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Chocolate Egg Nog Whoopie Pies

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time36 mins
Course: Cookies
Servings: 12 large whoopie pies
Author: Barbara Schieving

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa sifted
  • 2 ⅓ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup egg nog

7 Minute Icing

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 egg white
  • teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or silpat liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla until creamy. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Add the cocoa, mix to combine.
  • Add the flour to the batter alternately with the egg nog, beating until smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, and beat again briefly.
  • Drop the dough by the ¼-cupful (I used a #16 ice cream scoop) onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving plenty of room between the cakes; they'll spread.
  • Bake the cakes in a preheated moderate oven for 15 to 16 minutes, until they're set and starting to firm up. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 7 minute Icing
  • In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, water, egg whites, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt. Beat with an electric mixer at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over boiling water (the pan shouldn't touch the water).
  • Beating at high speed, cook the frosting for about 7 minutes, or until it's stiff and glossy. Remove it from the heat, add the vanilla, and beat an additional 2 minutes.

Notes

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour