I started making this recipe in February this year, and it’s great. I went ahead last week and outfitted them like Martha does in October 2008’s
Everyday Food (orange nonpareils in the middle), but it’s unnecessary. Just cute. I love the applesauce in the recipe. In fact, this last time, I cored and then blended up some ripe pears I had on hand instead, and it was also great. So, here’s another fun Halloween idea–it’s also great for bake sales!
Halloween Whoopie Pies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned and leveled)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Orange nonpareils or sanding sugar, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until smooth. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and applesauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until smooth (do not overmix).
- Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto two baking sheets. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cookie comes out clean, 10 to 14 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, make filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners sugar, beating until smooth.
- Spread bottom of half the cookies with 1 tablespoon filling each; sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently so filling oozes out slightly. Sprinkle exposed filling with nonpareils. Let rest 15 minutes to set.