Mini Whoopie Pies

 Recipe
They're heart-healthy! We used unsweetened applesauce and vegetable oil, not vegetable shortening.

Yield:

Makes 16 servings (serving size: 1 whoopie pie)

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 197
Fat 8 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 120 mg
Calcium 12 mg

Ingredients

COOKIES:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or table salt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder, dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
FILLING:
2/3 cup marshmallow crème
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation

1. To make cookies: Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt); stir well with whisk until there are no lumps. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce and next 6 ingredients (through vanilla); stir well with whisk. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

2. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon 32 cookies about 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the cookies are puffed and set (8-10 minutes). Let sit on hot pans 2 minutes; cool completely on wire rack.

3. To make filling: Combine marshmallow crème and butter in a medium bowl. Beat with a hand mixer at medium-high speed; gradually stir in powdered sugar, then vanilla. Beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (Note: Makes 3/4 cup filling.)

4. To assemble pies: Sandwich cooled cookies with 3/4 tablespoon filling.

Note:

Caroline Wright,

June 2011
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