Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Who is excited about pumpkin season?


I am! I got in the mood for some pumpkin cookies about a month ago. I searched all over for pumpkin and nobody had it yet. Last week, there was no messing around. I decided I wanted to make pumpkin whoopie pies for a BBQ and I was determined to find the pumpkin. I almost talked the hubbie into heading into Houston, because I knew Central Market would have pumpkin. I love Central Market, they have such different products than any of the grocery stores near me and they always have fresh, beautiful flowers just waiting to be taken home!

I did find some near me and I bought twice as much as I needed, just in case you know?

I brought these pies to a BBQ/party and they were nearly gone in seconds. I guess everyone else was excited about pumpkin season too! I was told they tasted like pumpkin roll, which I have never had. What I can tell you is that the cake/cookies were moist and VERY pumpkin tasting. The cream cheese frosting was a perfect twist with the pumpkin, not too sweet like some other cream cheese icings can get.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Cake:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup of canned pure pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

Frosting:
4 tbsp butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 /2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium bowl sift together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; then, set aside. In a large bowl, beat melted butter and brown sugar till smooth. Add in eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and mix till well combined. Slowly add in flour mixture, stirring only till combined. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until springy to the touch. Transfer to a cooling rack till completed cooled.

To prepare frosting, beat together butter and cream cheese. Add in the confectioners' sugar, pinch of salt, and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed till sugar is incorporated into butter, then beat on high for 2-3 minutes.

Once cake cookies have cooled, find each cookie a soul mate (one that is similar in size) and pipe or spread frosting onto the smooth side of one cookie, then sandwich cookies together. Repeat with remaining cookies and frosting.


The frosting could have been thicker, as I kept having to chill it while trying to pipe the icing. So I recommended 1 and 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar in the recipe. When making mine, I only used 1 cup. I prefer a lighter frosting for cupcakes, but the thicker frosting is needed here to hold the shape of the whoopie pie.

This recipe was adapted from the Rachel Ray magazine.

In addition to getting y'all pumped about pumpkin (haha), I wanted to point out some yummy looking fall recipes, just to make sure we are all on the same page here. You know, the "I am so freaking excited for fall to come" page.

-Joy the Baker: Fried Apple Cakes, in case you are running out of ideas on what to do with all those apples you got picking last weekend.
-Good Things Catered: Big Mama's Chicken Pot Pie, because nobody knows pot pie like big mama!
-Baking Serendipity: Caramel Corn, this reminds me of those big bags you buy at the church carnivals, YUM!
-The Way the Cookie Crumbles: Butternut Squash Mac'n'Cheese, the ultimate cool weather comfort food paired with one* of the season's favorite squash.
-Veggie by Season: Homemade S'mores, something about sitting around the fire while roasting marshmallow's sounds so dreamy right now.

Happy Baking!

37 comments:

  1. Me! Me! I'm so excited for the fall!!

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  2. I'm equally excited about pumpkin season. I made pumpkin bread last weekend and I definitely can't wait to bake up a storm with pumpkin this fall. Last year I made mini pumpkin shaped pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin cheesecake bars, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup and pumpkin pancakes. I think these whoopie pies are something I'm going to have to try out this fall!

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  3. I make these and we love it delicious

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin too! These sound yummy...thanks for sharing!

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  5. I made similar ones to these last year and pumpkin whoopie pies are AWESOME! Next time throw some cinnamon in the frosting and it's like a Cinnabon got squished between the pumpkin cookies -- amazing!

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  6. I LOVE pumpkin season! I think cookies might be the only thing I haven't made with pumpkin yet, so thanks for the inspiration! It looks like pumpkin was worth the search :)

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  7. Fall is such a relief after the hot summers of AZ. Except it's still in the high 80s, low 90s, so fall isn't exactly here. In the meantime, I am very jealous of your pumpkin whoopie pies, they look amazing and fallish.

