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    Chocolate Sandwich Whoopie Pies

      Servings:   30 pies

    Ingredients

      1-34 cups all-purpose flour
      34 cup Ghirardelli® Unsweetened Cocoa
      1-12 teaspoons baking soda
      12 teaspoon salt
      14 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
      12 cup granulated sugar
      12 cup packed dark-brown sugar
      1 large egg
      1 cup whole milk
      2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

      For Filling
      8 ounces Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
      1 cup heavy cream
      18 teaspoon coarse salt

    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together flour, Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
    2. Beat shortening and sugars with a mixer on high speed, until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg, and beat until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes more.
    3. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with milk and vanilla, beginning and ending with flour.
    4. Drop mounds of dough (about 2 teaspoons each) onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets set on wire racks 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks, and let cool completely.

    Makes: 30
    Prep: 35 minutes
    Total: 1 hour 55 minutes

    Filling

    1. Bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat.
    2. Pour over Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and add salt.
    3. Let stand 10 minutes (do not stir; doing so will cool the ganache too quickly, making it grainy).
    4. Whisk ganache until smooth and shiny.
    5. Scrape dish with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of it.
    6. Chill ganache, stirring often, for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    7. Beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until paler and fluffy, for 2 to 4 minutes.
    8. Transfer whipped ganache to a disposable pastry bag, and snip a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe ganache (2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons each) onto flat sides of half the cookies.
    9. Sandwich with remaining cookie, pressing gently.