Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies

momma's old fashioned whoopies pies on a silver cake plate topped with a birthday candle bottle of vanilla extract and flour sifterMomma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies.

Who remembers Whoopie Pies? These are my Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies and I could never resist these soft chocolate sandwich cookies filled with a layer of fluffy white frosting.

My Mom would make these for my sister and I for special occasions like our birthdays, sports events celebrations or because I would beg her to make them until she finally caved. Probably just to get me to zip it. Regardless, my eyes would always get as big as the whoopie pie when I saw them.

I came across her recipe while going through my treasured recipe box. All the memories flooded back. The smell, the way they tasted, her raised eyebrow when I would inevitably try to sneak one. It’s so incredible how food is intertwined with memories. I made a new memory when I made these to celebrate her birthday this year. I piled them up and topped the whole thing off with a candle a la a very nontraditional birthday cake. I cried the whole time, not gonna lie, but I’m glad I made them. They were just as delicious as I remembered.

momma's old fashioned whoopies pies on a silver cake plate topped with a birthday candle bottle of vanilla extract and flour sifterWhat is a Whoopie Pie?

Is it a cake or a cookie or a pie? Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies are soft sandwich cookies filled with a creamy filling. They’re more like a cake cookie if you ask me, but I will not argue as long as I get to eat them. The original and most commonly made whoopie pies are chocolate, but because we can’t leave well enough alone you can find many variations on the original like red velvet or pumpkin whoopie pies. Seasonal variations, probably served alongside a giant pumpkin spice latte.

Traditional whoopie pies are made with vegetable shortening, not butter. These are most definitely old school and shortening rules supreme here. You can search up a substitute if that isn’t your thing.

You may have also heard them referred to as: Black moon, gob, black-and-white, bob, BFO (that’s short for Big Fat Oreo). They will forever be Momma’s Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies to me.

momma's old fashioned whoopies pies on a silver cake plate topped with a birthday candle bottle of vanilla extract and flour sifterWho invented Whoopie Pies?

Originally popular in New England and around Amish country, whoopie pies are a throwback treat that are hard to resist. For even more fun you could tint the filling (say red for Valentine’s Day, Green for St. Patty’s Day, etc.) and roll it with sprinkles.

Who doesn’t love sprinkles. Amiright?

momma's old fashioned whoopies pies on a silver cake plate topped with a birthday candle bottle of vanilla extract and flour sifterHow do you store Whoopie Pies?

If you’re not assembling your whoopie pies immediately (this is foreign to me), once cooled, you can cover the cake portion with plastic wrap, where they should keep for up to three days. Once I’ve filled mine, I like to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Mine have never lasted more than a day or two because they’ve been devoured.

How do you whoopie pie?

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Momma's Old Fashioned Whoopie Pies

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1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs - beaten
2 cups all purpose flour
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

    Into the bowl of your stand mixer cream together shortening, sugar and eggs.

    Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

    Add to stand mixer alternating between flour mixture and milk.  Add vanilla. Mix to combine.

    Using a small cookie scoop. Scoop onto baking sheet 8 per sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

    Place desired amount of whoopie pie filling onto half of the cookies. Top with additional cookie to create sandwich (whoopie pie). 


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    Whoopie Pie Filling

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    3/4 cup shortening
    1 pound powdered sugar
    2 egg whites
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon flour


    Place all ingredients into bowl of stand mixer. On low, mix to combine.

    Increase speed and mix until light and fluffy.


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    1. 1

      These look so delicious! Can’t wait to make this recipe!

    2. 2

      I need these in my life! Looks amazing and I love that your mom took the time to make these for you and your sister.

    3. 3

      These look so delicious and remind me of my childhood.

    4. 4

      I just love that this is a family favorite recipe of your’s! It has definitely been way too long since I have had a homemade whoopie pie. 🙂

    5. 5

      Such sweet memories surrounding these whoopie pies! And they look totally delicious!

    6. 6
      Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling /

      These look absolutely perfect! What a fun treat for birthdays or other special occasions!

    7. 7
      Jen /

      Passed down family recipes are so amazing! I have never had a homemade whoopie pie and I’m totally missing out. Can’t wait to try these!

    8. 8

      whoopie pies bring me right back to my childhood!

    9. 9

      This looks delicious! I love whoopie pies and I can’t wait to try your version!

    10. 10

      Wow, winner it is ! Thank you !

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