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I do not remember whoopie pies growing up, and as an adult – chronologically, anyway – I’m not really crazy about them. They’re like chocolate-covered pretzels. I just don’t get the concept. My childhood store-bought treat of choice was always a Langendorf Lemon Pie. They only cost a dime back in the days of 29¢ loaves of bread. I still remember that tart lemon filling…

But just because I don’t care for one thing doesn’t mean I’m not up to trying something different. Homemade treats are infinitely better than their mass-produced, chemical-laced, store-bought counterparts, so, after coming across a recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies on Epicurious, I thought I’d give them a whirl.

I’m rather glad I did.

These are little pumpkin cakes with a sweet bourbon cream cheese filling. The flavors of fall in a hand-held treat. It doesn’t get any better on a Sunday afternoon…


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • 8 ounce pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp bourbon

for cakes:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices in a bowl.

Mix sugar, oil, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla, then stir in flour mixture.

Using a #30 scoop or tablespoon, drop a scant scoop of batter or 2 scant tablespoons of batter onto a lined baking sheet to form a mound keeping them about 2 inches apart. Form and bake remaining batter on the other parchment-lined sheet. You should have a total of about 32 cakes.

Bake until springy to the touch, about 14 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack to cool.

for filling:

While cakes are baking, beat cream cheese, butter, and salt in a bowl with mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and bourbon and mix on low speed until smooth.

assemble whoopie pies:

Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of filling each on flat side of half the cooled cakes, then top with other half of cakes.

These were definitely fun little treats. I can envision a mini-version for Thanksgiving!

Because our house is always bereft of desserts on Thanksgiving…