I really wanted to make banana and honey whoopie pies today, but for once I did not have any bananas rotting on my counter. It’s been a while since I’ve baked something new and it’s almost time for an epic bake-a-thon for my cousin’s baby shower (see my post about my sister’s shower here) so I thought I’d see if I could turn my family’s favorite Julie Hasson cupcake recipe into a whoopie pie.

I started by making some crunchy peanut butter cakes with a touch of cocoa powder:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbs non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. I use a whoopie pie panbut you could also use a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time.

Add 1/2 the flour mixture and beat until well combined, then add 1/2 the buttermilk and beat until combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and beat, then the rest of the buttermilk. Drop about 2 Tbs of batter into each cavity of your whoopie pie pan, or onto your lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Then I sandwiched two cakes with peanut butter buttercream and dunked them in chocolate.

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