Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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Tender, fluffy, kissed with spice, and oh so delightful! Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are the flavor of fall, tucked in delicious little pillows.

I’m excited to share a book with you today, written by a friend and fellow food blogger, Jenna Weber. Jenna’s wonderful site Eat, Live, Run, is a fun mix of health-conscious dishes and decadent treats!

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White Jacket Required is the story of Jenna’s adventures through culinary school, personal independence, tragedy and love. Jenna’s ability to draw you into her life story, as if you were standing right next to her the whole way through, is uncanny. In fact, I discovered she is was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie Books, just like me.

I liked Jenna before, but now I pretty much consider her my new BFF. *wink*

If you love cooking and coming-of-age tales, this is the book for you.

White Jacket Required is sprinkled with home-style family recipes, as well as culinary inspirations. You can buy it online and in popular bookstores.

Today’s recipe comes straight out of the pages of White Jacket Required, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

Moist spicy cookie-cakes filled with decedent vanilla frosting. These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies make perfect little lunchbox treats and edible gifts.

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I had to pass them around fast, in order not to eat the entire batch by myself.

Thanks Jenna for sharing your dreamy Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with us, and good luck on your book tour!


Yield: 18 whoopie pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

These cookies are very rich, almost like a cupcake, so I suggest saving this recipe for a special occasion or a rainy afternoon. The cookies are best the day you bake them; if you keep them for too long they will become a bit gummy and soft. They would also be perfect with cream cheese frosting in the middle, or on their own, sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar.


For the butter cream filling:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, divided
3/4 cup shortening

For the cookies:
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger


Make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the egg white, milk, vanilla extract, and 1 cup of the powdered sugar, then mix on high speed until the mixture is creamy and light. Add shortening and remaining cup of sugar, and whip on high speed until very light, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 325°F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make the cookies: In a large bowl, blend together brown sugar and oil with a spoon until well combined. Add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla and continue to stir until smooth.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices, and then add to the wet ingredients, stirring only until combined (be careful not to over mix).

For best results, spoon batter into a piping bag with a large tip and pipe mounds of batter (about 1 tablespoon each) of batter onto the lined sheet tray, about 3 inches apart. (If you don't have a piping bag, use two large spoons and space the batter in the same way.)

Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes, until they begin to turn golden. Let cool completely before sandwiching cookies together with the filling.

Cookie sandwiches will keep in a sealed plastic container at room temperature for a few days.

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47 Responses to “Pumpkin Whoopie Pies”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 21, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    These pies look heavenly, I love all the spices!


  2. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 21, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    The book sounds wonderful! So nice of you to feature it here!

    And I’m totally craving these whoopie pies! They look awesome!


  3. #
    Andrea @ Vegvacious — September 21, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I was planning to make a special trip to my fave bakery tomorrow because I heard they’d started stocking their pumpkin whoopie pies…Now I won’t need to because I can make my own. These look amazing!


  4. #
    Aggie — September 21, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    LOVED Jenna’s book. And I love these whoopie pies!! Perfect sweet treat for this time of year.


  5. #
    Abby — September 21, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    These look perfect! I can see my saturday now…a plate of these and a great read :)


  6. #
    Tickled Red — September 21, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Oh my those look delicious this morning, love those and Jenna’s new book :D xoxo


  7. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — September 21, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Pumpkin Whoopie Pies love. I need to get a copy of Jenna’s book. It looks amazing.


  8. #
    Cassie — September 21, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    These are adorable, I have a family that will just love these!


  9. #
    Toni @ Boulder Locavore — September 21, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I have been reading your posts on my phone in the last weeks mentally composing comments and I finally am now writing them! Love this Sommer. Love Jenna’s blog and the book sounds great. I also love the flavors of fall beginning to creep into our food and these sound like the perfect christening of the season! So pretty too.


  10. #
    carrian — September 21, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Because pumpkin whoopies are sent from heaven… I better go ahead and eat the whole batch myself!!


  11. #
    Valerie — September 21, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Who can resist a great read…and pumpkin whoopie pies?! Both look scrumptious!


  12. #
    Natalie @ Free Range Human — September 21, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    These look delicious! I love Jenna’s blog and I can’t wait to read the book.


