Monday, February 25, 2013

Oatmeal Whoopie Pies




Yesterday was just about perfect for baking and hanging with the family. We had a late winter storm come through dropping about 10 to 12 inches in our area. When we got up there was already about six inches on the ground and the wind was blowing and causing drifts. It was honestly beautiful outside, a picturesque Colorado day. The boys spent a bunch of time playing in the snow with their Dad as I got the kitchen ready to bake! 

 Besides cuddling up by the fire I can't think of anything more cozy then trying out new recipes in the kitchen with the warmth of my oven and the laughter of my kids in the other room. I saw this recipe a few weeks back and knew it was one I had to test. This one went over like gang busters! I couldn't not get over how lovely these dreamy pies turned out. Hope you and your family will try them too- they're absolutely fantastic! I made mine a big large but you can scoop whatever size suits you best. Happy Baking!!

Jennifer 


Oatmeal Whoopie Pies
Ingredients

§  2 cups Brown Sugar
§  1/2 cup Butter, Softened
§  1/4 cup Shortening (Crisco)
§  2 whole Eggs
§  1/2 teaspoon Salt
§  1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
§  1 teaspoon Baking Powder
§  3 Tablespoons Boiling Water
§  1 teaspoon Baking Soda
§  2-1/2 cups Flour
§  2 cups Quick Oats


 Filling


§  5 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
§  1 cup Milk
§  1 teaspoon Vanilla
§  1 cup Butter
§  1 cup Granulated Sugar


Preparation Instructions
*Cookie recipe adapted from The Best of Amish Cooking, by Phyllis Pellman Good.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream brown sugar, butter, and shortening. Add eggs and mix. Add salt, cinnamon, and baking powder and mix. Mix baking soda and boiling water, then add to the bowl and mix. Add flour and oatmeal and mix well.
Scoop dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets so that you have rounded heaping teaspoons. Bake for 10 minutes, being mindful not to burn. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and let the cookies cool completely.

(The Best Frosting I've Ever Had, by MissyDew)
In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it's very thick. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Stir in vanilla.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don’t want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the heck out of it. If it still looks separated, you just haven’t beaten it enough. Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream. It may seem to take awhile, but it will finally come together. 
Scoop a small amount onto cookies, pressing another cookie on top.


**recipe from the Pioneer Woman (Oatmeal Whoopie Pies)