Wednesday, April 4, 2012

PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies

Today was all about relaxation. 
This morning started out quite well.  In fact, there’s nothing better than waking up to clear blue skies.  So after feeding the little ones (i.e. the cats, and fish), we decided to go for a bike ride. 
I’m not a big fan of riding around our house because: a) we live next to a freeway, and b) even the side roads are 6 lanes wide and heavily traveled.  So, we loaded the bikes onto the back of the convertible and drove up to Grapevine Lake.   
I love my bike dearly.  So even though I know it’s firmly attached by 8 different straps, I still find myself checking the side mirror.  DJ laughs and calls me a worry wart.  I personally think I’ve been an insurance adjuster to long.  I have a story for just about everything.

Anyways, we make our way past the Dallas Fort Worth Airport.  Planes were taking off simultaneously from the three diffrent runways.  One flew right over us.  The noise from the engines was deafening.  It’s a wonder that something that large is able to lift so gracefully and effortlessly off the ground.

As we crossed the levy, DJ spotted a pack of bicyclists riding towards us.  It’s not uncommon to see them in groups of 50-75.  When we first moved down to Texas, I had high hopes of joining a biking club, but then reality set in. 
Yes, I may run an occasional 10K or half marathon and alternate with biking when knee issues arise.  But, bikers who wear bright skin tight shirts mean business. They can seriously haul since they maintain a cruising speed is 20-25 mph.

I’ll never forget a couple of years ago when I was riding home from the bike trail and was passed by a large group.  I though “Oh! This is my chance.”  I lasted for about a quarter of a mile since we were riding uphill.  After that, I gave up. 
I’m happy with just doing my best and then letting go.  All in all, I’m really not that competitive of a person. 
After our ride, we sat along the shore watching the sail boats and dreaming.

Someday we’ll have our boat...

PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies

(Ratio 2:2:1:1:1/2 = eggs:sugar:chocolate:butter:flour)

4 extra large eggs (220 grams)
110 butter
110 unsweetened chocolate
220 grams sugar
83 grams GF flour mix**
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon gar gum
GF Strawberry pie filling
Peanut butter frosting***

Pre heat oven to 350F.

In small mixing bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, salt and gar gum.  Mix with fork or whisk until well combined.  Set aside.

In medium sauce pan melt butter and chocolate over low heat.  Stir continuously to prevent chocolate from burning/scorching.  Once it's completely melted, stir in the flour mixture.  Beat in the eggs by hand.

Scoop mixture out into whoopee pie pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack.

Assembling the Whoopee Pies:  Scoop a teaspoon of strawberry pie filling onto the middle of a cookie.  Using a pastry bag filled with frosting, pipe a circle around the filling.  Place 2nd cookie on top and enjoy!

**GF Mix: 2 parts white rice flour, 1/3 tapioca flour, 2/3 potato flour

***Peanut butter frosting: Using mixer, blend 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 cup peanut butter, and 2 cups powdered sugar.  When mixture becomes too thick add in 2-3 tablespoons of milk.

Don’t forget to check out Mary Fran’s blog, Franny Cakes, as she is hosting this month Ratio Rally :)     

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Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made  Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caitlin from {Gluten Free} Nom Nom Nom made Peppermint Brownie Bars
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made  White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made  Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home  PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
Gretchen from kumquat made  salted caramel brownies
Irvin from Eat the Love made  Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made  GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made  Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made  Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made  Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made  Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life made Mint Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies 


  1. oooh what a great idea to use brownies to make "whoopie pies" like this! Love the filling flavors too, great combination with chocolate :)

  2. I like the decadence of these! Good thing your bike ride wasn't yesterday w/ all those tornadoes!

    1. No joke! One tornado actually lifted off the ground about 2-3 miles from here, but the vortex was still clearly visible as it flew over our house. We were really lucky yesterday :)

  3. These are very creative and look fabulous! I'll be right over!
    Blessings, ~Mrs. R

    1. Thanks, They were actually my husband's idea :)

  4. These whoopie pies hit all the major food groups: peanut butter, chocolate, strawberry! Great job.

  5. Great idea to make whoopee pies out of brownies! And chocolate and peanut butter is always a winner - yum!

  6. A fellow Texas rallier! Love the idea for these - Thanks for sharing, Claire!