Why didn't I think of it before?
They came out great, and couldn't have been easier. I mean, duh. That's what it's all about, right? Sure, and though I'm not a big baker, I was trained by my mother to be a mix snob. And for good reason! From scratch is totally best, and it's super satisfying, but . . . it's not the most toddler-friendly activity. Yesterday evening, getting close to Clementine's bedtime, I was craving something sweet -- to the desperate extent that I dug out a bar of Baker's unsweetened -- no silly, not to eat! To maybe bake some chocolate cookies, but man, I did not have time for that. The chocolate chopping and melting, the mixing and measuring, etc etc. And then my eye fell on that pretty red polka-dotted box that had been a gift recently from Hoobubby's wonderful mother.
And shazam! Whoopie pies! I've never made whoopie pies before, and you could certainly make the argument that I still haven't, but I'm a fan. Cake meets cookie, how could you not love a cake-cookie?? A cakie?
I confess I've also not been a "red velvet" person. Not that it's bad, I just don't know what it *is*. Is it chocolate? What's in it? Having made these from a mix, I am no closer to answering that question. But whatever is involved, they're really tasty!
Speaking of whoopie pies, this book was also a gift from Hoobubby's lovely mom:
The recipes are mix n' match cookie + filling, with some tantalizing combos, like:
- pistachio cardamom whoopie with honey buttercream filling
- lemon whoopie with lemon mascarpone
- graham cracker whoopie with chocolate ganache and marshmallow cream.
Um. But do they come in mixes?