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By: Lindsey Reynolds on Dec. 18, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
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New England's whoopie pies

Like many beloved hometown desserts, multiple states have argued over who "owns" this chocolate sandwich-cookie-cake mashup. Some food historians say they were born in Pennsylvania Amish country, while Maine smugly passed a law making it their official state treat (not dessert, that's blueberry pie) in 2011. Whoopies have gone mainstream in the past decade, with The New York Times declaring that "the snacks evoke a more homespun era that seems to provide some comfort amid the economic gloom."

Get the recipe here.