Ordinary people….

I have a new form of people watching now. I guess it will help the time go by. I got my first round of allergy shots today. Yep, they hurt. But at least the nurse didn’t lie to me, she told me they would hurt. She was right.
After you get allergy shots you have to sit around and wait for 30 minutes to make sure you don’t have a reaction to them. And even though I did bring a book to read I found myself people watching far more than reading.
See the waiting area is right next to the exit. We must be next to some section where there are a lot of elderly people. And well, they are the funniest of all. My favorite today was the woman that reminded me of my grandmother. My grandmother always had her hair covered up with a plastic bag almost everywhere she went if the weather was bad or looked bad. This was to prevent her hair from being ruined and looking bad. It never seemed to occur to her that wearing a grocery sack from the produce department on your head would look bad.
I got to hear the little old couple argue for a good 10 minutes as to what parking lot they parked the car in. Only to be picked up by their son. So they didn’t even drive. Oye.
There was the head to toe leather couple. I really wanted to know what department they were going to. Yes, I was nosy. You don’t get a man in all leather pant, leather coat, leather boots and fringe everywhere. His wife or girlfriend was the same as well, though she had on a leather hat with fringe and an all leather purse. I sure hope they ride motorcycles, because if I find out they drive like a Ford Taurus I will be deeply disappointed.
I sure do hope I continue to have some good people watching as it made the time go by quickly. If I am not people watching or reading I am trying to think of recipes to invent. I didn’t think of this one today, I thought of this one while actually waiting at the allergist last week. I was so wanting a creamsicle but it was cold that day and I didn’t want ice cream, but still wanted the flavor.
The filling for this is nice and light, which is perfect because you don’t want it to be too heavy. If I had another vanilla bean I would have thrown another one it. I like to see my cookies speckled, but alas I was out. These are a little more on the cookie than cake side as well. If you are a orange and vanilla fan, I think you will enjoy these Creamsicle Whoopie Pies.

Creamsicle Whoopie Pies

Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies

2/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup full fat sour cream
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 vanilla beans, cut and seeds scraped out
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of ½ a medium orange
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
Using a stand mixer (or a bowl and beaters) using the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and sour cream for 1 minute until combined.
Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, making sure to scrap down the bowl after each addition.
Add the vanilla bean seeds, extract, and zest and beat for another 30 seconds until completely combined.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, you don’t want to see any flour but you don’t want to over mix it.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Using a piping bag, fill the bag with batter. Pipe the batter to about the size of a quarter (I made mini ones) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Remove and move to wire rack to cool completely.
When cooled, match up two cookies of the same size. Take one cookie, and with the flat side up, pipe or spoon on the orange vanilla filling. Top with another cookie.
Repeat until you run out of cookies.

Creamsicle Filling

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 ¼ tsp orange extract
¾ tsp vanilla extract
2 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP powdered sugar

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use bowl and beaters) using the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, extracts and butter. Beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, using a spatula to get all of the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
Clean bowl and place back at mixer. Add whipping cream. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the cream on high. When soft peaks form add the 1 TBSP of powdered sugar. Keep whisking on high until the cream has formed stiff peaks.
Add cream cheese mixture to the bowl with whipped cream. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together until completely combined and light and fluffy. Add food coloring if desired.


  1. These look divine! I saw your shortbead blondies on Julie’s blog and came over here only to find more goodies! How do you not have diabetes with all these grand treats? :)

  2. They’re so cute. And sparkly!

    I love to watch people, too. Esp. on the beach!

  3. Those are adorable – I especially love that you can still see the swirl they were piped in. They sound really yummy, too!

  4. She put her hair in a grocery bag? Omigosh, I thought there were special caps for hair, heh :)
    The cookies (and esp. the filling!) look soo dreamy, I want one!

  5. My father would love these. As would I. I haven’t had a good dreamscile in a long time.

  6. What a fun idea! I love anything with cream cheese filling; these look yummy!

  7. Manggy has it spot on … dreamy is the perfect word for those gems!

    I love the imagery of the leather couple and grocery bag grandma! Keep the allergist stories coming!

  8. I’m a big fan of people watching too…

    I’m thinking that despite the cold, I want to make creamsicle ice cream now. And actually, we had almost spring-like weather today so I made heavenly hash ice cream. But cold wouldn’t have stopped me… I love my ice cream.

  9. These look fabulous! Orange and vanilla is such a great flavor combo! Bet if you sat there with a box of these on your lap people would come and tell you their stories.
    Miss the Weight Watcher
    “Points” count :)

  10. I enjoy some good people watchin’ myself. These cookies sound heavenly.

  11. What gorgeous Whoopie Pies! They look fantastic and ever so delicious!



  12. I love watching people too…great way to pass time! love your sparkling whoopie pies too. My kids had better not see these or they’ll pester me forever!

