The shortcut presented itself packaged in a bold red box of Duncan Hines Brownie mix on sale for $0.99. On the side panel was a picture of “Brownie Cakes” – they looked like Whoopie Pies to me.
I bought the box and decided I would try the boxed-route to Whoopie Pies. I followed the recipe on the box and as I didn’t have the can of vanilla Duncan Hines frosting, I used the filling recipe that my friend had given me.
The consistency of the mix looked off – but I figured the heat of the oven would firm things up. I spooned out the mix, the neat pools spread, and kept spreading, out over the parchment paper and seeping on to the baking sheet.
“That doesn’t look quite right.” My son reproached.
“They’re not done yet…” I reasoned.
“Hmmmm…..” He replied.
They were like brownie pancakes. I filled them, and looked at the leftover filling. We don’t waste food in our house so I pried the tops off some of the flat brownie pies and spooned in more sticky stuff. The tops slid dangerously off the sugary slopes.
“That’s not how they’re supposed to look, I don’t know if you should take shortcuts like that….” said my son’s friend, he smiled and added gallantly, “but they taste just fine…so, we’ll eat them.”