Whoopie Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cream

whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter marshmallow cream

Each year, come March, I ask our oldest daughter what she’d like for a birthday treat. Never once has she requested any kind of a traditional birthday cake. In recent years, we’ve done Fudgy Mini Brownie Fruit Pies with Almond Cream Cheese, Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, brownie towers, and make-your-own ice cream sundaes. I love the variety and fun that Hatti’s ideas bring to our table of celebrating.

Hatti has been wanting to make whoopie pies for a number of years now, and I have no idea why it took so long to finally make some in our own kitchen. These Whoopie Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cream, Hatti’s 2013 birthday treat of choice, are some kind of milk guzzlin’ fun!

The chocolate cakes are soft and tender, and not particularly sweet. They make the perfect means to deliver that fabulous sweet and marshmallowy peanut butter filling to your mouth. We even made our own homemade marshmallow cream for the filling…these whoopie pies were so much fun!!

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Hatti B&W 2

It seems like only yesterday that Hatti fit into the palm of her daddy’s hand…

Hatti B&W 1

…those sweet dark eyes, all Daddy, gazing back at us.

Hatti BB

We love you, girl.
Oh, how we love you.
Happy Birthday!

whoopie pies with fluffy peanut butter marshmallow cream

Whoopie Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cream

Yield: 10 whoopie pies

Ingredients

    for the chocolate cakes:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • for the fluffy peanut butter marshmallow cream:
  • 1 c. marshmallow cream (homemade or store bought)
  • 3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 T. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preparation

*Note: These whoopie pies are a bit smaller than traditional whoopie pies. I just can't eat those gigantic things, and so much ends up getting wasted. If you want larger pies, you will need to adjust the size and add some baking time.

for the chocolate cakes:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or butter the baking sheets. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt until combined.

In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk and vanilla.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, on medium-high speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. If using a handheld mixer, beat for a couple extra minutes. Then add egg and beat until well combined. Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk mixture in batches, beginning and ending with flour, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, and mixing until smooth.

On your prepared baking sheets, spoon mounds of batter (equalling a generous 2 tablespoons each - this will give you a nice large pie that isn't overly huge), leaving close to 2 inches between mounds. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when touched, about 11 minutes. Remove from oven and let cakes cool on baking sheet for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring with a thin spatula to a rack to cool completely.

for the fluffy peanut butter marshmallow cream:

In a medium bowl, with a mixer at low speed, combine marshmallow cream, peanut butter, butter, and salt until well blended. On low speed, beat in powdered sugar, alternately with cream, until smooth and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.

to assemble the whoopie pies:

Place a tablespoon of peanut butter marshmallow cream onto the center of one of the flat sides of a cake, and then spread the cream almost out the edge. Top with another flat side of cake and press very gently, spreading the frosting out just a bit more to the edge. Repeat with remaining cakes.

Source

Chocolate cakes portion adapted slightly from Gourmet. Fluffy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cream from a farmgirl's dabbles.

Stay tuned! Later this week I’ll share the easy and delicious recipe we used to make homemade marshmallow cream!

homemade marshmallow cream

   

42 Responses to “Whoopie Pies with Fluffy Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cream”

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Happy birthday, Hatti! What a great way to celebrate. I love these, Brenda!

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    Marly — March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

    They grow up way too fast! I hope Hatti enjoys her day and these whoopie pies!

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    Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — March 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Beautiful photos and those pies look so tasty!

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hello, gorgeous little peanut butter treats. What a lucky daughter you have! Happy Birthday to her!

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    Brianna — March 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The little candle make these so cute! What a perfect little birthday treat for a little lady. and Uh….yum! I’m looking forward to that homemade marshmallow cream! Happy Spring!

    • Brenda replied on March 20th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Brianna – happy spring to you, too! :)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — March 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    How cool. I never even thought about making homemade whoopie pies. You can bet they’re on my to-do list now! And Happy Birthday to your beautiful Hatti!

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    Paula — March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Hattie! I wish you a wonder-filled year.

    P.S. The whoopie pies look delicious. I’ve had many, many more birthdays than I’d care to count but I still have not eaten a whoopie pie. Must work on changing that :)

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — March 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    What a sweetheart. Happy Birthday!! I wish I had one of these whoopie pies right now.

