Vegetarian Fun: Whoopie Pies

I’m not vegan, but gelatin freaks me out.  I’ve had a jar of Kraft Jet-Puft spread in my cabinets for a while, because I didn’t want to use it.  Marshmallow always means gelatin to me.


It doesn’t have gelatin in it!  It’s more of a jarred merengue, with eggs and cream of tartar to give the stuff structure.  Huzzah!  It was time to make whoopie pies.


I nicked the recipe from the Fluff site, which isn’t Kraft’s.  But it’s still worked well!

Whoopie Pies!

For the cookies:


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 c. unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Filling (recipe follows)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease two large cookie sheets and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with mixer at medium speed beat egg and vegetable oil. Gradually beat in sugar and continue beating until pale yellow in color.
  4. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a measuring cup combine milk and vanilla. Add flour and milk mixtures alternately to eggs and sugar, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  5. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. These will spread a lot, so make 6 cakes per sheet at a time. 
  6. Bake about 5 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched with finger. Remove to wire racks to cool. When cool, use filling and two cakes to make sandwiches. Makes 15.


  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 c. Marshmallow Fluff (about 1/2 of a 7 1/2-oz. jar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a medium bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat butter and remaining ingredients until light and fluffy.

To be Easter-y, Spring-y and festive, I dyed the filling a light violet.

The fluffy filling looks divine in these whoopie pies!

These are super sweet and nicely chewy.  A delightful desert!

Do you call yours whoopie pies or moon pies?

Linking this up to Eisy Morgan!

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  1. I bet those are DELICIOUS!! I LOVE peanut butter and fluff sandwiches, they’re soo yummy and sticky and bad for you….that’s probably why they’re sooo good!

  2. Yum! We always called them Whoopie Pies. It seems like the farther East you go, the more they’re called Moon Pies.

  3. a new england institution, for sure! the best whoopie pies i’ve had recently (besides my mom’s, of course) are at bova’s in the north end … larger than my hand!

  4. oh man, they look so YUM!!! it’s that time of day..I could use a sugar fix – not even a bakery here in downtown San Jose – CRAZY!! hmmm maybe I should open one…if I do, will you make whoopie pies for it?? :)

  5. you BET! i was a happy, sticky mess by the end of this experiment, but they were great to make! must find a way to veganize them!

  6. i love the fluffernutter sandwich! i never ate them as a kid, but i can’t get enough now :-)

  7. see, i’m from CT and i know them as whoopie pies, and david (from tx) knows them as moon pies! so strange!

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