A well-known Lancaster County treat, whoopie pies are sure to bring a smile on the faces of all those who eat them. Try making your own today with our updated version made with Golden Barrel coconut oil!
When I moved to Lancaster County from South Jersey many years ago, one of the first treats I remember trying were whoopie pies. Seemed like these chocolate cake sandwiches were everywhere–from supermarkets to family functions, you could always count on whoopie pies to make an appearance. But as a native Philly suburb, Tastycake-lovin’ girl, I wasn’t a fan of these “pies” that all Lancaster Countians raved about. They were too sweet (shocker, I know) and I didn’t like the cream filling. The problem was–they were all made with shortening. Bleh.
So I just dismissed whoopie pies altogether. No big deal. There were plenty of other sweets in which to partake. 😉 It remained that way until several years ago when we started attending a different church. There’s a lady in our church who is known for her whoopie pies. So I had to see what all the fuss was about. And dang, when I tried Tina’s whoopie pies, hope was restored. See, Tina’s whoopie pies were made with butter. BUTTER! The filling in these pies is amazing. Smooth, creamy, BUTTERY…there’s nothing “fake-tasting” about them. They’re pure genius. This recipe I present to you today is Tina’s, but it’s been modified a bit. Well…just with one ingredient: coconut oil. Traditionally there’s shortening in the cake part of all whoopie pies (as well as the filling). Since coconut oil has much the same consistency as shortening, I swapped out that nasty fake stuff (shortening) for some good ol’ coconut oil. My mantra: when in doubt, coconut oil. It’s always the right answer. 😉
I creamed my coconut oil with the sugar, much the same as you would cream butter. Just be sure that your coconut oil is in a soft-solid state, meaning you can easily scoop it out but it’s not in liquid form. (Just stick the container in the fridge a few minutes to harden it up a bit if it’s liquid.)
So now whoopie pies are back in the baking rotation at the Hertzler house. You can make these guys smaller too, if you don’t want them this big. Small ones are cute and you don’t feel so guilty wolfing them down. 🙂
So, if you’re like me and aren’t a fan of traditional whoopie pies, TRY THESE. Or maybe you’re a Lanc. Co. native who swears by your grandmother’s recipe, again, TRY THESE. I think you’ll like ’em. Because, I mean really…who doesn’t like the taste of butter??
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.