Sour Cream Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Filling

Easy sour cream cookies, so soft and tender, they’re like little whoopie pies with rich chocolate ganache filling in the middle. These soft sandwich cookie will create a lot of smiles at your cookie exchange or office party this year!

Sour Cream Cookies (Soft like Whoopie Pies) with Chocolate Ganache Filling! #holiday #christmas #cookies #cookieexchange #whoopiepie

With Christmas only 2 weeks away (For. Real.) it’s time to crank holiday baking into full gear.

Lately, I’ve been a baking fool. It seems every time the kids walk in the door I’ve got a new batch of treats sitting on the counter. Obviously this goes over well, even when I’m packaging most of them up to send off as gifts.

My kids love carrying plates of goodies to our friends and neighbors, then running back home to give me a moment-by-moment report of how they were received.

However… the day I made these sour cream cookies with chocolate ganache filling, was a dark day in the Collier family.

You see, I was planning to send these cookies off to three other bloggers for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Julie of TheLittleKitchen.net and Lindsay from LoveandOliveOil.com.

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It’s a wonderful event that helps raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and allows food bloggers to sample 3 other bloggers’ favorite cookies, a win-win!

I was vacuum sealing the sour cream cookies to send off, when the kids discovered I had only enough to send in the mail. You should have seen their sour faces, and how they scrambled to come up with a solution, so that all the sour cream cookies could stay home and we could send something else in the mail.

Then as mothers like to do, I had a long discussion with them on how there’s more blessing in giving than receiving, and how we were sending them off to people that never get mommy’s treats. After all, they get to eat mommy’s cookies all the time.

This didn’t stop them from hovering over the vacuum sealer and platter of cookies every time I turned around, like little vultures, waiting for the right moment to attack.

Sour Cream Cookies (Soft like Whoopie Pies) with Chocolate Ganache Filling! #holiday #christmas #cookies #cookieexchange #whoopiepie

So what’s all the fuss about?

These sour cream cookies are soft and moist like little tangy pillows. Actually, they are more the texture of whoopie pies, than cookies. The silky sour cream softens and flavors the cookies to create a creamy consistency, the perfect platform for a rich filling.

Each sandwich cookie is filled with nutty chocolate ganache filling. A cheater’s version that incorporates Nutella with extra chocolate, so that the filling dries just a tad bit more firm than Nutella does on its own.

You might wonder, if standard ganache technically only has 2 ingredients (heavy cream and chocolate) why I’d make a cheater chocolate ganache filling with 2 ingredients.

The intense chocolate essence of Nutella, along with the nutty hazelnut flavor, gives the chocolate ganache filling extra depth, depth that it wouldn’t have on its own.

These whoopie pies are completely irresistible. I can see why the kids had a hard time giving them up. Secretly, I held a few back so they could have a surprise treat later after they’d simmered down a bit. *wink*

Sour Cream Cookies - Chocolate Ganache Filling

Yield: 30 sandwich cookies

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:8 minutes

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Ingredients:

For the Sour Cream Cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted Land O’ Lakes butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour

For the Chocolate Ganache Filling:

  • 1 cup Nutella chocolate hazel nut spread
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Then scrape the bowl and beat in the egg and sour cream until smooth.
  2. Turn the mixer on low and add the vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Then slowly add the flour, and beat until just combined.
  3. Use a small 2 tsp. scoop to drop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets in a uniform fashion. (You could roll then into little balls if you’re really particular.) Space them 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes, until the edges are just barely golden. Then cool completely on the baking sheets.
  4. For the Chocolate ganache filling: Place the Nutella and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well so the chocolate chips melt into the Nutella. Scoop the filling into a thick plastic bag and snip the corner off to make a quick piping bag.
  5. Flip half of the cookies over and pipe 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons of chocolate ganache filling in the center of the turned cookies. Then top each one with another cookie and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar to garnish. Store in an air-tight container.
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24 comments on “Sour Cream Whoopie Pies with Chocolate Filling

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  2. Carole Resnickposted December 16, 2013 at 8:32 am Reply

    YUM

    Rating: 5
  3. Sarah | The Sugar Hitposted December 16, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply

    OH MAN, I can’t say I blame those kids. Those were some lucky bloggers who got to sample these!

  4. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuresposted December 13, 2013 at 9:57 am Reply

    I love whoopie cookies! These look so cute!

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted December 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Love that chocolate filling, perfect whoopies!

    Rating: 5
  6. Julia | JuliasAlbum.composted December 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

    I love desserts that use sour cream – sour cream is one of my most favorite ingredients! I often use sour cream in making cakes, and I even use it as frosting over some cakes. YUM! These look wonderful dusted with cocoa powder! Pinned!

  7. Layla @ Brunch Time Bakerposted December 12, 2013 at 10:55 am Reply

    How yummy! They look wonderful!

  8. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted December 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm Reply

    I love using sour cream in my baking! These look fabulous!

  9. Tieghanposted December 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm Reply

    So many cookies today!! These look awesome, Sommer!

  10. Gabyposted December 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

    What a fun treat!

  11. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

    I love the tang of sour cream cookies and even more so when they have chocolate in the middle of them!

  12. marlaposted December 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm Reply

    Sour cream is amazing in baked goods. Perfect cookies!

    Rating: 5
  13. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted December 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness. These look wonderful.

  14. Mason Canyonposted December 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm Reply

    These look yummy and I love the cup.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  15. [email protected]posted December 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Look and sound good, girl. Perfect for the holidays!

  16. Shariposted December 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Oh my, these look heavenly!

    xoxo ~Shari
    http://www.pinkblotmom.com

  17. naomiposted December 11, 2013 at 11:17 am Reply

    I love the nutella and that you are going to give your kids an unexpected treat. great little surprise for them. :)

  18. Marian (Sweetopia)posted December 11, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    Such yumminess! Love these!

  19. Mariaposted December 11, 2013 at 9:43 am Reply

    Love these cookies! So fun!

  20. Julie @ Table for Twoposted December 11, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    Oh how fun! I would’ve totally loved to get these from you :) hehe

  21. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted December 11, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    They look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever met a whoopie pie I didn’t like. Pinned!

  22. Betty Lynneposted December 11, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    We have huge whoopie pie fans in this house so these will definitely be on the baking list this weekend!

  23. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 11, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply

    These whoopie cookies sound so good!

  24. Shainaposted December 11, 2013 at 7:25 am Reply

    I love that you had to call the kids off (and that you saved a few for them in the end!). Lovely cookies. I’ll be whoever received them in the mail was thrilled.