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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Oh how yummy and fun these were to eat. Any kid and adult alike will take much pleasure in filling their mouth with a load of moist pumpkin flavored cookies and sweet as can be creamy filling. They are perfect for Halloween treats as I brought them to my friend’s pumpkin carving party just last weekend. Everyone was so excited about them but honestly there is nothing to it- I probably shouldn’t tell you all that so you will continue to think I am superwoman but seriously- easy peasy!

The first time I made a whoopie pie it was a simple vanilla recipe and since then I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I wanted to play around with different variations like a lemon, espresso, white chocolate and raspberry. I ended up with- you guessed it- pumpkin and spice! The perfect sweet answer to the arrival of fall and so cute to present at a Halloween party. Since it was Halloween I decided to add a little cocoa powder to the batter to make it a dark chocolate brown. No worries- this did not overpower or mask the flavor of the pumpkin- it just aided in the dessert theme. Believe me- the spice is still there!

Delicious Delicious Delicious! They are simply delicious. I am afraid I might have to explain what a whoopie pie actually is though before I let you go. It seems in my group of friends some are not used to the term. I like to think of them as a cross between a cake and an oreo. They have an amazing cream filling that you can make into just about any flavor you wish sandwiched in between two moist chewy and yet slightly crispy cookies. Sounds good right? Enjoy!

The only downside to these whoopie pies is you can’t eat just one. Or maybe that’s an upside? I’m curious-Β let me know what twist you would make on the flavor? I love hearing your ideas.

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Pumpkin & Spice Whoopie Pies

Ingredients: (adapted from Browneyed Baker)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Β½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 can pumpkin
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients:

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the dark brown sugar, and the oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

5. Use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. The cookies should be firm when touched. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.

7. To make the filling, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth with no visible lumps, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then add the maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.

8. To assemble the whoopie pies: Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe or spoon the filling (about a tablespoon) onto that half. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spread to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm before serving.

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53 Comments

  1. Collette Osuna

    These DO look yummy….and should be illegal if you ask me, lol.
    Happy Friday!

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    28 . Oct . 2011
  2. lena

    i’m embarrassed to say that i have not tested a whoppie pie before. Do their texture resemble a macaron? i must say i do favour a pumpkin spice one..plus a cream cheese filling..no wonder you shouted Delicious 3X!! happy weekend!!

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      lena- the texture is more like that of a cake but the idea of making macaron sandwiches is something i could definitely go for

      30 . Oct . 2011
  3. Malli

    KB
    These look utterly delicious and perfect for Halloween!! I can easily get addicted to this treat:)
    So nice of you to leave all those good wishes and beautiful words on my site
    .
    Thank you

    28 . Oct . 2011
  4. Three-Cookies

    YUM. I have never tried any whoopie pie, yet! A pumpkin carving party?

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      Yeah girl! this was the first time i went to a party for it but not the first time to hear of it. Its kind of a tradition to carve your pumpkin while having fun with friends and family. Just a reason to hang out really:)

      30 . Oct . 2011
  5. yummychunklet

    Definitely an upside to eating more than one. That means everyone will be eager to get their hands on them!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  6. flip flops & pearls

    Those look yum-o!! Now I want a banana moon pie:)

    I hope you have a great weekend sweet friend!
    Xo

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      banana moon pie:) Yes that is it! I remember that flavor from a long time ago- oh you have me craving it now

      30 . Oct . 2011
  7. Karen Xavier

    They look great, seriously… wish I could taste one!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  8. lindsay

    girl bye. i love love pumpkin whoopie pies! well, actually i love whoopie anything. and i really love pumpkin anything. have a great weekend!!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  9. Karen Xavier

    Woah! I could finish a dozen of them in no second! You do make them sound so tempting!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  10. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks

    When I saw the word “pumpkin”, I was looking for orange color, but saw chocolate instead πŸ™‚ Great looking cookies!

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      yeah- I decided to add cocoa powder to the mix to make it dark for halloween but believe me the pumpkin flavor is still there- in both the cookie and the cream

      30 . Oct . 2011
  11. val

    I’am a self proclaimed whoopie pie addict!!! YUM

    28 . Oct . 2011
  12. Eva@ kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

    I’ve never heard of a whoopie pie before this year! I suspect it must be an American thing. Anything with chocolate and a creamy filling sounds YUM. How about PB and Jam woopie pie?

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      i am liking the idea of PB &J whoopie pie- that needs to be my next creation

      30 . Oct . 2011
  13. sportsglutton

    I’m not allowed to have things which are triple delicious in the house right now as I’m trying to prepare my body for Turkey Day. πŸ˜‰ These do sound dangerously good though!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  14. The Slow Roasted Italian

    These look so amazing! I would love to bite into one right now!!!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  15. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Okay now these just look awesome!! I am thinking though that if I made them I would eat way to many so I think I will put this recipe in my make around the holidays file. That way I will have to share them with a lot of people and therefore there won’t be a lot left over to tempt me!!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  16. kankana

    aaaww so cute .. and those fillings .. YUMMY! If ony the husband could enjoy some pumpkins. This season I am seeing such delicious pumpkin recipes and all I can do is drool !

