I grew up in New England, where the whoopie pie originated, so I have eaten my fair share of them. I have tested this recipe many times over to create a delicious replication of the classic New England fall treat.

This Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe serves 24 and costs approximately $17.82 to make. That is only about $0.74 per whoopie pie.

Close up picture of a pumpkin whoopie pie with maple cream cheese frosting.

These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are a fall staple

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! 

Why you’ll love this Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe

  • Flavor: The pumpkin flavor of these cake-like cookies is full of warm fall spices. The maple cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to the pumpkin flavor layered between the cookies.
  • Crowd Pleaser: Whoopie Pies are always a favorite wherever you take them.
  • Bakery Style Recipe: This recipe rivals anything you can buy at your favorite recipe.
A hand holding a pumpkin whoopie pie.

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Ingredients and Estimated Cost of Pumpkin Gobs

Per Serving Cost: $0.74

Recipe Cost: $17.82

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour – $1.29
  • 1 teaspoon salt – $0.01
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
  • 3 cups chilled pumpkin puree – $5.13
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder – $0.05
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice – $0.84
  • 1 cup granulated sugar – $0.30
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar – $0.74
  • 2 large eggs – $0.20
  • 1 cup vegetable oil – $0.65
  • 2 large eggs – $0.72
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – $1.36
  • 3 cups powdered sugar – $1.20
  • ½ cup unsalted butter – $1.68
  • 8 ounces cream cheese – $3.00
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup – $0.84

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in November 2023.

Cook’s Tools:

  • large mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper OR silicone baking mats
  • Cookie scoop
  • Stand Mixer OR handheld mixer
  • large piping bag
  • large circle icing tip

How to make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Cream Cheese

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices and set aside.
  3. Using a separate bowl, whisk sugars and oil together.
  4. Then, add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla until combined.
  5. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until no flour streaks remain.
  6. Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and bake one cookie sheet at a time for ten to twelve minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool for ten minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely and repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  8. Next, beat the butter until smooth and then beat in the cream cheese.
  9. Add the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  10. Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down and pipe the filling onto the flat side of the cookies.
  11. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling, pressing down slightly.
  12. Finally, assemble the remaining cookies and chill for at least one hour before serving.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Recipe tips

  • 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!
  • Chill the pumpkin puree before you add it to the batter.
  • I do not recommend freezing these because of the cream cheese frosting and the outside of the whoopie pies will get stick when thawed.
  • If the dough is too sticky, add an extra ½ cup of flour.

Storing Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I do not recommend storing your whoopie pies in the fridge, as they can become sticky while in the fridge. Instead, store them in an airtight contanter in a cool dark place. They will stay fresh for up to two days.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie FAQs

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.

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A close up picture of a stack of pumpkin whoopie pies.
4.32 from 122 votes

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie

Author Adapted from “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis
Recipe Cost $ $17.82
Serving Cost $ $0.74
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 32 minutes
24 people
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!

Equipment

  • large mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • baking sheets
  • parchment paper or silicone baking mats
  • Cookie scoop
  • stand mixer or handheld mixer
  • large piping bag
  • large circle icing tip

Ingredients
 
 

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

Instructions

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.

MAKE FROSTING:

  • 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.

ASSEMBLE:

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1pie | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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Recipe adapted from this fantastic cookbook: Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies collage for Pinterest.

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  1. These are AMAZING! The filling is absolutely delicious!

  2. OMG! You’ll need to go to confession after eating these naughty whoopie pies!