Mini Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies? Go for it! You’ll love this slim version of the old-school treat. They’re heart healthy and unsweetened applesauce and vegetable oil is used instead of vegetable shortening. The two-bite treats save more than 500 calories (they are ONLY 197 calories) compared with the regular bakery version, and agave nectar keeps these cakes sweet, so less sugar is needed!

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients-Cookies:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt or table salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 teaspoon instant espresson powder, dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ingredients-Filling:

2/3 cup marshmallow creme

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. To make cookie: Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through salt); stir well with whisk until there are no lumps. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce and next 6 ingredients (through vanilla); stir well with wisk. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

2. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon 32 cookie about 2 inches apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until the cookies are puffed and set (8-10 minutes). Let sit on hot pans 2 minutes; cook completely on wire rack.

3. To make filing: Combine marshmallow creme and butter in a medium bowl. Beat with a hand mixer at medium-high speed; gradually stir in powdered sugar, then vanilla. Beat at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (Note: Make 3/4 cup filling.)

4. To assemble pies: Sandwich cooled cookies with 3/4 tablespoon filling.

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Serving size: 1 whoopie pie

Calories 197; Fat 8g (sat 2g,  mono 2g, poly 3g); Cholesterol 21mg; Protein 2g; Carbohydrate 30g; Sugars 19g; Fiber 1g; Iron 1mg; Sodium 120mg; Calcium 12mg

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