Blueberry Pancake Whoopie Pie
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Blueberry Pancake Whoopie Pies with Ricotta Cheese Frosting

Whoopie pies with a breakfast twist.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Blueberry Pancakes, Mini Pancakes, Pancake Sandwich, Pancakes, Ricotta Frosting, Whoopie Pies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cook time assumes 1 batch is made; time per batch: 12 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 (Makes 6 Whoopie Pies and 12 Mini Muffins; or 8 Whoopie Pies)
Author [email protected]

Ingredients

For the Pancake Whoopie Pies:

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen (if fresh, washed and any stray stems removed)
  • 6 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted for greasing the Whoopie Pie baking pan cavities
  • Non-Stick Whoopie Pie Baking Pan with 12 cavities

For the Ricotta Cream Cheese Frosting and Strawberry Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup for the frosting
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (heaping) cream cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 8 fresh strawberries thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup for drizzling over the strawberries

*Can substitute milk for the buttermilk; just omit the baking soda and add 1 teaspoon of baking powder (for a total of 3 teaspoons baking powder)

    Instructions

    For the Pancake Whoopie Pies:

    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
    • For the Dry Ingredients - in a large mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar and salt.  Whisk the ingredients together (whisking has a similar effect to sifting the dry ingredients).  Set aside.
    • For the Egg, Canola Oil and Buttermilk Mixture - In a medium size bowl, add the egg. Then beat the egg, and add the canola oil and buttermilk. Whisk the egg mixture together. 
    • For the Batter - To the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients, add the egg mixture and stir until moistened.
    • Baking the Whoopie Pies - Brush melted butter over each of the Whoopie pie baking pan cavities. 
    • To each cavity in the Whoopie pie baking pan, add batter 3/4's of the way full.  Top the batter with blueberries.
    • Uses for Extra Batter - The batter should be enough for 16 cavities (if using a 12-cavity baking pan, another batch with 4 cavities can be made which would yield 2 more Whoopie pies).  If baking the second batch of 4 cavities, reserve some of the blueberries to add to that batter.
    • Or another option for using the extra batter is to make mini muffins with it.  If making mini muffins, also brush the melted butter over each of the muffin cavities on the muffin tray.  An option is to cut 12 thin slices of strawberries and add them to the top of the mini muffins. 
    • Bake the Whoopie pies in a preheated oven until the tops turn a golden color and the edges of the pie start to pull away from the pan (about 12 minutes).
    • After removing the Whoopie pies from the oven, when the pan and pies are cool enough to handle, remove the pies from the pan onto a cooling rack and let cool. 
    • While the Whoopie Pies and, or muffins are cooling, the frosting filling can be made.

    For the Ricotta Cream Cheese Frosting and Strawberry Filling:

    • To a medium size bowl, add butter, powdered sugar, maple syrup, ricotta cheese and cream cheese.  Beat until creamy.
    • When the Whoopie pies are cool, add about 2 tablespoons of frosting to the bottom (flat part) of each of the 6 Whoopie pie sides. 
    • Top the frosting with thinly sliced strawberries.
    • Drizzle 1 teaspoon maple syrup on top of the strawberries in each Whoopie pie.
    • On top of the strawberries, lay the remaining Whoopie pies flat side-down to make the sandwiches. 
    • If making mini muffins with the excess batter, they can be topped with frosting, and garnished with leftover blueberries and sliced strawberries.
    • For the best flavor and texture, serve right away.