Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Key Lime Whoopie Pies

There are four things that made this weekend just perfect.

1. Dogs in costumes.

This weekend was the 22nd annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade!  (procrastinate for a few more minutes and check out more pictures of the event!)  BF and I spent a good hour watching adorable golden retrievers in alien costumes, yorkies dressed up as bees, French bulldogs waddling about as hot dogs, hamburgers and lobsters.  It was hilarious to watch and there was not a gloomy person in the park.  How could you be anything but happy? 

2. Movies about food!

This past weekend was the Food Film Festival in New York City (it's coming to Chicago in November!) and BF and I got tickets to the Saturday afternon "Edible Adventure."  Short films about food and foodies paired with the very foods seen in the films!  I had a delicious apple dessert from Sidesaddle Kitchen and some of the smoothest maple syrup I've ever had from The Sugar Shack in Quebec.  Oh yeah, I had a few Bark dogs as well.  Maybe a few too many hot dogs, which made it difficult to eat...
3. S'Mac for dinner!

Saritas Mac and Cheese on 12th street is my favorite place to eat in the entire city.  It's not fancy pants food, with aged meats and hoity toity sauces.  It's good old comfort food.  Mac and cheese at its grandest.  You want four cheese?  Done.  How about cheeseburger?  Easy.  My favorite?  What else but Buffalo mac and cheese.

This place is always busy, from when the doors open until the shoo the last person out the door.  If you're lucky enough to see a table open, grab it!  Since there are only about seven tables in the little place, it is most likely that you won't find a place to sit.  Luckily, they have a take-out place right next door.  BF and I usually get it to go during the summer and eat it in the park down the street!

4. Key Lime Whoopie Pies.

Mmmm, super easy and my favorite flavor for desserts.  So, if you missed the doggy parade and aren't anywhere near 12th and 1st, you can still have a great day!  Just whip up a batch of these!

One Year Ago: Newmans Pizza
Two Years Ago: Pumpkin Cookies

Key Lime Whoopie Pies
Adapted from Everyday Food

I love key lime everything.  When it's my birthday, I would be as happy with a key lime pie and I would be with a birthday cake.  When we visiting Key West, I made sure to stock up on Key lime juice and eat a few slices of pie.  These little whoopie pies are like an easy to eat cupcake!

For Cookies

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For filling

8 ounces cream cheese
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp key lime juice

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon sheets.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  In a large bowl, beat together yogurt, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract.  Add flour mixture to the large bowl in three additions.  Place batter in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Drop 1 tbsp of batter, about 2-inches apart on the lined baking sheets.  Bake cookies for 10 minutes, until fluffy and set.

While cookies cool, prepare the filling.  Beat cream cheese and key lime juice until smooth.  Add powdered sugar one cup at a time.  You may not need to add all of the powdered sugar, add enough until the filling is creamy and smooth, not runny. 

Match up cookies in pairs of equally sized cookies.  Add 1 tbsp of filling and sandwich the cookies together.
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