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  8. I am SOOO excited for pumpkin season! Bring on the pumpkin!

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  9. Pumpkin season is my favorite season ever! These little delights look amazing and would be gone in no time in our home :o)

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  10. Love these...now if Mother Nature would just give us poor Texans some cooler weather! I think you and I could be tag-team cheerleaders for Central Market...that's where I buy 95% of the ingredients for the recipes that I feature in my blog as well. No matter what I need, I know I can find it there!!

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  11. I've been wanting to make whoopie pies for a long time but somehow never got to making them. Looking at your beautiful whoopies pies, I'm inspired to make them sooner. They would be so good with a cup of tea I'm sure.

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  12. Lovely and cute cookies. nice to be here.

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  13. I am so excited about Pumpkin season but there is a pumpkin shortage. I have looked everywhere for pumpkin and have come up with none. I love love your pumpkin whoopie pies, wow. I must find so pumpkin!

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  14. These are so cute!!
    I love fall!! I love pumpkin pie!! I don't have too many other recipes using pumpkin..

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  15. OMG, I cannot WAIT for pumpkin and all other fall flavors! These sound awesome, I think I might just have to give them a test drive before fall arrives. ;)

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  16. these look amazing!! I Love the fall : ) I can't wait to make these!

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  17. The pies look great. I've got the fall vegetable bug too. It's all butternut squash at my house.

    Incidentally, if y'all who are short on pumpkin happen to be driving thru Kansas, stop on over, my pie pumpkins behind the fence are going nuts!

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  18. Oh... I am soooo all over these today! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  19. About how many individual cakes did your recipe make? Prior to becoming pies, I mean.

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  20. What a tempting fall treat! These whoopie pies look absolutely lovely, Debbie, and I love the unique pumpkin flavor (all I ever see is chocolate, and it gets boring after a while). Great job on these!

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  21. @Hester Chang: The original recipe was for 12 very large whoopie pies and I actually doubled this recipe. Guessing that it would make 2 thin 8 inch rounds. Let me know how it turns out!

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  22. Oh I almost made those...back on my list they go

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  23. These look amazing! I really want some now. Great recipe!

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  24. What a cool way to use pumpkin! My go-to recipe has always been pumpkin pie, but this sounds like a great way to change it up!

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  25. I love pumpkin whoopie pies! I have made them for school fundraisers for a number of years and they always sell like hotcakes! I actually add a little nutmeg to my filling, it adds a nice little spice.

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  26. They look scrumptious! You can't go wrong with pumpkin anything....

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  27. Waiting for mine to all cool so that I can make the frosting... I ended up doubling the recipe because well, I didn't feel like just using HALF a can of pumpkin puree. I ended up making 57 individual ones... they're actually not too sweet on their own. Can't wait to sandwich them with frosting and eat!

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  28. mouthwatering! really looks great

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  29. I love whoopie pies and I love pumpkin.. I'm getting so scared about getting back to texas and not being able to find pumpkin!!

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  30. "whoopie" reminds me of the oldschool version of The Newlywed Game

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  31. I'm torn because I love fall but hate the fact that it's here to announce winter is next. I do love fall foods though, as much as I love summer fruits. Those whoopie pies looks tremendous. Pumpkin pie is one of my most favorite desserts and this is right up there in similarity.

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  32. Perfect for fall!! Looks delicious :)

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  33. I made pumpkin whoopie pies a couple months ago for a baking contest! Love 'em :)

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  34. I must try this. They look so yummy

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  35. I made these last week. They were awesome! A very light cake/cookie and overall not too sweet. Loved the creaminess of the frosting. I'm pretty health conscious and it was nice to have a little bite of dessert without being tempted to cut a huge slice off a full cake. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Yum! I can smell this cooking already :)

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  37. Pumpkin whoopie poes are my sons favorite…so I made these for his going away backyard BBQ. They were a hit with everyone. Very easy to make.

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