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Ever make something for the first time and they totally turn out perfect? Yeah, this never happens to me….until I made these Whoopie Pies from Green & Black’s latest cookbook, “Ultimate Chocolate Recipes – The New Collection”. Well, perfect in my book. Sure the tops aren’t as smooth as a normal whoopie pie, but they are crackly, as if like a whoopie pie had an affair with a brownie! Flavored with GREEN & BLACK’S Mayan Gold, the dark chocolate pairs wonderfully the citrus. Wanting to have a more rounded citrus flavor, the buttercream that’s tucked inside the two pies is also laced with orange extract, making the Mayan Gold Chocolate I used, even happier.

Now, about the book. “Ultimate Chocolate Recipes – The New Collection” from GREEN & BLACK’S is a gorgeous and compact hardcover book that translates beautifully into your kitchen. It’s a collaboration of chefs, authors, publishers, and fans, that have all come together to share their best recipes using chocolate. Rose Levy Beranbaum has a Chocolate Layer Cake on page 60 that I am dying to try; Nick Malgieri has another cake in the book, a Chocolate Bourbon Cake that sounds fantastic. And the way it’s divided, makes it easy to narrow down what you’re in the mood for; everything from Teatime to Tortes, with Ice Creams and Desserts. The cherry on top? Detailed and beautiful photography done by Jenny Zarins.

Anita's Wonderful Whoopie Pies

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  • For the pies
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 5 ½ ounces dark 70% cocoa solids chocolate, (Green & Black's Mayan Gold)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • For the filling
  • 3 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract orange extract
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Toasted Nuts or Coconut


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment.
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler and cool.
  • Whisk sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fold in chocolate/butter mixture.
  • Sift flour, cocoa, and baking powder and fold into above mixture.
  • Place tablespoons on to baking sheets and bake 10-12 minutes. Cool.
  • For icing, cream all the ingredients together.
  • Fill whoopie pies with icing and cover sides with toasted nuts or coconut.


GREEN & BLACK’S Ultimate Chocolate Recipes – The New Collection.
Used by permission of Kyle Books, 2010. Pg. 32. Print. Adaptations are in parenthesis and instructions were written by Marnely Rodriguez-Murray.

Now, are you ready for a chocolate-infused giveaway? The generous folks over at GREEN & BLACK’S want to share the love and will be giving away the following to three (1 set per winner) Cooking with Books readers: 3 sets of GREEN & BLACK’S Ultimate Cookbook and GREEN & BLACK’S bars: GREEN & BLACK’S Maya Gold, Dark 70%, and Hazelnut & Currant.

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Want to win? Here’s how to enter (do one or all, just be sure to leave a comment for each action completed):

  • Answer: Have you ever tried GREEN & BLACK’S Chocolate?
  • Follow @greenblackUS and @nella22 on Twitter
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  • Tweet the following: Orange & @greenblacksUS Chocolate Whoopie Pies & GIVEAWAY! Comment on @nella22’s blog to enter:

The comments are the official entry, there is no purchase necessary, void where prohibited. US mailing addresses only. One (1) winner will be chosen randomly. Prize will be shipped by Kraft Foods. The contest ends Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 11:59 pm Eastern time. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 13th, via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Disclaimer: Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Cooking with Books.

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  1. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

    I’ve tried them. They are delicious, but I don’t often indulge in them. This would be awesome to win, thanks!

  2. I haven’t yet had a chance to try Grenn & Black’s. (mooshujenne at

  3. I read chocolate on Twitter and I couldn’t resist stopping by. And now you’re tempting me with an awesome giveaway. Haven’t tried Green & Blacks yet but this sounds like the opportunity to make me a lover!