Chocolate whoopie pies

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A couple of days ago I realised that I had forgotten to buy a Christmas present so I rummaged through cupboards for ingredients and decided to make some homemade goodies instead of fighting my way through crowded shopping streets.

Ingredients

1 Large egg
150g Caster sugar
75g Butter, melted
150g Creme fraiche
1tsp Vanilla extract
2tbsp Milk
200g Plain flour
75g Cocoa powder
1/2tsp Bicarbonate of soda

Filling
115g Unsalted butter
200g Icing sugar
1tsp Vanilla extract
Milk ( optional )

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Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.

Whisk the egg and caster sugar together until thick and light in colour. Beat in the butter, creme fraiche, vanilla extract and milk.

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Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda. Beat into the egg mixture until smooth.

Insert a large nozzle into a piping bake, then fill the bag with the mixture and pipe walnut sized balls on the paper sheet, space apart and bake for 10-12 minutes. Leave to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.

For the buttercream filling, cream together the butter, icing sugar, add the vanilla extract and milk if needed. Sandwich the whoopie halves together with the buttercream.

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Now you have a quick and easy present for those last minute panics or a lovely treat for yourself.

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