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Amish Whoopie Pie Recipe

By Shirleyoma
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water with 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sour milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 or 2 shakes of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 Tbls flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Mix cookie ingredients together. Batter should be slightly thick so it can be dropped with a teaspoon onto baking sheet. Drop onto ungreased baking sheets into small balls, trying to keep them roughly the same size. Bake at 375 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. For the filling: cook together the milk and flour until thick over low-heat. Place in a small bowl and add sugar, shortening and vanilla. Beat until spread-able.
  3. Choose two cookies about the same size, spread some filling on one and place the other one on top, bottoms together.

Central Market

23 North Market Street
Lancaster, PA 17608

Central market is Lancaster’s oldest farmer’s market, having been established in the 1730’s. Located in Penn Square, it actually remains in the oldest farmer’s market building in America. On a typical Saturday morning venture, you will be witness to over 60 merchants selling everything from fresh fruit and veggies, to dairy, meat, flowers, baked goods, and crafts.


Local contributors include: Blevins Farm of Shrewsbury Pennsylvania (which is rated best pick-your-own fruit in Southern York County), Brown’s Orchard (store, orchard, and the absolute best apple pies ever found in Loganville), Kaufman’s Fruit Farm (home of Lancaster’s own fresh pressed cider and apple butter), Swamp Fox Farm (a relatively new farm in Glen Rock with both pick-your-own and market produce), and OakStumpFarm produce (a small family owned operation specializing in plums and apples, located just past the Mason Dixon line).


Pennsylvania has a rich bounty to offer and by shopping locally, you support small farms, eat healthy, and cut down on the energy wasted to ship in fruits and vegetables to your local grocery store. Visit throughout the spring, summer, and fall and taste the changing local produce. The following is a basic chart of some of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that arrive during the next few months:

AprilAsparagus, Herbs, Parsnips
MaySwiss Chard, Lettuce, Scallions, Parsley, Rhubarb, Thyme, Spinach...
JuneAsparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Snap Peas, Strawberries...
JulyBlackberries (late-July), Blueberries, Cherries, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Melons, Onions, Peaches, Peppers, Potatoes, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Zucchini...
AugustBlackberries (until mid-August), Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Nectarines, Pears, Plums, Squash, Tomatoes, Watermelon...
SeptemberBrussels Sprouts, Cantaloupes, Carrots, Grapes, Green Beans, Scallions, Herbs, Nectarines, Okra, Peaches, Plums, Pumpkins, Raspberries, Radishes...


Open Tuesdays/Thursdays 6AM to 4PM.
Open Saturdays 6AM to 2PM.
Market is closed on holidays, in which case, the market opens on the day prior to the holiday.

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