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Whoopie Pies are a classic New England dessert. Fudgy chocolate cake sandwiching a creamy and sweet marshmallow filling. So good!

Seriously - the BEST Whoopie Pie recipe around! Perfectly sweet with a rich chocolate cake and a creamy marshmallow filling.


Whenever my side of the family gets together for a visit, I always look forward to the delicious Whoopie Pies that my sister-in-law Pam brings along for dessert. This is one of Pam’s signature recipes (as well as this and this) – and when she sent me the recipe to share here on A Family Feast, she described these as the best whoopie pies ever!  (She’s tried a number of different recipes over the years – so she knows!)

I have to agree! Soft, rich, dark chocolate mounds of cake sandwich a light and creamy marshmallow fluff filling. (I personally think this particular recipe for whoopie pies is the best because it isn’t too sweet. )

Seriously - the BEST Whoopie Pie recipe around! Perfectly sweet with a rich chocolate cake and a creamy marshmallow filling.


The history of whoopie pies (sometimes also called ‘gobs’) is interesting to read – and according to What’s Cooking America they are “…considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition… According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout “Whoopie!” (You can read more of the history here.)

Whoopie Pies - A Family Feast

And – before I share Pam’s delicious Whoopie Pie recipe, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all of you.  Today, A Family Feast officially turns two years old. Back then, Jack and I never dreamed that this little spot of ours on the web would grow into what it is today and we couldn’t have done it without you – our loyal and appreciative readers! We’re so excited to be starting another year of sharing great recipes and stories with all of you.


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Whoopie Pies - A Family Feast

Whoopie Pies

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 16 pies
  • Category: dessert


For the Batter

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa (we used Nestle’s Special Dark)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (we used Crisco)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 8 ounces marshmallow fluff (half of a 16-ounce container)
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (we used Crisco)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Approximately 1 tablespoon milk (to get filling to good consistency)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to mix. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Slowly add dry mixture to the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and mix well.
  5. Using a medium (1½ ounce) scoop, place scoops of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets (about 12 per sheet).
  6. Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 6-7 minutes (they may look a little bit wet on top but that is OK). With a spatula, remove immediately to cool on a wire cooling rack.
  7. Once the cake mounds have cooled completely, prepare the filling by combining the marshmallow fluff, confectioners’ sugar, shortening and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until completely combined. Add milk as necessary to get to a soft (but not too soft consistency.)
  8. Using a scoop, place a dollop of the filling in the center of the flat side of one cake. Place a matching piece of cake against the filling and push to spread the filling evenly between the two halves. Repeat until all of the pies have been filled.

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Whoopie Pies are a classic New England dessert. Fudgy chocolate cake sandwiching a creamy and sweet marshmallow filling. So good!

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  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu wrote:

    These whoopie pies look AMAZING! Just love the gooey white filling and is there anything better than two giant cake-cookies smooshed together? I think not!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jessica – I agree – there’s nothing better!

  • Christine @ A Sprinkle of This and That wrote:

    Martha, these look divine! One bite and I think a little “whoopie” yell might escape me! Love it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Christine!

  • Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig wrote:

    What a beautiful dessert!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Cathy!

  • Marye @ Restless Chipotle wrote:

    I love these and don’t make them nearly enough! Yours are beautiful!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Marye – Now that I have my sister-in-law’s recipe I won’t have to wait for family visits to enjoy them…

  • Rachel wrote:

    These whoopie pies look delicious. I really enjoy your site, but lately it has been incredibly slow loading. Even as I write this, I am typing faster than the computer is displaying the words. I am not sure if I am the only one with this problem, but I thought I would let you know.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Rachel – Thanks so much for writing to us! We’ve actually made some changes in recent weeks hoping to make the site move quicker – so I’m sad to hear you are still having problems! I’m not seeing it on my end but would definitely love to know more – if you were viewing our site on mobile or your desktop and if so – which browser. (I do think our site is slower on Chrome for some reason…) Thanks so much – I appreciate your patience! Martha

      • Rachel wrote:


        That was a really quick response! I am actually using Chrome on my desktop, so perhaps that is part of the issue. I do not have a smart phone, so I don’t use a mobile device to check your site. – Rachel

        • Martha wrote:

          Thanks for the info Rachel! (I’ll see if my tech guy can make any improvements…) Thanks again! Martha

  • Christie – Food Done Light wrote:

    You used my favorite cocoa, Special Dark. Wish I could reach through the screen and grab one. What a fun treat.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Christie! I love the Special Dark too – but speaking as a food blogger, it can be difficult to get it photograph! Thanks for visiting today!

  • Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files wrote:

    Happy Birthday A Family Feast!! And I can’t think of any other better way than to celebrate with whoopie pies!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Meg!

  • Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me wrote:

    Love Whoopie Pie. My boys will love this!

  • Betsy | wrote:

    I don’t make whoopie pies as often as I should. These look delish!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Betsy!

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon wrote:

    These look so rich and delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lisa!

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