Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade” I mean, not really homemade at all
We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!) I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!
These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)
Alright Here’s the Recipe
Cake Mix Whoopie Pies
1 Box Cake Mix (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Oil
Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)
1 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1 Cup Marshmallows
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)
Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling. Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty. Throw it all in a mixer and beat with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)
If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.
Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.
I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.
So I will be the first to admit, I am no professional in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy. Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine. They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.
And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).
Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.
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