Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Day PartDessert
Menu PartDessert
Cuisine TypeAmerican

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
Baked Coffee Shop and Bakery
Brooklyn, N.Y.
From “New Frontiers in Baking”

The founders of Baked in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood created their own version of the whoopie pie. Instead of a bland cream filling, the bakers created a chilled cream cheese filling sandwiched between two cake-like cookies. For operational ease, the bakery uses a melon baller to scoop the dough.


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. ground cloves
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream cheese filling
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Prepare cookies: In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves until mixed; set aside.
3. In another bowl, whisk brown sugar and oil until combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk to thoroughly combine. Add eggs and vanilla; whisk to combine.
4. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture; whisk to combine. With small ice cream scoop, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are just starting to crack on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan.
5. Meanwhile, prepare filling: Sift confectioners’ sugar into medium bowl; set aside.
6. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter until completely smooth. Add cream cheese; beat until well blended.
7. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth but do not overbeat or filling will lose structure. (Filling can be made ahead and refrigerated; let soften to room temperature before using.)
8. Turn half the cooled cookies upside down, with flat side facing up. With tablespoon, drop a large dollop of cream cheese filling on flat side of each cookie. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of filling. Press down slightly so that filling spreads to edges of cookie. Repeat until all cookies are used.
9. Refrigerate whoopee pies about 30 minutes to firm up before serving.

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