Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

This is another recipe that I have seen around the blogosphere for a couple years and I finally got a chance to try them. I made them for a Thanksgiving potluck and they were a huge hit! They were easy to make although mine didn't turn out picture perfect. I will invest in a scoop with a release mechanism before making them again, using two spoons to drop the dough was less than an exact science. Regardless, they taste amazing! Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats.

For the pumpkin cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup canola oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the maple cream cheese filling:
3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To make the pumpkin cookies, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and spices. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, whisk sugars and oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets (about 1.5-2 tablespoons.), about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

To make the filling, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter until smooth with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined. Add the powdered sugar, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat the filling or it will lose structure.

To assemble, turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe filling onto the flat side of the overturned cookies. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm before serving.


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-Kasey said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, those look super-duper delicious. I must try this recipe!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

OH YES! I will be trying these next week. I love pumpkin, I love whoopie pies! Why did I never think of this? Thank you for sharing.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

I made these too. I love these.

Andrea (ace1028) said... [Reply to comment]

I was just telling my husband yesterday that I would love some pumpkin whoopie pies. Now if only I could convince him to MAKE them for us. :)

nicole@http://theclarks-nicole.blogspot.com/ said... [Reply to comment]

Great blog. Visiting from sits. I think I may give these a try. I hope I do mess them up. I am followering you and look forward to more recipes.

anniebakes said... [Reply to comment]

oh yummy perfect holiday fare! anne

Christy said... [Reply to comment]

i saw these on my reader and was hoping you would share them with the supper club. they look amazing and so much fun! thank you for including them in this weeks link up and happy thanksgiving!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

Treat and Trick said... [Reply to comment]

Looks so yummy, love to try this soon...

Courtney said... [Reply to comment]

Looks good! I don't know if I've ever had a whoopie pie before... hmm... I might have to try this.

Thanks for linking this recipe up! I hope you'll stop by this week to link up more great recipes :)


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