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Weekend Baking Project: Whip Up These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Weekend Baking Project: Whip Up These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
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Fall is officially here, which means pumpkins are ripe for picking. Whether you're visiting a patch this weekend or just scooping up all the cans at your local grocery store before the reported shortage, we've got you covered with a delicious dessert recipe, courtesy of our friends over at Baked, the beloved N.Y.C. bakery known for its decadent retro desserts.

This autumnal twist on the classic cream-filled cake calls for pumpkin instead of the traditional chocolate. Pro tip: Make sure you chill the purée thoroughly beforehand so your whoopie pies are easier to scoop. Read on for the recipe!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Yield: 12 whoopie pies

Ingredients

For the pumpkin whoopie cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp cloves
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin purée
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the cream cheese filling:
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

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Directions

For the pumpkin whoopie cookies:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar and oil together until combined. Add the pumpkin purée and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.

4. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.

5. Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling.

For the cream cheese filling:
1. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl and set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until it is completely smooth, with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese and beat until combined.

3. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure. (The filling can be made 1 day ahead. Cover the bowl tightly and put it in the refrigerator. Let the filling soften at room temperature before using.)

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To assemble the whoopie pies:
1. Turn half of the cookies upside down (flat side facing up).

2. Use an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon to drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up before serving. They will keep for up to 3 days, on a parchment-lined baking sheet covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator. 

 
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