Some years ago, there used to be a little lunch place close to work called High Noon. High Noon used to make the most delicious whoopie pies which they called noon pies. They were sort of a brownie cookie with unsweetened mascarpone filling. They were crumbly, creamy, rich, decadent, and delicious.
Of course, High Noon closed leaving me with a craving for those noon pies. I tried several recipes for brownie cookies, but none had the texture I wanted. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon the blog A Baked Creation which featured this recipe for “brookies” from the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook. I made them, and they were just the right texture for the whoopie pies. Firm enough to hold the mascarpone filling between them, but soft and fudgy in the middle.
Brownie Whoopie Pies with Mascarpone Filling
Adapted from A Baked Creation
From the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook
1 tablespoon of canola oil
1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chunks (52-62% cacao)
2 large eggs
¾ cup of light brown sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ cup of all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
1. Melt together the canola oil, butter, and chocolate. Set aside to cool
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
3. Fold the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
4. Sift or whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold into the previous mixture.
5. Place batter into a shallow dish and freeze for 8 minutes.
6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
7. Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, scoop mixture on the cookie sheets. Press them down slightly with your fingers to an even thickness. Bake, one baking sheet at a time, for 12-15 minutes. Let cool before removing cookies from cookie sheets. Makes about 20 cookies. Store in an airtight container.
Mascarpone Cream Filling
16 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ heavy cream
1. Place the mascarpone and vanilla extract in the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and heavy cream, one tablespoon at a time alternating each, until you have added all of them.
2. Pipe filling on top of one cookie and top with another. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let the whoopie pies come to room temperature before serving.
If you like brownies and whoopie pies, do give this recipe a try. They are delicious! Next time I make them I will probably make smaller ones, maybe 1 tablespoon of batter instead of two, in order to have smaller whoopie pies. These were pretty much your standard size whoopie pie.
Looks heavenly!! I love your presentation in the last picture, just sit one down in front of everyone’s place setting. Perfect.
Aaaaaaaaaand the list of things I need to bake has another line on it.
These look very impressive, I keep meaning to try doing whoopies but haven’t managed to yet.
Victoria–oh definitely make them, you will love them!
Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am more of a bakery-puchaser than baker, but I made the whoopie pies tihs weekend and they were amazing and a huge hit I am going to make them again, but in minature for some after Thanksgiving dinner nibbles.
EatingAroundDC–I’m so glad you made them and liked them! I agree, they are so rich that a smaller format is probably better after a large meal. So very happy you enjoyed them!
Lovely Macrons. First time to this beautiful place, hope to best wishes.
Oh my! These look absolutely dangerous…I’d eat them all in one sitting!
These look SO SO SO good! I’ve never made (or tasted) a whoopie pie before and I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately. I love mascarpone fillings in dessert so I think I’ll give this one a try =)
Mmmm! I love whoopie pies! I’m glad you found a recipe that works and shared it.
Fudgy delicious treats? OK for me, but too bad my oven is broken and I Cannot bake ANYTHING these days. and it makes me miserable. But I think good days are yet to come, and I’m sure trying your recipe!!
This sounds amazing!!! I’m a whoppie pie lover— especially with a creamier rather than sickly sweet filling!!!
Wondering if anyone has made this recipe in a cake size rather than individual whoppies… I love the idea of bringing outba giant whoppie pie for dessert!
Does anyone think it would work?
Goodness, these were absolutely delicious! I made them with regular vanilla buttercream because of the crowd they were intended for, but were just as delicious. Wolfed down in minutes.
Oh! Were also wonderful with peanut butter buttercream. I had some left over from a previous batch of cupcakes 🙂
Thanks for this recipe! I will definitely be making it again.
Tamar–I’m so glad you gave these a try!
wow….first of all a moment of silence for High Noon closing. I didn’t know that, having left DC 7 years ago….and having dreampt of Noon Pies ever since. I can taste them now, feel that exquisite contrasts of textures between the chewy cookie with melty choco chip in them and that phenomenal buttery tasting marscapone filling. Cannot believe you found and posted this recipe. I will make it for my friends out here in San Francisco. Thank you so much!
I made these for choir last night to use up some mascarpone cheese. They were a huge hit, and two girls asked for the recipe. Thanks!
why did the filling turn to butter, whoops…..
Jill–Oh no! Probably the filling was too warm. Also, if you beat it for too long it will separate.