  13. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — September 21, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Yay for more pumpkin goodies!!!


  14. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 21, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Sommer they look wonderful! I’ve seen a few other bloggers make these and every time I see them, I think, I need these! From the cookies to the filling, awesome job and so excited to get my hands on a copy of Jenna’s book, soon, too!


  15. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — September 21, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Beautiful whoopie pies, Sommer! And don’t we all love Jenna & her book is amazing :)


  16. #
    Colette @ JFF! — September 21, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    Whoopie! Pumpkin season’s here!


  17. #
    torviewtoronto — September 21, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    a favourite especially for this time in the year


  18. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — September 21, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Pumpkin whoopie pies. . .delicious!


  19. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — September 21, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh man….these whoopie pies are calling my name! :)


  20. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 21, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    Will definitely have to make this for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner!


  21. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 21, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    So when you say they’re a rich treat does that mean that eating the whole plate would be wrong? Are you sure… :)


  22. #
    Ashley - BakerbyNature — September 21, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    I’m *patiently awaiting the arrival of this book! Pumpkin Whoopie Pies… must make!


  23. #
    Katie@Cozydelicious — September 21, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Oooh, these look wonderful! Thanks for th etip about eating them the day they are made. Pumpkin baked goods do tend to get gummy. Better to share a batch of these little treats with friends right away!


  24. #
    vianney — September 21, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I love all the spices. I can’t wait to read Jenna’s book~


  25. #
    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — September 22, 2012 @ 4:17 am

    They look so nice moist, I dont like dry cookies, but those r just perfect as they r. Just wish I had abatch lying here, waiting for me to finnish them up. They would never survive another day in my house. thanks for sharing


  26. #
    JulieD — September 22, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    I love Jenna and her new book!!! These whoopie pies make me so happy, Sommer, how do you get yours to look soooo perfect?? :)


    • Sommer — September 22nd, 2012 @ 8:12 am

      Hey Julie, I piped the batter and the frosting, because I’m nitpicky! ;)


  27. #
    Lisa | With Style and Grace — September 22, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Love seeing miss Jenna’s beautiful face! Oh and these look soooo good!!


  28. #
    Chelsea @ The Haphazard Baker — September 22, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    These look amazing! Yum!


  29. #
    Delishhh — September 22, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

    Great recipe! I love pumpkin period. But these looks awesome. And i look forward to reading Jenna’s cookbook!


  30. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 22, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Love Jenna and these whoopie pies!!


  31. #
    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 22, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    I must read Jenna’s book and what is more perfect for fall than pumpkin!


  32. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — September 22, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    Well done on the whoopies! They look perfect. I’ve heard many great things about Jenna’s book and hope I can add it to my shelf soon :)


  33. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — September 23, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    Love these whoopie pies! Totally need to make them!


  34. #
    Steve O — September 23, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Spice in the filling: too much? Probably … But this time of the year, I can’t get too much nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger.


  35. #
    Steve O — September 23, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    But spiced whoopies ,,,, that’s just brilliant. Cheers!


  36. #
    Megan Pence @ Wanna be a Country Cleaver — September 23, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    I saw these on Pinterest Sommer and almost fell Ove-ahhhh! Love every little crumb of these.


  37. #
    Jeanette — September 23, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    These look incredibly good Sommer! I just finished reading Jenna’s new book and loved it, especially with the recipes intertwined. So glad you made her Pumpkin Whoopie Pies so I could see how good they really are!


  38. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — September 23, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    I said all last fall that I just had to make pumpkin whoopie pies! Now, I know I’ve just got to! They look amazing!


  39. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 24, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    So I’ll just take the whole plate I think. That’s a reasonable serving size for pumpkin whoopie pies, right? These look insanely delicious!


  40. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — September 24, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    I can’t wait to read it! Even though I’m in culinary school myself, I still love to read about other people’s experiences.


  41. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — September 27, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    My kids would faint from delight if I made these. I’m looking forward to Jenna’s book, it’s in transit to me!


  42. #
    Jessica — October 1, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I just made these, in fact i have my last pan of them in the oven right now, i left out the white pepper and Caramon as i dont have it and they are still YUMMY!!!



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