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Chocolate Lovers Whoopie Pies with Coconut Pecan Filling and Ganache Drizzle



Makes 12 Whoopie Pies

Creator: Jennifer Daskevitch, CA

German Chocolate Cake is the cake of my dad's childhood. The recipe was published June 3, 1957 in the Dallas Morning Star and made for his 14th birthday by his Granny on July 10. Fifty years later he still loves this classic but prefers dark chocolate. This inspired me to elevate this dessert with a delightful blend of Scharffen Berger chocolate and cocoa. For a fun twist I transformed the cake into whoopee pies with a pecan coconut filling and finished with a ganache drizzle. While inspired by the original, these cakes elevate chocolate intensity for the true chocolate lover.

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Ingredients

For the Toasted Pecan & Coconut Filling

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1-14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) cut into several small pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Triple Chocolate Whoopie Pies

For the Ganache Drizzle

Preparation

Make the filling first so it has time to cool before assembly.

For the Pecan Coconut Fillings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spread chopped pecans on a cookie sheet. Toast for 8 minutes. Spread coconut on a second sheet and toast for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a heavy medium sized saucepan whisk eggs. Add sweetened condensed milk and salt and whisk together. Add butter chunks and stir over medium-high heat until bubbly and thickened – about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in vanilla. Let cool. Before filling whoopee pies, stir in toasted coconut and toasted pecans.

For the Triple Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in saucepan on the stovetop.

In a large heatproof bowl put the chopped Scharffen Berger unsweetened and Scharffen Berger semi-sweet chocolates and butter. Place over saucepan and heat gently stirring occasionally until smooth. While chocolate is melting, Whisk together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. When chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from heat. Pour a small amount of chocolate mixture into whisked egg and sugar mixture. Whisk to combine. Pour egg mixture into chocolate and whisk to incorporate.

Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until moistened. Use a rubber spatula to finish gently folding together – do not over mix.

Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to drop a tablespoon of batter onto the prepared pan. Repeat to make 24 cookies – 12 per cookie sheet - spacing them about 1-inch apart. Bake until the cookies spring back when lightly touched, about 6 minutes – don't over bake – cookies will dry out quickly.

For the Ganache Drizzle
Place chopped chocolate in small microwave proof bowl. Measure 2 ounces heavy cream into glass measuring cup. Microwave for 35 seconds to bring cream to a boil. Pour cream over chocolate and cover with plate for five minutes. Stir to combine cream and chocolate. If chocolate doesn't completely melt put bowl in microwave for ten seconds and continue stirring. Repeat if necessary. Cool Slightly.

Assemble Whoopie Pies
Pair up like size and shaped pies – with an offset spatula divide filling equally among 12 cookies and place second cookie on top.

Spoon ganache into corner of sandwich baggy. Cut a very small hole in bag and drizzle ganache over assembled whoopie pies. When plating drizzle ganache over plate and place whoopie pie on plate.

Presentation

These cookies look beautiful on a platter or on individual plates. If you have guests who are not fans of coconut a chocolate mousse filling is delicious in these cookies or they are absolutely delicious all on their own - just drizzle tops with ganache and don't make into a pie. If plating on a platter drizzle ganache over platter and place pies down middle of ganache design. If using single plates, make design and place whoopie pie in one corner.

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