Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Posted on September 5, 2013
Hi Everyone! So I know that this is the second Pumpkin Spice flavored recipe I’m sharing with you this week, but these whoopie pies were just too good to not tell you about! And it’s the beginning of September, which means that fall is on its way, which is a good enough excuse for me! If you’ve never had a whoopie pie before, it’s a sort of mini-cake sandwich with a filling. The first time I ever had one was at an Amish market in the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside where we used to take lots of trips when it was just a short drive for us. Those Amish markets are quite something! Their bakeries are filled with every possible traditional handmade baked good from breads, muffins and donuts to beautiful pies, cakes and whoopie pies. And with all the horses and buggies parked outside, it’s like stepping back in time! So I decided to make my own version of this little sweet treat with some fall-inspired flavors. These Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies are a perfect fall dessert treat! They have the warm, spiced flavors of the season and are glued together with a deliciously sweet and thick cream cheese filling (that I could seriously just eat by itself. With a big spoon. Why can’t that be considered dessert?!) They don’t take very long to make and only use a couple of ingredients thanks to the cake mix shortcut, so if you are looking for a good pumpkin dessert this fall, give these a try!
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PUMPKIN SPICE WHOOPIE PIES
WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
(Recipe adapted from BHG and Martha Stewart)
*Makes 12 – 15*
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YOU WILL NEED
WHOOPIE PIES
1 package Spice Cake Mix
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
2 egg
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CREAM CHEESE FILLING
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
8oz cream cheese, softened
4oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
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DIRECTIONS

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1. First, make the whoopie pies. Preheat your oven to 375 deg F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. In your electric mixer bowl, mix together the pumpkin and butter until you get a smooth, creamy mixture (the butter needs to be very soft for this). Then, add in the milk and eggs and mix again, until the mixture is smooth. With the mixer running on low, add in the spice cake mix in three portions, and mix until you have a smooth, thick batter.
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2. Drop mounds of the batter into your baking sheets (about 1 1/2 tbs each. If you want your whoopie pies smaller/bigger, use less/more batter) a couple of inches apart to give the whoopie pies room to grow as they bake. Smooth out the tops with a greased knife before putting them in the oven. Bake for 11 – 14 minutes (depending on the size), or until the middle has set and the edges have browned slightly. Let cool completely before adding the filling.
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3. To make the cream cheese filling, mix together the cream cheese, butter (both must be softened), confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, until you have a smooth mixture. To assemble the whoopie pies, either pipe an amount of filling onto one half of the whoopie pie using a piping bag, or just use a spoon and do the same, then top with the second half of the whoopie pie, pressing down gently. Refrigerate the whoopie pies once they are done.
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 .Happy Baking, Everyone!

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52 Comments

  • Reply Karen @ A Stylish Interior September 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Oh my gosh! I had my first whoopie pie in Lancaster Country and loved it! Going to try your recipe this weekend! Please, Please, Please link this recipe to Stylish Friday Finds! This needs to be shared with ALL!
    http://www.astylishinterior.com/2013/09/new-link-party-stylish-friday-finds.html

    • Reply Maria September 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Karen! I tried whoopie pies for the first time in Lancaster County too! 🙂 I linked up to your blog 🙂 Hope you love these, thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Tammy N September 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Wow these look so good! Can’t wait to try them. Pinned until I find time. Thanks.

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thanks so much, Tammy! I hope you love these whoopie pies as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon September 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I have to pin this because I know eventually it will be Fall, but right now it is in the high-90s and much too hot for pumpkin.

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:28 am

      I hope you get a chance to try these and love them! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Reply Marvelously Messy September 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Ooo, those look good. I live in the Northeast, where Whoopie Pies are well known…..but when I’ve traveled out West….*nobody* knows what I’m talking about. Whoopie Pies are the best!!!!!

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Thanks so much! And that’s what I’ve heard… that whoopie pies are only made in certain areas. Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Nici @ Posed Perfection September 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Oh, Yummy! I love all things pumpkin and cream cheese too! These sound perfectly divine! I’d be honored if you linked these up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop going on right now! I hope to see you and these heavenly whoopie pies at the party!
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Pollock September 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Oh dear… I just felt the calories stick to my hips as I drooled over the photos and the recipe! I just popped over here from your entry at A Stylish Interiors’ new linky party A Stylish Friday and wanted to invite you to my Patisserie Tuesday linky party. These whoopi pies would be fabulous to share with my readers… hope to see you there! You can read more about my linky party here http://elisabetpollock.blogspot.com/p/patisserie-tuesdays.html
    Hugs and happy baking,
    Beth P
    http://elisabetpollock.blogspot.com

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! 🙂

  • Reply Julie Marie September 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Maria… and thanks so much for visiting me today… these sound delish!… mmm… such a yummy Autumn treat to have with coffee… wish I had one or two right now!… xoxo Julie Marie

    • Reply Maria September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie!

