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Whoopie Pie Cookies


2 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
36 filled cookies

Whoopie pies are a classic dessert sandwich filled with creme frosting. This recipe takes that concept and replaces the soft cakey outside with sturdy chocolate cookies. This recipe has a cherry and vanilla filling, but it would be just as good with fresh strawberries or peanut butter mixed in.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour
Bake Time
7 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/4 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 cup
    buttermilk or sour milk*
  • Creme Filling
  • 1/4 cup
    butter or margarine (1/2 stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 cup
    marshmallow creme
  • 1-1/4 cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup
    maraschino cherries, chopped, well drained (optional)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
cookie sheet cookie sheet
parchment paper parchment paper
bowls bowls
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
wire rack wire rack
rubber scraper rubber scraper

Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease.


Beat shortening and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to shortening mixture. Drop by teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet.


To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.


Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Prepare Creme Filling. Place 2 cookies, flat sides together, with about 1 tablespoon filling.

Creme Filling:

  1. Beat butter and shortening in medium bowl until creamy. Gradually add marshmallow creme, beating well.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until well blended. Stir in cherries, if desired.

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