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I don't "get" whoopie pies.

somervilleoldtimer Mar 14, 2011 07:49 PM

I didn't grow up with whoopie pies, so perhaps that's the missing piece. But every one I've had seems gloppy and without much character, flavor or texture. Is it me?

  1. Quine Mar 14, 2011 07:57 PM

    Oh I think they have texture, really really sawdust dry texture, bleck. I don;t get them either. Nor Black and White cookies. Mysteries of the local food universe.

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    1. re: Quine
      Bob W Mar 15, 2011 06:32 AM

      I don't like Black and Whites either, and whoopie pies generally remind me of Devil Dogs, which were always my least favorite of the Drakes Cakes line (way too dry for me). I'm a Yodels guy.

      1. re: Quine
        jbsiegel Mar 15, 2011 11:50 AM

        LOVE Black and White's, but totally agree on the Whoopie Pies. Somehow the icing on top of the Black and White and the fact that it "sits" on the bottom, kind of keeps the center moist. Whoopie Pies - not so much. Plus - pretty much don't like whipped cream at all...

      2. I used to know how to cook... Mar 14, 2011 08:11 PM

        Hi you two,

        I've never had a whoopie pie.

        Did see Paula Deen making Red Velvet Whoopie things once. It was pretty disgusting looking to me. Can't imagine eating anything like that.

        Like Quine says... mysteries of the food universe.


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        1. re: I used to know how to cook...
          sunshine842 Mar 14, 2011 11:06 PM

          to be fair, I can't imagine eating Red Velvet anything.

          1. re: sunshine842
            somervilleoldtimer Mar 15, 2011 05:41 AM


        2. sarahjay Mar 14, 2011 10:17 PM

          Homemade whoopie pies, at least the ones I make (I've never had any others) are two cake like, moist, cookies with a thin (half as thick as one cookie) layer of a filling between, either a ganache or a flavored buttercream or cream cheese icing. Not too sweet, not dry, kind of like the top off a really good moist cupcake with a bit of icing.

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          1. re: sarahjay
            Quine Mar 15, 2011 01:59 AM

            Now that venison would make sense! As well as Yum.

            1. re: Tripeler
              sunshine842 Mar 15, 2011 04:01 AM

              I'm thinking it's a response to the wrong thread, but I'd be interested to know where it belongs!

              1. re: sunshine842
                Tripeler Mar 15, 2011 04:03 AM

                I'm guessing it is a spelling mistake -- "venison" instead of version.

                1. re: Tripeler
                  somervilleoldtimer Mar 15, 2011 05:43 AM

                  Maybe the problem is that the whoopie pies I've been eating haven't included the venison!

              2. re: Quine
                Bob W Mar 15, 2011 06:33 AM

                Since whoopie pies are big in Maine, you might get moose instead of venison. 8<D

              3. re: sarahjay
                im_nomad Mar 15, 2011 05:34 AM

                I made pumpkin whoopie pies with maple filling this past thanksgiving. I ate one and brought the rest in to share at work. Good thing or I would have eaten them all myself.

                1. re: sarahjay
                  somervilleoldtimer Mar 15, 2011 05:43 AM

                  Okay. I can see eating the top of a really good cupcake with some icing. If that's what the pies are trying to achieve, then I do get it. But I still haven't had one like that.

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                  redips Mar 15, 2011 03:26 AM

                  Oh Yah, Whoopie Pies of the homemade kind. There is a small bakery in Owego NY that does whoopie pie and 'half-moon' cookies that are to die for!

                  1. gaffk Mar 15, 2011 06:09 AM

                    I love whoopie pies . . . just had some a few weeks back from the Amish stand in the Reading Terminal Market.

                    When I mentioned this in front of a friend's mom, she appeared last week with a batch of her mini home-made ones. Delicious. As noted, they should be soft, cake-like outsides with a not-too-thick layer of buttercream in the middle.

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                      Isolda Mar 15, 2011 11:50 AM

                      I agree with you.They must be something you have to grow up with. I've even made them from scratch (both pumpkin and chocolate) and still thought they were too sweet and gummy.

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