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Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies


This week I'm hoping to finally finish up my book manuscript.  It's been almost a year and 75 pounds of sugar, but I think I'm finally there.  It has taken longer than expected, but I've never wanted anything to be so perfect.  In truth, I don't think it could ever be perfect enough.

With that said, I hope you'll forgive this short post.  Even with all the details I have to hem up, I could not let this week pass without sharing a recipe that I've recently developed and have fallen head over heels for.

Strawberry milk - I love you.  

I re-wrote this recipe no less than 10 times before getting it right.  With each fail, I came closer and closer to letting my strawberry milk whoopie pie dream slip away.  But with each fail I learned something new.  Perseverance does pay off,  friends.  Batch #10 (ok, 11) produced the softest, most delicious little strawberry sandwich cakes you can find.

Make them, and be joyful.
May cause spontaneous bursts of happiness and confetti throwing.
I'm just speaking from experience.

8/17/11 Edit: The strawberry milk powder content was changed from 1 cup to 3/4 cup.  The pie shells are softer and fluffier with slightly less milk powder.

Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies               [ printable version ]



Yield: 30-40 whoopie pie shells

Make the shells:                                        
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 tbsp. white vegetable shortening
3/4 cup powdered strawberry milk mix - such as Nesquick brand.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

3. In a bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, set aside.

4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine vegetable shortening, strawberry milk powder and brown sugar.  Mix until crumbly.

5. Add the egg and egg white, to the mixture and beat well, then add the heavy cream; mix until smooth.

6. In a small condiment cup, combine milk, baking soda and vinegar. Stir well, mixture will foam.

7. Pour baking soda mixture into the batter first and then pour flour mixture in on top.  Mix on low speed until thick and combined.  Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl and mix again until well combined.

8. Transfer mixture to a piping bag or a large zip-top sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.

9.  Pipe batter into heaped 2" rounds widely spaced on the baking sheet - about 6 cakes to a pan.

10. Bake for 7-10 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake.  Cakes are done when they just start to turn golden around the edges.

Fill the shells:
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract.

1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Beat on low speed until just combined, then whip at high speed until light and fluffy.

Note: Sweetened whipped cream is also a very good filling for these pies.

Decorate the shells :
2 tbsp. milk
Confectioner's sugar
Sprinkles

1. Pour milk into a small bowl.
2. Add confectioners' sugar a tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly until thickened to piping consistency.
3. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain piping tip.  I used Wilton #4.
4. Pour sprinkles on a plate and dip decorated cake top in the sprinkles, brushing the excess away - or sprinkle nonpareils over tops of cakes, letting the excess fall in the plate.




110 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh Heather, you ALWAYS make heavenly sweet creations!!! These are sooooo pretty and look so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Love to see you make more videos of how you make them!!

    Yaneri

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  2. OMGoodness this looks so delicious! Love whoopee pies!

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  3. So cute! That is a flavor I would love to try.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. These sound so delicious. I always loved strawberry milk as a kid - and these would make the perfect summer treat!

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  5. Lindos! E feitos com Nesquick de morango devem ser tão gostosos!!!
    :o)

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  6. I love these!! I have whoopie pie madness right now and I love seeing different variations. These are just absolutely beautiful, as usual!! Great job and I can't wait to try them.

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  7. Beautiful piping and use of sprinkles! The most cheerful and colorful photos ever, I will definitely give these a try!

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  8. this looks great, but I have to comment on the decorating alone. I am going to do these spirals and zigzags with the nonpareils on the next cookie I do -- very festive and kids will love it.

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  9. These are totally awesome looking. Your pictures are, as usual, gorgeous!

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  10. These are adorable! Subscribing to your blog is so dangerous--I have to stop myself from baking enough for an army!

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  11. Exquisite as always, lovely and dainty, you really spoil us.

    I'll so buy your book when published!

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  12. I don't like whoopies pies, but I *do* think they're adorable to look at!

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  13. After all of your hard work and diligence, I would be remiss if I didn't make these:) Thanks for figuring out the recipe to the point of perfection. I've never made whoopie pies before and yours are a good place to start! I think I will even add the spiral:) So cute!
    Heather, I can't wait for your book to come out!!! XOXO Sue

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  14. ok, you made gorgeous food with Strawberry syrup. I LOVE it :)

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  15. They are the prettiest whoopies I have ever seen! Your book is going to be fantastic.

