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Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe

Pumpkin whoopie pies, fall season baking, Thanksgiving

Exploring the Delights of Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Indulging in homemade pumpkin whoopie pies is truly a treat for the senses. The warm spices, tender texture, and creamy filling combine to create a delightful dessert that is perfect for the fall season. No matter how you carve, slice, steam, roast, or drink it, WE LOVE PUMPKIN!  (Carve as in pumpkins, slice as in chaga chai pumpkin pie, steam as in cook, roast as in seeds, drink as in latte….)  You get the idea.  From carving pumpkins for Halloween to using them in pumpkin brownies and whoopie pies, pumpkin always brings joy to the kitchen.  And we just know you’ll love this pumpkin whoopie pie recipe!

Pumpkins are not only delicious, they are also packed with nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin A, which is important for maintaining healthy vision, immune function, and cell growth. Pumpkin contains fiber, potassium, and antioxidants.  So pumpkin is a healthy addition to any diet. Basically, when you indulge in a pumpkin whoopie pie, you should feel good about treating yourself to a dessert that offers both taste and health benefits.

What are Whoopie Pies?

Whoopie pies are a beloved classic dessert that can be described as a cross between a cake and a cookie with a luscious marshmallow creme filling.  In some regions, they are even referred to as “gobs.” The history behind the creation of whoopie pies is fascinating and adds to their charm.

Legend has it that whoopie pies were first made by Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch homemakers who used leftover batter to create a portable treat for their husbands’ lunchboxes. When the men found the sweet surprise in their lunch, they would shout “whoopie!” Hence, the name “whoopie pie” was born. Today, whoopie pies have gained popularity across the United States and can be found in bakeries and supermarkets, but there’s nothing quite like the homemade version.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe

Creating a batch of delightful pumpkin whoopie pies is easier than you might think.  Our pumpkin whoopie pie recipe guides you step by step.  To start, gather the necessary ingredients  including pumpkin puree, flour, cocoa powder, etc. Combining the wet and dry ingredients will result in a soft and tender batter which is crucial for achieving the perfect texture. Once the batter is ready, it’s time to bake the pies to perfection, ensuring a balance of moistness and fluffiness. For those looking to enhance the flavors, consider using Dutch cocoa or adding a touch of instant espresso powder to the batter.

The aroma that fills the kitchen while the pumpkin whoopie pies are baking is simply irresistible. The warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves blend with the pumpkin to create a comforting and inviting scent. It’s a true sensory experience that gets your taste buds excited even before you take the first bite. And when you finally do, the tender cake-like exterior gives way to a moist and flavorful interior that is truly satisfying.  We’re hungry just writing about it!

Cream Cheese Filling

To elevate the taste of pumpkin whoopie pies, a luscious cream cheese filling is the perfect complement. Made with cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and confectioner’s sugar, this filling adds a delightful tanginess to the pumpkin flavor. Whip the ingredients together until smooth and creamy, adjusting the filling’s consistency by adding a dash of heavy cream or milk if needed. The cream cheese filling provides a luxurious and decadent contrast to the tender pumpkin pies.

Enjoying Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Savoring a freshly baked pumpkin whoopie pie is a true delight. Pair these delectable treats with a warm cup of cocoa, a fragrant cup of tea, or a seasonal pumpkin latte for the ultimate pumpkin treat. Oh!  And check out our DIY Pumpkin Coffee Creamer recipe.  Anyway, pumpkin whoopie pies are perfect for serving at family gatherings, parties, or simply as a special treat for yourself. Their versatility allows for enjoyment at any time of day whether as an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet ending to a delicious meal.

The beauty of pumpkin whoopie pies is that they can be enjoyed in various settings and occasions. They make a stunning addition to a dessert table at a fall-themed party or Thanksgiving celebration. The individual portions make them easy to serve, and their festive appearance adds a touch of charm to any gathering. These pies also make a wonderful homemade gift for friends and family. Wrap them up in a pretty box or basket and share the joy of pumpkin whoopie pies with your loved ones.

The Best Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Tips

To ensure the best results with your pumpkin whoopie pies, follow these helpful tips. First, be careful not to over-mix the batter to maintain a tender texture. Sifting the cocoa powder will help remove any lumps and achieve a smooth batter. Breaking up clumps in brown sugar ensures even sweetness throughout the pies. It’s also advisable to chill the cream cheese filling before using it, as this makes it easier to spread. Lastly, when storing the pies, keep them in a single layer to prevent sticking and to maintain their shape.  Using parchment paper is also helpful.

When it comes to baking pumpkin whoopie pies, attention to detail is key. Follow the recipe closely and take note of any specific instructions, especially regarding mixing times and temperatures. Over-mixing the batter can result in a tough texture, while under-mixing can lead to uneven distribution of ingredients. It’s important to strike the right balance to achieve the perfect consistency. Additionally, make sure to use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor. The quality of the pumpkin puree, spices, and cream cheese greatly impact the final result.

Final Thoughts: A Pumpkin-Filled Delight Awaits

In conclusion, pumpkin whoopie pies are a delightful treat that captures the essence of autumn. The combination of pumpkin, warm spices, and a creamy filling is simply irresistible. We hope this article has inspired you to embark on your own pumpkin whoopie pie adventure. Embrace the versatility of pumpkin in your baking and enjoy the delightful flavors and textures that these treats have to offer.

If you’re in Maine in the fall, you definitely need to visit the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival.  It’s held in Dover-Foxcroft with lots of vendors and fun competition for the best whoopie pie.  Also, we realize that not everyone is a pumpkin fan.  That’s okay.  Here’s a classic whoopie pie recipe for you from Baking Beauty.  Possibly you prefer a different type of filling.  We recommend this one from fellow sister crafters (Two Sisters Crafting).

Recommended Equipment

If you know, you know.  Well, we have tried lots of kitchen tools!  Our favorite wire racks can be purchased here.  We love the durability and the stability of these.  And we’re totally obsessed with these oversized baking sheets.  Go big or go home, right?  Right.  Happy baking!

Sources:

  1. Medical News Today: Pumpkin: Health benefits and nutritional breakdown
  2. Pretty. Simple. Sweet.: Whoopie Pies
  3. Handle the Heat: Classic Whoopie Pies
  4. Cooking Classy: Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin whoopie pies, fall season baking, Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Tender whoopie pies with cream cheese filling
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 Cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 Cups Pumpkin pureed
  • 3 Cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp` ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350°
  • Combine wet ingredients in large mixing bowl, blend until smooth
  • Place dry ingredients in a sifter and sift into wet ingredients
  • Mix until smooth - DO NOT overmix as this makes the texture dense
  • Drop approximately 2 Tbsp of batter onto oiled cookie sheets spaced 3" apart.
  • Bake until puffed and set, about 12-14 minutes
  • Cool on wire racks
  • Assemble your whoopie pies by frosting one cookie and topping with another cookie.

Notes

Tip: You'll want an even number of cookies!
Keyword pumpkin, whoopie pie
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cream cheese filling

Cream Cheese Filling

Perfect filling for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4.5 Cups confectioner's sugar

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • If your filling is too thin, add more confectioner's sugar; if your filling is too dense, add a little milk or cream.
Keyword cream cheese filling, whoopie pie filling
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