Amish Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are a delicious Amish tradition. They get their name from kids and farmers who, upon spying these sweet little treats in their lunch pails would shout out for joy “whoopie.”

What a delectable way to use up leftover cake batter! I have to hand it to the Amish Moms on this one, they did good. My Mom still raves about the pumpkin whoopie pie she ate in Pennsylvania Amish Country many years ago. She fondly remembers it as the best she’s ever eaten. Until now!

This is a heavenly delicious recipe! Crave-worthy. The filling is rich and very sweet. Eating just one satisfied my nagging sweet tooth, no problem.

I refrigerated mine because the humidity was melting everything in sight. The cookie stays soft in the fridge and the filling takes on an ice-cream like consistency and flavor. Filling them with ice cream would be a cool, refreshing summer-time treat.

The cookies on their own are pretty fantasatic too; soft and chewy, just the way oatmeal cookies ought to be.

Run, don’t walk, to your kitchen and make these sublime little treats!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies
(adapted from The Best of Amish Cooking by Phyllis Pellman Good, page 161)
2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening, softened but not melted*
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons boiling water
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal, not instant
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Add baking soda, dissolved in the boiling water. Gradually add flour and oatmeal. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Marshmallow Fluff Filling courtesy of Epicurious:
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 and 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups marshmallow cream such as Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat together butter, confectioners sugar, marshmallow, and vanilla in a bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
*Don’t replace the shortening with butter, it will give you a flatter, harder cookie.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies


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  1. Bob says

    Oh wow. Those look amazing! I wonder what the Amish would think of having their recipes posted on the 'net. :)

  2. Jenn says

    Mmmm…whoopie pies. Love it. With choco oatmeal cookies. yum!! That's an interesting tidbit on how the name came about. Sweet-tooth is begging me to make some of these.

  3. Julia says

    I had no idea that whoopie pies originated in Amish country. Do you know if it's just the oatmeal variety or whoopie pies in general?

  4. Katy ~ says

    I luuuv whoopie pies, but I've only had them with the chocolate cakes. The oatmeal looks very good!

  5. ttfn300 says

    i've had these amish goodies, but never attempted them… these pictures are good enough to eat 😉

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