Reese’s Whoopie Pieces

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Our final day of tribute to Halloween and then we’ll start gearing up for Thanksgiving. (It’s a big holiday around here). We would love to say we saved the best for last, but we can’t!  We think every single one of our 4 creations has been stellar, and today is no exception!

If you look at our Halloween House, you will see loads and loads of little orange & yellow Reese’s pieces adorning the roof, the eaves, the fence posts, etc.  We had so many of these little buggers left that it was an absolute mandate that we use them in an after-Halloween treat.

We recently made some homemade marshmallow for a client and had a few left over…so, we decided to be colorful and mix the orange & yellow with white and make Whoopie Pies.  We decided against chocolate cake for concern that the chocolate cake would either overpower or get lost with the Reese’s pieces or vice-versa.  Instead, we borrowed a page from the good-old high school cafeteria days where the lunch ladies used to make us a special treat now and again in the form of homemade oatmeal cookies with a scoop of ice cream in the middle.  They would then freeze them and dip in chocolate.  It was their version of a Whoopie Pie, so we decided to build on their idea and use oatmeal cookies, marshmallow, and Reese’s pieces to make our own Reese’s Whoopie Pieces!

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Now, we acknowledge that not everybody is going to have homemade marshmallow lying around the house, so we tried using a jar of marshmallow ‘fluff’ and they were really yummy too.

So some rainy Saturday (or on a snow day for you brave folks!), grab the kids, make some oatmeal cookies, and then cut the kids loose with the Fluff , and stuff ’em with Reese’s Whoopie Pieces!

Just have a washcloth handy ‘cuz they’re a wee bit sticky!

Enjoy!

Ciao for Now!

V & K

PS – Can’t wait to share what we are cooking up for our Daring Baker November Challenge. It’s creamy and flaky and wonderfully Italian!  Stay tuned (can’t share until after 11/27 – that’s the rules!)

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Reese’s Whoopie Pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1/4 cup Shortening or lard
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2-1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Quick Oats
    1 cup Reese’s Pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream sugar, brown sugar, butter, and shortening. Add eggs. Add salt, cinnamon, and baking powder and mix. Combine the baking soda and boiling water, then add to the batter and mix. Add flour and oatmeal and mix well. Fold in 1 cup of the Reese’s Pieces.

Scoop dough onto lined cookie sheets (We used an ice cream scoop to make GIANT cookies to get MONSTER-SIZE pies!! That’s a dinner plate in the picture.) Bake for 15 minute or until done. Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and let the cookies cool completely.

Filling:

1 container marshmallow fluff
1 cup Reese’s Pieces

Chop the Reese’s Pieces into little pieces. You can use a food processor, but be careful not to pulverize them into dust!  Fold the broken pieces into the marshmallow fluff. Spoon a heaping tablespoonful of filling onto the bottom half of a cookie. Lightly press another cookie on top of the filling.

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