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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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

pumpkin whoopie pies

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!

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 was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie Books, just like me.

Jenna Weber

White Jacket Required

Introducing Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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 decadent vanilla frosting. These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies make perfect little lunchbox treats and edible gifts.

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!

whoopie pie recipe

How to Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pie Ingredients

For the Buttercream Filling:

  •  Egg White
  •  Milk
  •  Vanilla Extract
  •  Powdered Sugar 
  • Shortening

For the Cookies:

  • Brown Sugar
  •  Canola Oil
  •  Canned Pumpkin
  •  Eggs
  •  Vanilla Extract
  •  All-Purpose Flour
  •  Salt
  •  Baking Powder
  •  Baking Soda
  •  Cinnamon
  •  Cardamom
  •  Ground Cloves
  •  Ground White Pepper
  •  Ground Ginger

Instructions

  1. Start by making the filling. Use a stand mixer to mix the egg white, milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until it’s creamy and light. Then add the shortening and the leftover sugar. Mix until the filling is very light and smooth.
  2. Then preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. Next, blend the brown sugar and oil together until it’s combined. Then add the pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla and stir it together until it’s smooth. 
  4. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices together then add to the wet ingredients mixing only until combined. Make sure not to overwork this mixture. 
  5. Pro Tip: For the best results, spoon the batter into a piping bag with a large tip, and pipe the mixture onto the parchment-lined tray. 
  6. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until they become just golden and then take them out to cool completely before placing the filling between two cookies. 

Get the Full (Printable) Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Recipe Below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will these cookies last?

Whoopie pie style cookie sandwiches will keep in a sealed plastic container at room temperature for 3 to 5 days. Or wrap individually in plastic and refrigerate for up to 10 days.

How do you get the perfect whoopie pie shape?

I use a piping bag to shape the batter onto the baking sheets. It helps you to control the size of each cookie! The same goes for the filling as well. 

Other Great Cookie Recipes

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
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.
Servings: 18 whoopie pies

Ingredients

For the Buttercream Filling:

For the Cookies:

Instructions

For 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.

For 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1whoopie pie, Calories: 326kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 210mg, Potassium: 133mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 3205IU, Vitamin C: 0.8mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Cookies, Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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54 comments on “Pumpkin Whoopie Pies”

  1. These were a big hit! Everyone loved them! They’re such a fun fall treat!

  2. This is so good!! My kids loved it!

  3. Whoopie pie fans here and I have to say…these turned out amazing!

  4. I’m not usually a fan of pumpkin, but then I was introduced to this recipe! Great!

  5. These are SO rich…just what I needed hehe

  6. Do you have the nutritional information for the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies? im on a low cal high protein diet and make a pumpkin pie overnight oatmeal for breakfast and wanted to find healthy ways to use the rest of the canned pumpkin.

    thanks

    • Hi Kristin,

      We will soon! Someone on our team is working to calculate all our older recipes now. If you need it sooner, you can cut-and-paste the ingredients into an online nutritional calculator and it should give you a decent idea.

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  10. 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!!!

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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  15. 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!

  16. 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!

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

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

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

  20. Love these whoopie pies! Totally need to make them!

  21. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

  26. 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

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

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

  29. 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!

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

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

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

  33. Pumpkin whoopie pies. . .delicious!

  34. a favourite especially for this time in the year

  35. Whoopie! Pumpkin season’s here!

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

  37. 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!

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

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

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

  41. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  47. 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!

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

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

  49. These pies look heavenly, I love all the spices!