Rich and creamy maple cream cheese filling sandwiched between two perfectly baked soft pumpkin spice cookies for an indulgent whoopie pie like no other.
My dad’s favorite dessert are whoopie pies. For Christmas last year I made him Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. They were totally a hit.
This year I wanted to make him some for Thanksgiving. What better flavor than pumpkin whoopie pies?! I’m so excited for my dad to try these. 🙂
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Why You’ll Love These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- They are soft, creamy, and delicious.
- You can make them in advance.
- They are easily transportable.
- Easy to find ingredients.
Kitchen Supplies Needed To Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Ingredients For Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- spooned and leveled 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon all spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 – 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs room temperature
Ingredients For Maple Cream Cheese Filling
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 – 8 oz block cream cheese
- 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
How to Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
Add in the oil and brown sugar on medium speed until well combined.
Add the pumpkin and vanilla and mix on medium-low until well incorporated.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium-low, and be careful not to over mix.
Spoon the batter into a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe the batter into 3/4 to 1-inch rounds on the parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
Leave a little room between cookies as the batter does spread a little.
Bake the whoopie pies for 10 minutes. Once fully baked, the pies should spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the whoopie pies from the pan and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
To assemble the whoopie pies, place a dollop or swirl of maple cream cheese frosting on the flat side of one pie and then top with the flat side of another whoopie pie.
Gently press together to create a sandwich.
Place the assembled whoopie pies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to chill, allowing the frosting to set.
How to Make Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Place the softened butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
Mix on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Add the confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing at low speed until incorporated.
Once all the sugar has been added, increase the speed to medium-high and mix for two minutes until smooth.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the maple syrup and vanilla. Mix on medium-high speed until incorporated.
Place frosting in a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip. If frosting becomes too soft and warm, place it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes and then resume filling the whoopie pies.
PIN FOR LATER:
Popular Substitutions and Additions
- Substitute 1/2 cup of plain applesauce for half of the oil to make it a bit lighter.
- Add chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for extra sweetness.
- Instead of maple cream cheese filling, you could go with a classic marshmallow.
How To Store Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
These pumpkin whoopie pies should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay good for 3 to 4 days.
The filling on these whoopie pies is made with cream cheese, so they need to be refrigerated. If you are placing them out for a party, don’t let them sit for more than 2 hours.
You can also wrap them individually in plastic wrap to keep them from sticking to each other. The cake may stick to the plastic, but it will be easy to open…and to eat!
How Long Will Whoopie Pies Last In the Fridge?
Whoopie pies will last 3 to 4 days stored in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze Whoopie Pies?
Yes! You can freeze the baked whoopie pies for up to 3 months. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap them stick them in a freezer-safe bag.
How To Defrost Whoopie Pies?
It’s best not to reheat the whoopie pies in the microwave because of the filling. The easiest way to defrost them is to thaw the cookie sandwiches overnight in the fridge.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies FAQs
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