Servings: Makes 8 whoopie pies
Traditional whoopie pies (with fluffy domed chocolate cakes and marshmallow filling) are a New England specialty, though they’re now popular all over the country. There’s not a kid in the world, including mine, who doesn’t love whoopie pies; kids seem to love anything they can eat with their hands. And these are a generous size, so little ones feel like they’re getting a real treat. This pumpkin variation can be credited to Patrizia Jonker, whose bakery Amore, in Fairfield, Connecticut, was known for whoopie pies.
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Vanilla paste is a viscous, concentrated vanilla flavoring made with the tiny black seeds of long, thin, black vanilla beans. It is more convenient, less expensive, and has a longer shelf life than the beans. Use vanilla paste in pale-colored presentation where the tiny black seeds should show, such as creams and ice creams. Unlike vanilla extract (1 tsp to 1 tsp replacement), the vanilla paste will not lose its potency in hot mixtures. Vanilla paste is available at specialty stores.
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