While I was in Portland I bought The Amish Cook’s Baking Book . While looking in the baking section at Powell’s (the only place in Portland that I requested we go to while there) it was the only reasonable book that I found on baking. Of course there were others that I would have loved to purchase, but most of those were either encyclopedias or professional baking books that were $75 or more, prices that I can’t justify at this time in my life when I don’t really have the time nor the resources to fully utilize the cookbooks to their full potential.
This is not to say that I was not enormously excited about The Amish Cook’s Baking Book . While I realized in the store how awesome this cookbook was going to be I did not know to what extent until I began to really read it, and then began to cook from it.
I started with the recipe for “Whoopie Pies” which are a sandwich cookie. I’ve never made these before, but there’s always a first time for everything!
Recipe: “Whoope Pie” from The Amish Cook’s Baking Book by Lovinia Eicher with Kevin Williams
My Version of the Recipe: Whoopie Pie
¾ c. Butter
2 c. Packed Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
2 ¼ c. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2. c. Oats
2 tsp. Baking Soda
Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add salt, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda, mix well. Add oats. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes on a lightly greased baking sheet or Silpat until browed around the edges. Let cool slightly and then remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on a wire rack or counter.
When cookies are cooled, mix together filling to sandwich in-between cookies:
1 TBS Vanilla
2 TBS Milk
2 c. Powdered Sugar
¼ c. Shortening
Mix together vanilla, milk, and part of the powdered sugar. Add shortening and beat well. Add the rest of the powdered sugar until a thick consistency is reached.
Review: They were delicious after I made several modifications. Even the ones that I over baked at the original temperature from the book were very good. I will say that without the frosting they are regular cookies. There isn’t something super special about them, even though they are quite tasty. With the frosting though, these cookies really shine. The frosting brings out the flavor, texture, and sweetness of the cookie. I really like that the cookies were made with all brown sugar, and that the ingredients were simple. I am also a big fan of almost any baked good with oats in them. Yum!
So I sent these off to Arizona yesterday, individually wrapped in plastic as the recipe suggested. Hopefully they will be well received, although in past months they have never complained about anything food-related that I’ve sent!