Monday, 4 February 2013

Chocolate and Marshmallow Whoopie Pies

I've been with Mr Hef for nearly 7 years now, which means we've had quite a few Valentines days together. I'm pretty sure he's had something homemade every year, because lets face it, buying Valentines gifts is hard. Last year it was brownies, the year before I made him a 3 course meal, the year before that I think I made him a really terrible handmade card. He's not here this year, so I'm pretty much off scott free, but I decided to do some pre Valentines baking, just 'cause. If you're looking for something that is simple to make, looks cute and doesn't cost a lot of money, these are perfect! I always think homemade gifts make the best gifts. I used a stencil and a piping bag to make the heart shapes, you can download the stencil I used here and place it under baking paper to pipe over. 

Makes around 12:

90g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
150g plain white flour
25g cocoa powder
A large pinch of baking powder
A large pinch of baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 small egg
100 ml buttermilk

Marshmallow butter cream:

75g softened butter
150g icing sugar
Half a tub of marshmallow fluff
A few drops of Milk to loosen

  1. Start by heating up the oven to 180 degrees and prepare your baking trays by either printing lots of stencils and placing them under baking paper on a baking tray. Or trace the hearts on to the paper with a pencil, flip it over and place on a baking tray.
  2. Pop the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat it together with an electric mixture until its nice and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg until it's nice and smooth, then add the buttermilk and keep mixing. 
  4. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt gradually and mix well until it's all combined. 
  5. Spoon the mixture in to a piping bag, then pipe heart shapes, using your stencil on to the baking paper (you need 24 hearts all together)
  6. Pop them in to the oven for 8-9 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack while you make the marshmallow frosting. 
  7. To make the frosting, cream the butter and icing sugar together until thick and creamy, add a little milk if you think it needs loosening, then add the Marshmallow fluff and mix up well. 
  8. Once the cookies are cool pipe the marshmallow mixture on to one side then squish another cookie on top. 
  9. Whoopie pie done! Enjoy or put in to a fancy box and present to your lover. 


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