How To Make Football Shaped Whoopie Pies In Time for Monday Night Football with “Home & Family’s” Cristina Ferrare!

I’m ready for some football, “a Monday night party”! Tonight the Washington Redskins take on the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, and we’re celebrating with football shaped whoopie pies. Cristina Ferrare shared the recipe on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” a few weeks ago, and we have the scoop on how you can make them for your next football related party. The Super Bowl is just a few months away, these would be the perfect dessert, especially if the Dallas Cowboys make their way to Arizona (a girl can hope)!

 

Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines make football themed whoopie pies on Home & Family. H&F Photo Credit:  Copyright 2014 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines make football themed whoopie pies on Home & Family. H&F Photo Credit: Copyright 2014 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

 

 

 

How adorable are these football shaped whoopie pies?! Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines make football themed whoopie pies on Home & Family. H&F Photo Credit:  Copyright 2014 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

How adorable are these football shaped whoopie pies?! Cristina Ferrare and Mark Steines make football themed whoopie pies on Home & Family. H&F Photo Credit: Copyright 2014 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

 

 

 

Whoopie Pie Ingredients:

•  6 tablespoons shortening
•  1 cup sugar
•  1 large egg
•  1 teaspoon vanilla
•  1 teaspoon chocolate extract
•  2¼ cups flour
•  5 tablespoons cocoa
•  ½ teaspoon of salt
•  1 teaspoon baking soda
•  ½ teaspoon baking powder
•  ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
•  1 cup milk

Whoopie Pie Recipe:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  1. In a mixer, cream together shortening and sugar for about 2 minutes until light.
  1. Add egg and vanilla and chocolate extract, beating well until blended.
  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Slowly beat in the flour mixture, alternating with milk, until blended.
  1. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto greased baking sheets. Then use a toothpick or butter knife to gently create points on either side of the circle, creating the shape of a football. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until firm. Cool on racks then fill with filling, below.
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature.
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
•  Optional: Baby M&Ms or Baby Chocolate Chips

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:
  1. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low.
  1. Add sugar 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla and lemon juice, mixing until smooth and combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  1. If not using immediately, frosting can be refrigerated up to 3 days in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature again before using.
Whoopie Pie Assembly:
  1. Fill a piping bag fitting with a star tip with your cream cheese frosting.
  1. Flip one of your Chocolate Whoopie Pies over so the bottom is facing up. Starting from the perimeter, frost your whoopie pie, working your way in, until the entire circumference is frosted.
  1. Gently press the bottom side of another whoopie pie on top, creating a “sandwich”. Use the remaining cream cheese frosting to pipe football laces onto the top of each whoopie pie.
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