Is it a cake? Is it a cookie? With such deliciously soft and sweet cream-filled snacks, does it matter? The Internet is abuzz with recipes and stories of whoopie pie folklore, while customers everywhere are descending on bakeries in droves demanding these delectable treats. This adorable volumethe only cookbook devoted entirely to whoopie piesfeatures more than 40 mix-and-match recipes, including the classic chocolate with marshmallow cream and a range of bright flavor combinations such as red velvet, green tea, pumpkin with a tangy cream cheese filling, and oatmeal with, yes, maple-bacon buttercream. With a puffy cover as soft as cake, plenty of color photos and hand-drawnillustrations, dozens of DIY decorating instructions, fun facts and baking tips, Whoopie Pies will make a welcome addition to any baker’s bookshelf.
About the Author
Sarah Billingsley is a western Pennsylvanian who didn’t get enough whoopie pies as a kid. She now lives in San Francisco.Amy Treadwell was born in Massachusetts and raised on a steady diet of whoopie pies and franks and beans every Saturday night. She lives in San Francisco.Amy Treadwell was born in Massachusetts and raised on a steady diet of whoopie pies and franks and beans every Saturday night. She lives in San Francisco.
I checked out some dessert books from my local library. This was a favorite so I had to buy it from amazon. The price was right and a good value for what you get. This whoopie pie cookbook is cute, fun and makes it easy to try the recipes. The recipes are clear and straightforward with some delicious looking photos of the whoopie pies. It has a section with MANY other ideas for combinations to make unique whoopie pies, funny names and all. We’ve only made the traditional chocolate whoopie pie with the marshmallow filling, but it was delicious and I can’t wait to try more of the recipes in this book. YUM! I just have to pace myself since I am sure these things are terrible for you. But they are great for your mood! 🙂
This whoopie pie cookbook has gotten some flack for being too short, but in reality it’s just the right size for getting you started down the whoopie pie path. You’re presented with a section that explain the origins of the whoopie pie (or gobs as they are called in some areas), and you are also given advice on the tools you’ll need to start making the pies. What follows is a list of pie and filling combos to inspire you in your whoopie pie baking. The pies (the cakey part) and the fillings are listed separately in the book. This is a great because not everyone wants to make the standard “use this pie for this filling” whoopie pie. Some people have found fault with this, citing they have to turn back and forth in the cookbook while preparing the pies. Honestly, it really isn’t much of an issue since the pies have to cool before you fill them, so you won’t be making the filling and pie batter side by side. The end of the cookbook gives you a resources index in case you can’t find certain items. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start making these delicious deserts, or someone whom wants a few extra pie and filling ideas.
My family has been making whoopie pies (we call them gobs in southwest PA) since at least the Great Depression, so whoopie pies are not a new phenomenon to me. I dislike most of the other whoopie pie cookbooks out there right now, as most are more bandwagon-ish and have a pretty loose understanding of what a whoopie pie is. But, these authors grew up with whoopie pies and seem to have a great deal of respect for them, rather than treating them as the next Food Network special. I’ve tried a number of the non-chocolate cake recipes so far (chocolate chip, pumpkin, gingerbread, graham, etc) and all have been tasty and easy to prepare. Ditto the fillings (I’ve tried various chocolate and cream fillings); although I still prefer my grandmother’s recipe these hold up well. Some of their suggested cake and filling combinations are great, for example the smores whoopie (graham cake with chocolate ganache and marshmallow fluff fillings). While some of their recipes are far too trendy to be appetizing or enduring (e.g., jalapeno cornbread cakes), the book as a whole is a great distillation of whoopie pies and is a great addition to any baker’s bookshelf.
- Title: Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix ’em, Match ’em, Eat ’em Up Recipes
- Autor: Sarah Billingsley
- Publisher (Publication Date): Chronicle Books; 42440th edition (April 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0811874540
- ISBN-13: | 978-0811874540
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