Saturday, October 08, 2011

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Whoopie Pie
Whoopie!  I won!  Last week I recieved an email from Stephanie of Eat. Drink. Love. letting me know that I won her giveaway of a Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Whoopie Pie Pan and the cookbook Whoopies!: Fabulous Mix-and-Match Recipes for Whoopie Pies!  Stephanie has lots of great recipes on her blog, but the Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting  really had had me drooling.  I was so excited that I won, and I couldn’t wait put my new pan and cookbook to use.  I have to confess that I have never made whoopie pies before, but this cookbook gave me lots of ideas.  It is arranged by by season, so I went directly to the fall recipes.  I decided to make the pumpkin whoopie pie recipe from the cookbook and then adapt the cream cheese filling recipe to add maple flavor.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pie2
Whoopie pies, where have you been all my life?  I guess because I didn’t have a pan, I never gave these beauties a try.  The thing is, you don’t even need a special pan.  The book explains that you can use large baking sheets lined with parchment.  You do need to leave a good amount of space between your whoopies because they will spread during baking.  I love these little cakes--they are much less messy than a cupcake, yet you still get cake and frosting.  I immediately thought of my son’s teacher who didn’t like cupcakes in her classroom because they were too messy.  (I mentioned her when I posted this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.)  I think she would love whoopie pies, and I am pretty sure they would be acceptable birthday treats in her classroom.  Our family certainly enjoyed them, and I look forward to trying lots of different combinations of cake and filling.    


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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling
Perfect for fall--a pumpkin whoopie pie filled with maple cream cheese.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
    For Filling
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease whoopie pie pan or prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.2. Beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined; beat in egg.3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour. baking powder, soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and salt.4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.5. Stir in the pumpkin and buttermilk until combined.6. Use a large scoop (or heaping tablespoon) to make 24 halves by filling whoopie pie pan or by putting batter on the prepared baking sheet, leaving room between.7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm to the touch; remove from pan to cool on a wire rack.8. To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, and maple flavoring; gradually beat in the sugar. 9. After whoopie pies have cooled, frost 12 halves using a pastry bag with large tip or by using a knife; match each with an unfrosted half and lightly press together.  Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 whoopie pies
Recipes adapted from Whoopies! Fabulous Mix-and-Match Recipes for Whoopie Pies by Susanna Tee.

Updated
October 8 2011

24 comments:

  1. Yay!! I'm so glad you already put the pan to use! Aren't they so much fun?! I think you picked the perfect recipe from the book! These look fabulous!!

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  2. There is an actual Whoopie Pie Pan!? That is great! Those look phenomenal, love the flavor combo.

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  3. These look so delicious and fun...I can see why you're excited! Great recipe! Thanks!

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  4. YAY! Congratulations on winning and if anyone can make great use of the pan and cookbook...it's you! These look delicious!

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  5. Never made whoopie pies before , but have been seeing them lots and yours look amazing , have to give them a try :).Have a great weekend Jill .

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  6. Congratulations!! I really need to bake these for my pumpkin lovin' children...they look amazing!

    PS...love that leaf plate :)

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  7. These are so cute and they sound delicious. Congrats!

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  8. I adore pumpkin whoopie pies but I've never made them with a maple cream cheese filling. I bet those are yummy. Please stoP by my Virtual Cookie Swap and add one of your recipes for them and enter my giveaway. I'm sure others would like to try making them. You can never have too many whoopie pie recipes.

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  9. Oooh, yummy! I just recently purchased a whoopie pie pan and need to whip some of these up! Great pictures :)

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  10. These look so good! I love pumpkin "anything" and the maple filling sounds yummy! ;)

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  11. Congratulations on your win. Sounds like you've put them to great use already!

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  12. Ooooh! Lucky thing! And you've knocked it out of the park with your first whoopie pie :) So yum! Buzzed

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  13. Totally been on a maple kick lately. Maple and pumpkin sounds like a great combo!

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  14. Pumpkin Whoopie pies with maple frosting? Count me in.

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  15. WOW. I can't wait to have a "pumpkin week"! these are gonna be on my list. I put them in my recipe box @ "eRecipeCards"! I'm also a new follower-would love for you to stop by as well!

    Carolyn
    Cookin’ for my Captain

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  16. Jill-You whoopi pies are so perfect, and droolworthy. Love the maple cream filling. The photos are lovely, and sets the scene for the whoopi pies for fall:DDD
    Thank you for your kind compliment on my blog!
    xoxo

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  17. Never had pumpkin whoopie pies...those look so seasonal and delicious.

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  18. Congratulations on your win! I've never baked or tried whoopie pies but I like your flavors and they look declicious;-)

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  19. I wouldn't have wasted any time with the whoopie pies either! And these are a perfect fall-inspired whoopie =)

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  20. Congrats on your whoopie pan! And what a whoopie pie that is! Maple cream cheese filling? Oh my!

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  21. Congrats on winning the giveaway. Your whoopie pies look great! And the maple cream cheese - so fall-like!

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  22. Congratulations on winning the whoopie pie pan and cookbook. You certainly had good results with the pan. These pumpkin whoopie pies are wonderful with all the faovors of Fall, and the cream filling oozing out of them.

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  23. Oh, there is something luscious about maple and pumpkin, isn't there! I followed a trail from this sweet collection to your blog, and I'm so glad I did! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea...and the Sugar Rush!

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