In honor of my soon to be brother-in-law who is from Ireland, I wanted to bake something for St. Patrick’s Day. Thinking of green I immediately thought something with mint? And then I got inspiration from those adorable girls selling those heavenly cookies. I know everyone has their own all time favorite girl scouts cookie-my fave thin mints!
So I wanted to make my own version of a thin mint whoopie pie. There was a recipe from King Arthur’s website for classic whoopie pies that I’ve always wanted to try. These are the typical chocolate whoopie pie with a marshmallow filling. I decided to use this recipe for the “cake” and make my own mint filling.
The recipe makes eight very large whoopie pies or sixteen mini-sized ones. I decided to make the mini-sized ones. Using a small ice cream scooper, I placed a rounded scoop on a silpat (you can also use parchment paper) lined cookie sheet.
The whoopie pies came out extremely dome-shaped. But I always seem to have this problem when I use the convection option with my oven. I should have known better. In any case, this is how it looked like when it came out.
For the filling, I decided to go with a ganache. My Hubby found some seasonal Creme de Menthe Hershey’s Kisses that taste suspiciously like the thin mints cookie filling. Luckily my Sissy takes Hershey Kisses as a form of payment when she occasionally watches the Ai Kids so that the Hubby and I can go out on a lunch or dinner date. I borrowed a couple of these gems and decided to make some ganache. I used around 30 of these kisses and about 50 grams of cream for the ganache. The ganache was a bit thin, so I added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once cooled, I used this ganache as the filling for the whoopie pies.
Thin mints are dipped in chocolate, so these whoopie pies took a semi-swim in melted chocolate.
And here comes the festive part. I dipped the other side into some green candy melts and sprinkled with some “lucky charms” hee hee (sorry Sissy’s fiance could resist this reference).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And to my future bro-in-law, welcome to the family! The Ai Kids adore you.