Ice cream whoopie pies recipe

These cool whoopie pies are a retro treat for adults and children alike, perfect for a barbecue or summer party

Hannah Miles: "These pies are a classic chocolate whoopie, just a little bit chillier, and perfect for a barbecue party on a summer’s day. You’ll need to assemble them at the last minute so that the ice cream doesn’t melt. I’ve used vanilla here but you can substitute any flavour you like – why not try chocolate for a double chocolate treat!"

Makes 12

Prep 50 mins
Cook 15 mins


  • 125g unsalted butter or vegetable shortening such as Trex, softened
  • 200g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 250ml natural yoghurt
  • 100ml hot (not boiling) water

For the ice cream filling

  • 400g vanilla ice cream in a block
  • Multicoloured sprinkles, to decorate


  1. To start, you will need 2 greased 12-hole whoopie pie tins or a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/fan 160ºC/gas mark 4.

  2. To make the pies, cream together the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl for 2–3 minutes using an electric hand-held mixer, until light and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again. Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the bowl and add the salt and yoghurt. Whisk again until everything is incorporated. Add the hot water and whisk into the mixture.

  3. Put a large spoonful of mixture into each hole in the prepared tins, or pipe or spoon into 24 mounds on the prepared baking sheet. Leave to stand for 10 minutes then bake the pies in the preheated oven for 10–12 minutes. Remove the pies from the oven, let cool slightly then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Shortly before you are ready to serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer and allow to soften slightly. Cut 12 slices each about 2-cm thick and, using an 8cm biscuit cutter, stamp out a round from each slice. Sandwich an ice cream round between 2 cooled pie halves. Working quickly, put the sprinkles on a flat plate and roll each pie in them so that the ice cream is coated. Serve your whoopie pies immediately with napkins to catch any ice cream drips.
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From Whoopie Pies by Hannah Miles

Photography by Steve Painter
Published by Ryland Peters & Small

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