Weather: 34 degrees, clear and gorgeous
What I’m listening to: Owl City
Two of my favorite things – chocolate and pumpkin – converging in one rich, Octobery (c’mon just look at those colors), hand-held dessert. As soon as I saw these in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine, I had to try them. I’ve tried a few whoopie pie recipes and these are, far and away, the best.
I’ve been having an internal debate over what a whoopie pie actually is. Is it a pie? Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? I did some research and discovered that the Whoopie Pie is the official “state treat” of Maine and that their origin is Amish. Both Pennsylvania and Maine claim that whoopie pies originated there and, apparently, there is a great controversy over this issue. Who knew? Probably my East Coast friends…
Anyhow, back to my internal debate. I’ve decided that whoopie pies are cupcakes disguised as sandwich cookies. They’re like two fluffy, moist cupcake tops with frosting inside. They resemble a cookie, but they’re really cake. I, personally, much prefer them to cupcakes – easier to eat, handheld, less mess, even distribution of frosting to cake with every bite, one hand free for holding a glass of milk. And I’ve officially declared them more Alaskan than cupcakes. Where cupcakes are a little froo froo, whoopie pies are an everyman’s dessert. Just ask the Amish, who traditionally put them in farmers’ lunch boxes.