Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


Adapted from Food Network

Makes 6 whoopie pies

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar (I use 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1.5 cups chilled pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting
  • 1.5 cups confectioners’ sugar (I use 1 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar and oil together until combined.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  6. Combine both bowls and whisk until completely combined.
  7. Use a medium ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop the dough onto prepared baking sheets, about one inch apart.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling.
  9. For the Cream Cheese Filling: Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.
  10. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter until it’s completely smooth, with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.
  11. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure.
  12. Assembling the Whoopie Pies: Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down (flat side facing up).
  13. Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie. 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.
  14. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.
  15. The whoopie pies will keep for up to 3 days, on a parchment-lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.