup chopped onion

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10½-ounce can pizza sauce with cheese

1½-ounce jar sliced mushrooms, drained

1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

4 ounces (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

8 hamburger buns, sliced

Directions:

In large skillet, brown ground beef and onion, drain. Stir in pizza sauce, mushrooms, and oregano. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until served. Before serving, heat oven to 400 degrees. Stir cheese into hamburger mixture.  Spoon onto sliced hamburger buns; place on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Source: Pillsbury Classics Festive Autumn Recipes,

Apple D’oh Nuts

Your guests will love these apples. Core and slice apples into horizontal rings and top with different kinds of “frosting”, such as different flavors of cream cheese, peanut butter, or chocolate hazelnut butter. Top the “frosting” with different kinds of “sprinkles” such as fruit, chopped nuts, coconut, or marshmallows. There are dozens of different combos that can be made.  Source: Good Housekeeping, October 2015.

You can whip up this quick-to-fix and refreshing punch in no time. For added fun serve in glass beakers.

Mad Scientist Punch (Yield: 4 quarts)

Ingredients:

2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen pineapple-orange juice concentrate, thawed

2 cups water

1 envelope unsweetened orange Kool-Aid mix

2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

1 pint orange sherbet, softened

Directions:

In punch bowl, combine the juice concentrate, water, and Kool-Aid mix; stir in soda. Top with scoops of sherbet.  Serve immediately. Source:  Taste of Home test Kitchens, Taste of Home, Halloween, 2016

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