Whoopie pies for Halloween

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Black velvet whoopie pies
These mini cake sandwiches pop with Jack-O-Lantern Orange, Frankenstein Green and Phantom Purple fillings that can be customized to your taste with flavors like orange, lemon and raspberry.
Makes 2 dozen or 24
(1 whoopie pie) servings.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes per batch
1 package (15 1/4 to 18 1/4 ounces)
German chocolate cake mix
with pudding
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 C. vegetable oil
3 Tbs. McCormick Black Food
3 eggs
1 Tbs. McCormick
Pure Vanilla Extract
Jack-O-Lantern Orange Filling:
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow
1/2 tsp. McCormick
Pure Orange Extract
1/2 tsp. McCormick Red Food Color
1/2 tsp. McCormick
Yellow Food Color
For the cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cake mix, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter, 2 inches apart, onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. (Cookies will spread so avoid crowding them on baking sheet.)
Bake 8 minutes or until cookies are puffed and spring back when touched, turning baking sheets halfway through baking. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
For the orange filling, beat all ingredients in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. To assemble the Whoopie Pies, place 1 tablespoon filling on flat side of 1 cookie. Top with a second cookie, pressing gently to spread the filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
Frankenstein Green Filling: Use McCormick Pure Lemon Extract in place of the orange extract and 1/4 teaspoon Neon Green McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye in place of the yellow and red food color.
Phantom Purple Filling: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick Raspberry Extract in place of the orange extract and 1/2 teaspoon Neon Purple and 15 drops Neon Blue McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye in place of the yellow and red food color.