The Whoopie Cookie

The Whoopie Cookie has made its way south... to Savannah! And are now located at the Express Café and Bakery.

Whoopie cookies/pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. They're one of Maine's best known and most loved comfort foods. Mainers will even claim that they were weaned on whoopie cookies/pies. In Maine, these treats are more like a cake than a pie or a cookie, as they are very generously sized (about hamburger size). They're so big that you'll want to share one with a friend. A big glass of milk is almost mandatory when eating a whoopie pie.

Whoopie cookies/pies is like a sandwich, but made with two soft cookies with a fluffy white filling. Traditional whoopie cookies/pies are made with vegetable shortening, not butter. The original and most commonly made whoopie cookies/pies are chocolate. But cooks like to experiment, and today pumpkin whoopie cookies/pies are a favorite seasonal variation. The recipe for whoopie cookies/pies has its origins with the Amish, and in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, it is not uncommon to find roadside farm stands offering these desserts. Amish cooking is about old recipes that have fed families for generations, with no trendy or cross-cultural fusions or mixtures. These cake-like whoopie cookies/pies were considered a special treat because they were originally made from leftover batter. According to Amish legend, when children would find these treats in their lunch bags, they would shout "Whoopie