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  16. I have always wanted to try making whoopie pies. These look so cute in pink! plus i love the sprinkle swirl :)

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  17. When I was a kid I LOVED strawberry Nesquik! These are so pretty and I bet they taste wonderful.

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  18. Heather! These look FAB-U-LOUS!

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  19. Yum - I love strawberry milk and I love whoopie pies!

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  20. all is forgiven…these whoopies are so creative!
    cannot wait for your book…cannot wait!

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  21. Hello,

    Congrats on your new book! Your photography is awesome!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  22. Well, there goes my diet! These are Wonderful! So glad you kept tweaking this for all of us!

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  23. O.K., Heather...I made the mistake of opening your post in front of my son. He declared that your whoopie pies would be my next baked choice! This blogging business has my persnickety teens thumbing through food choices and lining them up for me. BTW, I see your ads for Williams-Sonoma. So Cool!! I'm rather shackled to that store!

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  24. Yum! I am so excited to make these!!

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  25. Those look delicious. When is that book expected to release. I definitely have to get myself a copy.

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  26. Oh goodness, these are just the cutest!

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  27. Whoopie pies are my weakness, so I already know your strawberry version will be irresistable! Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm! Oh Heather I cannot wait to see your book in print! Congrats on nearing completion on it. xo ~Lili

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  28. Molto belli questi tuoi biscotti, ciao

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  29. I love strawberry-flavoured anything! Especially when paired with oreos. Thank you for the recipe!

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  30. How beautiful and fun! The pictures are just fabulous! They sound quite delicious, I think my girls would love these as they are drawn to anything with sprinkles, thanks, Chris

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  31. Oh.my.gawd. Can you ship these to me :-)? They look absolutely delicious!

    I am definitely going to have to try and create these! Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  32. These are so pretty! I love how you put the spinkles on top with the swirl of frosting

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  33. These are SO pretty! definitely the pretties whoopie pies I've seen :)

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  34. Love these. You certainly know how to dress up a whoopie pie. So cute!

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  35. OMG Heather, didn't know you were working on a book?? Congratulations! Love all your creations and its always so inspiring to have a blogger friend having a book published. Of course I'll buy it and I know for sure I'll LOVE it. These whoopie pies are gorgeous, love the fun sprinkles on top :)

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  36. First off, Strawberry Milk was my all time favorite when I was a kid,I am going to go to the grocery store today to get everything to make these. this is a diet killer, I love you and hate you at the same time :O)

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  37. One of my friends LOVES strawberry milk. This would be the perfect gift for him. Thanks for perfecting it!

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  38. YUM! These look gorgeous! Love the spiral of sprinkles on the top, so fun!

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  39. Hi, I sent you an email about using one of your images. It may have bounced to your junk folder, would you mind emailing me at: mel@inthepowderroom.com, Thanks! Also, to echo everyone else, these do look amazing! Mel

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  40. Delicious! Amazing! I love everything you do..... Though my waist may hate you right now :)

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  41. Woooow they look amazing.. Definitely have to try them.. :D

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  42. Heather, unas preciosas y deliciosas galletas!! Bss

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  43. i love the sprinkle swirls on top! so cute!

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  44. I am so excited about your new book! When is it coming out? AND, what publisher are you using? I've been reading Sprinkle Bakes for about 6 months now and your blog has quickly climbed to the top of my food blogging favorites. I love that each post is so beautifully put together--like an art project--and now that I know it's 75 lbs of sugar / a manuscript, it all makes sense. I have a cookbook in the works and a food memoir, but my food stuffs aren't nearly as whimsical and playful as yours. I just love it. Can't wait to buy the book!
    -Helana

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  45. Everything you make is just so magical :)

    Can't WAIT for your cookbook!! I know it will be my favorite!!

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  46. Best Whoopie pie I've seen. Hands down. I love the swirl. I could eat the pictures.

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  47. Super cute color and presentation. Lovely work!

