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Coconut Cream Whoopie Pies, Wholesome as Can Be!

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I’m not kidding, someone paid $325 for whoopie pies, THIS stack of whoopie pies!

Saturday night was the annual Cobb Mt. Elementary School “Garden Benefit” at the Moore Family Winery.  They raise money to pay the garden instructor (for the year!) and for supplies and improvements for the school garden.  Cobb School is driven by a dedicated team of faculty and parents, making it among the highest rated schools in the state. The garden is a magical, culinary wonderland where students explore and share in the farm-to-table experience.  All classes have beds for growing edibles and flowers, there are fruit trees, hedges of raspberries, asparagus, a mini-vineyard and even a cob oven for bread and pizza baking.  Visit their website for a peek at this beautiful space.

The garden is a very special place for me, and to see it flourishing makes my heart sing.  My mom wrote the original grants to build the garden in the 80’s, inspired by and working with “Project Lifelab“.  She was a master gardener, food revolutionary, and early follower of Alice Waters.  Though she never saw it happen, her dream was to nourish the community with the bounty from this garden.  We spent every weekend there as kids, developing the land, fencing, and building the greenhouse.  It was nowhere as delightful or abundant as it is today, but 25 years later, I can feel her squinty grin whenever I pass though the gates.

The Garden Benefit is a fantastic event with all-you-can-eat crab, wonderful wines, a beautiful silent auction and… a dessert auction!  Have you ever been to one?  SO MUCH FUN!  Fantastic homemade desserts are donated by parents and auctioned off for obscene amounts of cash, then passed around the room and gobbled up immediately.  I was honored to be asked to make these whoopie pies last year, and then again this year.  I was absolutely floored when I learned they went for $325!  I know, CRAZY!!!  They raised over $10, 000 that night.  Well done, all you volunteers and organizers (I’m looking at you, Gabby Moore!).  My kids aren’t even at school yet, and this still excites me.

Here is the recipe for my very special Chocolate Coconut Cream Whoopie Pies.  It is based on one that I found on epicourious, but I’ve tweaked it over the years.  Purists would argue this isn’t a true whoopee pie because it doesn’t have marshmallow fluff, and I’m OK with that!  Mine could actually be considered healthy whoopie pies because of the wholesome ingredients.  I’ve found these are best eaten immediately or frozen, because the cake tends to get stale after a day or so.  Use my recipe for the coconut butter-cream filling, it is divine!

Chocolate Coconut Whoopie Pies
Recipe type: Dessert
The coconut sugar gives it a darker, richer flavor, but takes a while to cream with the butter. It is OK to still have some small granules. I like to make my whoopee pies in both a "hand" size, and in a mini version. The larger size is about 2 Tbs piped (or spooned) to the size of a silver dollar. The mini's are about 1 Tbs, about the size of a quarter.
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs ground flax seed (optional)
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (could use granulated sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbs strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Coconut buttercream frosting
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Start creaming the butter and sugar first (if you can), until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes on "high" with an electric mixer.
  3. Whisk together flour, flax, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  4. Measure milk and add coffee and vanilla.
  5. Add egg to creamed butter mixture.
  6. Add milk and flour mixtures, alternating, beginning and ending with the milk.
  7. Pipe or spoon batter into either 1Tbs or 2Tbs mounds, spacing 2 inches apart.
  8. Whack the pan to flatten the mounds a bit.
  9. Bake the 1Tbs mounds for 5-7 minutes and the 2Tbs mounds for 7-9 minutes.
  10. They are done when they are "springy" to the touch.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.
  12. Stuff with a generous mound of the coconut butter-cream, and roll through the toasted coconut.

Pipping Whoopie Pies

 Piping with an open tip helps keep the cakes constantly shaped, then bang the pan on the counter to flatten them out.

Assemble Whoopie Pies

So decadent!  Pile on a load of frosting and smash the two cakes together until the cream comes out to the edges, then roll through the toasted coconut.

Whoopie Pies sq

A great big “Thanks!” to everyone who is dedicated to the Cobb School Garden and garden-based learning!

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