Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Whoopie Pies

French Macarons… They are a baking hurdle that I have not yet accomplished. I have tried them 3 times, and failed miserably each time. I will master them someday, but until then I will stick to Whoopie Pies.

I think of whoopie pies as the poor man’s french macaron. They taste nothing alike, but they have a similar look. The french macaron is sophisticated and classy, while the whoopie pie is sloppy and fun. Both delicious, both adorable.



Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Whoopie Pies adapted from Joy of Baking


Peppermint Filling
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1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 cup light corn syrup
peppermint candies, crushed


  1. Beat the shortening and butter until soft and creamy. With the mixer on its lowest speed, gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Increase the speed to high, and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Then, with the mixer on low speed, beat in the vanilla and peppermint extracts and slowly drizzle in the corn syrup. Continue to beat until the filling looks soft and fluffy.
  3. To Assemble:Take one cookie and spread a heaping tablespoon of the filling on the flat side of the cookie. Top with another cookie. Sprinkle crushed peppermints around the filling.
  4. The assembled cookies can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for several days. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  5. Makes about 15 sandwich cookies.