Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Tuesday, 30th November 2010

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream, one bite and you’ll think you’re in Whoopie Pie heaven!  I didn’t even know what these little bundles of goodness were until I spotted Marly’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Cookies.  Even then I still couldn’t comprehend how absolutely addictive these little jewels would be!

A photo of a stack of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

Legend has it that the Amish woman in Lancaster, Pennsylvania invented these little gems.  According to the legend, they got so excited when they baked these little parcels of indulgence that they yelled out “Whoopee!”

For those of you who have yet to satisfy your sweet cravings with one of these decadent goodies, a Whoopie Pie is made up of two round pieces of cake hugging a layer of sweet, whipped frosting.

A photo of a tray of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling.

It’s time to gently move over (I say gently because I could never give up one of my favourite treats) the Cupcake and give Whoopie Pies a try!  I am looking forward to experimenting with an array of flavour combinations.  Nicole went all out with her Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling (can’t wait to try these and I don’t even like pumpkin).

A photo of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue filling arranged on a wooden tray.

When I spotted this recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream in the November issue of Food and Travel I knew it was about time that I crossed it off my to bake list.  I can’t believe it took me this long!

This recipe comes from the nationally acclaimed bakery, Baked in Brooklyn, New York.  Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito opened the bakery in 2005 and they specialize in reinventing homey favourites with modern, playful twists.

A photo of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

I intend on visiting the bakery next time I am in New York.  I am looking forward to sampling their mouth-watering sweets, especially their brownies (apparently Oprah loved them!) and also their sweet and salty caramel cake (Martha’s favourite).  I also plan to add their cookbook, Baked Explorations, to my never-ending bookshelf.

A photo of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream arranged on a pink plate.

Add these Chocolate Whoopie Pies to your next Christmas cookie plate and watch how they immediately become the showstopper.  The coffee and espresso intensifies the exquisite chocolate flavour and the Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream feels like velvet on your tongue.

A photo of 3 Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pink Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream filling placed in a row on a white rectangular plate.

I dare you to eat just one, believe me, it can’t be done!

 A photo of Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream Cookies arranged in a single layer on a white cake stand.

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Comments (31)

31 Responses to “Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream”

  1. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    love the color of your filling!

  2. Evan Thomas Says:

    Yum! These look amazing. My aunt’s mother-in-law always made whoopie pies for us at the holidays and I have yet to get that recipe from her.

  3. Maria Says:

    These are so pretty!

  4. Marly Says:

    Grace – You may be a late-comer to the concept of whoopie pies, but you definitely take the cake on it! These are SO beautiful. I wish I could come over and have one with you right now!

  5. Annie Says:

    I love the story about how whoopie pies were invented. So funny!

    I discovered swiss meringue buttercream, or silk meringue over the summer and fell in love with it. It has a wonderful silky and light texture that holds up great in super hot weather. Great choice for a whoopie pie.

  6. briarrose Says:

    Lovely. I adore the pink filling. There is no way I could pass up one of these cookies.

  7. Grace Says:

    Evan you must try these but take the warning, you’ll definitely be eating more than one.

  8. penny aka jeroxie Says:

    I have not made a whoopie pie before. Looks awesome!

  9. Joy Says:

    Those are just lovely.

  10. Lindsey at Burn Me Not Says:

    These whoopie pies are beautiful! I made my first whoopie pie a couple months ago and immediately fell in love. Nicely done!

  11. Jeanette Says:

    These are absolutely beautiful, love the pink!

  12. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels Says:

    Oh my word, those are seriously calling my name! Not only do they look incredibly delicious but your whoopie pies are stunning, just gorgeous. I LOVE LOVE LOVE swiss meringue buttercream so you know I’d be all over these chocolate whoopie pies. Mmmm I want to eat them all!

  13. eatgreek.net Says:

    these cookies look fantastic! excellent work!!!! :D

  14. Lizzy Says:

    I love the look of your piped filling!!! Perfection!!!

  15. SMITH BITES Says:

    lawd have mercy Grace! these look divine!!!

  16. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Oh my Grace…these are pretty!!! I also love the whoopie pie story…great to read it again:)
    Congrats on Top 9 !!

  17. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lora, I love the story too, so cute.

  18. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    I love whoopie pies! And the pink frosting is so cute :) Happy Top 9!

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  20. Boulder Locavore Says:

    These are so delicious looking! What a great flavor combination. Something about pink in a dessert that is always happy-making I think! I have seen so many great whoopie pie recipes I think I need to jump on the bandwagon and start making some. Think I’ll start here! Thank you.

  21. Yin Says:

    Look at those pies, so sweet! It will be a sure hit among girls parties!

  22. Carol Ford Says:

    These whoopie pies do look delicious- I live in Maine and make whoopie pies also – in fact we (my business partner in our company, Cranberry Island Kitchen) were on Throwdown with Bobby Flay last night and we made our really scrumptious pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese filling -we use my business partner’s 75 year old family recipe.

  23. Grace Says:

    Thanks Carol & Congrats. I live in Canada and we get the show but not until much later. Hopefully I can catch it when it finally airs here.

  24. Couscous & Consciousness Says:

    Wow, these look gorgeous – I have never tried a whoopie pie – clearly that is something I need to rectify – these are definitely on my “must try” list.
    Sue :-)

  25. nena Says:

    the color of dark chocolate with pink meringue is something wonderful.

  26. Barbara Johnson Says:

    I know this will sound nasty, but it is a personal pet peeve of mine. Yes, these DO look delicious…but…when I read a comment section I usually want to know how they turned out, from those who have actually tried to make the recipe. Are they good, do they need an adjustment and if so what has been done to improve them…not “Oh, they look so good”.
    Could we have comments from those who really made these, and not just the lookey-loos??

  27. Couscous & Consciousness Says:

    Hi Gracie – thanks for your message on FoodBuzz. Sorry for the delay in responding – anyway I’ve now changed the link and hope it is all working ok now. I haven’t joined in with Magazine Monday for ages either – thanks for the reminder :-)
    Sue xo

  28. Grace Says:

    Thanks Sue, sounds like we both need to jump back in to Magazine Mondays, I hope to real soon.

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  30. Lisa Says:

    I made these last night and I have to say!!!! Not so tasty they look a lot better then they taste :(

  31. Grace Says:

    Hi Lisa I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy them, they disappeared quickly on this end. I will have to revisit the recipe and see how I can improve. If you don’t mind me asking what do you think was missing, not enough chocolate, too much chocolate? Were you happy with the filling? Would appreciate your feedback – thank you for your opinion.

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