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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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                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                      There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                      More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                      Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                      You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                      During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                      Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                      Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                      The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                      This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                      Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                      The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                      This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                      This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                      Conclusion

                      While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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