Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mystery Ingredient

Step into my parlor for a steaming cup of tea....or maybe it is a brew since we are playing with mystery ingredients here.

Today I am joining Michael Lee West at Rattlebridge Farm for a special fall edition of the Mystery Ingredient Club.  Our Mystery Ingredient this month was the Wilton Creepy Sprinkles Lab.

The Pumpkin Whoopie Pies I am serving today come with an extra serving of crunchy bones, orange sugar, black, green, and orange jimmies; which I think look like worms.  Yum right!  That never stops my boys from trying it!  
The cup is Independence ironstone by Castleton Japan.
So please, darling have a taste of my mystery ingredient whoopie pies.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

    For the Cookies:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil 
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • For the Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Creepy Sprinkles Lab cake sprinkles
To make the cookies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves together, and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar and oil together until combined. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.
Use a small ice cream scoop (or, cookie dough scooper) with a release mechanism to drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. ( I just used serving spoons.)  Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling. 

To make the cream cheese filling:
Sift the confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl and set aside. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until it's completely smooth, with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.
Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to over beat the filling, or it will lose structure. (The filling can be made one day ahead. Cover the bowl tightly and put in the refrigerator. Let the filling soften at room temperature before using.) 

To assemble the whoopies:
Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down (flat side facing up).
Use an ice cream scooper or tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie. 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 the cookies are used. Place the assembled whoopie over a plate and sprinkle the desired sprinkle toppings over the filling to achieve the sprinkled whoopie pie.  Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.
The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days, on a parchment-lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from: The Corner Kitchen

To join the Home Sweet Home party just scroll on down to the last post!

I will link this to:

Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tea In The Garden at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Share your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage
Fun Fall Foods Linky Party at Decor to Adore 
Party Time Linky at Moms and Munchkins 
Link Party Palooza at I Heart Nap Time


a quiet life said...

great photos, i have never had a whoopie pie, but you make me want to dive right in!

Sarah said...

Excellent lab work! This is a clever post, Sherry. The whoopie pies looks yummy, worms, bones, and all. '-)

Jann Olson said...

Sherry, this is just too much fun! I was just reading this post when my phone beeped. I looked at it and you had left a comment on SYC. I love it when we are on each others blog at the same time. lol! I have got to get some of those sprinkles!

kitty said...

Beautiful whoopie pies, Sherry, and such great use of the MIC. I'd love one of those pies right now. said...

Ohhh, your whoppie pies look like creepy hamburgers! Perfect!

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Oooh! I have to make these pumpkin whoopee pies this month! They are so cute and perfect for Halloween! ♥

Julia said...

Me gustan tus fotografias son una maravilla
Muchas felicidades por tu bloc


Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your pics are fun Sherry and I wish I had one of those big ole Whoppie Pies for breakfast:@)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

They sell whoopie pies at the farmers market and folks go wild for them! Yours are so pretty.

Mary said...

Sherry, What spooky fun! I love your vignette with your candles and gloved hand! Who doesn't love Whoopie Pies with crunchy bones?! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Yummy and spooky! I love Whoopie Pies! What a fun way to use the Mystery Ingredient!

Martha said...

How clever -- I just made cupcakes! Every one else has been so creative!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What fun! Your boys must love your cooking! You've got a wonderful imagination in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing with us.


Kathleen said...

I see the whoopie pie tins in the stores, but have never made them. Good job! Here from the Mystery Ingredient Challenge.

Lorrie said...

They sound delicious. But I'd probably skip the creepy sprinkles. Fun for kids, though. Visiting from Decor to Adore's fall foods linky party.

Cathy said...

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies...omg they look delicious and so festive with their ring of Creepy Sprinkles. I'm visiting from Foodie Friday.

Jacqui Odell said...

These look so yummy!! I love the sprinkles you used!! Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

Anonymous said...

I'm hosting a Halloween feast this year & am already planning lots of recipe - I think I'll definitely have to include these! They look great! :)

the hobbit kitchen x

Cheryl Kirkness said...

Mmmmm...looks delicious even though they are slightly spooky! Perfect for kids of all ages.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I cannot wait to try this recipe! It looks so good that I pinned it.Thank you so very much for linking up.

I hope you enjoy a truly lovely fall season.