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The classic New England dessert gets an update with pumpkin, spices, and maple! This Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting recipe is the perfect fall dessert!
This Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe serves 24 and costs $10.07 to make. That is only $0.42 per whoopie pie. This recipe’s low cost and high yield make them perfect for bake sales!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, I grew up in New England, and the cuisine found there has made a lasting impression on me. Now that it’s fall and I no longer live in New England, I tend to get nostalgic this time of year.
New England, hands down, is the capital of fall: the crisp smell of leaves and apples that permeates the air, harvest festivals, apple-picking, fried dough, apple fritters, and the fantastic fall colors.
Yup, I miss home.
In honor of my New England roots, I wanted to adapt a treat that originated there: the whoopie pie! Some people call them the new cupcake, and I think they’re every bit as good (and cute) as the cupcake so they may have something there!
This Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe uses a lot of spices, but I think that’s what makes them so good.
PRO TIP! If you gather all of the ingredients to make this recipe, then you should be set for the entire fall baking season as far as spices go! Enjoy!
The moist layers of this part cookie and part cake dessert is the perfect Fall treat you did not know you were missing! Move over Pumpkin Pie; these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are here to stay!
Where is the whoopie pie from?
It is not named after Whoopie Goldberg, as some mistakenly believe! The first Whoopie pies were served at the Labadie’s Bakery in Maine in 1925.
Why do whoopie pies get sticky?
Whoopie pies are two small cakes sandwiched together with buttercream. The cakes don’t form a crust on them as cookies do. Consequently, while you eat a whoopie pie, the cake gets a little sticky in your hands.
Why do my whoopie pies come out flat?
The most likely cause of the whoopie pies coming out flat is due to the batter being too thin. When the batter is too thin, it does not hold up well in the oven. A thicker batter will hold its shape and puff up as it should during the baking process.
What is whoopie pie filling made of?
Whoopie pie filling can be made of almost anything from chocolate to buttercream. For this recipe, I use a maple cream cheese frosting to complement the pumpkin flavor of the cake sandwich layers.
What is the difference between a moon pie and a whoopie pie?
Whoopie pies are a New England and Amish tradition. Some refer to them as “gobs,” but I prefer whoopie pies!
Some believe that Amish wives first created the whoopie pie using leftover cake batter and frosting. They say the name came from the Amish husbands shouting “Whoopie” when they would see the dessert in their lunch box.
I love this, and my kids now exclaim “Whoopie” every time they see me making these!
What else can I make with pumpkin puree?
If you are like me, you start getting an itch for Pumpkin flavors about mid-July. Fall cannot come soon enough for me because it’s my favorite time of year.
I want to bake everything Pumpkin. Here are some of my favorite Pumpkin recipes, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Popsicles, and last but not least, Pumpkin Churro Waffles. I have too many favorites! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?
How to make this Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe:
STEPS 1 AND 2: Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Mix up the batter and use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter onto cookie sheets.
STEPS 3 AND 4: Transfer the baked cookie layer to a wire rack to cool completely. Next, make the maple cream cheese frosting.
STEPS 5 AND 6: Now assemble the pumpkin whoopie pies by turning half the cookies upside down. Pipe the filling onto the flat side of overturned cookies. Then place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Repeat until all cookies are used! Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
- large mixing bowls
- baking sheets
- parchment paper OR silicone baking mats
- Cookie scoop
- Stand Mixer OR handheld mixer
- large piping bag
- large circle icing tip
How much will this Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe cost to make:
RECIPE COST: $10.07
PER SERVING COST: $0.42
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
3 cups all-purpose flour – $0.57
1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree – $3.12
1 teaspoon baking powder – $0.15
2 ½ Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice – $0.43
1 cup granulated sugar – $0.23
1 cup dark brown sugar – $0.44
2 large eggs – $0.20
1 cup vegetable oil – $0.48
2 large eggs – $0.20
2 teaspoons vanilla extract – $0.62
3 cups powdered sugar – $0.87
½ cup unsalted butter – $0.80
8 ounces cream cheese – $1.96
3 Tablespoons maple syrup – $0.18
More pumpkin dessert recipes:
- Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
- Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
- Pumpkin Dump Cake
- Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips
- Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pumpkin Blossom Cookies
- Irresistible Pumpkin Honey Muffins
- Pumpkin Pecan Pie Monkey Bread
- Honey Kissed Pumpkin Cake
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream
- Kettle Corn with Pumpkin Spice
- Pumpkin Blossom Cake
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
FOR PUMPKIN COOKIES:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 ½ Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
FOR MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sprinkles or jimmies for garnish, optional
MAKE PUMPKIN COOKIES:
- Move oven rack to middle positions, and preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices; set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk sugars and oil together. Add pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.
- Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined and no flour streaks remain.
- Use a cookie scoop with a 1.5-2 tablespoons capacity to drop dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
- Baking 1 cookie sheet at a time, bake 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool on pan for about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth with no visible lumps.
- Add cream cheese and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat filling or it will thin out. If you think the filling is too loose, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.
- Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe filling onto the flat side of overturned cookies.
- Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of filling. Press down slightly so that filling spreads to cookie edges.
- Repeat until all cookies are used. If you’re using sprinkles to garnish, hold each whoopie pie in your hand and sprinkle the garnish in the crack of the whoopie pie and turn until all exposed frosting is covered.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Recipe adapted from this fantastic cookbook: Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.