Gluten Free German Chocolate Whoopie Pies

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Dietary: Gluten-Free, Kosher, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Whole Grain

For a decadent gluten free treat, grab a box of Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and make rich, old-fashioned coconut-pecan frosting on the stovetop. Sandwich a spoonful of frosting between bites of dark chocolate cake drops for an old favorite in a fun, handy new shape.

Prep: 5 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 box Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs, room temp (equal 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut, plus more for rolling edges


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cookie sheets by covering with parchment paper or silicon mats, or lightly coating with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, cream butter with electric mixer until soft. Add Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and cocoa powder, and stir gently to combine. If using a mixer, use a low setting. Mixture will still be mostly dry and crumbly. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract and beat well until combined. Batter will now be thick and fudgy. Drop batter by small teaspoonful 1-2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Shape each dollop with the spoon, dabbing it into a roughly smooth circle, about 1- 1 ½ inches wide. Bake 15-17 minutes, until tops are dry and toothpick inserted in center of cake drop comes out clean. Cool on pan for several minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Pair up cake drops that match in size for whoopie pies.
  • While cake drops are cooling, make the coconut-pecan frosting. In a large saucepan, combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat and stir in salt, pecans and coconut. Let cool to near room temperature before spreading.
  • Spread a spoonful of frosting on bottom of one of a pair of cake drops, and then press them gently together. Roll edges in more flaked coconut where frosting peeks out if desired. Serve shortly after assembling.
  • Notes: Store cakes and frosting separately to prevent assembled whoopie pies from becoming soft over time. Store cake drops tightly sealed at room temperature, and keep frosting tightly sealed in the refrigerator. Keeps 2-3 days unassembled.