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Come Party With Me: Hoedown — Dessert

After a heavy meal of hearty cowboy fare, treat guests at a hoedown to something sweet, seasonal, and bite sized. Pumpkin whoopie pies are the perfect no-mess, nostalgic dessert. These soft, chewy pies are filled with a thick layer of smooth cream cheese frosting. They can be made in advance and require no serving utensils making them ideal for a large party. Pumpkin whoopie pies are also delicious at a bake sale or as a Fall-themed snack. Learn how to make them and


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


  1. 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
  2. 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  3. 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  4. 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  5. 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 3/4 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
  10. 1 2/3 cups flour
  11. 4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
  12. 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop 12 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet.
  6. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  8. Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.

Makes 12 whoopie pies.

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naked_american naked_american 7 years
A friend made these and brought them to my holiday party this year... They were sooo good! Looks like they're easy to make too, which is a huge plus :)
Kaleighna Kaleighna 8 years
I have Pa Dutch/& Amish Ancestry... so this dessert is not new to me.. I also learned to make Chocolate Whoopie Pies.. this recipe makes about 36 pies * 1 cup sugar * 6 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil * 2 eggs * 2 cups all-purpose flour * 1/2 cup baking cocoa * 1 teaspoon baking soda * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 4 tablespoons milk Filling * 4 tablespoons milk * 4 tablespoons butter or shortening, softened to room temp * 3-3 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar * 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (OR mint extract is good) Directions 1.Preheat oven to 425. Lightly coat cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. 2.Whoopie Pies: In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and oil until crumbly. Add eggs and beat well. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. 3.Gradually beat flour mixture into sugar mixture. Add milk and mix together well. 4.With lightly lightly floured hands, roll dough into 1 1/2" balls. Place balls 2" apart onto cookie sheets lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Flatten balls slightly with bottom of lightly greased flat-bottom glass. 5.Bake at 425 for 5-6 minutes or until tops are cracked. Cool for 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. 6.Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in milk and extract until fluffy. 7.Pipe filling using pastry bag (or spread w/ knife) on to flat bottom of cooled whoopie pie and top with another whoopie pie to make a sandwich.
dtho dtho 8 years
THOSE LOOK SO DELISH! I love pumpkin flavor!
MandyWH MandyWH 8 years
I've made these twice now, and man, are they good. I found that flattening out the dough a little once I dropped it onto the cookie sheet made the cookies juuust the right size and shape for the whoopie pies. The only problem is that I end up eating most of the cream cheese frosting right out of the bowl when I make it. Mmmmm.
musicmixer musicmixer 8 years
What a great idea, party! These look delicious and are perfect for the theme.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
They look so good! I am definately going to make these sometime!
fate125 fate125 8 years
Oh, this is so perfect for the fall season. I'm going to try to make them this weekend.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love this - i've only made devil food cake ones - and the pumpkin seems so perfect for the season!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
These are one of my favorite treats! The Amish store (within walking distance of my house) makes them fresh every day. I always have a hard time resisting when I go in because they're right next to my bread.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
These look GREAT! If only my fiance would eat pumpkin-flavored things.
luiyuming luiyuming 8 years
Aw they look so cute...kinda like macaroons...
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
Ummm I'd love these whoopie pies! :) Num Yummy!
jessie jessie 8 years
yum..oh yum!!! i think i'm gonna print this out for my recipe folder!!
nancita nancita 8 years
I have a friend who has been threatening to make homemade whoopie pies for a while now. I think I will point her in the direction of these!
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Thanks for this Party! I actually had a recipe for pumpkin raisin muffins published years ago, but this would be so much fun for my daughters class Halloween party! I'm def gonna make them!
ualili ualili 8 years
I saw this recipe in "Everyday with Rachael Ray" and have still not made them yet! But thanks to this post, maybe I'll make them this weekend.
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