There are recipes for Whoopie Pies—and then, there’s this recipe. We took the New England classic to the next level by devising pumpkin cookies, bound together by a cream cheese frosting, that are spongy, doughy and moist. Is the finished product a cookie? A pie? A cake? You be the judge. Make sure to grab a can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin-pie filling) for delicious pumpkin flavor that tastes just sweet enough and not overly spiced. Thinking of whipping these up for a fall festival, or an outing to the pumpkin patch? These whoopee pies keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for a day.
For the cookies:
1½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Sat fat 6g
How to Make It
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.
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).
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.
Make the filling: With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
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.
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.