Peppermint Whoopie Pies

By: Meghan McGarry

  • Yield:

    13 whoopie pies

  • Cuisine:

    American

  • Course:

    Dessert

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

For the peppermint buttercream filling:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream

For the chocolate ganache:

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup

For decorating:

Crushed peppermint candy or candy canes
Red sprinkles
Edible luster or pearl dust

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line Farberware® 11 x 17-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until combined, scraping down the bowl as necessary.
  3. Alternate adding the flour mixture with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Scoop batter onto prepared cookie sheets using a 1-ounce ice cream or cookie scoop, leaving about 2 inches between each cake. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until set. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  4. For the peppermint buttercream: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until fully incorporated, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add vanilla, peppermint extract and heavy cream, and beat for an additional 3-5 minutes, until smooth and fluffy.

For the chocolate ganache: 

  1. Place chocolate in a small bowl and set aside. In Farberware® Classic Series 1-quart saucepan, bring heavy cream up to a scald over medium heat. Pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Stir in light corn syrup, and set ganache aside, stirring occasionally. The ganache should be slightly warm for assembly.
  2. To assemble the whoopie pies, fit a piping bag with large star tip and fill with peppermint buttercream. Fill cooled cakes with buttercream and then sprinkle the crushed peppermint candy around the edges so that it adheres to the buttercream.
  3. Spoon a tablespoon of warm ganache on top of each whoopie pie. Garnish with additional crushed peppermint candy, red sprinkles and edible dust. Serve right away.