Friday, January 27, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

4 years.

You can do a lot in 4 years.

Get married.


Go back to school.

Move again.

Buy a car.

Keep up with a blog.

You would think at least the last thing would easily fall by the wayside in 4 years. Yet for some reason, it never did. So here we are, 4 years after the start of this blog. It's amazing how things change.

Like the photography, the cooking ability... although some things never do change. Like me trying to burn the place down.

I thought it only fitting, on the eve of my 4 year blog birthday, to have another recipe re-do. Taking a trip down memory lane to the first I ever made a cheesecake. Or in this case, cheesecakes. These Mini Mint Chocolate Cheeesecakes were rich, and dense, and definitely in-your-face minty. Which, isn't exactly my favorite flavor.

I went back and forth and back and forth trying to figure how I wanted to re-do this recipe. Make another cheesecake? But I didn't feel like cheesecake. Chances are 90% of it would end up in the trash. No, it needed to be something else.

Something portable. Why, cookies of course!

Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Adapted from: cdkitchen & Gingerbread Bagles

1/4 cup butter
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (17.5 ounce) box chocolate cake mix

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup half & half

In the large work bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Stir in the egg and vanilla until fully incorporated. Slowly add in the cake mix, 1/3 at a time. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a scoop (or a tablespoon) drop dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until done. Let cookies rest on pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter and cocoa for about 4 minute until smooth. Stir in peppermint and vanilla extracts. Slowly stir in half of the powdered sugar, followed by half of the half and half. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar and half and half until combined, then increase speed to medium-high for 3 minutes, or until mixture is smooth.

Transfer frosting to a piping bag (a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off works well too). Spread frosting on the upturned side of half of the cookies, top with the remaining cookies.

Makes: 24 whoopie pies

Alright, I can't lie, I kind of screwed up on these. I was going for waaaay more of a cheesecake-y vibe than I got from these. Silly me, I thought simply adding the cream cheese into the cookies would come through enough, but it really doesn't at all. I should have gone with my gut on the frosting and went with a simple cream cheese buttercream with peppermint. Sigh.

And you would think after all these years I would've learned...

However, if you didn't know I was going for the whole cheesecake-reincarnation-in-a-cookie thing, you would have thought it was light and fluffy chocolate cookies sandwiching peppermint buttercream. Not a bad combo, and definitely not a bad whoopie pie.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 60g
Amount per serving
Calories 235Calories from fat 109
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12.1g19%
Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 254mg11%
Total Carbs 31.8g11%
Dietary Fiber 1.3g5%
Sugars 23.0g
Protein 3.0g
Vitamin A 6%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5%Iron 7%


  1. I love the idea of this cookie.

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging :)

  2. Oh yummy yummy! Congrats on the 4 years. I wish you at least 4 more and maybe not too many more moves.

  3. YUM! Congrats on your 4 years! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  4. Congrats on the 4 years! That is amazing! These are the perfect way to celebrate!

  5. Wow four years!! YEs, it's incredible to see how much can change. I would go thruogh all of that change to have one of these whoopie pies. Whoopie pies are one of my favoritest things EVER

  6. Congrats on your 4 year birthday! That is a huge milestone! The cookies look great, and I love the flavor combinations!

  7. Congratulations on 4 years!! Your whoopie pies look delicious! Even without the cheesecake-y :)

  8. Oooo, one of my favorite flavor combos! Love this.

    Congratulations on four years! That's awesome!

  9. Wow! I can't believe these only have 230 cals...I always make treats on the weekends, I think I'll give these a try. yum!

  10. It still amazes me how quickly time passes. It's almost surreal at times. Those whoopie pies are a great way to celebrate 4 years of blogging - congrats!

  11. These sound delicious, even if they aren't what you were originally going for. Congrats on 4 years!

  12. 4 years is amazing!!
    These look sooo yummy even though I don't like peppermint. Very nice!

  13. Congrats on 4 great years. These are the perfect treat to celebrate with. The look positively scrumptious.

  14. Happy birthday to your beautiful blog! If you have any of these left over, I'll be happy to send you my address ;)

  15. Four years?! That is awesome! You go girl. What a great treat to make for your blogiversary, even if they didn't turn out exactly how you'd envisioned them. At least they were delicious!



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