Monday, November 7, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Whoopie Pies with Browned Butter Frosting

As Sue and I prepare for the upcoming Craft Fair we are making a bazillion different recipes. Sue has a fantastic Red Velvet Whoopie Pie that she makes (and will be available at the Craft Fair) so I had to find a more delicious Something-Something Whoopie Pie to beat her.
Errm...I mean, an equally delicious whoopie pie to sell alongside hers.
Anyway.... I thought of maybe a spice cake or something similar because I had leftover Browned Butter frosting to use up and figured it would go really well with a spice cake.
I couldn't really find exactly what I was looking for so I decided to come up with my own.  Thus the Apple Cinnamon Whoopie Pie with Browned Butter Frosting was born!

Apple Cinnamon Whoopie Pie With Browned Butter Frosting.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch sea salt
1 egg
1/4 cup pureed squash
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 large apple, shredded (about 1 cup)
Browned Butter Frosting (Click for recipe)

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a whoopie pie pan with cooking spray OR line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer until creamy.
Add in brown sugar, baking soda, spices, and salt.
Beat on medium until well incorporated.
Add egg and beat until combined.
Add in squash and buttermilk and mix on low until fully incorporated.
Add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until combined.
Fold in apple with a spatula.
Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop dough into prepared whoopie pie pan or onto prepared baking sheet approx 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, until tops are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and let cool on tray/in pan for 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
When completely cool, frost flat side of one of the whoopie pie halves with Browned Butter Frosting and sandwich with another half.
I got 12 large whoopie pies (24 halves) out of this recipe using a whoopie pie pan and probably used a little more than 1 cup of frosting. The frosting is really sweet so you don't need to add too much!

If you come to the Craft Fair you can get one of Sue's Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and one of my Apple Cinnamon Whoopie Pies and let us know which one you like better.
Psssst - the correct answer is the Apple Cinnamon Whoopie Pies....
Be sure to check out Hammocktracks for tons of apple recipes! She is hosting an Apples Galore recipe series!