Sunday, February 13, 2011

Decadent Double-Stuffed Strawberry and Chocolate “Makin’ Whoopie” Pies in Strawberry Pools

Happy Valentine's Day!  I entered a recipe contest last week and even though I didn't win, they're sending me a strawberry tea kettle for being a runner-up.

Now I have no excuse not to start drinking tea. 

The contest was sponsored by California Strawberries and the theme was romantic strawberry recipes.  Take a look at the other recipes on their site.  There are some real beauties. 

So...drum roll please... here are my "Makin' Whoopie" pies. ;o)

Decadent Double-Stuffed Strawberry and Chocolate “Makin’ Whoopie” Pies in Strawberry Pools

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup chilled heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
Strawberry Sauce:
3 cups chopped strawberries
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella)
Powdered sugar for dusting
Sliced strawberries for garnish, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two large baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy.  

Combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and flour in a large bowl.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating on medium speed until combined, stopping to scrape down the sides several times.

Drop the dough by a 1/4 cup measure ice cream or cookie scoop onto the baking sheets spacing about 3 inches apart.  

Bake for 15 minutes, until they're set and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, and cool on the pans

Meanwhile, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla on high speed in a medium bowl until firm peaks form; set aside.  In another bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese and marshmallow cream until smooth.  Fold in the whipped cream, then 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries.  Refrigerate until needed. 

To make the sauce, place 3 cups of chopped strawberries, 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, and the lemon juice in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium heat just until sugar is dissolved and juices are released, 2-3 minutes, stirring often.  Pour the mixture into a blender and process until smooth.  Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer discarding seeds and pulp.  Keep sauce refrigerated until needed.

Spread the flat side of all the cakes with a thin layer of chocolate hazelnut topping (about 1 tablespoon). Place a large dollop of filling on half of the cakes, then top with the other half of the cakes, flat side in, pressing down slightly.

If desired, cut a heart shape out of a piece of paper and place on the top of each cake, centering the heart in the middle.  Dust with a little powdered sugar to create a heart shape decoration.

To serve, spoon some of the strawberry sauce onto a plate creating a pool, then place a filled whoopie pie in the center.  Garnish with sliced strawberries, if desired, and serve with a fork.  8 whoopie pies.

*Heating the chocolate-hazelnut spread in the microwave for just 10-15 seconds, then stirring until smooth, makes it easier to spread on the cakes.

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  1. I think you should have won. I'm drooling! I want to make these really badly. I have everything to make them but the strawberries. Haha.

  2. The new blog looks great! And so do the Whoopie Pies! Love, Mom

  3. You were robbed, you totally should have won! Love the new blog and every.single.recipe you posted..I'm going to go drool over the rest of it now!

  4. @Emily

    I think these would be good with rasberries, Emily.

  5. Mmmm .... I love the combination of strawberries and chocolate. They look delicious and I love the name. The tea kettle is well deserved!

  6. @Tracy

    Thanks, Tracy! The tea kettle was quite cute--shaped just like a strawberry. :)