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Whoopie! 10 Tasty Whoopie Pie Recipes That You Shouldn’t Miss

Whoopie! 10 Tasty Whoopie Pie Recipes That You Shouldn’t Miss

If you think a whoopie pie is a cookie, you’re right. If you think it’s a pie, you’re also right. If you think it’s a cake, you’re right again. These cake-like cookie circles that sandwich a sweet, fluffy filling go by a variety of names — black moon, gob, and even Big Fat Oreo — and can be considered either one of the three desserts mentioned above.

Even though they look similar, the whoopie pie shouldn’t be confused with the macaron or moon pie. Whoopie pies are in a league of their own, and they aren’t that hard to make. With a little practice, you can be a whoopie pie pro in no time (and your friends will be deliciously impressed).

Whoopie Pie Fun Facts

1. The whoopie pie is believed to have originated as an Amish dessert in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

2. In 2010, Maine named the whoopie pie the Official State Treat.

3. How did the whoopie pie get its name? No one knows for sure, but tradition has it that when Amish children found out their mother was making this dessert for them, they would excitedly shout “whoopie!” — who wouldn’t?

4. The largest whoopie pie in the world was created by confectioners in South Portland, Maine on March 26, 2011. It weighed a whooping 1,062 pounds and was used as a charity opportunity to raise money for troops serving abroad. You can find a picture of it here and a video here.

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5. In 2002, Ben & Jerry’s released a “Makin’ Whoopie Pie” flavor. It was chocolate ice cream with a mixture of marshmallow and devil’s food cookies. Sounds delicious, but we’ll probably never know — in 2003, Ben & Jerry’s decided the ice cream just wasn’t whoopie enough and sent it to the grave.

10 Non-Traditional Whoopie Pie Recipes

Traditionally, whoopie pies have been black and white, with chocolate cake in cookie form on the outside and white cream or frosting in the middle. Creative cooks, however, have long done away with tradition and introduced all kinds of whoopie pies to tempt our tastebuds. From chocolate peanut butter to luscious lemon and even a morning cereal flavor, check out these 10 tasty must-try non-traditional whoopie pie recipes.

1. Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies

A trip to Maine inspired this soft and sumptuous dessert. I guarantee you are going to love these! Get the Lemon Blueberry Whoopie Pies recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

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    2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

    Chocolate plus peanut butter takes the classic whoopie pie to a whole new level. Get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies recipe from Deliciously Sprinkled.

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      3. Lemon Whoopie Pies

      Here’s a fun and bright lemon-flavored whoopie pie to brighten your day. The cream cheese filling will leave you wanting more. Get the Lemon Whoopie Pies recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen.

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        4. Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

        Soft and light spiced pumpkin cookies sandwiched together with a decadent, yet easy to make, browned butter maple cinnamon frosting! Get the Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe from The Chunky Chef.

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          5. Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies

          Chocolate and raspberry are a great combination. Get the Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies recipe from Taste of Home.

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            6. Butterfinger Whoopie Pies

            Two butterfinger cake cookies filled with butterfinger frosting — so good! Get the Butterfinger Whoopie Pies recipe from Inside BruCrew Life.

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              7. Banana Bread Whoopie Pies

              Have you ever tried banana bread in cookie form with a thick fluffy layer of frosting sandwiched between two of them? Well, now you can! Get the Banana Bread Whoopie Pies recipe from Cooking Classy.

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                8. Pink Velvet Fruity Pebble Cereal Whoopie Pies

                Good morning, dessert! Get the Pink Velvet Fruity Pebble Cereal Whoopie Pies recipe from Cookies & Cups.

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                  9. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

                  Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth and sweet cream cheese frosting. Get the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies recipe from Roxana’s Home Baking.

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                    10. Chocolate Coconut Whoopie Pies

                    Who can resist delicious chocolate cookies made with cake mix and a coconut cream center! Get the Chocolate Coconut Whoopie Pies recipe from The Recipe Critic.

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                      Featured photo credit: Didriks / Flickr via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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