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Tell me about whoopie pie filling

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Specifically, what is the traditional, Pennsylvania Dutch style whoopie pie filling? I live on the West Coast and never heard of these little gems until recently. I'm curious what the old-fashioned whoopie pie filling is supposed to be like. I've seen plenty of recipes involving fluff and though I love the stuff, I am having a hard time believing that these treats originated using fluff. Is the filling supposed to be like a frosting? Is it creamy, gooey, sticky or stiff?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. As a whoopie pie lover from New England, I googled your request about the history of whoopie pies. It seems nobody really knows whether they began in New England, maybe Maine, or were simply introduced by immigrating Pennsylvania Dutch. I prefer a filling made with Marshmallow Fluff (which has been around since about 1917). Locally we can usually find Steve's Whoopie Pies and my husband prefers chocolate with peanut butter filling. They come in all sorts of flavors now. My mother used to make them in the 60s with Fluff in the filling recipe. One of my favorite homemade versions is a zucchini whoopie pie with a cream cheese frosting in the middle. I found this recipe in a 4-H cookbook published about 10 years ago.
    If the first whoopie pies didn't contain fluff, I think the addition is an improvement. You can plan a good trip to Maine in search of lobster rolls and whoopie pies.

    1. Whoopies were my brother's favorite when we were growing up in southern Pennsylvania and I remember the filling being very light and fluffy but I don't recall any vague taste of marshmallow at all. The old fashioned red velvet cake icing, made with a small amount of flour (doesn't affect the taste), boiled milk,butter, vanilla, sugar etc. seems to be the closest to my memory. My mum has a recipe for it and she uses it still, sometimes she even flavors it with peanut butter! Yes, it tastes really good, especially on chocolate cupcakes!

      1. I just tried one made fresh (after about a 20 year self ban) and it was sicking sweet.
        Pure sugar, guaranteed to rot your teeth.
        Not sure what's all in there, but I sure don't want another one.

        1. muimi: you might be interested in this old thread.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/557112

          1. When I made Red Velvet Cupcakes recently I noticed the frosting I used tasted exactly like the filling in Whoopie Pies that I ate growing up (in New England).

            Not surprisingly the recipe is a boiled white icing.

            The result is something that tastes like a cross between whipped cream and buttercream.

            The link below will take you to my Red Velvet thread... It has the icing recipe as well and also a couple pics.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632096