Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

When I was searching for a way to use up my leftover pumpkin, I felt pretty overwhelmed with all of my options. I wanted to try something more novel than bread or muffins, and chose to steer clear of chocolate since I had just gotten a full dose of pumpkin/chocolate deliciousness. Enter the whoopie pie.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

A whoopie pie is a cake-like sandwich cookie with a creamy filling (in this case, cream cheese frosting). I had never had one before, so I don't have much to compare it to, but these were most definitely worthy of the name whoopie! They were also incredibly easy to make, and made me extra happy because I got to use Baked, my new favorite cookbook, again.

I've never really embraced the warm, pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y flavors of Fall (they make me feel bitter that summer's over), but I'm coming around in a major way. Fall just might be my new favorite.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Printable Recipe
Makes 18 Whoopie pies

For the Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Filling:
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside. In a large 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.

3. 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 a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

4. Make the filling: Sift confectioner' 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. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

5. Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, place a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.


Delicious Dishings said...

Oh yum! I'm actually making some of these very soon... I've had a recipe in the Henrietta's Table (local restaurant) cookbook flagged for about a month now. I'm glad you're coming around to loving fall... it's my favorite, for sure!

Emily (The Culinary Couple) said...

These look so yummy! I'm planning to bake some this weekend to share with my family. I also have a great family recipe (did you know whoopie pies are a Pennsylvania Amish tradition?) for chocolate pies with whipped icing. I'll share it sometime!

anna said...

whoopie pies are the new thing. cupcakes are so yesterday!


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Tessa said...

I've been planning on making this recipe! Your whoopie pies look great :)

Anonymous said...

These look way too delicious. A killer fall treat for sure!

Lauren said...

I've never had a whoopie pie, but these look so perfect =D.

Juliet said...

I will definitely have to try these...was going to make the pumpkin chocolate cheesecake bars but decided not too at the last minute as I didn't want something that rich. These sound right up my alley (especially since cream cheese frosting is my fave!)...thanks for sharing!

Gudrun said...

the picture looks darling! I am almost licking the monitor...will have to put these on the list, my kids love pumpkin cookies....

Barbara said...

Love it! Such a great idea. Your photo is mouth-watering.

jenn said...

wow these look delicious!!!! I am drooling!!!

Tiffanee said...

These look so delicious!! I am going to have to make some soon!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Unknown said...

I made them and they were so delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

These look so good! I'm going to have to try these out, you're killing me with all the delicious pumpkin recipes!

megan said...

I just made these last week. So good! But I used Rachael Ray's recipe which was on a much smaller scale. I added cinnamon to the icing too :) I actually just made more last night for company this weekend because they're so good and so quick!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Hi! I've linked your post to my Pumpkin Whoopie Pies post. You're welcome to join my cookbook giveaway.

Baking is my Zen will be having a
from August 8 through August 14, 2010.

The giveaway will be the ‘not yet released’ cookbook,
Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented
By Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

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