Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies were pretty much a staple of my childhood. So, it was only a matter of time until they made an appearance on here. And, I can also promise this won’t be the last time you see whoopie pies around this place.

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If you’re new to the whoopie pies, they’re basically a cake-like cookie filled with icing. So kind of like oreo meets cake but on steroids.

My grandma Smith was a celebrity around my high school lacrosse team, as she’d occasionally walk over to our practice with a massive box of whoopie pies. You know those traditional chocolate cake and bright white Crisco filled icing ones. Just what we needed mid-practice….

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Now, these pumpkin whoopie pies aren’t your traditional whoopie pies. I’ve been pondering up for awhile what I could use for a filling that wasn’t the traditional crisco + powdered sugar fest. Then, I came across Hummusapien’s pumpkin dip and decided, yup… that’s it! So these are technically Pumpkin – Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Pumpkin cakey cookies with Pumpkin filling. If that doesn’t scream Fall, I’m not sure what does.

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Honestly, the cookies alone are also ridiculously fabulous. So, if whoopie pies aren’t your thing, these cookies will be.

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Be a rebel. Be like Grandma Smith. Show up to Thanksgiving with these guys instead of a pie. <<okay, maybe both! What’s Thanksgiving without pie?!>>


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Servings: 8 big whoopie pies

INGREDIENTS

Cookies

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup avocado oil (or oil of choice)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup pumpkin, canned

2 eggs

Filling

1/2 cup pumpkin, canned

2 Tbsp almond butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 oz Neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese)

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 Tbsp coconut flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather two nonstick baking sheets.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
  3. In a medium bowl, add oil, brown sugar, and eggs. Beat with a hand mixer for 1 minute. Add pumpkin. Beat again for 1 minute.
  4. Fold flour mixture into pumpkin mixture with a large spoon until well incorporated and all the flour is mixed in.
  5. Place approx. 2 Tbsp of dough 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. The cookies don’t spread too much so make them about the size and shape you want.  
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until cookies are firm in the center.
  7. While cookies are baking, prepare the filling. In a new bowl, combine all the filling ingredients and mix with hand mixer until fluffy.
  8. Scoop filling into the corner of a freezer bag and keep in refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the whoopie pies.
  9. When your cookies are done baking, allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing. Allow to completely cool on a baking rack before filling.
  10. To assemble the whoopie pies, cut a hole in the end of the freezer bag filled with filling. Pipe onto one cookie. Top with another equally sized cookies. Repeat for all 8 cookies.
  11. Store any extra in the refrigerator.

Other Thoughts:

  • The filling is inspired by Hummusapien’s Pumpkin Dip – and she does a great job of explaining why you need to use the coconut flour. Pumpkin is very ‘m’ word – which can be difficult. Adding the coconut flour which absorbs a TON of liquid is really necessary here.
  • Don’t feel like an underachiever if you want to eat the cookies plain. They are phenomenal plain.
  • Keep them in the refrigerator after you make them. They’re legit right away but still very good the next day.

How-to-Use:

Athletes: It’s possible that I ate these as a pre-workout snack after recipe testing and it’s possible that it made my belly v happy. Pre or post workout, your belly will thank you.

Healthy Eating: A pumpkin on pumpkin dessert loaded with Vitamin A and not too loaded with sugar. Round out that holiday feast with these nutritious dreams!

Kids: Sometimes it is really nice to know that when your kids think they’re getting something sweet and delicious – it’s actually good for them. <<You can also wear the filling on your chest if you want.>>

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