Molasses Ginger Whoopie Pies With Ginger/Tangerine Buttercream
This is an unofficial Bake Together with Abby Dodge, it came about after an email to Abby from the great Greg Patent author of many wonderful cookbooks including one of my favorites Baking In America you should also visit his blog The Baking Wizard (aptly named) for some great baking tips and wonderful recipes. Greg was excited about Abby’s Bake Together concept and had made his variation of her delicious Whoopie Pie recipe in her newly released cookbook Mini Treats And Handheld Sweets. she let us all know that if we wanted to we could do the same and make a variation of the recipe.
Molasses Ginger Whoopie Pies With Ginger Tangerine Cream Cheese Butter Cream
Makes 24 filled whoopie pies
2 cups (9 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar +1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Abby used 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or paste)
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature minus 1 tbs
1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line three cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.
2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a medium bowl until well blended and no lumps remain. Put the butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until well blended and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended between additions. Add the vanilla with the last egg. Stop to scrape down the bowl and the beater as needed. Add half of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Stir molasses into buttermilk and add the buttermilk and mix until just blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended.
3. Using a 1-tablespoon mini scoop, shape the dough into balls and arrange about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, until a pick inserted in the center of one whoopie comes out clean, 9 to 11 minutes. Move the sheet to a cooling rack, let the whoopies sit for 10 minutes, and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
Make the filling
Assemble the whoopie pies
Turn half of the cooled whoopies over so they are flat side up. Spoon a slightly rounded 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the center of each whoopie. Top with the remaining whoopies, flat side down. Press gently on each cookie to spread the filling almost to the edge. Roll the edges of the whoopie pies in colored sprinkles, if desired. Whoopies can be served immediately, chilled for 30 minutes or refrigerated up to 2 days. They are best when served slightly chilled.