Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

My mom – Nana Shirley – shares another yummy cookie recipe with us today – and it’s no surprise that it involves her favorite peanut butter and chocolate!

chocolate peanut putter whoopie pies

It’s a tradition that I travel to our daughter’s and help “babysit” with grandchildren while their parent’s attend the Home School conference for 2 days.

The responsibilities related to the “babysit” part has changed as the children are growing older, but they still like to eat!

My hubby does not share my love of peanut butter, so this was an ideal opportunity to bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies from my “stash” of wanting-to-bake recipes!

I had no marshmallow creme jar in my pantry, but I found a great substitution!  Melting 16 oz marshmallows in 3 – 1/2 Tablespoons white corn syrup in a double boiler equals 1 jar of marshmallow creme! I used the microwave, but stopped & stirred each minute.

The cookies are cake-like. Do put them 2 inches apart to keep the desired shape. The filling could use more peanut butter for taste. Be prepared for some filling strings as you spread it!

This recipe was “Grandkid Taste Tested” – and it passed!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Makes 30 sandwiches

Cookies:

1 12-oz pkg. miniature semisweet chocolate pieces ( I used regular size, except for sprinkling on top)
2 Tbsp. milk
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 – 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp.baking soda
1 tsp.baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

1 cup softened butter
1 cup marshmallow creme
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside 1/4 cup miniature chocolate pieces to sprinkle on cookies.

In microwave-safe bowl combine 1 cup of the chocolate pieces and 2 Tbs. milk. Melt. Set aside.
In bowl beat butter & peanut butter with mixer until combined.

Add sugar, soda, baking powder & salt. Beat. Add eggs, milk, vanilla & melted chocolate. Beat. Add cocoa & flour. Beat. Stir in remaining chocolate pieces.

Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with reserved miniature chocolate bits.
Bake 9 minutes or until tops are set. Cool on sheets 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

To assemble, spread flat sides of half the cookies with filling. Top with remaining cookies.

Filling: In bowl beat softened butter, creamy peanut butter, marshmallow creme &  powdered sugar with mixer until combined. If needed beat in the milk until spreading consistency.

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