Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Of all the treats I’ve made over the years these fall Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are at the top of my list. They’re light and airy, not too sweet or too filling, in fact they’re just right – as Goldilocks would say. Both adults and kids will gobble these up. Make them for a gathering of friends, for Halloween, or to keep around the house for dessert or a snack until they’re all gone.
These scrumptious cookies aren’t hard to make at all. Simply follow the steps below and they will come out perfect!
I find it best after preparing the cookie dough to place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight, allowing the dough to firm up. When ready to bake, pull them out of the refrigerator, and scoop them onto a cookie sheet. Refrigerating the dough first makes for an easy release from the mini cookie/ice cream scoop, giving you nice even and firm shapes.
Here’s the recipe, I’m certain they’ll be a huge hit for all those you share them with.
Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
In a large bowl, whisk together (or use electric mixer) flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; set aside.
In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Then add pumpkin puree and whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated. Do not overmix.
Using a small cookie dough/ice cream scoop or heaping teaspoon drop batter onto parchment lined baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Firmly tap the bottom of the sheet pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles in the batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 10-13 minutes or until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean. Let cool completely on pan.
Filling: Sift confectioner’ sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In a bowl mix butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth.(Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)
Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.
If you’re looking for a lighter filling try the whipped cream filling I have posted on my blog for my Chocolate Avalanche Cake. I think the cream cheese filling is delicious but this would also be a nice alternative.
My family loves whoopie pies and your pumpkin version looks amazing!
Thanks Liz they are so go
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They are so good I hope you’ll try them.
I love whoopie pies! The name alone is fun. 😉 Never had pumpkin ones, though — terrific idea. Thanks!
These whoopie pies with Fall flavours look awesome, Vicki.
These whoopee pies look so tasty, I am a big fan of how thick the biscuits are 😀
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Your whoopee pies look so pretty! Light and fluffy…I would love to have a couple of them…
Enjoy your weekend Vicki 😀
Would you believe I’ve never made a Whoopie Pie! They sound wonderful with the pumpkin flavor.
I love the mini size of these whoopie pies, it looks cute and is not overwhelming.
This is temptation pure 🙂
I am so craving for something sweet right now after such a spicy lunch. I wish you could send some over of your whoopie pies =D
Such a cute idea. I’ve never made a whoopie pie, but these look like gems. I do like the cream cheese in the filling.
These pumpkin whoopie pies are delightful! Thanks for sharing them.
How fun Vicki. Wish I had a plate of them right now. I like how you piped the icing in the middle. So many times whoopie pies are delicious but they just don’t look that pretty.
I love these whoopie pies! The pumpkin and spices make these quite special and that creamy middle – oh yum!
Ooooh…mini whoopie pies, so cute! Pumpkin and spice sounds perfectly delightful!
This is for sure the just right treat for the season as well. I’m going to try this for sure. Pinned :).
BTW: Thank you for your sweet words in such a hard time.
I haven’t had a whoopie pie in years! Love these and they are so pretty.