Strawberry Whoopie Pies

Strawberry Whoopie Pies with a luscious strawberry meringue filling sandwiched in between. These incredible whoopie pies come from Matt Lewis and Renato Lewis, the authors of two of my favorite cookbooks Baked Explorations and Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. They are also the owners of one of my favorite Bakery’s in New York City, Baked. Fresh strawberries are pureed and added to the whoopie pie batter and the meringue frosting making them an excellent dessert for summer.

Strawberry Whoopie Pies

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For the Whoopie Pies:

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) stemmed and halved strawberries
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
For the Strawberry Meringue Filling:

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) stemmed and halved strawberries
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 sticks butter, cut into cubes, at room temperature
  • Red no-taste gel food coloring
Directions:
  1. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse strawberries in short bursts just until they are chopped into small pieces (not pureed) and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar and oil. Mix well, breaking up any lumps in sugar. Mix in the chopped strawberries and yogurt until combined, then mix in eggs, one at a time, just until combined. Fold in flour mixture in two parts, being careful not to overwork the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2-inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookie comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For the meringue filling, puree strawberries in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade until smooth (about 15 seconds); set aside.
  7. Place the stand mixer bowl over a simmering pot of water making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk the sugar and egg whites until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is milky white, about 2 minutes. Transfer egg white mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until soft peaks form and mixture is glossy, about 2 minutes. Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle attachment. Add butter and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add strawberry puree and about 3 to 5 drops food coloring (frosting should be a light shade of pink), and beat again until well combined, about 1 minute more.
  8. To assemble, turn half of the cooled cookies upside down, flat side facing up. Drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie,  leaving a 1/4-inch plain edge. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all cookies are used.

Yields: about 24 whoopie pies

Source: O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2009

25 Responses to “Strawberry Whoopie Pies”

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    Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer — May 14, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    Wow – they look fabulous! I’ve never had a strawberry whoopie pie, but definitely adding these to my “bake someday soon” list.

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — May 14, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    So pretty! =)

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    kankana — May 14, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

    they are looking pretty good and I always enjoy fruit flavor sweet treat. Just feel like grabbing one :)

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    shabs — May 15, 2011 @ 3:48 am

    Wowowoow, they look so pretty , I love anything with strawberries .

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    muppy — May 15, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    I was sold on the lemon but i think you may have just changed my mind :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 15, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    Another wonderful looking recipe!!! That strawberry meringue filling is gorgeous.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — May 15, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    How pretty these are! Perfect springtime treat!

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    katshealthcorner — May 15, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    YAY for Strawberries!!! :)

    Those are the CUTEST THINGS EVER!!! :) How do you come up with all of these lovelies?! They are AMAZING!

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    Caroline — May 15, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    Baked is my favorite bakery in NY too! When my friend and I went last summer, we were on a mission to get to Brooklyn after seeing the shop featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate. After taking a few subways and busses, and walking across the Brooklyn bridge and more (my feet were not happy), we finally got to the bakery. And let me tell you, it was VERY worth it!

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    Dana @ Thy Inspired Bliss — May 15, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    What a wonderful light spring/summer dessert!! Definitely on my to do list!

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    briarrose — May 15, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    Chock full of lovely strawberries. These are just cute as heck.

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    Ryan — May 15, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    These are so pretty and look delicious! I love strawberry and I’m sure a strawberry whoopie pie would be heavenly! I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe to make soon!

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    Sara — May 15, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    That meringue filling looks fantastic! I am all about meringue these days. A fruitier version of a whoopie pie is so different, and I think I prefer it to the more common chocolate versions.

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    The Souper — May 16, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Nice use of a favorite berry, the strawberry. Creative version of the Whoopie Pie. Can’t wait to prepare this dessert and surprise my friends.

    The Souper

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    Vicki @ WITK — May 16, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    These look delicious! I have a ton of strawberries right now and now I know just what to do with them! Congrats on top9!

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    alyce — May 16, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Beautiful! Looks delicious.

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    Spicie Foodie — May 16, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9! Strawberry Whoopie pies, now that is something I must try very soon. They look delish.

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    Jeannie — May 16, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Looks lovely! I like the colour very much!

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — May 16, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    I absolutely love the Baked boys! These look sooo good! Great job. High five :)

    Love,
    Dana
    TheSundaySweet

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    Peta — May 25, 2011 @ 4:30 am

    Yum…i’d love to make them using raspberries!!

    • Christina replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

      What a great idea!! I will have to give those a try! :D

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    OnSugarMountain — January 14, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    Thank you SO much for posting this. I made these for my family and they just LOVE them. My dad inhaled 4 already! I also just bookmarked your recipe for Funfetti Whoopie Pies….keep up the awesome recipes!

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