Whoopie pie

Whoopie pie

  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Serving:

Whoopie pies are a classic treat from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the heart of Amish country, and the star of any bake sale. 


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1/4 Cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup shortening
  • 3-4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


  1. Follow the directions on the back of the cake mix, however, reduce the water to 2/3 cup. Drop by the rounded tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 12-15 minutes, or until tops of cookies spring back to the touch.
  2. In a saucepan, whisk together the milk and cornstarch. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes very thick. Remove from heat and cool COMPLETELY.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together powdered sugar and shortening.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat sugar, shortening, and vanilla until fluffy.
  5. Add the cooled flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer until frosting is extremely fluffy and light.
  6. Spoon large heaps of the frosting onto the bottom of one cooled cookie, then press a second cookie (bottom sides touching the frosting layer) gently against the frosting.