Monday, August 24, 2009

So Good, It'll Make You Wanna Slap Yo' Mama

But don't try to slap my mama because she has the quickest backhand around. Or you could just avoid the slapping all together and simply enjoy these deliciously scrumptious zucchini whoopie pies. There was supposed to be a picture of them here but they were all gone before I got around to snapping a shot of them. Oh yeah...they are that good!

Zucchini Whoopie Pies
Borrowed from

For cakes

2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (10 ounces)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon salt
cup well-shaken buttermilk
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
stick unsalted butter, softened
cup packed light brown sugar
large egg
1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), chopped

For filling

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2
cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Scant
1/4 teaspoon salt

Make cakes:

Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Butter 2 large baking sheets.
Squeeze handfuls of zucchini wrapped in a kitchen towel to remove moisture.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt until combined. Whisk together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.
Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined well.
At low speed, mix in flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until smooth. Mix in zucchini and walnuts until just incorporated.
Spoon 1/4-cup mounds of batter 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake, switching position of sheets halfway through, until tops are puffed and golden and spring back when touched, 18 to 22 minutes. Transfer with a spatula to a rack to cool completely.

Make filling:

Beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt with cleaned beaters at medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Assemble pies:

Spread a rounded 2 Tbsp filling on flat sides of half of cakes and top with remaining cakes.

cooks’ note: Whoopie pies keep, chilled in an airtight container, 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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