February 12, 2011



Here is one more Valentine's recipe for you.  I found this recipe online the other day and I jumped up and made them immediately.  They were so easy to throw together and they tasted so yummy.  I am a huge mint chocolate fan!  

I changed up the recipe slightly.  The cookie recipe didn't call for any salt?  I wondered if they just forgot to type it in the recipe?  So, I added a little salt to my cookies.  Also, the filling called for egg whites and I was a little scared of eating the raw eggs, so I left that out and I added a little Vanilla Coffee Creamer to make it the right consistency and of course I added more powdered sugar, because I love lots of filling.   My filling turned out so yummy, I was eating it by the spoonful (No Joke)!  All together, they are delicious.  I really really like these cookies.  The cookie is very soft and cakey with a perfectly minty frosting and a creamy ganache.  

Here are some other great ideas for Valentine's Dessert:

Red Velvet Bars      

Whoopie Pies with Mint Filling and Choc. Ganache
adapted from: Climbing Grier Mountain

2 c. flour
5 Tbl. cocoa
1 1/8 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening or softened butter
1 c. sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 Tbl. vanilla extract
1 c. milk

Mint Filling:
3/4 c. shortening or softened butter
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4-5 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. vanilla coffee creamer or milk
a few drops red food coloring

Chocolate Ganache
3 Tbl. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. milk chocolate chips

For the Cookies:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.  Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, sugar, eggs yolks and vanilla until well blended.  Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating until blended.  Drop dough, by tablespoons, onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake until cookies are slightly puffed and spread, but are still soft, 8-10 minutes (mine took 10 min.).  Cool in baking sheet 10 minutes.  Carefully transfer cookies to rack and cool completely.  

For the Mint Filling:  Using an electric mixer, beat shortening, peppermint extract and vanilla extract until blended.  Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time.  If it gets too thick, add vanilla creamer or milk to reach desired consistency and is light and fluffy.  Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.

For the Chocolate Ganache:  Bring cream to a simmer in small saucepan.  Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips; whisk until smooth.  Cool until lukewarm, but spreadable, about 15 minutes.  

To Assemble the Cookies:  Spread 1 tsp. of ganache onto one side (flat side) of half the cookies and place cookie, ganache side up, on cookie sheet.  Spread a giant spoonful of filling onto the flat side of the remaining cookies.  Place peppermint filling topped cookie atop each ganache topped cookie, pressing slightly to adhere. Yield: 15 whoopie pies (I got about 18 whoopie pies). 


  1. Jenn- Those look so yummy!!!! Whoopie pies are so addicting!! Glad I could help:)

  2. Oh my..these sound yummy. I am totally digging the mint frosting.
    I too love me the mint and chocolate combo. Want the simplest mint/chocolate recipe?? here ya go..http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/2011/02/coconut-cocoa-crisps.html

  3. This is like cheesecake brownies, adding an element to take it extremely over the top! I am a huge fan of the ganache idea- plus, you tinted the mint cream pink!

  4. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I am going to bookmark it and try it out sometime, it looks SO good :)

  5. wow - awesome... i'll have to try these!

  6. If anyone is looking for a shortcut to fill their homemade whoopie pie needs... http://www.bigbossbaking.com/c-4-whoopie-pies.aspx

  7. I have never made whoopie pies, but this looks like the recipe to try...I'm going to have to do a little baking!