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7.20.2012

Zucchini Whoopie Pies



Do you ever set out to make something and find that half way through the recipe you go to grab the next ingredient only to find you are out?

If that ingredient was something that could make or break the recipe such as butter, milk, flour, sugar. Your done. Finished. Over.   Toss that batch right in the trash.

It happens to me too often. I'm sure you have all gathered that I am a hot mess in the kitchen. Total craziness erupts several times a week in here.

Sometimes... (most times) I am missing something small something that can be subbed. Which is good for me and good for you because you get a new twist on a classic posted here on the blog.

Yesterday I set out to make a cookie that I grew up eating in the summers and early fall. I had a teacher Mrs. Messier (for those of you from HCS you'll remember...) Mrs. Messier was also a friend of my parents and babysat my brother and I after school.

I remember feeling so special that I got to stay after school after all the other kids piled onto their buses while my brother and I played on the playground. Mrs. Messier would then pile us into her old Volvo and bring us down the road to her house.

She would set us up in her in living room to watch "Goof Troop" and give us zucchini chocolate chip cookies. It's been about 20 years since I've had one of those cookies but I can still taste them! They were filled with a hint of nutmeg, a  little lemon, cakey much like a pumpkin cookie and loaded up with chocolate chips.

Yesterday I was hell bent on having one of those cookies. Yeah well... no chocolate chips threw a wrench in that plan! I had the base cookie done. So I knew they would be good just as is.

When they came out of the oven I was super bummed. Just a bit plain without the chocolate. I was also in the middle of making a special cake for my husband (post on Sunday!) I was up to my eyeballs in Lemon Buttercream.

Duh Carrie fill those babies up with frosting and you have a whoopie pie. Mrs. Messier's cookies can wait for another day!

My husband loooooooves zucchini cake with lemon frosting. So I knew this would be popular. The kids are weirdos and don't like frosting on things? But yet they will sit down and lick the mixing bowl clean when I'm whipping up a batch. Go figure they didn't like the whoopie pies but wanted me to save them some un filled cookies. They loved them as is. So I guess chocolate chips were not make or break.



Zucchini Whoopie Pies


Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup of shredded zucchini (skin on seeds removed)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.


In the bowl of your electric mixer cream butter and sugars together. Add in egg, lemon zest, and vanilla. After it is combined mix in flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Fold in zucchini

Drop heaving 1 tbs mounds onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes. remove and allow to cool completely before filling with frosting.

(Recipe yields 1 1/2 - 2 dozen cookies)

For the Frosting:

1/2 cup room temp butter
2-3 cups of powder sugar
1 tsp heavy cream
1 tbs lemon zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

With an electric mixer cream butter with sugar. Add in sugar 1/2 cup at a time.  If it is too thick add in heavy cream to thin it out a tad.

Mix in lemon zest, vanilla and salt. Whip oh med/high until it is light and fluffy.

Pipe into cooled cookies.




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51 comments:

  1. Goof Troop! haha I haven't thought about that in ages! Remember Disney Afternoon? Anyways...these whoopie pies look amazing!

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    1. Yes! I rented the Goof Troop movie for my kids.... they didn't like it!

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  2. Seriously? How you don't weigh more is beyond me - I could NOT have these around my house. They look so, so good. I vote for Carrie's bakeshop! Open one down here, ok???

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    1. Jessica someday! When the kids are all in school and I have the time. Next summer I will be at the farmers markets... Dover might be one of them!

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  3. I love these! I will have to make them - and soon!

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  4. I have a ton of zucchini from our garden so I definitely need to try these! Love that you made these in to whoppie pies!

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    1. It's a great way to use up that crop! I'm always looking for new ways to use ours.

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  5. Gorgeous Carrie! I am totally going to buy zucchinis tonight.

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  6. Zucchini cookies and breads are some of my very favorites!!! You go girl with the fun twist on the classic:-) You will rock out that farmers market next year!!!

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  7. I JUST took pictures of a super similar recipe that I love and have been making for years! Great minds think alike, you beat me to posting though :)

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    1. LOL did you??!! Well we are just two smarties making zucchini treats!

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  8. Love this! Any time I can add zucchini (or anything healthy) into a sweet is just a big bonus in my book. can't wait to give these a try!

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    1. It's such a great way to be sneaky... you think it's a treat but your getting some healthy in there as well! Thanks for stopping by Joan!

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  9. Yum! Can't wait to try these!

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  10. Yum! Can't wait to try these!

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  11. Sounds all too familiar to me :) Love your cookies, Carrie! Frosted or not - YUM!

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  12. Carrie this is just gorgeous!!!!! Cannot wait to try.

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  13. Carrie, these are awesome! I can't wait to start on the zucchini bandwagon. I could eat zucchini desserts all summer long!

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    1. Thanks! Me too! I look forward to zucchini desserts all year!

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  14. This is a great way to use zucchini and the lemon buttercream sounds amazing!

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  15. Man, I need to jump on this whoopie pie bandwagon you and Ellen have got going on! The combination sounds GREAT!

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  16. That story sounds too familiar to me...hehehe...it happens too often in my kitchen as well. :) This recipe is a great use of Zucchini! can't wait to try it.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is a mess in the kitchen at times!

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  17. These are so fun, Carrie, I love whoopie pies. And this is a great way to use up all the fresh zucchini around!

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  18. Great idea for zucchini to make these cookies then making into whoopie pies yum! Pinned these beauties :)

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  19. Running out of stuff mid-recipe is THE WORST. And since I'm so scattered brained, it happens all the time! I love this twist on whoopie pies. Zucchini cake is underrated.

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    1. Scattered brained is a the perfect description for myself!

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  20. My grandma used to make zucchini cookies. Everyone else in the family thought I was nuts because I loved them. I'm all about the whoopie pie version.

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    1. It's such an old fashioned cookie. My husband thought I was nuts the first time I made zucchini bread! Now he loves it all.

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  21. These sound great! And look so pretty!

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  22. No frosting on treats??? Say What??? That is bizarre for sure, LOL! I love this flavor combo, but I adore zucchini bread too:-) YUM! Hugs, Terra

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    1. My kids are little weirdos what can I say....

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  23. Yummy! I want to make these for a bake sale. Do you suggest that they are kept in a cooler while selling? Or will they be ok at room temperature? I am going to make them the day before so is it ok to assemble then and leave at room temp until the day of the sale? I have never made Whoopie pies before...can you tell :) also, it says zucchini with skin on seeds removed. Did you mean skin & seeds removed? Thank you!!! I can't wait to make!

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    1. Hi Brianne!

      Here's the scoop...
      They will be fine at the bake sale at room temp. But to keep them as fresh as possible store before hand in the fridge. I actually prefer filling them ahead of time because the layers become one. They kinda meld together better. Go ahead and do them the day before!

      As for your zucchini ( I will add more detail in my post!) IF you are using a larger one you will want to halve it length wise and scrape the seeds out with a spoon before shredding (think of it as cleaning a pumpkin) Leave the skin on. IF you are using a small zucchini (1 small equals about 1 cup shredded) you don't need to remove the seeds just go ahead and shred!

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    2. Thank you! You are very quick to reply :) I will let you know how it goes!

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  24. What a clever whoopie pie! I love how they look.

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  25. Oh my gosh...Goof Troop! Thats a flash back! These cookies look amazing. I haven't tried making whoopie pies yet, but now I do!

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  26. how did you keep your cookies so puffy? I just made these and all my cookies are flat as a pancake.

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