  13. People watching has got to be our all time favorite when out and about. My problem comes when I wonder what do I do that seems outlandish to somebody else because I don’t think I do this stuff . . .
    I’d love several of this whoopie pies! no one would not do.

  14. i love people watching too! although watching the elderly is a lot of fun – watching kids is just as amusing. these whoopie pies look divine!

  15. I love to observe people, but one always has to remember that other people might find it funny to observe me!!!! I would love to bite into s Creamsicle whoopi pie right now! I hope your allergies ar not too many to cope with!

  16. I’m so glad these aren’t bright orange.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next week while people watching.

    How are Mama’s Boy and CCS?

  17. The biscuits look great!

    I must say that I am addicted to people watching as well. My husband tells me off for it all the time.

  18. Drool, as usual, DROOL!

  19. By watching the people, they might not be too ordinary afterall ;)
    These woopies are adorable :)

  20. Using the piping bag made the little cake parts come out so cute! I love the design. Glad you had some entertaining characters to help you pass the time at the Dr’s.

  21. People watching is a great way to pass the time! These whoopie pies look great. I love the idea of using the orange flavor.

  22. I people-watch all the time, haha :-D


  23. These look divine, and I love people watching as well!

  24. Love the creamsicle filling!

    Instead of reading a book while waiting, why not write a book and people it with all the weird characters you see.

  25. I want a creamsicle.

  26. I love people watching! It is a great sport..ha! Love the whoopie pies!! They are super cute!

  27. Oh, I LOVE people watching. Sometimes i forget they can see me too, though–that’s when I get myself into trouble. :-) These whoopie pies look amazing–one of my favorite flavor combos.

  28. Mmmm – whoopie pies! I love the flavor you made here and you’ve inspired me to bake some up soon to experiment with other flavors. I love people watching… and that leather couple would have given me a good giggle as I tried to figure out what dept they were going to.. :)

  29. I get shots too. I usually manage to read for about 10 mins and then spend the rest of the time looking around at people. I only have to wait for 20 mins though.

    Also, those whoopie pies look amazing!

  30. I’m not quite sure I would classify any of those people as “ordinary”

  31. Oh yum. Those look so good.

    People watching is the best!

  32. wow what a nice invention! :) I would like to try these. Can I substitute sour cream with something else. we don’t have it here. Good luck with the allergies shots. Hope you ll feel better soon.

  33. Oh Pea-at least you got the first shots over with! I am soooo curious about the leather couple!!! These look delish-can’t wait to try them! Hope you’re feeling good!

  34. Humans are certainly the most entertaining form of entertainment! Especially humans who play hockey …

    But maybe baking is the best form of entertainment as in these cookies!

  35. People watching is an amazing way to pass time — somehow it frees another part of your brain to be creative. I get some of my best ideas waiting in airports, hospitals, even wandering around at a fair or sitting on a park bench.

  36. Seriously, it’s just dangerous for me to look at your blog. I might have just eaten a whole pizza, but I can still get hungry when I look at your treats! I cannot wait to try these. I love the creamsicle flavors, but when it’s like 60 degrees in my apartment, I’m not so fond of ice cream. So, you’ve given me the perfect outlet for my creamsicle craving, and for that, I am very thankful!

  37. Those look so tasty. I am road trippin this weekend, these might need to go on my “to make” list for tomorrow! Maybe I will just make and eat them before the trip…

  38. Oooh yum. I had a creamsicle craving the other day and made some creamsicle ice cream….. INCREDIBLE. Now that I’ve got the creamsicle bug, I’ll have to translate it to cookies like these as well! These look great!

  39. best whoopie pies ever. creamsicles were my favorite ice cream novelty as a kid, and they probably still are.

  40. We can have a lot of fun watching people around – great idea, Pea. And these… Well, they look very addictive.

  41. Oh my gosh, cremecicle filling sounds so good!

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, I did a post (http://myfirstyearasawallace.blogspot.com/2009/02/in-honor-of-fact-that-its-valentines.html)on blogs that I *love* and you’re on that list! Thanks for making the yummiest and prettiest food!

  42. Wow. Why have I not thought of creamsicle whoopie pies before!? These sound heavenly and sinful all at once. I must go collect tons of citrus now while they’re still in season!

  43. I just started allergy shots back in January. Hang in there, they don’t hurt so badly every time. My nurse said it has to do with the weather and whether or not you get the vial up to room temperature before you get your shot.

    I might just make these creamsicle pies for a church fellowship dinner that’s coming up this weekend. They look great, as do all of your desserts!

  44. These look great! What a nice variation on whoopie pies :)

  45. I made these and they look nothing like the photos
    The cake part fell flat and I ran short on the filling. My filling was not orange like in the photo. What type of coloring was used?

  46. Sorry those did not work out for you Lisa. If they fell flat then your baking powder or baking soda might have been starting to go stale?
    The filling is orange in the photo because I added two drops of orange food coloring.


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