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  48. These look amazing! So glad you kept trying to reach batch #10. Strawberry milk reminds me of childhood and I love the look of the sprinkled swirl on each of these. Perfect! Good luck finishing your manuscript...how exciting :)

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  49. so pretty and I'm guessing so good! Good luck finishing up!! :)

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  50. These are the cutest things ever! They look so delicious and pretty at the same time. Plus I love, love, LOVE sprinkles. Thanks for the post, I plan on trying these this weekend :) I am new at this whole blogging thing but check out my blog if you are interested!

    http://closetfatchick.blogspot.com/

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  51. SO excited for your book, Heather!
    I loved strawberry milk when I was little, coffee milk, too. The pies are beautiful with the sprinkles.

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  52. I'm so trying these! Pink and swirly...and strawberry! what more could a girl want?

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  53. That looks so good. I want to have them!!! :)

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  54. Oh my goodness, these look amazing. I wouldn't mind just eating the sprinkles by themselves...

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  55. I need these in my life! No two ways about it!

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  56. Thanks for your inspiration. I made these last night as a late night Father's Day treat for my husband. They turned out pretty well! Not as pretty as yours but worthy of taking a picture anyway!

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  57. Hi.Im eli.Im from iran.I love your website.Its so beautiful and very useful.Thanks so much.I love your food image.thanks.thanks.I cant buy english cookbook in iran,because its so expensive but i can use your site for english cooking.

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  58. Has anyone made these? How do these keep? I'm thinking of making these for a weekend get away with friends. Thoughts?

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  59. Hi Chia!

    They are best fresh, but just make sure you keep them in an airtight container. The iced cakes should be fine for about 3 days.

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  60. wow when i first saw this, i fell in love with theses. today i tried making them, and they turned out amazingggggg, so fluffly and exceptionally de-lish! however, i have a quick question, how did yours come out so pink? mine became brown.
    i think it might have been that i left them in the oven a little to long, but they didnt seem overbaked when i ate them.

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  61. Hi Anna!
    Maybe they baked a little quickly in your oven. You may reduce your oven temp by 25 degrees see if that helps. The strawberry milk mix has milk powder in it, so it tends to brown easily.

    I hope this helps!

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  62. What beautiful whoopie pies! And I love that you used strawberry milk mix :)

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  63. These are stunningly beautiful!! And delicious, too, I'm sure :) Congrats on almost finishing the book :)

    Sues

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  64. Hi friend...OMG I have missed you so. Thanks for putting a BIG grin on my face with these beautiful whoopie pies. Please let me know when I can help you promote your book. I can't wait for it!!

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  65. Oh, these are the sweetest whoopie pies EVER!!!

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  66. This sounds incredible. What kind of book are you writing - a compilation of your recipes? I am a new fan to your site so am curious. Congratulations and I will be looking for it when it comes out. Best of luck. Lorraine

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  67. I know everybody must say this, but your site is absolutely beautiful and elegant and all the color coordinated posts make me want to eat my computer screen. But at the same time all this beauty sets me weary because I know when I bake this stuff it'll look like shit in comparison. So excuse me, and not to be rude, but this site is too good for me. I think I'd rather leave.

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  68. These look so delicious!! Can't wait to try them - thank you for sharing your recipe - I LOVE your SprinkeBakes Sprinkle cake, too!!

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  69. A little girls dream dessert. Yeah on finishing up on the book!

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  70. Oh my gosh, these are perfect! Not only do they sound delicious, they look so.freaking.adorable. I wonder if the recipe would work with chocolate flavor Nesquik too? Either way, fabulous idea.

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  71. I'm happy to be following you now. Your blog is gorgeous!!
    Cheers!
    Holly

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  72. Sooo cute! You know, when I started my job at the restaurant I originally wanted to do a strawberry milk cake, but it didn't turn out right so I ended up just using my trusty Chardonnay cake. But these look wonderful! Strawberry milk is the shiz.

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  73. These look beautiful!! I've always been a die hard chocolate whoopie pie person but I could be convinced to give these a go. These look fantastic.

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  74. Have you ever thought of having your own bakery?

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  75. Can't believe I *just* found your blog. It is beautiful!

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  76. These are absolutely gorgeous and look scrumptious. I love the swirls of rainbow sprinkles - genius.

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  77. We miss you already! and the cupcakes were amazing.
    Love,
    Heather ad the family

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  78. OH MY! Those look lovely! I love how you decorated them!

