Makin’ Whoopie!
Posted by Jeannie. Filed under Do It Yourself, Favors

This delightful DIY project comes from Mary Swenson:

Do you love the look of macarons, but want to avoid the complicated recipe? Try this easy alternative: mini whoopie pies!

A photo of a colorful sleeve of French macarons is on almost every bride’s wedding inspiration board, and with good reason – these treats are some of the prettiest things going. But for the DIY bride, tackling the recipe can be a bit tricky – even for more experienced bakers.

Enter the humble whoopie pie. These homey, cakey rounds have been a kid-friendly staple in the kitchens of busy moms for years now; but by making them a bit smaller and reducing the pillow of fluffy filling to a more dainty smear, their sophistication quotient goes way up, making them perfect for weddings. Whoopie pies are super easy and fast to make and bake, and with just a few drops of food coloring, the dough (and even the filling) can be tinted to whatever color your heart desires – mimicking the look of macarons without the fuss and stress.

To make about 30 mini whoopie pies, you’ll need:

1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring in your choice of color

Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed, beat egg and vegetable oil. Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until the mixture is pale yellow in color. Add food coloring to create your desired sandwich color. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup combine milk and vanilla. Add the flour and milk mixtures alternately to the egg and sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, leaving about 2 inches between drops. Bake about 5 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched with finger. Remove from baking sheets and allow to cool completely on wire racks.

To make the filling, you’ll need:

1/2 cup of butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla
Food coloring in your choice of color (optional)

In a medium bowl with a mixer set at medium speed, beat all ingredients until light and fluffy. Spread the mixture onto the inside of one cooled cake round and top with another. The finished whoopie pies look beautiful stacked and displayed as part of a dessert table, or are adorable packaged up and given out as favors. Your guests will love your twist on these traditional treats!

Images: Mary Swenson

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  • http://www.ohrkrone.blogspot.com Fee

    Love that idea :)!

  • Amie Thompson

    OOhh yummmmmmy i have never tried because it looks so hard but this makes it look really easy will be trying!!

  • http://iwantweddingchampagne.blogspot.com Sarah @ I Want Wedding Champagne!

    What a fantastic, money-saving idea! Jeannie, you are a genius!!! 😀

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    Thanks for the recipe! I love how you can coordinate them with your wedding colors!

  • Jeannie

    It’s Mary that is the genius :)! But thanks!

  • http://www.cathyswraps.com cathyswraps

    So Pretty! I too love the idea of matching wedding colors and I’m wondering if the color fades a bit after you add the flour and milk? Is it best to go a bit deeper in color initially?

  • Shannon

    this is awesome! they are adorable! :)

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  • Ines

    I am going to try this recipe on my co workers they look so cute give you all feedback when I do

  • Nadine

    These pretty cookies are perfect for an English Tea Shower too!

  • http://www.theweddinglens.com Kristen | The Wedding Lens

    How adorable! I love that you can get the delicateness of the typical macaroon colors without all the work! Could you add fruit puree to flavor the filling differently too?

  • Ines

    ok… I decided to do a trial run on these cuties and well let’s just say that…
    Batch 1 went in the garbage because I failed to read TEASPOONS not SPOON LOL
    Batch 2 was hard to get off the parchment paper ??? I went over step and then threw it out :(
    Batch 3… sigh
    Batch 4 looked like a 5 year old made them and trust me I am positive my nieces would have done a better job

    OVERALL… the recipe is not as simple as it seems and they don’t actually taste that great this is judging from the 2 straggling survivors that still lingered after I threw out the rest I bake all the time so I do have to admit this recipe tested my patience and ability of baking.


  • mary

    Hi Ines…I’m sorry that this recipe didn’t work out for you!

    Kristen: I’m sure that you could change the filling up by adding jam or jelly to it – I think that’s a great idea! It would add a lovely tint to the filling as well, which would look great.

    cathyswraps: The color actually faded a bit for me during the baking process, so you may want to do a test batch and figure out just how much food coloring will get you the color you’re looking for. Good luck! :)

  • Rinda

    Hi Mary, I am wondering about the taste, I somehow succeeded making these pretty whoopie pies, are they a little bit sticky? Thanks!:)

  • Sarah

    I made these today! They were very easy and fun. It took my one hour start to finish. I did end up adding more food coloring as we baked batches, the color does fade quite a bit. Thanks for the fun idea. I made them for my 2 year old + friends. Thanks!

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    crazy. beautiful.


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  • Steph

    Where did you find the cookie bags?

  • Nikki P

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Those are so cute!

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  • Dingo

    Sooo cute … I’m going to use my dutch donuts maker to make a batch

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  • vivian

    how early do you make them? is there a way to preserve them till it’s time to share the goodies?

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