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Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix 'em, Match 'em, Eat 'em Up Recipes
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This afternoon I made some lemon whoopie pies with the classic cream cheese filling. I discovered that making whoopie pies is a time consuming project--a fun one. But make sure to set aside at least 2 hours if you want to make the cakes and filling at the same time. I did really like all the stuffing, so to speak, in this cookbook--the cake recipes, filling recipes, fun commentary and introduction.

So, those are the pros.

The cons are that the font size is really small and the ingredients are in a pastel font. So, you need to read this cookbook in a good light. The second con is that the recipe I chose--lemon cake was missing a direction. It doesn't tell you when to add the flour in. I added it after the buttermilk. The cakes turned out fine, thankfully.

For me, the difference between a cookbook I love and one I don't has a lot to do with the formatting and how the directions are written. I think the best cookbooks have directions that are clear, font with a size and color that are easy to read, and pictures to make me want to cook the recipes.

This cookbook has fun pictures. The directions are a bit wordy and the font size and color and not very good. Hence, my rating this cookbook at 3 stars. It had lots of potential! Better formatting and editing would have made it an awesome cookbook!
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 28, 2010
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This is a cute and appealing little cookbook with a nice variety of recipes for the little soft sandwich cookies known variously as whoopie pies, moon pies, scooter pies, gobs, or other regional names. I loved the soft vinyl cover too...a little pillowy and soft, just like a whoopie. I also liked the friendly, happy tone of the authors. It's a cute novelty cookbook, not the backbone of your kitchen but cute enough.

I couldn't rate the book higher than 3 stars, however, and my quibbles are below:

1. Recipes are divided into cakes and fillings, so you decide which cakes to pair with which filling. The authors don't even suggest pairings in the recipes! There is a list at the end of the book of suggested combinations, but honestly, it feels like a lot of paging around to put together a complete cookie recipe when I decide to pull out the bowls and get baking. First select one recipe, then page around and select another, or consult that list in the back and page around to look at those recipes.

2. What IS IT with the teensy tiny print in cookbooks these days? In the (many) pages of introduction to these recipes, the print is teensy little white print in a cutesy font on brown background. The words are squeezed together on the page leaving tons of empty brown background. The few-words-to-a-page design gives the book an appearance of more heft than it has.

Recommendation: Borrow this one from the library rather than buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know how I've managed to come this far in life without ever having one of these... Oh sure, I've heard of Scooter Pies and Moon Pies... (The apparent relatives of the sweet treat this book is about.) And I've had a macaron or two... Or three or five... But I've never had these. Probably because I'm from the West Coast. They look good though don't they?

Supposedly, Nabisco have come out with something they call Oreo Original Cakesters, but I prefer to make my own when I can and the treats in this book didn't disappoint.

As for the recipes, they're great. I ran them by my pastry chef friend and she gave the book her thumbs up before I tried anything out. The writing style is fun and easy to follow. The variety of cakes and fillings is enough to keep you mixing and matching batch after batch.

The recipes and writing alone are worth four or five stars. Unfortunately, the layout of the book left something to be desired.

The first step for any recipe should *not* be, "Make an enlarged photocopy of this recipe."

The text is too small for a cookbook. I don't have bad eyes and there's plenty of light in my kitchen but you shouldn't have to lean into a book to read it while you're following the instructions.

Also, while I like how they try to encourage mixing and matching cakes and fillings by having them organized in the book separately, flipping back and forth isn't so great. If you're going to try and differentiate your cookbook by having a nice tactile and squishy cover you may as well also go for some kind of mix and match split page set up so people can have the cake and filling of their choice visible at the same time.

Overall, if you like well written cookbooks for new and interesting things to eat, or you're looking for a gift to give somebody who is moving either to or from New England this will fit your needs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Overall I really like this book, the soft vinyl cover similar to an actual whoopie in terms of the pillowy texture. The tone of the book is casual and upbeat, making you feel all happy inside even before you pop one of those whoopies into your mouth. I happened to like the fun sketches included at the beginning; finding it lent a nice retro feel to the book that complimented its subject matter. Unfortunately there were quite a few inaccuracies that should have been caught during the editing process, resulting in some recipe flops. Also, it would have been great to have suggested icings on the same page as the cake recipes, so you don't have to keep flipping back and forth between the different sections.
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on March 16, 2013
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I was really disappointed int he cookbook and was expecting more than I got from it. I had gotten a number of the cookbooks and was disappointed with a lot of them.
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on June 16, 2014
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I haven't used it as I'm not into making whoopee pies since I ordered it. I think the book is ok for what it is.
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on April 9, 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my mom, who loves to cook desserts, and who had her own recipe for whoopie pies that she made all the time when I was growing up.

Here's the point- are you looking for whoopie pie recipes only? Google! Are you looking for an interesting looking cookbook that provides ready access to a number of interesting whoopie recipes and has a kitsch factor for your counter or shelf? Buy it.

Now to reminisce about whoopie pies and summer breaks from school...
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
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Coming from the land of Sprinkles Cupcakes, I understood that the whoopie pie is to be the next big haute dessert trend. I am not a big fan of Sprinkles, but I do enjoy a Little Debbie cake now and again. So after looking at the reviews, I decided to order the book. I do not have any issues with the way the book is laid out, or the color of the pages and text. It is fine to me. I like the photographs as well. I thought I would start with the carrot cake whoopie pie. How can you go wrong with a spiced cake with carrots and coconut? Well, the cakes came out a little heavy, dense and dry. I have never had an "original" whoopie pie, so this may be the texture it is supposed to be. Thought it would be more light and cake-like. I made the classic marshmallow filling. This was good, just like commercially made cakes. I would even use this on a regular layer cake. But I just don't get the attraction of the whoopie pie. My family thought they were just okay too. I will still try to make the chocolate whoopie pies, but I'm not rushing into the kitchen yelling "whoopie!" So, I will leave the legend of the whoopie pie to those in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and I will go back to my creme brulee and cappuccino or fruit plate.
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