Hello Hello SNAP! Friends!! It’s Jessica Kirkland from Pen N’ Paper Flowers – back with another easy party idea today. Memorial Day is coming up, and then before we know it we’ll be in the throngs of Summer celebrating the 4th of July. With that said I thought a super easy patriotic dessert was in order. These delicious whoopie pies have been a favorite in my home for quite some time. They win over the hearts of all of those who’ve had the pleasure of eating them and although they taste amazing you’ll be surprised to know there are only 3 ingredients that make up the chocolate cookie shells. I love mine frozen for the perfect Summer treat but they are terrific at room temperature too!
1 package of devil’s food cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
1/3 cup oil (+ a tiny bit more)
Hint: You want your dough a tad shiny and pliable but not too oily. Dough should pull clean from the sides of the bowl during the mixing process and should not be sticky OR too oily to work with.
Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients
1/2 cup butter (softened)
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar (I used 3.5 cups)
1 tsp. vanilla
Heat oven to 350°.
Add oil and eggs to cake mix and blend together. (See HELPFUL HINTS)
Roll dough into 1/2″ balls for mini oreos. (1″ for oreo-sized cookies up to 2 1/2″ for jumbo size). (See HELPFUL HINTS)
Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. (See HELPFUL HINTS)
Remove from oven and let cool for 1 min.
Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Cream Cheese Filling Instructions
Using a mixer cream butter.
Add cream cheese and mix well.
Add vanilla, stirring until well blended.
Slowly add confectioner’s sugar until desired consistency is reached. (I used 3 1/2 cups)
Assembling the cookies:
Fill pastry bag or gallon size ziploc bag with filling. (See HELPFUL HINTS)
Sandwich two cookies together by squeezing 1 tsp. (or so) of the filling onto the center of one cookie.
Add the 2nd cookie on top.
Lightly press the two cookies together to help the filling spread evenly to the sides of the cookie without spilling over the edges. (unless you prefer it).
You can either serve them as-is or freeze them for a frozen treat – that’s my favorite way to eat them.
You can also make-ahead, freeze and bring to room temperature on the day of your event/party.
• Using a mixer, I use my paddle attachment and blend until the dough comes clean from the side of the bowl.
• Although it’s recommended to use a greased cookie sheet for baking, I skip that part and mine are fine.
• If the dough seems too sticky to work with, I have found by letting the dough sit while you make the filling, works like a charm.
• Instead of piping the filling, you can also just use a butter knife and spread it on.
• If you are going to eat these as a frozen treat, I found that by reducing the baking time by a minute or so will allow for a less crunchy frozen treat experience. Basically, you want a softer cookie before freezing so that you can easily bite into the frozen treat and enjoy a less “crumbly” experience.
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I hope you’ll try them out – if not for Memorial Day, any holiday or celebration will do. You can even roll the edges in colored sprinkles to coordinate with your holiday or event. Easy peasy.
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