Sweetheart Whoopie Pies

These moist and fluffy whoopie pies are easy to make and combine two well-loved flavors: chocolate and raspberry. For that reason (and the pretty pink filling), they're perfect to serve your sweetheart for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion. The cookies are cake-like and rich, and the marshmallow creme and raspberry filling is to die for!

Sweetheart Whoopie Pies
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  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons raspberry extract
  • For the filling:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (7-ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two cookie sheets. Cream sugar and shortening in an electric mixer. Add eggs and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to the sugar-egg mixture, along with the buttermilk, vanilla and raspberry extracts. Mix well.

Drop rounded tablespoons of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, until a toothpick tester comes out clean.

Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.

In the meantime, beat all the filling ingredients until light, fluffy and smooth.

Spread a rounded tablespoon of the filling onto the flat side of one cookie and sandwich it together with a second cookie.

Serve immediately and store leftovers in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator, separating layers with sheets of wax paper.

Makes 16 whoopie pies (about 3-inch diameter)

Recipe Notes:
You could easily switch to a strawberry filling, if you prefer. Just be sure you find seedless preserves or jams to retain the smooth, fluffy texture of the filling.

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This look so pretty and sound delish! Would love to sink my teeth into one of these about right now :)

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