Whoopie pies originated in Lancaster County, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and are one of the area’s best known and most loved comfort foods for locals and visitors alike.
They were created by Lancaster’s Amish and Pennsylvania German communities and have been handed down for years in home kitchens and small bakeries, from generation to generation.
It’s believed that whoopie pies were first made from leftover cake batter, and Amish legend has it that, when children and even farmers would find the delicious treat in their lunch pail, they’d yell out “Whoopie!,” hence the name.
Whoopie pies are actually more like a sandwich, made of two cake-like cookies with a cream center. The cookies are typically chocolate and the cream vanilla, but many flavor variations for both the cookies and the cream have appeared in recent years.
Make this Lancaster County favorite no matter where you live!
Whoopie Pies Cake Ingredients
Preparing the Cakes
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, cocoa, and baking soda. Mix and set aside. In another bowl, combine the sugar, shortening and eggs. Beat for about two minutes. Mix the dry ingredients with the egg mixture and add the warm water and milk and beat at a medium speed for two to three minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Bake the batter as drop cookies. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased non-stick cookie sheets. Bake in a preheated oven at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until the center of the "cookies" spring back when lightly pressed. Remove from the cookie sheets and cool a wire rack.
Preparing the Filling
Beat the egg whites until stiff then set them aside. Combine the other ingredients and beat vigorously for several minutes at a high speed. Fold in the beaten egg whites.
Whoopie Pie Assembly
Spread a generous amount of filling on a completely cooled cookie and then top with another cookie. To preserve your newly created treat, wrap each whoopie pie individually in plastic wrap.
You can find delicious whoopie pies all over Pennsylvania Dutch Country! From our farmer's markets, to local shops, bakeries, restaurants and quaint roadside stands! Here are just a few places where you can find this truly authentic Lancaster County delicacy!
In addition, check out all of the Lancaster County's local shops, purveyors of sweets & treats, farmer's markets, and restaurants who are sure to have some of the best whoopie pies you've ever tasted!
It's one of the most delicious days in Lancaster! On Saturday, September 17 join in on the dessert-y fun at the annual Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn! Participate in a whoopie pie eating contest, a whoopie pie treasure hunt, or set your eyes on the largest whoopie pie ever made!
As you may know, the state of Maine is attempting to claim the whoopie pie as its official treat. Like you, we here in Lancaster County are shocked – shocked, I tell you – at this act of confectionary larceny, and we need your help.
Whoopie pies are a long-standing part of our Amish and Pennsylvania German culture, with origins that go far beyond any written records.
Help us preserve a delicious Lancaster County culinary tradition and Save Our Whoopie by digitally signing our Save Our Whoopie petition objecting to any other state, county, or town claiming the Whoopie Pie as its own.
Show your support for keeping Lancaster the authentic home of the whoopie pie, not to be “officially” appropriated by Maine, Mauritania, Mars, or anywhere else.