Pistachio and Bacon Whoopie Pies or Cake
* Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Mix, 17.5 oz (Mix as directed)
* 3.4 oz Jello pistachio pudding (Mix as directed)
* 2-3 Tbsp unsalted pistachios, chopped
* 3-4 Tbsp bacon crumbles
*Preheat oven to 375.
* Add 1/2 of your pistachio pudding to your ‘cake’ mix. Set aside the rest of your pudding for either whoopie pie filling of cake topping.
* Mix your bacon crumbles and chopped pistachios in to you ‘cake’ mix.
* Now you must decide if your are doing whoopie pies or a cake.
* Whoopie Pies: Place small amount (2-4 Tbsp-size) of mix onto greased or non-stick baking sheet. Leave enough room between each ‘pie’ as if making cookies. Bake each batch for 10-15 minutes.
*Cake: Pour entire contents in greased or non-stick loaf pan. Top with left over bacon crumbles and pistachios. Bake for 25-30 minutes. when checking, make note that your cake browns on the top much sooner than it is done cooking. Check actual baking by using a toothpick.
* Whoopie Pies: Let whoopie pie pieces cool completely. Apply 1-2 Tbsp pistachio pudding to the flat side of one piece. Top with another piece, flat side down – creating a ‘sandwich’. ENJOY!
* Cake: Let cake cool completely before removing from loaf pan. Cut into slices. Top with fresh whipped cream or remaining pistachio pudding. ENJOY!
NOTES ON THE RECIPE:
* I did notice that by using the ‘cookie’ mix instead of a cake mix, it created a very subtle sweet crunch on the edges of the whoopie pies and on the entire outside of the cake.
* You can easily buy chopped pistachios, but I did notice that it was A LOT cheaper to simply buy whole pistachios and simply shell and chop them yourself. If you have time to spare by sitting in front of the television (or get a loved one/friend) and have a food processor, then save your money! You’ll end up having lots left over that you can easily store away for other recipes later.
* You have many opportunities to make adjustments to this recipe. You can chose to use any flavor of bacon, different cookie or cake mix, or a different type of nut.
* This was my first attempt at this recipe and I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to improve it.