New Moon Whoopie Pies (chocolate cookies with honey fluff)

 

The new moon has arrived. Silence has come and I find myself embracing this moment of pause.

The lunar phases are a way to measure what goes on internally. 

The new moon is about new beginnings. The waxing moon is symbolic of growth. The full moon is about fruition. The waning moon is symbolic of gratitude and release.

I don’t always align with these phases. Sometimes I feel like I am somewhere else on a given phase and that’s ok. I have found that if there are significant events in my life the moon phases are a great way to process them.

 I think of the lunar phases in gardening terms. 

The New Moon phase is a time to prepare the soil for seedlings. This includes scrapping the soil to create cradles for seeds. Weeds as well are removed from the root so that the water may only nurture what we want to grow.

 All of this work is to give the baby sprout its best chance of taking root. In this analogy, we are the soil and the seedlings are the goals and dreams we have.

Digging into the ground is symbolic of making way for new things. Ridding ourselves of high expectations, self-doubts, and negativity. These spaces we make then become centers of growth for higher things.

Removing weeds can be seen as removing numbness, blocks, and anything else that steals energy away from the things you want to do.

Prepared soil is a clean slate.

Creating the recipe:
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this bake was made for the #newmoonbakecollab Octavia (Instagram: @greeen.kitchen.witch) and I hosted. We created a list of 10 magical ingredients to choose from. For this recipe, I chose a total of four.

chocolate (cocoa powder)

cloves

honey

brown sugar

Why I chose those ingredients:
Chocolate has always been a cornerstone in my world. I think about the cups of chocolate my mom made me on cold days, they were loving and nourishing. I used to only drink milk if it was chocolate milk. My dad literally walked to my preschool with a can of chocolate milk powder to scoop into my lunchtime milk. Chocolate is something that makes me feel loved, powerful, and worthy. 

Cloves are one of my favorite whole spices to keep on hand. They were the first magical ingredient I ever consciously used. I'd mix whole cloves into cleaning solutions, honey, and other things for their symbolic meaning. Cloves represent protection and cleansing.

Honey is a delicacy. Honey has been a source of happiness and brightness for me since I was little. If there was a bottle of honey in the pantry, it meant that life was going pretty well. Honey sweetens and attracts good things to you.

Brown sugar is seen as a comforting and loving ingredient. I often bake with brown sugar for those qualities and also for the flavor it gives baked goods.

What do they taste like?
These whoopie pies are so satisfying. The cookies are rich in chocolate flavor. The hint of cloves warms the mouth. The texture of the cookies is cakey and soft. The filling tastes just like marshmallows made of honey. Together they create a lovely treat to slow down with.

RECIPE:

Yield: about 10 whoopie pies
Soft chocolate cookies:
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • tiny pinch of ground cloves
  • 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter 
  • ⅓ cup tightly packed (80g) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (20g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup (60g) unsweetened greek yogurt 
  • ½ cup (123g) whole milk
Honey fluff:

  • 2 (60g) egg whites 
  • ½ cup (175g) honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
Making the cookies:
  • Have all ingredients at room temperature before starting.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F°
  • Line three baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cloves.
  • In a separate bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in vanilla, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and mix until combined. Next, slowly add in yogurt while mixing the batter. Once incorporated, slowly stream in the milk while mixing. The mixture should be smooth and free of lumps.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until the batter is smooth and creamy. The batter will be somewhere between cake and cookie batter.
  • Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto the lined baking sheets. Make sure to leave about 2 inches of space between each portion of batter. 
  • Bake at 350F° for about 7-9 minutes. The surface of the cookie should be matte. When lightly touched it should bounce back and leave no mark.
  • Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack
Making the honey fluff:
  • In a heat-safe bowl pour in all of the fluff ingredients. 
  • Place the bowl over a pot with a few inches of simmering water. You do not want the bowl to touch the water, and you do not want the water to boil.
  • Continuously whisk the ingredients until the mixture turns pale and frothy.
  • Carefully remove the bowl as it will be hot. Use a hand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip the honey fluff.
  • You want to whip until you get stiff peaks, and I mean stiff! The mixture should begin to thicken and become harder to whip. 
  • Place the honey fluff into a piping bag or use a spoon to fill the cookies.
  • Use as much fluff as you'd like to sandwich the cookies together! You'll likely have some fluff leftover, don't throw it away! It keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days. The honey will start to separate after that time period. I use the extra fluff to dollop on top of hot chocolate or coffee. You can also use it to frost the top of cupcakes! You can even make a peanut butter and honey fluff sandwich! The options are endless.
Storage:
  • Store the whoopie pies in an airtight container in the fridge for about five days. You can keep any plain cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.
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