Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Who was the originator of the Whoopie Pie?

No one is quite sure where whoopie pies originated.  At least four states, (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) lay claim to the yummy tidbit.

Some say it was invented by Amish wives, using scraps of cake batter and leftover frosting.  According to legend, the name started when Amish men and children would shout, “Whoopie!”, when these treats were found in their lunch box. 

The first known commercially produced whoopie pies were sold by Labadie’s Bakery in Lewiston, Maine, home of the Farmer’s Almanac, in 1925 (some say 1918).

Maine is also notable for officially acknowledging the third Saturday in June official “Whoopie Pie Day”.  That’s my kind of day:)!!  This day is set aside to celebrate these sweet treats, which happens to be the official state treat…yumm!!

Although it is still a mystery where whoopie pies came from, one thing is clear; you can easily make your own, no matter where you live.

I’ve made chocolate and red velvet whoopie pies in the past.  Both are equally amazing, and I promise these pumpkin whoopie pies are exquisite too!!!

Ingredients for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (makes 1 dozen)

  • 1 cup brown sugar (170 grams)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (110 grams)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (180 grams)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (210 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions for Whoopie Pies:

Heat oven to 350° Farenheit.  Line baking sheet with a silicone pad or nonstick parchment paper.

Whisk brown sugar, vegetable oil, canned pumpkin, egg, and extract in a large mixing bowl.

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In a separate bowl, stir the dry ingredients together until combined.

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Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter and mix until completely combined.

Place batter onto prepared baking sheet using a medium sized scoop (or spoon).  

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This recipe makes 24 cakes (12 whoopie pies).  I baked 12 on a baking sheet, and did this twice.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool completely before filling with cream cheese icing (see recipe below).

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup cream cheese (120 grams)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (85 grams)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (180 grams)

Directions:
Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract at medium speed. Switch to low speed and gradually mix in powdered sugar until combined, then switch to high speed and beat until light and fluffy.

Pipe filling on one of the cakes and top with another cake.  Gently press together.  These whoopie pies are soooo delicious!  They can be eaten immediately or you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I hope you make these delectable treats, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see photos of your confections!

 

 

 

 

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Cinnamon Crunch Croissant Cereal

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Earlier this summer I made pancake cereal with little teeny tiny pancakes.  Then there was the miniature oatmeal chocolate chip cereal.  Now, let me introduce you to these adorable miniscule croissants.

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Look how cute!

When I saw this recipe by @chefsteps, I knew immediately that I had to make this!  

These were made with store bought dough.  I purchased croissant dough that comes in a sheet form.

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As I read through the recipe, it called for a dehydrator to make the tasty little cereal extra crispy.  Because I don’t own dehydrator (and didn’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon), I decided to go ahead and make the adorable little croissants, and then dry them in the oven on a low heat.  It worked like a charm:).

After making mini pancake cereal, and mini cookie cereal, I was excited to add these little cuties to my répertoire!

Ingredients:

1 tube of croissant dough

Ingredients for  cinnamon sugar water:

  • 1/2 cup water (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (crushed)

Instructions for cinnamon water:

Crush the cinnamon sticks with a meat mallot, rolling pin, or the back of a small saucepan.  Place them in a saucepan with the water and sugar.  Heat just until the water boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool.  After the mixture cools, place it in a spray bottle.  This will be used to spray on the croissants after the first bake.  I recommend using a very fine sieve to remove all the cinnamon bits.  Any pieces of cinnamon will clog the spray bottle.  

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Ingredients for egg wash:

  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (22 grams)

Whisk together the egg, egg yolk, salt and water.  Strain this to make it smoothe.  This will make the egg wash. This will be gently brushed on the croissants before the first bake.  Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Line baking pan(s) with parchment paper.  I used two because I couldn’t get them all on one:).

Open dough and lay flat on lightly floured work surface.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut strips that are 2 1/4″ long x 1″ wide.  Cut each rectangle into two triangles.  Cut a small slit at the bottom of the triangle.  This will help it to keep the classic croissant shape. 

IMG_8327IMG_8328IMG_8341 Roll the wide end to meet the pointed end.  Place the croissants on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat until all the croissants are rolled.  Refrigerate the croissants for 20 minutes.  This helps them keep their shape while brushing on the egg wash.

After refrigerating the dough, gently brush the egg wash over the entire croissant.  Once the croissants are completely coated with egg wash bake them in the preheated 375° oven and bake for 15 minutes.  They should be a dark golden brown.

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Remove the croissants from the oven and liberally spray them with the cinnamon sugar.  Be sure to spray all the sides.

Place croissants back in the oven for 5 minutes.  This will set the glaze.  If you want a crispier cereal, turn your oven to 170° F.  Once the oven reaches this temperature, turn the oven off and place the croissants in the oven for an hour.

Place cooled cereal in an airtight container or enjoy right away.  I drizzled my cereal with honey and fresh strawberries, but any fruit (or none at all) would be fine.

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I hope you make this fun and delicious cereal, and if you do please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iced Caramel Coffee & Coffee Donut Treat

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I have to honest with you.  I love to drink my coffee black, absolutely no creamers, milks or sugar.  But I have to tell you this iced coffee is so enjoyable and fit for a Queen (or King)!!

There are a lot of components to this exquisite treat, but trust me, it is sooo worth it!  You can use regular ice cubes if you would like, but trust me, making them with coffee is the way to go!!  It enhances the flavor and takes it to another level of delightfulness!

You can use store bought chocolate sauce and caramel sauce, but if you would like to make homemade, I have attached a link to my both of my homemade sauces in the recipe ingredients:).

Coffee Ice Cubes:

  1. Pour cold coffee into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.  Store in the freezer until ready to use.

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Ingredients For One Iced Coffee:

  • 5 ounces cold brewed coffee
  • Coffee Ice Cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce (to drizzle down the inside of the glass) Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons salted caramel sauce (divided) Espresso Salted Caramel Macarons
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk (or regular cream/milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon espresso sugar for the rim  (optional)
  • whipped cream* (you can use store bought if you would like)
  • Mini chocolate glazed doughnuts 

Instructions For One Iced Coffee:

In a large measuring cup (or pourable container) mix together the coffee, sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon of the salted caramel sauce, almond milk and vanilla. Stir until combined and smooth.

Dip top of glass into the other tablespoon of caramel sauce and then roll in the espresso sugar.

Drizzle the chocolate sauce down the insides of the glass.  Place a few coffee iced cubes in the glass.  Fill the glass with coffee and milk mixture.  Top with *whipped cream, and drizzle with more caramel sauce (optional).  Place a straw in the glass and a doughnut on the straw.  This is such a fun (and delicious) treat!!

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Look at how enjoyable this is!!

*Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (240 grams)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners” sugar (30 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Instructions for Whipped Cream:

Chill mixing bowl and whisk in freezer for 10 minutes.

Add whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in chilled mixing bowl.  Mix on low speed for 30 seconds until incorporated.  Increase speed to medium/high and continue whipping until light peaks form.  I like to put my whipped cream in a piping bag with a large star tip to pipe on top of the coffee, but you can certainly spoon it on if you would like:).

This iced coffee would taste delicious on it’s own, and the coffee doughnuts would be amazing on their own.  But honestly, the two of them together is downright delectable!!

I hope you make this tasty treat!  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures:)!

 

This was inspired by Teighan’s Coconut Iced Coffee @halfbakedharvest