If you follow my blog you know Keto Amish Whoopie Pies isn’t my first Pennsylvania Dutch Recipe turned keto and it likely won’t be my last! I grew up in Pennsylvania and Whoopie Pies or as some call them Gobs are everywhere, plentiful as lightning bugs (firefly’s) on a summer night!
Whoopie pies are two chocolate cake cookies sandwiched together with a sweet frosting filling. In Pennsylvania you can find whoopie pies just about everywhere they are a staple at roadside stands, farmers markets and fairs. Whoopie pies are often found wrapped in cellophane and are a perfect grab and go sweet treat you can eat with your hands!
While there are many claims to the first whoopie pie. Based on Pennsylvania history, Amish women invented the whoopie pie. Keeping with their customs of avoiding waste, the women would drop excess cake batter into mounds and bake them. Then they would take two of those cookie mounds and sandwich them together with a sweet and creamy frosting. Although there are many claims to the first whoopie pie, its safe to say that the delicious confections have been a common treat in Pennsylvania culture and will remain for years to come. Now for the name…there are lots of stories floating around but my favorite is the story including Amish children. When the kids would find these in their school lunch boxes they would be so excited they would shout “Whoopie!”
While Whoopie pies are full of sugar and carbs, I have worked tirelessly to create Keto Amish Whoopie pies at about 3.5 net carbs per serving so they can be enjoyed (in moderation of course) following a Keto lifestyle. But more importantly I had to get it right – Whoopie pies are part of my Pennsylvania roots! You don’t even want to know how many times I failed to get this right, but when I finally got it I’m pretty sure I too shouted “Whoopie!”
How to make Keto Amish Whoopie Pies…
Amish Whoopie Pies Keto are surprisingly easy to make. If your following a Keto way of eating you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. To make the cake you simply combine all of the cake ingredients and combine with a hand mixer.
Preheat your oven to 350°, and drop your cake mix onto a non-stick cookie sheet or parchment lined sheet. These will spread a bit and that is good. If your batter is not spreading, you can add a little water or heavy whipping cream. Another option is to tap your pan on the counter a few times and the batter will spread out. Using a medium cookie dipper your cookies should be about 1 ½ to 2 inches wide before you place them in the oven. I use this cookie dipper.
Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes or until they spring back to the touch. Once cooked remove from pan and place on a cooling rack. You want the cookies to cool fully before frosting.
The frosting for Amish Whoopie Pie Keto is just 4 ingredients. Softened butter, powdered sweetener, vanilla and heavy whipping cream. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and with a hand mixer blend until fluffy and combined.
Once your cookies are completely cool, you can begin assembling the Keto Amish Whoopie Pies. Sometimes I get fancy and pipe the icing onto the cakes, but usually I go the traditional route and drop mounds of frosting onto the cookies and smash them together! Either way they are going to be delicious! Wrap them in plastic wrap to keep them fresh and place in the fridge or freezer. Yes I said freezer because Keto Amish Whoopie Pies freeze and thaw perfectly. Otherwise they will last about 3-5 days.
Tips and Tricks…
Ensure your cake batter is not too thick, whoopie pies should be wider than they are high. If you are having trouble getting your batter to spread out try adding by the tablespoon heavy whipping cream or water until the consistency of the batter spreads out to about 1 ½- 2 inch cookies.
Try Allulose as a Powdered sweetener in this recipe – especially the frosting. Allulose is a natural powdered sugar alternative that tastes just like sugar! It has zero calories, zero net carbs and zero glycemic index. Its diabetic friendly and won’t spike blood sugar. While Swerve powdered sweetener is a great option, it does leave a bit of a cooling aftertaste in the frosting.
If you don’t have powdered sweetener alternative you can use a coffee grinder to make your own! But it is critical you use powdered sweetener in the frosting.
The frosting for this recipe is not just for Keto Amish Whoopie pies, this frosting works well for cupcakes and cakes as well. While this recipe makes more icing than you will need you can refrigerate it for later or like me make a double batch of Keto Amish Whoopie pie cakes and freeze some for later!
Wrap your Keto Amish Whoopie Pies in cellophane – They will stay moist and fresh. And its just how they do it in Pennsylvania!
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Try Keto Amish Whoopie Pies today – you might even find yourself shouting “Whoopie!” – The Scrambled Eggs
Keto Amish Whoopie Pies
- 1 1/2 cups Super Fine Almond Flour
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder Total: 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp.
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/3 cup Heavy whipping Cream
- 3 LG Eggs
- 1/3 cup Sweetener of choice Allulose or Swerve work great!
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 stick Softened Butter equivalent to 1/2 cup
- 2 cups Powdered Sweetener Powdered Allulose or Swerve work well.
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine Cake Cookie Ingredients into a bowl and mix with hand mixer
- Drop about 2 tbsp of batter onto a non-stick cookie sheet or parchment lined sheet.
- Batter should spread a bit and that is good. If you batter is not spreading see notes below.
- Bake Cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350° or until they spring back to the touch.
- Remove cookies from pan and place on cooling rack, ensure the cookies are fully cooled before frosting.
- In a bowl combine frosting ingredients. Make sure the butter is soft not melted.
- Combine with a hand mixer until combined and fluffy.
- Once cookies are completely cool, pipe or spread icing onto one of the cakes (flat side) and top with another cookie.