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Vanilla Whoopie Pies




  • 1 cup shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups gold metal flour
  • 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk [or sour milk]
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Crisco
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or to taste


  1. Cookies: Cream shortening, sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla together.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder; add baking soda with water and milk. Mix together (add chips at this point after mixing and mix a bit more).
  3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Filling: Add milk or cream if needed for consistency.

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Source: Mrs. Levi A Kanagy III, Bellville, Pennsylvania - from the Big Valley Amish Cookbook 1979

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