Chocolate Dream Whoopie Pies

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Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes plus cooling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings


•1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
•3 eggs
•1/2 cup canola oil
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•2/3 cup sugar
•2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•1/8 teaspoon salt
•1 cup 2% milk
•1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
•2/3 cup shortening
•1/3 cup butter, softened
•3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


•In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes (mixture will be sticky).
• Drop by 2 tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
• For filling, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
• In a large bowl, beat the shortening and butter until fluffy. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla.
• Spread chocolate filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies, about 2 tablespoons on each; top with remaining cookies. Roll sides in miniature chocolate chips for garnish. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 1 dozen.


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