A whoopie pie consists of two cake-like cookies sandwiching a creamy, frosting-like filling. It’s a great snack because, since it’s a bit like an inside-out cupcake, it’s very easy to eat. These snacks aren’t quite as popular as cookies or cupcakes, so they often only get a handful of pages in any given cookbook (if that). Whoopie Pies is an entire cookbook dedicated to whoopie pies alone.
The book is divided into two main categories, the cookies and the fillings. It’s designed so that you can make the suggested recipes, then mix and match to create some of your own, unique flavor combinations. Although there are quite a few recipes in the book, this actually gives it a very simple feel. The flavors here are great, too. There are cookies that include lemon, peanut butter, oatmeal and graham cracker, which is made with graham flour. There are fillings from marshmallow to tiramisu to strawberry buttercream – and I suspect that many of them could be used as frostings for regular cakes and cupcakes if you’re not up for a batch of whoopie pies.
The book is lively and fun to read, with cute illustrations and plenty of enticing photos. The cookies are very simple and the photos really inspire you to get into the kitchen and bake – and odds are good that your treats will come out looking just like these. I admit that this is mostly because whoopie pies are so easy to make (it’s nice to have a professional-looking treat come out of your kitchen with such little effort!), but the recipes are clear and easy to follow along with, as well. It’s a grat single-subject book to cook from and it is definitely fun to enjoy these comfort food treats with friends and family.