This is basically a duplicate recipe, just with a different filling. I made these whoopie pies last year with the standard marshmallow filling, but then recently made them for a chocolate lover’s Birthday with ganache in the middle. In my book, ganache is always a good idea – I could sit and eat it with a spoon. Plus it sounds so fancy but is SO easy to make! You can imagine that sandwiching the rich smooth filling with these soft delicious pies is a chocoholic’s dream! Plus I added some fun sprinkles for a little color and pizazz!
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Ganache
For the whoopie pies:
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
4 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
For the ganache:
3/4 cup heavy cream
6 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (or chocolate chips)
Yield: Around 24 whoopie pies & about 1 1/4 cups ganache
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or another nonstick sheet.
In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, beat butter, shortening, and sugar with a mixer on low until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes.
Add egg and vanilla and beat for two more minutes. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk and beat on low until incorporated. Repeat with remaining flour and milk and beat until combined.
Using a Tablespoon or small cookie scoop, drop batter on baking sheet two inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes each or until pies spring back when pressed gently. Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.
To make the ganache, in a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat, swirling the pan a few times, until bubbles start to form around the edge of the pan but the cream is not yet boiling, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate, and let sit for 30 seconds. Slowly whisk the mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Let it cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, spread or pipe the ganache onto the flat side of one pie. Find a matching sized pie and sandwich them together. Decorate with sprinkles or any other things if you want. Enjoy!