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    Donna — March 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    What a precious baby and pretty daughter you have Brenda! I know she enjoyed her special day with a mama like you to make her something special she chose. Hatti is a lucky gal to have you as one of her parents! :-)

    Your Whoopie Pies looked awesome and I will be watching for your homemade marshmallow cream recipe.

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — March 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Ooooh, what a fabulous birthday treat! These look absolutely amazing. Whoopie pies are a perfect birthday goodie, I say! Hatti made a great choice. :)

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    Blair at The Seasoned Mom.com — March 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Brenda,

    Not only do these look delicious, but I love your photography. The polka dots, the orange ribbon, the whole thing. So great!

    • Brenda replied on March 20th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks, Blair – Hatti loves navy and orange together, and clapped her hands when I showed her the props. :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — March 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    So sweet! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! These whoopie pies look like the perfect way to celebrate!

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    Mom — March 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Happy birthday dear Hatti! It seems like only a year or two ago when those pictures were taken.
    Love your choice of a birthday treat.

    • Brenda replied on March 20th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Can you believe it? 11 years old?!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Hatti! She is a smart girl to request these whoopie pies, they look delicious.

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    Linda — March 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Happy Birthday to Hatti and my baby too! Mine turns 31 today so cherish all your years together now! ;0)

    • Brenda replied on March 20th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Happy Birthday to your house, too!!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — March 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    It’s so hard to watch them grow up so fast isn;t it? Love these whoopie pies. :)

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    JulieD — March 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Happy birthday to your oldest!! Such cute pictures!! And I want three of these whoopie pies right now!

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    Lisa | With Style and Grace — March 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I’m trying not to blink too much, I’m afraid this will be mace in no time! although, I’m excited for all the different stages. Happy (belated) birthday to your sweet girl!

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    Tieghan — March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    What a lucky little girl!! And Oh my gosh, those are the BEST whoopie pies I have ever seen!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — March 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I really could go for about a dozen of these right now, YUMMY peanut butter :)

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    JulieD — March 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Happy birthday to your oldest!! Such cute pictures!! And I want three of these whoopie pies right now! :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Love these whoopie pies, what a fun birthday treat!

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    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — March 21, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday Hatti! The whoopie pies look amazing :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 21, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Aww your girl is such a sweetie! Happy Birthday Hatti!! And these look fabulous too :)

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    Katie — March 21, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Oh wow… these look divine! Happy Birthday Hatti!

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    Becca from Cookie Jar Treats — March 21, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Happy Birthday to Hatti! The whoopie pies look so delicious! I’ve made a few sandwich cookies, but never a real whoopie pie. I must try this some time.

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    Wenderly — March 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Awwwwwwww! Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl! These whoopie pies look divine!!! You’re a good mama.

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve wanted to make whoopie pies for a long time but haven’t done it. These look like the best ones ever! Happy Birthday to your sweet girl and I have to tell you those baby photos just melted my heart.

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    Sandie@afoodieaffair.com — March 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    What a great idea! I’ve been making quite a few Whoppie pies lately, and never though of peanut butter for the filling. Great idea! Happt Birthday Hatti!

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    Sandie@afoodieaffair.com — March 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

    What a great idea! I’ve been making quite a few Whoppie pies lately, and never though of peanut butter for the filling. Great idea! Happy Birthday Hatti!

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    Tara @ Unsophisticook — March 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Oh yum! My kids never ask for a traditional birthday cake either — my oldest asked for a carrot cake for his birthday last week.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — March 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Such a great birthday treat! And such a beautiful daughter! :)

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I’m with your girl, I’d rather have these whoopie pies than a boring old cake any day. Had I dreamed as a kid that such a thing as peanut butter marshmallow creme existed, I would have asked for it for my birthday!

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    Shaina — March 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Such a sweet, sweet happy birthday to Hatti! xoxoxo

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    Alice — April 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I made these yesterday. Along with the homemade marshmallow fluff. Awesome!! I took them to bible study and they were gone before we started. Thanks for the recipe. Love your site. Beautiful photos as well. :)

    • Brenda replied on April 25th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      You made my day! Thank you SO MUCH for coming back to let me know, Alice. I’m so happy you enjoyed these. :)

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