This past week was the first real week of fall for me. And Fall is one of the best times of the year to bake.
The earthy flavors have a sense of homeyness, and rich aroma that can’t be beat.
Before I could decide exactly what to bake this week, I asked my friends on Facebook what their favorite fall flavors were. Their responses inspired me to make these easy and incredibly delicious pumpkin whoopie pies.
But first, do you know what exactly a whoopie pie is? They started as a Pennsylvania Amish tradition and spread throughout the New England area.
According to food historians, Amish women would bake these and put them in farmers’ lunchboxes. When farmers would find them at lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!”
Lately, I’ve been reading about how whoopie pies are about to replace cupcakes as the trendy new dessert. If this is true, I can’t wait to see the different gourmet flavors of whoopie pies!
I made a spiced cream cheese filling to go with my pumpkin whoopie pies. If you don’t have cream cheese on hand, a vanilla or chocolate filling would be amazing as well.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup organic butter, softened
- 1 package spiced cake mix
- 2 large organic eggs
- 1/2 cup organic milk
- Preheat your oven to 375º F and either lightly grease your cookie sheet or line it with something like parchment paper or foil.
- Beat together the pumpkin and butter until it is completely smooth.
- Add the cake mix, eggs and milk. Mix those together for a minute or so.
- Drop the batter by rounded tablespoons on to the cookie sheets.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until the bottoms are starting to brown and they are golden on top.
To Assemble the Whoopie Pies:
- While the pumpkin cookies are cooling make the spiced cream cheese filling that I made, or which every frosting/filling recipe you desire.
- Take one of your whoopie cookies…
- Put a HUGE layer of filling on it…
- Smash a similarly shaped one top, and you’re done! I recommend enjoying your whoopies right away with a glass of milk. If there are any left at the end of the day, individually wrap them in plastic wrap and store either in the refrigerator.