Friday, October 28

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Rachel came over and made a seriously amazing dessert, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies...although the ingredient list may seem cumbersome, its actually not too many ingredients outside of spices! give them a try...its so worth it!

what you need...
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
3 cups chilled canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

what you need (homemade cream cheese frosting)...
3 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

what to do...

to make the whoopie pies...
preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg & set aside. in a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the dark brown sugar, and the oil together. add the pumpkin and whisk to combine thoroughly. add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined. use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. the cookies should be firm when touched. remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.

to make the filling with the frosting...
beat the butter on medium speed until smooth with no visible lumps, about 3 minutes. add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes. add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then add vanilla and beat until smooth.

to assemble...
turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Spoon the filling (about a tablespoon) onto that half. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spread to the edges of the cookie. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm before serving.

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