  • Reply Our Pinteresting Family September 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    These look amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

    • Reply Maria September 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ The Stitchin Mommy September 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    This looks heavenly! I definitely have to add this to the list of pumpkin recipes that I have to try. Found you at the Strut Your Stuff link party. I hope you will stop by my page and take a look! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Amy @ The Stitchin’ Mommy

    • Reply Maria September 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much, Amy! 🙂

  • Reply Cathy Compeau September 7, 2013 at 1:19 am

    These look heavenly! I love everything pumpkin! Yum!

    I would love for you to link up at the TGIF Link Party!
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/09/tgif-link-party-19.html

    Hope to see you there! Love your blog!

    Hugs, Cathy

    • Reply Maria September 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Cathy! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda September 7, 2013 at 6:53 am

    These look amazing!!! I do love whoopie pies!

    • Reply Maria September 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Amanda! 🙂

  • Reply Ashley C. September 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Maria, I’m just stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday to say hi. Pumpkin whoopie pies are a favorite of mine!

    • Reply Maria September 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Ashley! They are one of my favorites too! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Jen Almond September 7, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Stopping by from Blissful and Domestic. These look fantastic, I love anything pumpkin so these will definitely be going on my baking list for fall. http://www.utahmunchies.blogspot.com

    • Reply Maria September 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, Jen! Hope you love these! Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply Karly Kim September 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh my gosh, what? You made these? You’re amazing!

    • Reply Maria September 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Jona @ Boho Willow September 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Love all things Pumpkin Spice and pinned for future reference! BTW – I live in the contested (by Maine) home of the whoopie pie! People around here LOVE their pies!

    • Reply Maria September 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks! I’ve read that both Pennsylvania and Maine claim that they are the home of the whoopie pie lol! I hope you love these, they are so good! Have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply Liz September 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! Immediately going to buy the ingredients tomorrow to try them myself! They look delicious!!

    • Reply Maria September 9, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I hope you love these whoopie pies, Liz!!! I need to make some more soon again too, they are just so good! Have a great week!

  • Reply Catherine September 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Maria, I haven’t been to Amish country in years, though I remember how delicious it was!!
    The food there is just wonderful.
    I loved the chocolate whoopi pies as a kid. These sound perfect for the season.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    • Reply Maria September 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Catherine! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment! I hope you get a chance to travel back to Amish country again soon, I hope we can make it back there this fall again! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  • Reply Shannon Hawk September 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    These look delicious and they are so pretty too! I can’t wait to try them:)

    • Reply Maria September 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much, Shannon! I hope you love these! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week! 🙂

  • Reply Life With The Crust Cut Off September 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    This looks amazing!! I love it!! I would love to invite you to link it up at our new party Lovely Ladies Linky where you link up once and get seen on 6 blogs!! Link up starts Wednesdays! http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/lovely-ladies-link-up-link-up-1/
    Hope to see you there 🙂
    Parrish @ Life With The Crust Cut Off

    • Reply Maria September 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Nici @ Posed Perfection September 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Maria! I was so happy to feature these today from our last All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I hope you’ll be back again tonight to link up more of your greatness! Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • Reply Maria September 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I linked up 🙂

  • Reply Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles September 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    These looks like perfect whoopie pies! Delicious!!

    • Reply Maria September 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Lyuba! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea H. September 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

    These look delicious!! Check out my gluten and sugar-free cream pies (http://www.galonamission.com/pumpkin-cream-pies-gluten-free-sugar-free/)

    • Reply Maria September 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks, Chelsea! Your gluten free version looks wonderful too!!!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Sunday!

  • Reply Dawn Pasco September 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I love pumpkin. I’m going to have to try these. They look amazing. Thanks for sharing! dawn@joyfulscribblings

    • Reply Maria September 15, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks so much, Dawn!

  • Reply Ruthie Knudsen September 14, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Oh yum! These look amazing… You’ve been featured! Thanks for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell- come grab a button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com and share again! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  • Reply Maria September 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Maria,

    I love your blog! I am co-hosting a link up party this weekend. Please come share some of your wonderful recipes!
    http://www.musicteachingandparenting.com/2013/09/growing-blogs-bigger-linky-party-3.html

    Maria:)

    • Reply Maria September 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Thanks, Maria! I linked up! 🙂

  • Reply Danielle Miller September 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Good Morning! I wanted to let you know that I featured this in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

    • Reply Maria September 15, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks so much, Danielle! 🙂 Glad you liked these!

  • Reply Leslie September 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    How did I somehow miss these dream whoopie pies?! Yummy!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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