Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whoopie Pies (Black Moons)

Recipe I found in a church cookbook more than 25 years ago

I have very fond memories of eating Black Moons when I was a child.  The problem is as I grew up I could not find the recipe that replicated the taste that I remembered.  I was constantly searching for just the right recipe.  I finally found the exact recipe and it tasted exactly as I had remembered it.  I think I was a little shocked at what the ingredients were for the cream.  But, you can't beat the taste.  I love a huge Whoopie Pie.  I soon discovered that I could melt different colored candy wafers and personalize them for special events.  It's also fun to change the color of the cream with food coloring.  I hope you will love these as much as I do - a little piece of childhood.

4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups Crisco
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla


1 1/2  cups Crisco
3 cups confectioner's sugar
2 generous cups marshmallow fluff
2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbs. water

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.  Add the Crisco, eggs and sugar.  Mix well.   Next, add milk and vanilla.  Make sure everything is blended well (especially the Crisco).  Drop onto baking sheet.  I use a 1/4 cups measuring cup to measure.  Leave lots of space since these will spread and will measure 6" when baked.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  Cake should spring back when touched.   Prepare filling:  Mix 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar, vanilla, water and Crisco.  Beat well.   Add the rest of the confectioner's sugar and marshmallow fluff.

When the cakes are cool, spread a generous amount of cream in the middle and top with a second cake.  If you want, decorate with melted candy wafers.

Halloween - white candy wafers, orange food coloring

Graduation Party - white candy wafers, blue and yellow (gold) for high school colors

Birthday Party for my daughter, Megan - purple (her favorite color) and red candy wafers

Year-end sports team party - red candy wafers for team name and team member name, white candy wafers for shirt number, blue food coloring (team colors)

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