Valentine’s Day Treats for your sweets.

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whoopie pies

whoopie pies

Valentine’s day is this Friday! How’d that sneak up on us – between the Super Bowl, this relentless east coast snow and ice, and the long President’s Day weekend ahead…that’s how.

Now that we are all aware of the upcoming day, we need to realize that we all fall into one of 2 categories – those that love Valentine’s Day and those who declare it a Hallmark holiday. No matter who you are, Trish Ryan at Time for Dinner has got a recipe that can win you over.

She found the perfect match for Valentine’s Day when it comes to food.  These are two ingredients that are great on their own, yet when coupled together result in nothing but love at first bite. The two ingredients are chocolate and peanut butter and you can combine them to make the perfect Whoopie Pie.  We hope you agree that these treats will certainly leave everyone swooning for more.

Luv One-A-Nutter Whoopie Pies

Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Makes about 24, 2-inch Whoopie Pies

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Cakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Peanut Butter Filling

  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

For the Chocolate Cakes

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and brown sugar on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture and half the buttermilk to the batter and beat on low until just combined.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the remaining flour mixture and buttermilk and beat until completely combined.
  5. Using a spoon, drop about a tablespoon of batter onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat, spacing them about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently.
  6. Remove from oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Peanut Butter Filling

  1. In a work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the peanut butter and the butter on low speed until smooth and creamy.  Add the confectioner’s sugar and salt and beat on low to incorporate. Increase the speed to medium and beat until the filling is slight and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

To Make the Whoopie Pies

Take one of the chocolate cakes and add 2-3 tablespoons of the peanut butter filling.  Top it with another chocolate cake, and enjoy!

We hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Stay tuned next month when we talk about making the most of your groceries and your time.

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Trish Ryan is the founder of Time for Dinner, a service to help simplify the meal planning process and enjoy dinner with your family.

Time For Dinner members are provided recipes for five simple, healthy meals including side dishes each week. Meal plans are created to be efficient and eliminate waste. Ingredients are maximized to create balanced dinners that play off each other. Members are also provided with an organized shopping list, cost estimates to help keep you on budget, a list of pantry items you will need, and guides to meal preparation.

To join visit www.timefordinnerplanning.com

 

 

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