I have to admit, this year I have totally been on top of my holiday sweets game. I have cranked out quite a few treats that’ll be perfect for all your dessert needs.
But….my gift buying situation is not exactly looking too good. So far I have bought one gift for a family member. I have ONE person covered! ONE. I hope you all feel pretty good about yourselves right now, because I’m sure you’re all in much better shape than I am.
I’m seriously struggling with ideas for everyone. For as well as I know my family, you’d think that this would be way easier than it is. And googling “gifts for guys” is not very helpful, FYI. Oh well…Some idea I’m sure will spontaneously pop in my little brain. That’s basically my plan as of now.
Till then, let’s bake whoopie pies! These whoopie pies have one of my absolute favorite flavor combos, chocolate and mint. I actually had a whoopie pie mix that I used to make the whoopie pie cookie part, but there are several recipes you can use from the web (like this one), and then I made my own filling. The filling is one of the best things I have ever tasted in my life. Seriously. Holy chocolate. It really makes the whole whoopie pie. The filling is super chocolatey, smooth, and light, with the perfect amount of mint. I am for sure going to be using this new recipe as frosting on cupcakes and cakes in the future.
Chocolate Peppermint Buttercream Frosting Filling
(This will make enough to make about 8-10 whoopie pies)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup-3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons marshmallow creme
2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Beat butter, powdered sugar, and marshmallow creme until smooth. Beat in melted chocolate. Mix in vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Add in milk or powdered sugar as needed to achieve desired consistency. Fill whoopie pies or use as frosting on cakes, cookies, or cupcakes! Enjoy!! :-)
Random Fact of the Day: If you shake a can of mixed nuts, the larger ones will rise to the top.