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Friday, August 26, 2011

Cowgirl Football Whoopie Pies!

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As in OSU Cowgirl Whoopie Pies. As in Oklahoma State University Cowgirl Whoopie Pies. 
As in "Go Pokes!" Pies. 

(No, not cow pies!) You get the idea.



Cowgirl Whoopie Pies

CAN YOU TELL I'M READY FOR FOOTBALL TO START?? Speaking of football.......

Football Whoopie Pies

Ok, maybe I should start from the beginning. Now that I'm an official foodie blogger and everything, I love looking at food blogs and getting discouraged inspired by how talented and creative other people are! I kept seeing "whoopie pies" on these blogs and wondered what all the fuss was about, and suddenly all these thoughts started running through my head. 

"Is it cake? Is it a cookie? Is it the new cupcake? Why haven't I had one of these cute little things before?!"

So, a few weeks ago when I was in Chicago with my family, I saw some in a bakery and had to try one! I choose the chocolate whoopie pie with peanut butter filling. I decided we should document my first whoopie pie experience, just in case it was monumental.......


OH MAH GAWD!
Now I'm completely obsessed. Thanks a lot, Chicago!  :)




I started lining these up for their photo shoot when a light went off in my head....."Chris! I wish I had enough of these to line up an orange vs. black scrimmage!"  I was actually being serious, but when I heard it out loud, it sounded a little CRAZY! Needless to say, we got a good laugh out of it!


I actually needed to make these because whoopie pies have been on my Bucket List for like, forever!


So, let's get down to business. Because OSU, my alma mater, is orange and black, I tried to keep the color theme consistent for the footballs and frosting.  I choose classic chocolate cake for the "black" footballs and used red and yellow food coloring to color the basic butter cream frosting; the frosting is not orange flavored. For the "orange" footballs, I made pumpkin whoopie pies and did a cinnamon chocolate cream cheese frosting. Both combinations were scrumptious! I was worried curious as to how the pumpkin and chocolate combo would be, but wowza! Adding the cinnamon to the cream cheese frosting was dynamite. Chocolate or not, that frosting was good!


To make the football shapes, I used an egg shaped pan from Wilton that I found on ebay. (I know, not very helpful, but you can get a similar version at BakeDeco.) Or, you could always use a small egg/football cookie cutter and cut out the shapes from regular whoopie pies after they are baked and cooled.


Of course, you do not need an egg/football pan to make whoopie pies. I got a regular pan at Williams-Sonoma for around $15.00. I have not tested these recipies with out a pan, so I can't say for sure if they will hold up or not just on parchment paper. (The chocolate ones for sure won't).



Classic Chocolate Football Whoopie Pies
adapted from Williams-Sonoma
     makes 30 footballs or 15 whoopie pies
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 C Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark Chocolate, unsweetened 
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 C light brown sugar
6 T unsalted butter (3/4 stick)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 an egg,* or 2 T egg substitute
1 C whole milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray pans with Baker's Joy. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
*In a small dish, beat egg. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar and butter until smooth. Add half of the beaten egg to the butter mixture; discard the rest. Mix in vanilla and stir to combine. In batches, mix in part of the flour mixture, alternating with part of the milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated. 
Fill each well of the two pans about 3/4th the way full, or about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter in each one. Tap the bottom of the pans on the counter to make sure there are no bubbles in the batter. Bake for 8 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool in pans, on cooling rack for about 5 minutes, then turn pans over and let cakes fall out; cool completely on racks before frosting.

"Orange" Butter Cream Frosting
2 + 1/4 C powdered (confectioners) sugar*
5 T unsalted butter
3 T milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
35 drops yellow food coloring
18 drops red food coloring

I used my mixer for the frosting (with the flat beater). Start by mixing together 2 C of the powdered sugar and butter until combined. It will be a little crumbly. Add in the vanilla and salt and turn on slow. Mix in a tablespoon of milk at a time and it will start to smooth out. Add the food coloring until you get the color you want. *I added a 1/4 cup more powdered sugar to the end because I didn't want it to be too runny. 

To assemble:  Cut footballs in half, lengthwise with a serrated knife. Spread or pipe frosting on one of the flat surfaces of cake, and place the other half on top. Pipe laces on top of football.



Pumpkin Football Whoopie Pies
adapted from whoopie pies
     makes 18 footballs or 9 whoopie pies
1 1/8 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 T Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice (or store bought)
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 C light brown sugar
1/4 C butter (1/2 stick)
3/4 C pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 an egg,* or 2 T egg substitute
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 drops red and 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pans with Baker's Joy. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt together. Set aside.
*In a small dish, beat egg. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar and butter until smooth. Mix in pumpkin. Add half of the beaten egg to the butter mixture; discard the rest. Mix in vanilla and food coloring (optional) and stir to combine. Add the flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just to combine. 
Fill each well of the two pans about 3/4th the way full, or about 1 1/2 tablespoons of batter in each one. Tap the bottom of the pans on the counter to make sure there are no bubbles in the batter. Bake for 10 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes out clean. Cool in pans, on cooling rack for about 5 minutes, then turn pans over and let cakes fall out; cool completely on racks before frosting.

Cinnamon Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter
2 1/4 C powdered (confectioners) sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
1/2 C Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark Chocolate, unsweetened
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 T whole milk

I used my mixer for the frosting (with the flat beater). Start by mixing together the cream cheese and butter until creamy and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. It will be a little dry and crumbly. Add in the vanilla, then the milk, one tablespoon at a time. 

To assemble:  Cut footballs in half, lengthwise with a serrated knife. Spread or pipe frosting on one of the flat surfaces of cake, and place the other half on top. Pipe laces on top of football.
When you put these in the fridge and they get super cold, they kind of taste like ice cream sandwiches. Yum!

So I just have one question. 

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? WHOOPIE!!!! 



click to print chocolate....                                                                                              click to print pumpkin
                                                 

6 comments:

  1. Ok, those are the cutest whoopie pies I have ever seen!!! Love the football shape! Smart thinking using the egg pan:-) I am really glad you got a chance to try one and then make some! Aren't they so fun? Any you were in Chicago? Do you live near? I am about 2 hours from there:-)

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  2. I love these!! I've been on the look-out for football shaped food to serve this season. Love..love..love these! They are so much better than the football shaped cheeseball I found. I will be making these but probably in a different color :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Jocelyn- Thanks!! I live in Birmingham, AL. I was there for a few days with my family.

    Paper Plates- What?? No orange and black for you? ;) Just kidding. I hope you give them a try. I'm headed over to your site now...

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  4. Pining these for all the football fans...thanks for sharing!

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