Pistachio and Bacon Whoopie Pies or Cake

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INGREDIENTS:

* 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.

STEP 1:
* 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.

STEP 2:
* Mix your bacon crumbles and chopped pistachios in to you ‘cake’ mix.

STEP 3:
* 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.

STEP 4:
* 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.



-Elle.

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About elle

Crazy cat lady, comic book nerd, and lover of bacon all in one.

Posted on February 2, 2012, in Cooking with Bacon and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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