I have a soft spot for whoopie pies and it appears that I’m not the only one. Whoopie pie recipes are among the most popular on this website and when we share the recipes online the interwebs go crazy.
The whoopie pies that I grew up with were chocolate and had a very delicate crumb. I still love them but prefer a cookie with a bit more texture and that’s why these pumpkin whoopie pies are a new favourite. The pumpkin molasses cookies have a great texture — not too soft, and the filling is extra tasty. The spicing is lovely and the pumpkin flavour is just right.
Once assembled, pumpkin whoopie pies still taste great after a few days in the tin, although the frosting will crystalize a bit. The pumpkin molasses cookies alone will last a week in a tin.
The recipe was slightly adapted from the always excellent website The Cafe Sucre Farine.
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Brown Butter Filling
Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies (about 15 whoopie pies)
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup of pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup of Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ginger
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- ½ ts. salt
For the icing:
- 1/4 cup butter
- ¼ cup cream or milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 ½ cups icing sugar
- In a large bowl beat the butter with the sugar until creamy. Beat in the molasses, then the egg. Add pumpkin and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
To bake the cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Drop dough by the heaping tablespoonful onto parchment-lined baking sheets (I use a medium cookie scoop). Leave a couple of inches between cookies.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until set.
To make the frosting:
- Melt the butter over medium-low heat, swirling gently until it starts to brown slightly and smell a little nutty.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly. Stir in the cream and vanilla then stir in the icing sugar half a cup at a time. Add a touch more cream if necessary to get a spreadable consistency that isn’t too soft.
- Spread 1-2 Tbsp. of frosting on the flat side of a cookie and top with another cookie.