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.

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Yaneri
Yaneri
9 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

OMGoodness this looks so delicious! Love whoopee pies!

Rosa's Yummy Yums
Rosa's Yummy Yums
9 years ago

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

Cheers,

Rosa

Ashlae
Ashlae
9 years ago

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

Blog da Nô
Blog da Nô
9 years ago

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

Shannon
Shannon
9 years ago

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.

Cocoa and Quinoa
Cocoa and Quinoa
9 years ago

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

Tennjenny
Tennjenny
9 years ago

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.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
9 years ago

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

Lauren Hairston
Lauren Hairston
9 years ago

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

FlyingRoo
FlyingRoo
9 years ago

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

I'll so buy your book when published!

Tiffany @ MakesMeBlush
Tiffany @ MakesMeBlush
9 years ago

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

Sue
Sue
9 years ago

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

vanillasugarblog
vanillasugarblog
9 years ago

and we love you….

cookies and cups
cookies and cups
9 years ago

ok, you made gorgeous food with Strawberry syrup. I LOVE it 🙂

Butter Hearts Sugar
Butter Hearts Sugar
9 years ago

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

Leah
Leah
9 years ago

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

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
Lauren at Keep It Sweet
9 years ago

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

Kathleen
Kathleen
9 years ago

Heather! These look FAB-U-LOUS!

Jenn
Jenn
9 years ago

Yum – I love strawberry milk and I love whoopie pies!

linda
linda
9 years ago

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

GABRIELA DELWORTH
GABRIELA DELWORTH
9 years ago

Hello,

Congrats on your new book! Your photography is awesome!

~ Gabriela ~

Karyn
Karyn
9 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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!

Meghan
Meghan
9 years ago

Yum! I am so excited to make these!!

Rituparna
Rituparna
9 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Oh goodness, these are just the cutest!

Lili
Lili
9 years ago

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

Cool Chic Style Fashion
Cool Chic Style Fashion
9 years ago

Molto belli questi tuoi biscotti, ciao

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

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

Unknown
Unknown
9 years ago

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

Swee San @ The Sweet Spot
Swee San @ The Sweet Spot
9 years ago

I always find the cutest thing there !!

Jodi
Jodi
9 years ago

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!

Erin
Erin
9 years ago

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

sherri lynn
sherri lynn
9 years ago

These are SO pretty! definitely the pretties whoopie pies I've seen 🙂

Paula
Paula
9 years ago

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

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 🙂

colleen
colleen
9 years ago

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)

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef
Erika Beth, the Messy Chef
9 years ago

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

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy.
9 years ago

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

Mel
Mel
9 years ago

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

Clare
Clare
9 years ago

Delicious! Amazing! I love everything you do….. Though my waist may hate you right now 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Woooow they look amazing.. Definitely have to try them.. 😀

A qué huele mi cocina ...
A qué huele mi cocina ...
9 years ago

Heather, unas preciosas y deliciosas galletas!! Bss

kaceyt @ om&nom
kaceyt @ om&nom
9 years ago

i love the sprinkle swirls on top! so cute!

Helana Brigman
Helana Brigman
9 years ago

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… Read more »

Cookbook Queen
Cookbook Queen
9 years ago

Everything you make is just so magical 🙂

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

Lora
Lora
9 years ago

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

Angela Rosoff
Angela Rosoff
9 years ago

Super cute color and presentation. Lovely work!

Baking Serendipity
Baking Serendipity
9 years ago

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 🙂