By MAY LIN TYE.
I have to admit that one of my favourite parts of Christmas is the food. The more festive the better for me and I tend to make multiple desserts for Christmas dinner every year.
This recipe is for gingerbread whoopie pies. If you haven’t heard of whoopie pies, they are an American creation – basically a cross between a cookie and cake. What could be better?!
You can decorate these however you like. Edible sugar pearls are great for making the whoopie pies look like shiny baubles, or you could just dust them with some icing sugar.
They also make great gifts. Just make a couple of batches and use treat bags or wrap up a couple in some cellophane with a ribbon.
Recipe (makes approximately 10)
125g butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup golden syrup
½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 160°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then add brown sugar and continue to beat.
Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.
Sift in plain flour, baking powder and baking soda, then add ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden syrup. Gradually add the milk whilst beating until smooth and well incorporated.
Place tablespoon-sized amounts of the batter onto the baking tray, or use a piping bag if you prefer.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool.
Filling: Cinnamon frosting
1 ½ cups icing sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp milk
Cream butter until light and fluffy.
Gradually add icing sugar and cinnamon and beat in until well incorporated, then add milk and beat until smooth.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip with the frosting and pipe onto the cookie, then sandwich together with another cookie.
1 cup white chocolate buttons
Edible sugar pearls
Melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stirring in between until a runny consistency.
Drizzle over the whoopie pies then decorate with edible sugar pearls.