    28 . Oct . 2011
  17. Cool Gal

    OMG…seriously? Those look so delicious!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  18. Erica

    A pumpkin carving party sounds like so much fun! And I think chocolate and pumpkin pair amazingly well together! Beautiful recipe!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  19. Carey

    Oh my goodness! You are speaking my language here girl! I WILL be giving these a try very very soon! hmmm maybe for playgroup Monday πŸ™‚

    28 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      carey- you would love them. I know how much you and I are alike in the sweet department! Miss ya’ll

      30 . Oct . 2011
  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Yup you are a superwoman indeed. I’ve been thinking so since I found your blog. You have various recipes that I cook and bake and I’m always in awe. I hate to say but I’ve never tried whoopie pies. I had numerous times that I had seen and I could try/order but I always pick something else. I should probably take next chance to taste what they like! Have a great weekend!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  21. Candace

    I had never had a whoopie pie until I came to New England. They are HUGE up here. I don’t think I’ve had one quite this yummy though. Love the pumpkin flavor! These are perfect for Halloween!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  22. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    So fun for Halloween. I really need to give the whoopie pie a try!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  23. kitchen flavours

    I did thought of making some whoopie pie next week! I’m ever so curious about the taste of it, as have not tried them before! Hahaha! Yours with the pumpkin and spice sounds wonderful. Have a great Halloween weekend!

    28 . Oct . 2011
  24. Sheila

    I’ve never made whoopie pies…these look marvelous! I think I would try making a Strawberry Cake version πŸ˜‰

    29 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      strawberry cake- not that sounds fabulous- i wish you would make some and then send them my way:)

      30 . Oct . 2011
  25. the good soup

    These really do look fun. Sort of a down-to-earth version of the elite macaron. I’d love to see Pierre Herme make a Halloween macaron! very cute. He’d probably pair the pumpkin with… let’s see… it’d be pumpkin and candied angelica. Something strange like that. But I love your version!

    29 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      candied angelica- wow! Now that is a whoopie pie I would have to have- where on earth did you think of candied angelica- this is why I love visiting your blog- so many fun ingredients you always talking and cooking with

      30 . Oct . 2011
  26. daphne

    I must be one of the odd people who have never tasted whoopee pies! they look so good though.. I spot a few at one cafe.. so so tempting.

    29 . Oct . 2011
  27. Mandy - The CompleteCook Book

    Awesome! I can almost taste one already!
    Have a great weekend.
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

    29 . Oct . 2011
  28. Kristy

    These are so cute! My son would have loved these for his classroom’s Halloween party. I’m going to remember these for next year. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love them! (And adult for that matter, but I’m the weirdo that doesn’t eat chocolate!) πŸ˜‰

    29 . Oct . 2011
  29. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Cute! They look great!

    29 . Oct . 2011
  30. Jihane @Sinful Sundays

    So festive! I have not tried to make whoopie pies yet and need to get the ball rolling! πŸ™‚

    29 . Oct . 2011
  31. Linda

    You’re pretty much superwoman to me!! Pregnant and cooking away!! I’m familiar with whoopie pies but haven’t tried making them. Of course now that you incorporated pumpkin…I just might have to give this a try!!

    29 . Oct . 2011
  32. maria @ a platter of figs

    Ok, I have to admit, that I’ve never had a whoopie before. And these are making me think that I have missed out in life! I love the filling color. So perfect for a pumpkin carving party!

    29 . Oct . 2011
    • Kitchen Belleicious

      they really are fun maria. Its like eating your cake and a cookie at the same time!~ you can even make them healthier by adding fruit to the cream and using wheat flour for the batter

      30 . Oct . 2011
  33. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I love you for making these! There’s a bakery near my friend’s house that sells pumpkin whoopie pies and he’s always telling me about them, but I’ve never been. I’d rather make these then buy them- that way I’ll have lots of them πŸ™‚

    30 . Oct . 2011
  34. Liz

    Oh, yummy! I am long overdue to make whoopie pies and a pumpkin version sounds fabulous!

    30 . Oct . 2011
  35. Roxana GreenGirl

    i love whoopie pies and pumpkin treats so these are right up my alley. Love them.
    If i may (hope you don’t get upset) you wrote directions instead of ingredients for the filling.

    30 . Oct . 2011
  36. Reem | Simply Reem

    These look Yummmm…
    Can I say these Whoopies made even the Pumpkin sexier LOL
    Ok now that you have shown these, send me some PLZZZz

    31 . Oct . 2011
  37. Greg

    That filling looks awesome. OK, the whole thing does.

    31 . Oct . 2011
  38. Phyllis

    These look so good! For something new, what about lemon? It’s always a favorite in our household!

    31 . Oct . 2011
  39. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Mmmm… those look fabulous!

    31 . Oct . 2011
  40. Tabitha

    Live whoopie pies! These look divine

    31 . Oct . 2011
  41. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    these are so pretty! I love the idea of combining both chocolate and pumpkin. I think these would be perfect anytime this Fall πŸ™‚

    01 . Nov . 2011
  42. nancy at good food matters

    whoopie pies are the new cupcake in my book, and I love seeing all the different fillings and flavors. your chocolate-pumpkin whoopie looks fabulous!

    01 . Nov . 2011
  43. Bizzy

    The pumpkin is a great choice of filling. No one ever makes chocolate against chocolate and I think that would be fantastic….maybe with an almond flavoring. It won’t be as pretty without the contrasting color but I think, it would be delicious.

    03 . Nov . 2011
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