Happy first Advent to all my foodie friends! It’s a not so early morning here in Germany and I have to admit, that the weather doesn’t create any Christmas mood. Not the least bit of snow or frost in sight. But Jay and I shared a bottle of Christkindl mulled wine yesterday and I lit the first candle of my (pretty simplistic) Christmas decoration and now I will open the first door of the Advent calendar my mom gave me and enjoy the first praliné with my morning coffee.
Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt… all right, I’ll better stop here, singing Christmas carols is no fun when nobody joins in. Instead let me brag about the batch of cookies I made yesterday and how Jay, with pleading eyes asked if he could have another one, after we shared the first… sadly I had to say no. This batch was baked for the LEO advent member meeting we are going to have later today. Still, I’ll make sure that he get’s his own batch soon.
But every man for himself: here comes your opportunity to grab the recipe for this delightful classic cookie sandwich!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 ounce cream cheese
- 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F (180°C).
- Combine flour, cacoa, baking soda and salt in one bowl, mix and set aside. In a second bowl place brown sugar, butter and vanilla essence. Beat on high with a hand mixer for 2-3 minutes, until fluffy. Add the egg and mix under. Combine the two mixtures and add the buttermilk while mixing on medium.
- Line a tray with baking paper. With a piping bag (I used a ziplock bag and cut off one corner) pipe walnut sized heaps of dough on baking paper (make them a bit smaller if you go for 15 pieces). Even them slightly out with a teaspoon and place the baking tray in the preheated oven. Let them bake for 12 minutes (10 for smaller ones). Take out and let them rest on a cooling rack, while placing the second batch in the oven.
- Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl, mix on medium. Keep slowly adding the powdered sugar while still mixing. Turn the mixer on high and mix for 3 more minutes.
- When the pies are cooled down (will take about 30 minutes), spread one teaspoon of filling on one half and top with another half. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
If you don't plan to serve or eat the whoopie pies the same day, you should keep the pies and filling seperated to avoid that they turn soggy.
The pie itself has an intense chocolate flavor with an amazingly fluffy texture. The added sweetness from the cream cheese buttercream and the hint of vanilla make for a perfect flavor combination. I guess there’s a reason why they call it a classic.
And here comes your turn: add your Advent story, baking fun or cookie recipe and spread the seasonal spirit!
P.S.: And don’t worry if you don’t have a post ready yet. The link up is open all week, until our next party starts! The first candle on the Advent wreath also burns the whole week, right?