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These classic treats are fluffier than your typical sandwich cookie, with a cake-like texture and a sweet, whipped filling.
I just might be the only person who had never heard of a whoopie pie until a few years ago. Not even joking. I never knew they were a thing.
I know! Who knew I was completely missing out? Now I realize what I have been missing all of these years.
When I first tried one, I though they would be more like an Oreo cookie, but boy was I wrong. Absolutely nothing like an Oreo. These are sooooo much better.
These are like little chocolate cakes with a sweet, creamy filling. Unbelievable delicious, sweet, creamy filling. Filling that is WAY better than an Oreo.
Better yet, they are just like devil dogs.
C’mon, who doesn’t remember devil dogs???
Sigh…I just might be aging myself here. Am I really that old? Don’t answer that.
Ok, maybe they aren’t as dry as a devil dogs (I used to drink at least two glasses of milk per devil dog) but they are similar. I used to get so excited when my mom would pack me a devil dog in my lunch box. These whoopie pies are so much more ridiculously delicious than those dry (yet crazy yummy) devil dogs.
These were such a huge hit with the kids too. This was their first time eating a whoopie pie too, so now there’s no guilt over here for depriving my kids (as if!) They were confused why I was calling the cookies, when they said they were in face little cakes with frosting in between.
They’re kind of right.
Ok, maybe they’re totally right. But that just brings this question up. Are whoopie pies cakes or cookies?
Anyway you look at it, my kids loved them. They were thinking of all of the various flavors we could make with these. Vanilla “cakes” with chocolate frosting, chocolate “cakes” with peppermint frosting, and my personal favorite…lemon “cakes” with lemon frosting!
The possibilities are endless, you just need to be a little creative. Man, I was really missing out all these years and I had no idea. For now we will just still with the classic chocolate “cakes” and vanilla frosting.
Nothing beats a classic, right?
Check out his sweet face…
What you don’t see is the picture after he devoured it, chocolate all over his adorable face while he crazily licked every one of his fingers. Smart kid. And now he is absolutely in love with whoopie pies too.
I’ve received some questions from readers about the ingredients. Yes, you can absolutely use butter if you don’t have coconut oil. Obviously they would no longer be vegan, but just as delicious.
If you do not have whole wheat pastry flour an all purpose flour will work fine too. It will have less fiber, but will be just fine and won’t change the texture or the flavor at all. You can also use another unrefined sugar in place of the coconut sugar as well.
If someone makes the filling chocolate, can you please let me know how much cocoa powder you used? That sounds amazing for all of my fellow chocolate lovers out there. I know you’re out there.
- For the Cookies:
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- For the Filling:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons almond milk
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven 350.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and applesauce in a large bowl until well combined.
With a spoon, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, flax, cocoa and salt together in a medium bowl.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, slowly adding milk.
Beat until thoroughly mixed.
Drop by spoonful onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
Remove from the oven.
While cookies are cooling, beat the coconut oil, vanilla, almond milk and sugar for a few minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Turn cookies bottom side up and spread 1-2 tablespoons of filling. Top with another cookie.
I hope you love these as much as we did! They are perfect for holiday baking too. And they’d make incredible gifts (if you are generous enough to share!)
I like to make a double batch because these whoopie pies freeze so well. I like to wrap them individually in parchment paper and then freeze in a ziplock bag and they defrost perfectly. This also helps to prevent eating too many in one sitting!
Built in portion control!
Now that I am a hug fan of whoopie pies, I thought I’d share some more with you:
Low Carb Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from Simply So Healthy
Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake Whoopie Pies from Whole and Heavenly Oven
Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Brown Eyed Baker
Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies from A Spicy Perspective
And here are some more healthier cake and cookie recipes you might like:
Healthy Chocolate Fudge Cake from The First Year
Healthy Birthday Cake from The Detoxinista
Healthy Vegan Carrot Cake from Chocolate Covered Katie
And I thought I’d share some healthy cookie recipes too, just in case you are like me and consider Whoopie Pies cookies 😉
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies from Well Plated
Healthy Banana Nut Cookies from Skinnytaste
Please come back and let m know if you made these whoopie pies or any of the other recipes I shared above. I would love to hear what you think and I always like to hear how substituting different ingredients turn out. Thanks for stopping by!