10 December, 2012

Crafty gift idea: Chai tea whoopie pies

I am one of those people that likes to hand out neighbor gifts. My neighbors don't even know me, but I feel like that adds to the fun. Did she poison this? Is she cray-cray? The answer is yes.

Have you ever heard of Craftsy.com? Such a cool site. They have online classes, instructional videos, crafty ideas and more! Seriously, pretty awesome. I've got a tasty and unique idea for your neighbor gifts from one of their instructors, Joshua John Russell (see below for more on him).

Chai Tea Whoopie Pies

Pie ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons instant Chia Tea
2 eggs
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Place all ingredients into a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low until all ingredients are combined. With a small ice cream scoop, dish scoops of dough onto a nonstick tray or silpat at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool.

While the pies are baking, you can whip up the filling!

Filling ingredients:
2 cup marshmallow fluff
2 sticks butter
2 teaspoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a stand mixer with the whip attachment and whip on high for one minute. Now dish or pipe the filling onto one pie and top with another.

Place them in a cute box or tin and you have a wonderful homemade gift! Cute, right?

Joshua John Russell learned baking and pastry arts at Johnson & Wales University, but his elegant and detailed cake designs are all his own. A finalist in “Last Cake Standing,” he has appeared on the “Food Network Challenge” 15 times, showing the world cake artistry that is by turns ornate, over-the-top and seriously cool. He continues to live and work in Atlanta, focusing his creative energy on making modern wedding cakes that look as good as they taste.


  1. Oh my lord, those sound phenomenal!

    I'm going to check out that site. I'm trying to be more crafty!

  2. I just made pumpkin macadamia nut whoopie pies for thanksgiving and they were great! But your cream filling looks much better than mine turned out. I don't like chai but you made these look tastey!

  3. I am usually the only one doing neighbor gifts too.. we love it! Not sure what were doing this year, but these look fun and super yummy! Wish I was your neighbor ;)


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