For last year's Super Bowl, I may have gone slightly overboard by making a dish for each team (see Denver's Double Cheddar Beer Bread and Seattle's White Mocha Caramel Frappuccino Cupcakes), so this year I decided to consolidate my baking into one mega-cookie encompassing both teams with the New England staple whoopie pie featuring a coffee cream cheese filling in honor of the land of Starbucks.
Coffee Whoopie Pies
Adapted from this post, Mrs. Fields, and Food Network
Time: 60 minutes (plus cooling)
Servings: 6 giant whoopie pies
|Properly mixed batter|
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground espresso
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup salted butter, softened
3 large eggs, room temp
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
|Sugar and butter made better with caffeine!|
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
2 cups powdered sugar
3-5 tbsp freshly brewed espresso (I used Cafe Bustelo)
- Preheat the oven to 300 F.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, ground espresso, and cocoa powder together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugars together in a stand mixer until they form a grainy paste.
- Mix in the vanilla and one egg at a time until fully incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture in several batches. Be careful not to overmix.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop ~ an ice cream scoop's worth of batter onto a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking sheet. This is key to get the right cookie height and texture.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating once halfway through. When the edges start to firm up, they are done.
- Let cool on the baking sheets for an additional 3 minutes. Then transfer to wire racks to finish.
- Make the filling by creaming the butter, salt and cream cheese together until smooth using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Make sure the cream cheese and butter are near room temp or you'll get nasty lumps.
- Mix in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. 2 cups gives a good level of sweetness that isn't overwhelming, but feel free to adjust.
- Add in the brewed espresso 1 tbsp at a time until you reach the desired level of amazing coffee flavor.
- Once the cookies have cooled, assemble the whoopie pies by scooping frosting in between two giant cookies.
- Let cool in the fridge until ready to serve (at least 1 hour).
|They already look so perfect and they're not even sandwiched around frosting yet!|
|This juggernaut of a cookie sandwich casts a large shadow over all other baked goods|
The Radioactive Cherry Almond Cookie Option
Additional Ingredients (cookie only)
Maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half
Switch in dark chocolate cocoa powder
|This cookie previously appeared in the toxic waste scene at the end of Robocop.|
- Go to the store hoping to get fresh cherries for some amazing cookies. Realize it's winter, and there are no fresh cherries available, so settle for super sweet, bright red maraschino cherries.
- Follow the above recipe for making the cookies but substitute in the dark chocolate cocoa powder, and stir in the cherries and almonds at the end.
- Be amazed that something that looks like a melting alien can taste so good!
|Success! One of them looked normal and edible!|