Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Baked Series: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (3 of 7)



Hi Everyone!
This is post 3 of 7 of the Baked Series.
I’ll be doing seven posts this week (8/8 – 8/14) from the book

by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito


Baking is my Zen will be having a
from August 8 through August 14, 2010.

The giveaway will be the ‘not yet released’ cookbook,
By Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito


Their book is due for release in October 2010.
When it is available, the winner of the giveaway will receive a copy from…
yours truly…Me.

In addition, you’ll receive a Baking is my Zen T-Shirt.

You’re probably asking, what are the rules to win this book?

Here are THE RULES for all seven posts (8/8 - 8/14):

• Contest starts on Sunday, 8/8/10 at 12a.m. EST.
• Contest ends on Tuesday, 8/17/10 at 11.59p.m. , EST.
• Winner announced on Wednesday, 8/18/10 by 5pm, EST.
• Find the WORD OF THE DAY within each post. Type it in the comment box as follows: Example: word of the day: bake
• You can post your comment daily in each post or all at once.(due by 8/17)
• All seven posts must have a comment with the ‘word of the day’ indicated.
• NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS OPEN FOR U.S. ONLY.


To make it easy, I have the word of the day very visible for you. Remember, you need to type or copy and paste the word of the day (insert word) in the comment box.

This is EXACTLY how it is to appear in the comment box:
word of the day: cream cheese

So, today’s word of the day: cream cheese

Here are a few bloggers who also made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.
Check out their great blogs!










Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
From the cookbook Baked-New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Original Recipe shown below
Adapted Recipe Photo Tutorial by Carmen of Baking is my Zen


Try as we might, we were never huge fans of the traditional whoopie pie. We love the concept of two cakey chocolate cookies with a fair amount of cream sandwiched between them, but every execution we tried was always less than desirable. Maybe it was the cream filling with the shortening aftertaste. May be it was the too-wet cookie itself. After all, there is such a thing as being too moist. So we took some liberties with the whoopie pie and created our own version, which was named one of the top 100 tastes of 2007 by Time Out New York. Our Pumpkin Whoopie Pie makes the perfect midnight snack, with its soft, cakelike cookie and chilled cream cheese filling. For bite-sized pies, use a melon baller to scoop the dough.

Yield : 12 WHOOPIE PIES

INGREDIENTS:

For the pumpkin whoopie cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon ginger
1 tablespoon cloves
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the cream cheese filling
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

MAKE THE PUMPKIN WHOOPIE COOKIES

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar and oil together until combined.

4. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly.

5. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

6. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

7. Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.

9. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling.

MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING

1. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is completely smooth, with no visible lumps.

3. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.

4. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.

5. Be careful not to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure.

6. (The filling can be made 1 day ahead. Cover the bowl tightly and put it in the refrigerator. Let the filling soften at room temperature before using.)

ASSEMBLE THE WHOOPIE PIES

1. Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down (flat side facing up).

2. Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie.

3. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling.

4. Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie.

5. Repeat until all the cookies are used.

6. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

7. The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days, on a parchment-lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

Baked Note
Make sure you chill the pumpkin puree thoroughly before making this recipe. The chilled puree will make your whoopies easier to scoop and give them a domed top.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – PHOTO TUTORIAL
by Carmen of Baking is my Zen

MAKE THE PUMPKIN WHOOPIE COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice (my choice of spice) together and set aside.


In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar and oil together until combined.


Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly.

Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.


Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling. I then transferred the cookies to a cookie rack.

MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING

Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is completely smooth, with no visible lumps.

Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.

Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Be careful not to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure.


(The filling can be made 1 day ahead. Cover the bowl tightly and put it in the refrigerator. Let the filling soften at room temperature before using.)

ASSEMBLE THE WHOOPIE PIES

Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down (flat side facing up).

Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie.



Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling.

Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie.

Repeat until all the cookies are used.

Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days, on a parchment-lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

Baked Note
Make sure you chill the pumpkin puree thoroughly before making this recipe. The chilled puree will make your whoopies easier to scoop and give them a domed top.


NOTE: To be eligible for the Cookbook Giveaway, all 7 posts must have comments as indicated in the rules.




Peace in Baking,
Carmen
 
Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

22 comments:

Gloria said...

Why am I am always looking at food blogs late at night when I'm hungry! I want one of your whoppie pies...I heart pumpkin and I LOVE cream cheese frosting. They look amazing and are a picture perfect mirror image of the photos in the Baked book. Beautiful!

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Aaron said...

word of the day: cream cheese

I really am enjoying seeing someone else make these...especially with photos.

JG said...

word of the day: cream cheese

Yum yum! those look super tasty!

rebecca said...

wod: cream cheese

I've tried this recipe before and I LOVE IT!! It's fantabulous.

As always, Carmen, lovely, luscious photos.

Jenny Rodriguez said...

I can't wait to try this recipe!
Word of the day: Cream cheese

Eliana said...

word of the day: cream cheese

This is my FAVORITE recipe in this book. The pumpkin/cream cheese combo is just perfect. And the cookie cakes bake up so wonderfully too. Yours look perfect Carmen.

Mary said...

These look wonderful. Your photos of the pies are spectacular. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chef Dennis said...

wow...so you dont need a pan to make whoppie pies....glad I didn't buy one....I will have to try and make these for my girls!

D.J. said...

cream cheese is the work od the day and those whoopie pies look delicious!

Shandy said...

Your pumpkin whoopee pies look absolutely picture perfect and the tutorial . . . Well laid out! You outdid yourself with this recipe, I love it!

Jen_from_NJ said...

word of the day: cream cheese

Pumpkin whoopie pies sound amazing. I will bookmark this for a cool day!

Tricia said...

word of the day: cream cheese

Desiree said...

word of the day: cream cheese

yum, look amazing!

Beth said...

I have made these and they are delicious!

word of the day: cream cheese

sweetlife said...

cream cheese, i love anything flavor of whoopie pies, great recipe...

marzipan said...

I haven't tried this one yet!
Word of the day: CREAM CHEESE

Nancy said...

Word of the day: cream cheese

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Joanna from Colorado said...

word of the day: cream cheese

Liz said...

word of the day: cream cheese

Melissa said...

word of the day: cream cheese

These are super cute, and anything with cream cheese just has to be good! They look like great party snacks.

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