Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Raymond Hom
Soft pumpkin-flavored cookies are sandwiched together with a sweet cream cheese filling.

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Makes 10 pies
preparation
60
minutes
cooking
180
minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies:
1 1/2
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 1/2
teaspoons
pumpkin pie spice
1/2
teaspoon
baking powder
1/2
teaspoon
baking soda
1/2
teaspoon
kosher salt
1
cup
pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2
cup
granulated sugar
1/2
cup
packed light brown sugar
1/2
cup
canola oil
1
large egg
1
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
For the filling:
4
ounces
cream cheese, at room temperature
4
tablespoons
(1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2
cups
confectioners’ sugar
1/2
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Make the cookies: Heat oven to 350° F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, sugars, oil, egg, and vanilla until combined. Mix in the flour mixture until just moistened (do not overmix).
  3. Drop mounds of the dough (about 2 tablespoons each) onto the baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make the filling: With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  5. Make the whoopie pies: Spread a heaping tablespoon of filling on the flat side of half the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies. If soft, chill for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Storage suggestion: Keep the whoopie pies refrigerated, between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container, for up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before serving, if desired.
Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez
November 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 416
  • Fat 21 g
  • Sat Fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 46 mg
  • Sodium 234 mg
  • Protein 4 g
  • Carbohydrate 56 g
  • Sugar 39 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Calcium 36 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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