Happy Valentine's Day!
Portland's historic downtown is once plastered with paper hearts, the work of the mysterious Valentine's Bandit (read more here). I'm feeling the love!
I like flowers and all (okay, I love flowers), but I still think something chocolate is the best Valentine's present. What can I say -- I'm a sucker for the sweet stuff.
This was my first time making whoopie pies, and I was pretty happy with the results by the end (let's just say the first couple pans were not as good...). The recipe comes from Moody's Diner, a coastal Maine diner known for its traditional pies as well as its whoopies.
I won't give you a whoopie play-by-play because, well, frankly I'm not very good at cooking. I will tell you that you'll need a REAAALLY big bowl and a strong mixing arm for all this dough (I may or may not have gotten chocolate all over myself). For the filling, I used a cup of shortening and a half-cup of butter, mostly because I ran out of shortening, and I thought it was divine (as much as I love chocolate, I think the filling is my favorite part!). And I gave them a little Valentine's bling.
Hope your day is filled with love -- and chocolate!