Spiced Apple Whoopie Pies

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I can’t believe this, but I actually have a healthy treat for you today.  These whoopie pies are tasty yet healthy.  You must trust me.

Hodgson Mill sent me some flours and mixes to try.  I’m already familiar with their products.  I’ve bought their flours and pasta before and they’re delicious.  I think the company is based out of Illinois now, but the original Hodson Mill is located in the Ozarks (where I’m from ).  I’ve been using the whole wheat and white whole flours in some of my baking lately.  They also sent some bread flour but I used that within a couple of days.  Haha.  I love bread flour in cookies and brownies.  I haven’t tried the buckwheat flour or blueberry muffin mix yet.  I’m trying to think of something to make with the buckwheat – maybe crepes?

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I created this recipe using Hodgson Mill’s whole wheat pastry flour.  The flour has less gluten than whole wheat, making your baked goods healthy and still tender.

The cakey-cookie dough is flavored with spices, a little bit of brown sugar, a little bit of butter, molasses, chopped apples, and applesauce.  The filling is made from reduced fat cream cheese, a small amount of powdered sugar, orange zest, toasted pecans and golden raisins.  I think these would be perfect for upcoming holiday parties and cookie exchanges.

Hodgson Mill would like to give away a prize pack to one  Sugar Plum reader.  I believe the prize pack would be something similar to what I received.  Just leave a comment telling me which Hodgson Mill product you’d like to try.  I think I’d like to try their semolina flour since I’ve been wanting to make some pasta.  I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce on Wednesday!  Whoopie!

Be sure to also enter Hodson Mill’s Win a Grain sweepstakes for more prizes!  It’s a pretty sweet contest they’re running for the holidays. 

They’re also offering Sugar Plum readers $1 off any bag of Hodgson Mill flour or cornmeal.  That’s a good deal!  Get it while it’s hot, folks. 

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Spiced Apple Whoopie Pies

2 cups Hodgson Mill whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided use
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 large egg
1/2 cup finely chopped apple

3 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
3 tablespoons finely chopped toasted pecans
3 tablespoons golden raisins

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray or butter.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 2 tablespoons butter, apple sauce, brown sugar and molasses until creamy - about 1 minute.  Beat in egg until combined - about 30 seconds.  Beat in apple until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients until just combined. 

Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 1/2-inch apart.  Bake 10 minutes or until well risen and firm.  Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool.

To make the filling, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together remaining 2 tablespoons butter and cream cheese until creamy.  Beat in confectioners' sugar and orange zest until combined and smooth.  Beat in pecans and raisins until combined.  Spread frosting on the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches. 

Makes 1 dozen




43 comments:

  1. I agree with you - I'd like to try the semolina flour. I have a pasta maker that's begging to be used :)

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  2. I would be all over their Whole Wheat Flour business. Since it's healthier, it would make me feel good and safe about eating dozens of homemade cookies...literally, of course :D

    Camille F

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  3. I'd love to try their whole wheat flour! I've actually never baked with it before!

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  4. I would like to try the Organic Oat Bran Flour.

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  5. Hi Em. The whoopie pies sound great. I've had whoopie pies on my list for a while, never tried making them. I think I'd like to try the pastry flour. I am pastry challenged so it might help!

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  6. I'm really impressed with their gluten-free line and that they are getting Non-GMO certified. It's hard to choose just one thing but I'd like to try their GF Pancake & Waffle Mix with Flaxseeds.

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  7. I would like to try the gingerbread mix, tis the season!

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  8. These looks really good! Love baking goods with whole wheat, taste so good!

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  9. Ooooh I want to try the blueberry muffin mix! :)

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  10. These look delicious! I'd love to try the whole wheat gingerbread mix!

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  11. those look delicious, and i'd go for trying their rye flour... i hear it makes amazing pie crusts :)

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  12. I'd like to try the Whole Wheat Pastry flour. I've only used the regular Whole Wheat flour before and I think the pastry flour would be much better for baking.

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  13. I'd like to try the whole wheat pastry flour. I'm working on creating an energy cookie and think this flour may be a good substitute to AP flour.

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  14. I'd really love to try some graham flour! Its something that is hard to find in my neck of the woods, and i've never worked with.

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  15. Oooo, I would love to try the semolina flour too. Or the gingerbread mix.

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  16. I'd love to the the whole wheat pastry flour for making muffins, pancakes, quick breads, cinnamon rolls, and anything else I can think of!

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  17. Perkins Pancakes near where I live used to make delicious buckwheat pancakes. After seeing those cookies, I definitely want to try the whole wheat pastry flour!

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  18. I'd like to try the whole wheat pastry flour. I bake all the time but I've never actually baked with pastry flour.

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  19. I would love to try the whole wheat pastry flour or any of their gluten free items. I went to their website and they have some great things to choose from!!

    on a side note...I am sure YOU are ready to be done with pastry school, but I will be sad sad sad, as I have LOVED "going to school" with you each day...thanks for sharing so I could enjoy too!

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  20. I think I would like to try the Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix.

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  21. I would LOVE to try their organic cornmeal to try homemade corn tortillas! We love us some Mexican food here...either that or some true pastry flour...never knew what that was until you told me:) I plan to bake a BUNCH for the holidays! Got my cookie list going! I use their flax seed ground up in muffins which works really well!

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  22. I'd love to try the whole wheat pastry flour. I love the idea of a lighter whole wheat baked good.

    kam617@gmail.com

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  23. That recipe sounds delicious!

    I'd most like to try their Blueberry muffin mix.

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  24. I would love to try the gingerbread mix or the blueberry muffin mix, both sound fantastic!

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  25. I think I'd like to try their Veggie Rotini Spriral pasta. I've seen it in the store, but never tried it before.

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  26. I'd like to try any of their products, but the pastry flour the most!

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  27. I want to try the Blueberry Muffin Mix. Looks amazing!

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  28. Healthy and tasty! Love it! I also love Hodgson Mills...I buy their specialty flours frequently. I'd love to try their almond flour!

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  29. AHHHH i so want to win! would love some rye flour to make rye bread!

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  30. I'd love to try the whole wheat pastry flour to make some whole wheat scones. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Whoa they have tons of products! Who knew. I'd like to try their steel cut oats, cause they are currently my favorite breakfast food. Also the pastry flour would be neat to try and bake with after hearing you talk about how awesome it is!

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  32. Since I'm such a huge cereal fan, I'd definitely like to try their Multi-Grain Cereal with Flaxseed and Soy!

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  33. i want to try the honey whole wheat bread mix, as well as the pastry flour!

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  34. I would love to try the whole wheat flour and whole wheat pastry flour. I use another brand now, but I wonder if Hodgsen Mills wouldn't be better.

    And the gingerbread mix looks yummy!

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  35. This look really good. I would like to try using their whole wheat pastry flour in some of recipes!

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  36. I'm with ya! Semolina to try some homemade pasta. :)
    ashleylatimer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. I would love to try the semolina flour! I have made a lot of home made pasta ( I am marrying an Italian man), but always with regular flour, I bet it would be even better with semolina!

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  38. I would totally want to try the Jalapeno Cornbread Mix. It sounds awesome!

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  39. I'd love to try their gluten free all purpose flour, I've yet to find one that I like the taste of!

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  40. I'm going to have to say the buckwheat. Buckwheat pancakes sound awfully lovely on a winter morning. The whoopie pies look yummy!

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  41. I'd love to try their whole wheat flour!! Thanks for the chance.

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  42. These look amazing! U have never made whoopie pies...might need to start asap!

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