What I’m Making: Chocolate Whoopi Pies

The other day Gannon had an appointment with orthodics.  He’s going to be getting some braces for his ankles as they turn in a bit.  To get the place where he had to be fitted, they drove south of my house.  Gannon, who is three, is getting pretty smart about directions we drive and immediately pick up on that they were going the same direction as the Amish bakery where we often buy Whoopi Pies from.  Sadly though, they wouldn’t be passing by this day…so, Gannon melted down.

Kalissa got him calmed down by telling him that they would call me, who was home with Carver, and ask if I would make some Whoopi Pies.  I sad yes…soon we’d make them.

The next day, Gannon’s wish came true.  We made Whoopi Pies.

I have a good recipe for Banana Whoopi Pies and Pumpkin Whoopi Pies…but chocolate, I haven’t found THE recipe.  I’ve tried a few but to date hadn’t found my tried and true recipe for them.

On this day I pulled out this recipe book a blog reader had given me.  This is the same book the Banana Whoopi Pie recipe came from and we love those so I checked to see if there was a chocolate Whoopi Pie recipe.  There was.

This is the recipe I used…


While I was making the cake cookies…

These two were licking the beaters.


They come out of the oven looking like this…


I didn’t use the called for recipe for filling.  I used this.

8 oz. cream cheese softened
1 stick butter softened
3 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

After the “cookies” have cooled, I put a layer of frosting between the two like this…


I wrap them all individually in plastic wrap.   They will stay like this for several days and be perfectly fine.  We happened to be going to a family picnic so I made these the day before.  Whatever the boy didn’t eat will be going to the picnic.

I’d say the batch made just under 24.  I don’t remember how many were eaten before I snapped the picture, so that’s a close guess.


These were good…but the “cakes” are a little drier than the ones we get from the Amish south of us.  They were still VERY good.  But, I’ll likely try a different recipe the next time I make them as I’m on a hunt to find something EXACTLY like the ones we normally get at the bakery.  It’s a good thing so many of you have sent me Amish cookbooks as so many of them have recipes for Whoopi Pies.

Many thanks to the blog reader who sent this cookbook.  We had fun making these…and the Banana Whoopi Pies from this book are a favorite at our house.

You can find the link to Banana Whoopi Pies HERE.
You can find the link to Pumpkin Whoopi Pies HERE.

12 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Chocolate Whoopi Pies

  1. CindyD

    Lovina writes a newspaper column that you can find online at Lovinasamishkitchen.com. Not a blog, but you could bookmark it. She usually includes a recipe.

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  2. Carla

    Have you ever replaced the called for fat in a recipe with coconut oil? I have and I swear the chocolate cake I make is soooo moist! I wonder if you experimented with the fat/oil, would it make a difference?

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  3. DebMac

    The recipe is almost exactly my grandmother’s “Chocolate Sour Cream” cookies. Only major difference is her recipe doesn’t use the boiling water. We have no idea where the recipe came from; she said her mother had made them as long as she could remember and Grandma was born in 1908. These cookies have always been a favorite and are what my grandson requests for his birthday instead of cake.

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  4. Susan

    Your Whoopi pies look perfect, Jo. You are such a good grandma, your grandson’s must’ve been thrilled to help you make them!!

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  5. Glenda Fletcher

    The Whoopie pies look great. I have put in bar recipes when it calls for oil, half applesauce.
    Like 1/2 cup oil. I use 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup applesauce. Don’t know it can work for cookies. The bars
    are really moist. I have made a double batch of your Blueberry Muffin recipe with the Greek yogurt. The
    first batch didn’t last too long! They are really good and moist. Thank you for it.

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  6. Shelley

    Jo, this is the recipe I used when my kids were little. It’s from Parents Magazine, May 1987…
    1pkg devils food cake mix
    1 instant chocolate pudding mix (4-serving)
    1/2 cup softened butter
    4 eggs
    1 cup water
    Preheat 350. Beat low til moist; then 2 mins on medium. Bake on greased baking sheet about 15 mins. Cool on sheet 5 mins. Transfer to cooling rack.

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