Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Whoopie Pies with a special filling

So I was looking at a blog post from my facebook page and seen these marshmallow's and thought they sounded really good. Well, I also want to make Whoopie pies because I have never made them before "Gasp!" out of everything I have made I just never got around to making these. So my brain started turning (if you knew my brain anymore you would really gasp) so I thought why not make Pumpkin Whoopie pies with marshmallow filling. So that is just what I did and they are a huge hit.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling recipe below
1.For cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or line four baking sheets with parchment paper.

2.Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping  tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.
3.Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
I got this Pumpkin recipe from  http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/  I am going to list the while recipe here and then tell you what I did. I think the recipe is so good everyone needs to make it just for marshmallows.
makes about 50 1" marshmallows

3 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
about 1/2 sleeve graham crackers

Line a 9x13 pan with plastic wrap and spray it uniformly with cooking spray. Set aside.
Put the 1/2 cup cold water and the 3 envelopes of gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit and bloom for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Once it has started boiling, do not stir. Bring to 250F, or until a small amount of syrup dropped in a glass of cold water forms a rigid ball.
In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Mix well.
Attach the mixing bowl to a stand mixer fitted with the wire whip attachment and start the mixer on low speed. Carefully pour the boiling sugar mixture down the side of the mixing bowl. Increase the speed to medium high and add the salt. Mix until stiff, shiny and white, about 5 to 12 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the pumpkin mixture until combined. Return the bowl to the mixer and mix for an additional 3 minutes. You can test to see if it is ready if you dip a spatula in the mixture and it should form a continuous ribbon off the spatula into the bowl.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.
Put the graham crackers in a food processor and process until you have very fine crumbs. Lay a piece of waxed paper on the counter and spread out about half of the crumbs. Turn the marshmallow pan over onto the crumbs and remove the plastic wrap.
Cut the marshmallows into squares about 1" x 1". Place the remaining crumbs in a bowl and dip the individual marshmallows in the graham cracker crumbs until all sides are covered.
The marshmallows are best eaten fresh, but can be kept in an airtight container or about a week or in the freezer for a month.
 I followed the direction almost to a T but I missed the 1/4 water that was listed and it worked out good for these, I also beat it about five minutes more at the end, so 8 minutes on high not three on medium high. Anyhow make all your cookies first, then your marshmallows allow this to set up a little otherwise it will pour off the sides, not to much though. I hate to admit this but I am on a diet and cannot eat them but I did lick the marshmallow off my finger at the end and it was sooooooo good.

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