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  79. hey joy! i have been looking for a recipe for strawberry cupcakes made with nesquick< was wondering if i can use the cake batter to make cupcakes instead?

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  80. yuppyupp can they be tweaked to be cupcakes?? ((:

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  81. Oh my, super yummy! I got inspired and posted about it on my blog: http://blog.joyhey.com/2011/10/08/inspiration-sweet-life/ Hope you like it! Hugs, Krista

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  82. Hi

    I stumbled upon this heavenly treat while looking for a way to use the strawberry nesquick that my daughter refused to drink.....its lovely. soft and tasty. but there was one problem.....the shells were not pink:( they tased fab but the colour was brown. the only thing i did different was use butter (11tbsps) instead of veg shortening.
    could you please tell e how to get that lovely pink color next time....Nishka

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  83. The butter has milk solids in it that brown more quickly than shortening. Try the shortening next time, and you can also reduce the heat to 350 and bake a little longer. Just watch them closely so they don't over brown.

    Thanks!

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  84. I have just tried making these. After converting all the measurements to ounces and grams (I'm from the UK) I think something has gone wrong. Mine seem awful flat :(. They are also not pink, but I guess that could be due to the difference with American milkshake powder and British. Anyway, they'll be getting put in a sealed box until Boxing day when I'll be filling them with whipped cream and serving them to family that are visiting for the holidays.
    I look forward to your book being published, and I have many more recipies of yours I want to try, and I'll re-try these and see if i can figure out what went wrong. Hope you have a good Christmas!! Jennifer

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  85. All I can ever find is Nesquik strawberry milk syrup, any ideas on how I could tweak the recipe to make that work?

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  86. Hi! Can I make these the night before I need them, or should I make the shells and assemble the day of?

    thanks!

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  87. I was extremely excited to make these as a Valentine's Day treat! I followed the recipe extactly, except for adding three drops of red food coloring to ensure a nice "strawberry" color. However, the end result was non-exsistent strawberry flavor. The pies shells were soft and fluffy, but lacking in taste. I think next time around, I'd try adding strawberry extract to make them tasty.

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  88. These are adorable! Love the sprinkle swirls! I followed a trail from this sweet collection to your blog, and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

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  90. I have been dying to make these since I saw your post! I however mistakingly forgot that we dont have any eggs and i dont think we have vegetable shortening! help!

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  91. Heather, this recipe is a hit!! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great!! I did however use marshmallow fluff in addition to the butter and powdered sugar for the filling. I love your site and you continue to inspire me!

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  92. I think I love you. I think my office will really love you. Thank you for persevering on this recipe.

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  93. I made these last week for a meeting and they were a hit! All 18 were gone in less than 5 minutes, and I received tons of compliments. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    PS- I featured the recipe here: http://dimplesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2012/05/strawberry-milk-whoopie-pies.html

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  94. So going to try these! I think vanilla ice cream as the filling would be perfect for a nice hot summer night!

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  95. What purpose does the bit of vinegar serve?

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  96. I do love whoopie pies! Found this particular recipe through LHJ - September issue. Congrats! I just recently made red velvet whoopie pies, cuz, you know, you can never have enough whoopie!

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  97. Hi there - I just made these Friday for my baby's first birthday party in honor of how much she loves strawberries! They were better than I even imagined and my family said they tasted like something they would buy in a bakery. Thanks for this fun recipe!

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  98. hi

    i love ur work...sooo pretty..how long will it stay fresh once made??

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  99. Hi Heather this looks fantastic and pure joy! I am very new to baking so this is probably a question that has an obvious answer sorry.... but how are the sprinkles fixed on the pies please? I see that there is some semi-transparent paste acting like glue between the sprinkles and pies. What is it and how to make it please? Thank you.

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  100. We made these for a Valentine's Day giveaway over at our blog this week (www.cautiouslydomestic.com). They came out great, beautiful (not quite as perfect as yours) and delicious! We linked back to your recipe. Yummers!

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  101. I am going to make these next Tues 3/25 for a mtg I'm in charge of and give all the attendees an amazing treat! You are so awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations! I can't wait to get your book!

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  102. Can I substitute strawberry milk mix with banana milk mix?

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