Making Whoopie!

I decided to try out the Land O Lakes gluten-free Whoopie Pie recipe this weekend.  I used the Betty Croker gluten-free devils food cake mix and the cookies turned out great.  I decided to make a homemade caramel sauce, but didn’t have any cream so I tried substituting vanilla almond milk.  Either I cooked the caramel too long or the almond milk substitution did not work because there was a strange taste to it.  We opted instead to just fill the whoopie pies with the vanilla icing mixture.  They were very sweet, but quite delicious.

I saved some of the cookies and filled them with mint chocolate chip ice cream and that was a really yummy treat too. 

All in all I think this recipe was a success even with our caramel issues.  Next time I’ll try adding the caramel and see how that enhances the flavor.

Whoopie Pie Ingredients:

1 (21-ounce) gluten and wheatfree chocolate cake mix

1/2 cup LAND O LAKES butter melted

1/2 cup water

3 eggs

1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt

Filling Ingredients:

1 cup LAND O LAKES butter, softened

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup prepared caramel sauce

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

Combine cake mix, 1/2 cup melted butter, water and eggs in large bowl; stir gently to combine. Let batter rest for 30 minutes.  Heat oven to 400°F. Drop batter by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto parchment-lined or lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt.   Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer to wire cooling rack.

Place 1 cup butter in medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until well mixed. Add caramel sauce, 1 teaspoon sea salt and gluten-free vanilla. Beat until well mixed.  Pipe or spread rounded teaspoonful filling onto bottom of 1 cookie; place second cookie, bottom-side down over filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. TIP: Letting batter rest allows batter to rise and increase volume of whoopie pies.