Friday, December 20, 2013

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are pretty much my favorite thing ever and I love this mini version!! It's like a little cupcake sandwich. :)

These little bites of yummy goodness have winter and Christmas written all over them. There is something about this time of year when I find myself craving anything with gingerbread. The warmth of flavors is just perfect for these cold days.
This whoopie pie is super moist and has a strong gingerbread flavor. The filling is a simple cream cheese frosting and is the perfect compliment. All in all, they are simply scrumptious! Make them. You won't be disappointed. 

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
3/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup buttermilk

for the filling:
4 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Mix in half of the dry ingredients, the molasses, the remaining dry ingredients, and then the buttermilk.
  • Drop the batter onto baking sheets using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tbsp.).
  • Bake the cakes until puffed and set, about 9-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets until firm then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Make the filling by beating the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.  Mix in vanilla, then beat in powdered sugar until smooth.  Place 1-2 tablespoons of filling in the center of a cake.  Top with a second cake and press together until the filling reaches the edges of the pies.  Makes about 15 sandwiches.

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