The legend is that the Amish women used to bake them and put them in their husband's lunch boxes. When the men broke for lunch after a hard day of farming and opened their lunch box to find these treats, they were rumored to have yelled "whoopie!" out of excitement. After eating these sweet little babies, I can see why!
On a separate note, I had posted about being excited about making "whoopie pies tonight" and apparently Billy's head was in the gutter :P. For the record, these are whoopie PIES, not whoopie :). Totally family friendly!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Photo Credit: Erin's Food Files
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves
- 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, a nonstick baking mat, or grease well with butter; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 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. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.
- Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.
Maple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
As seen on Erin's Food Files, originally adapted from Baked
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 TBSP maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese an beat until combined.
- Add the powdered sugar, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add cinnamon. Be careful no to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure.
Source: From Baked, as seen on Martha Stewart