Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

October 12, 2010 by Ali

Whoopie! It’s pumpkin season again!

I officially re-stocked my pantry again with lots of pureed pumpkin for fall, and after revisiting some of my annual favorites (many of which I posted during myOde To Pumpkin Week” last year!)….somehow only one lonely can remains on the shelf. Did I mention I love pumpkin?

Anyway, for my first fall pumpkin recipe of this year, thought I’d kick off with a fun new favorite – pumpkin whoopie pies! Apparently the name is not as well-known as I thought, because my friends and coworkers over the past two days always raise an eyebrow when I introduce the treats. But for those who have yet to try them, whoopie pies are basically two cake-like cookies with frosting sandwiched between them.

I went with a popular spiced pumpkin cookie recipe that has been circulating the blogosphere (which tasted almost exactly like my iced pumpkin cookies), and then went with a classic cream cheese frosting in between. I’m pretty sure there’s no way to go wrong with that combo, but they were still wonderfully delicious.

Happy fall baking!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 9-12 whoopie pies

Ingredients

    Whoopie Pie Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Method

For the whoopie pies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and toothpick inserted into the center of cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

For the cream cheese filling:

Sift confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth.

Transfer filling to a pastry bag and pipe onto whoopie pie (turned over, the flat side facing up) and pipe almost to the edge; filling the surface area. Place second whoopie pie (flat side facing down towards filling) and gently press until the filling spreads to the edge of the cookie.

Place cookies on baking sheet with parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving.

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to add some extra flavoring to your cream cheese filling. Some options might include:

  • a pinch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  • a tablespoon of maple syrup
  • adding some sprinkles around the edges of the filling

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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19 thoughts on “Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

  1. Very nice i realy like your blog you are doing very hard work bookmarked******

    - Adam

  2. Yummy whoopie pies — great Fall dessert

    - Ginny

  3. Better try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this. Maybe some chocolate syrup will make it more yummier.

    - Melanie Large

  4. Made this for my fianc√© the other night. He ate four in one sitting lol. They’re delicious. The pumpkin halves are delicious even by themselves.

    - Rohan M

  5. dang. i will be referring back to this!

    - Paige Shadden

  6. Yummy! Pumpkin cookies is most favorite when Halloween is coming. Kids will surely love this if I give some of them in their trick and treats. Lol. Thanks!

    - Mel First

  7. Making these tomorrow night for a “pumpkin throwdown” at work. About how many does this recipe make? Not sure if I need to double it. Can’t wait to try them!

    - Cait

  8. i like pie!!!!! great food!!!!!!!!!

    - vvvv

  9. My cream cheese filling did not turn out nearly as thick as yours looks! It was terribly runny, I’m sure it wasn’t the recipe but more my failings! I may try a maple butter cream next time. Otherwise, they were delicious. Thank you for posting!

    - KatieEE

  10. Delicious! Very much like carrott cake with the icing and all except you have the excuse to eat it with your hands cause it’s a “cookie”!

    - Christin

  11. Gorgeous space you have here! Glad to have discovered you :-)
    Keep up the good work n I promise to come back again!

    - Prerna@IndianSimmer

  12. These look amazing! I have some fresh pumpkin puree in my fridge, so I might have to make a batch or two :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  13. Oh, yum! These look so good! Wish you could send me a batch of these! If you ever decide to start a mail order business, I’ll be your first customer, and these will be my first order!!

    - Beverly

  14. I never knew what a whoopie Pie was until I met my husband. He’s from Pennsylvania and they have them all over the place up there. My favorite are the pumpkin ones.

    - Rachel S.

  15. What a gorgeous photo. Wish I had a couple sitting next to me right now. : )

    - Michelle

  16. Yum! I love pumpkin! I`ll be making these soon. ;)

    - Lauren Davis

  17. I think I’ll be baking these on Thursday. Thanks for the recipe! They look amazing.

    - joanie

  18. Silly question, but is pumpkin puree just canned pumpkin? This looks super yummy!

    - Sara