July 8, 2011

Neapolitan Whoopie Pies

Remember my Neapolitan Cake that I LOVED?  Well these cookies are a much smaller and faster take on that cake.  I saw this idea over at this blog and I thought, what a genius idea.  I made a 1/2 batch of these whoopie pies and an amazing vanilla bean icing.  I divided the vanilla icing in half and adding some strawberry extract and red food coloring to one bowl and left the other bowl plain vanilla.  That's it - There you have it - Neapolitan Whoopie Pies!  The chocolate cookie is very chocolatey, so I think these need a lot of filling to be able to compete with the cookie.  These whoopie pies are very very yummy!      
Chocolate Cake Cookies
Cookie adapted from: Dessert First

1 1 /2 c. + 2 Tbl. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. +2 Tbl. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tbl. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. + 2 Tbl. sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 c. milk chocolate, melted and cooled 
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
1 c. buttermilk, room temperature

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.  Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.  With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 4 minutes.  Add your egg and mix until combined.  Mix in the chocolate and vanilla, making sure to combine really well.  Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk, in 3 batches, starting and ending with the flour mixture.  Make sure to let it mix thoroughly.

Heap the batter onto the baking sheets with a 1-ounce ice cream scoop.  Bake until the tops crack, 12-15 minutes or so (mine are perfect at 12 min).  Cool on a rack.  Repeat with remaining batter. Yield: 30 cookies - 15 pies.  

Vanilla Bean Buttercream
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 vanilla bean or 1 Tbl. vanilla extract 
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbl. heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Frosting
1/2 of the above vanilla bean frosting
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. strawberry extract
red food coloring

In your mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter for 20 seconds.  Add the vanilla bean seeds (I use vanilla bean paste) and beat for 15 seconds.  Add the powdered sugar and salt and beat on medium-low for one minute.  Scrape bowl.  Increase speed to medium and beat until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds.  Scrape bowl.  Add the 1 tsp. vanilla extract and whipping cream and beat for 20 seconds on medium.  Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Yield: 3 cups.  Divide frosting into two bowls.  Add strawberry extract and a few drops of red food coloring to one of the bowls and leave the other bowl plain vanilla.       

To Assemble Pies:  Spread some vanilla icing on the flat side of one cookie, then spread some strawberry icing over the vanilla icing.  Top with the flat side of another cookie.  Repeat with remaining pies.  Or another great way to fill the cookies would be to add both the vanilla icing and the strawberry icing to a piping bag and pipe onto the flat side of one cookie.  This will give you a pretty pink and white swirl of both of the fillings combined.   If you would like a more "natural strawberry" tasting frosting recipe, try my favorite recipe that I used on my Neapolitan Cake, just minus the shortening and scale the recipe back or you will have tonz!    (Printable Recipes)    


  1. Those look gorgeous! I made a neopolitan cake for my wedding, and I think it is the favorite cake I have ever made (not just because it was my wedding cake).

  2. These look so amazing. I love popping by here. Delicious pink items make me smile.

  3. Whoppie pies are my absolute favorite cookie. Yours are beautiful! I can't wait to try them. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am a new follower!

  4. Oh my gosh! Your whoppie pies are to die for! I've never made them and am adding this to my must try list. I'm new here and really like your blog so I'll be looking around now...

  5. Those are so pretty and I'm sure taste amazing!!



  6. Hi Jenn! Your Neopolitan Whoopie Pies are so cute and look yummy! I can't wait to make them for a celebration... the would look great at a little girl's pink and white party! : )

  7. I adore these! But then again I'm a sucker for any pink dessert. I'm going to try these for the girls at work.

  8. These look so heavenly and are so pretty, too! Thanks so much for stopping by and for following! It's nice to meet you!

  9. Ohh, these look so good. I bet they taste even better than they look.

  10. these look so yummy and festive!

    ps- they came w/ drawers. i just took them out and forgot to put them back for the pictures. CL is always hit and miss for me, but I think if you're patient then you can find good deals!

  11. These look gorgeous and delicious! Love Neapolitan ice cream and I can totally imagine how delicious this treat is!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.


  12. These are gorgeous! Wow - you are so clever!!

  13. These are so pretty and I'm sure they taste great too.


  14. oh...I love your blog title. too!


  15. These make me think of two things: #1. I need to start making whoopie pies. #2. I need to add strawberry extract to my shopping list. These look beautiful and delicious. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  16. Neapolitan anything makes me smile :) These look yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Love neapolitan and whoopie pies-- these look delish!

  18. Yum! As usual, these look amazing, I can only imagine what they taste like!! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Social!


    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  19. Ooooo... I'm drooling just looking at these!!! Great, now I can't stop thinking about them :D

  20. These look amazing! I just heard of whoopie pies for the first time last night on masterchef - and here they are again!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. Absolutely loving these! Please share your recipe by linking it up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Thanks!http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/muffin-monday-whole-wheat-muffins

  22. YUM!! I saw these on Lisa's Saturday for Sweets post, and they look de-lish! I love your blog and I would be honored if you would come ccheck mine out. ;)
    Happy cooking!

  23. Coming from Australia we don't have whoopie pies, would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Thanks so much for linking your scrumptious whoppie pies recipe up at Muffin Monday! Can't wait to try them! Have a great week and hope to see you again soon!

  25. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

  26. om goodness these look beautiful and im sure taste amazing!!! thanks for sharing the recipe, and for linkin up with tell me tuesday!!! LOVE IT:)

  27. Great idea! Love the look of these cookies.

  28. Love anything with 'whoopie' in the title :) Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  29. These are something else! I love the idea of layering flavors in between whoopie pies. Maybe peanut butter and chocolate frosting?

  30. These look so delicious!! Yum!
    I just wanted to let you know that I shared this at today's {nifty thrifty sunday}!

  31. Hi Jenn!
    So glad you linked up this yummy whoopie pie recipe last week at the Tuesday To Do Party. Neopalitan is my favorite! I'm behind commenting on everyone's link up because on some technical difficulties...think they're worked out now!!! Hope to see you again soon!