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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Chai-Spiced Whoopie Pies. Yum!

Whoopie Pies are all the rage these days.

I've never tried to make any myself, I'm more of a cook than baker.

But, I think I'll start with this recipe for Chai Spiced Whoopie Pies!

Wish me luck.




 Ingredients:
  • 2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbs non-hydrogenated shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir, divided
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt.
In your stand mixer (or with an electric hand-held mixer) beat together the butter, shortening and sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and ½ cup of kefir and beat until combined.
In a small measuring cup, mix together the 2 Tbs kefir, baking soda and vinegar. Add the kefir mixture, along with the flour mixture, to the butter mixture and beat on low until just combined. Add the vanilla and beat on medium for about 2 minutes.
Drop 2 tablespoon-sized scoops of batter onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool on the pan for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely. Sandwich together with the filling of your choice. Vanilla or coffee buttercream make great filling options. 

* Thank you to Elizabeth R. for contributing this recipe to McKinney Mommas * 

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