November 12, 2009

PUMPKIN WHOOPIE (!) PIES WITH CREAM CHEESE VANILLA BEAN FILLING


Today the girls and I dug back to our Pennsylvania roots and baked up a batch of delicious Pumpkin Whoopie Pies!  Max mixed the batter.  Maddie made the filling.  And Bessie, our beloved family cow, kept time with her tail to the tune that Pa played on the fiddle.  I'll leave it to you to figure out where I've embellishmed my story (just a little). 

They're very simple to make and as Bessie will tell you, are "udderly" delicious.  Still with me?  Well, bless your heart! Here's the recipe:


Pumpkin Whoopie (!) Pies
with Cream Cheese Vanilla Bean Filling
Makes 9




For the “Pies”
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Lightly butter each sheet of parchment.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside. 

In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix eggs and sugar on medium speed until smooth and lightened in color (about 1 minute). On low speed, mix the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Stir in the flour mixture to combine.

Using a regular ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the mounds at least 2 inches apart. Scoops should be level, not heaping.  

Bake the “pies” one sheet at a time on the middle rack of the oven, until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry( about 16 minutes).  Allow to cool completely before filling.



For the Whoopie (!)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and vanilla bean scrapings.   

Mix until incorporated, scraping down bowl as needed. Increase the speed, continuing to mix until light and fluffy. 

Chill until pies have cooled and are ready to fill.

To fill, simply scoop a heaping Tablespoon of filling on to one “pie”.  Top with another and gently press.  Finish by dusting with powdered sugar.


19 comments:

  1. Oh my! That looks scrumptious! I have never heard of these treats before, and now I want to make me up a huge batch!

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  2. Jenn dear, are you trying to tempt me to put my apron on and add some girth to my hips!
    Seriously, there is someone out there who is telling me to make some Woopie Pies because this is the second recipe I have found that makes me drool for them in 2 days time!!
    Oh and the embellishment has to be Bessie cause I know your Pa just had to play the fiddle ;o)

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  3. Here you go with more pumpkin yummies! I may have to bake tomorrow.

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  4. You had me at Cream Cheese....yumm!!!
    Stopping in from www.iBabyInteriors.com

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  5. Jenn,
    Hi! Thanks so much for leaving a comment about my "I Shouldn't Have Vented" post. It's great to get to know you. Your Blog is so adorable and I just want to stare at it! :O This recipe looks sooooooo good, along with all the others! Thanks for great ideas!!!

    Natalie :)

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  6. I'm really tired, can I just drive over and pick some up? ;)

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    The whoopie pies look absolutely delish!

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  9. You know the other day I was just thinking about a soft pumpkin cookie, and low and behold you made my dreams come true. I am printing this up, and putting it on the fridge, so I can make it ASAP!!

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  10. I've never even considered pumpkin whoopie pies. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I've never made a Whoopie (!) pie but this might just be the perfect recipe to start with! I'm so in the mood for pumpkin right now it just isn't fair. I totally stockpiled pumpkin when the stores filled their shelves. No running out for me!

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  12. These look AMAZING.... and I wanted to tell you there's a little message for you on my blog:
    http://www.sweetjessie.com/2009/11/winner-winner-chicken-dinner.html

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  13. This came at the perfect time! We just roasted our Halloween pumpkins and I had no clue what to do with it!!! these look yummy!!

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  14. This is so yummy sounding and they look great! Nice work Jen :)

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  15. Woopie Pies!! They are the most fabulous things ever! My Aunt Carla has a cookie company, "Carla's Cookies", and she has us hooked! My Dad orders us a dozen for every occasion. If you are interested, check out her stuff! You won't be disappointed. She makes all kinds; special ones for holidays too.

    www.carlascookies.com

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  16. I am from PA and have never heard of these, but they look SO GOOD!! Thanks, now my diet is officially over because now I have to make some of these and will probably eat them ALL!!

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  17. Ooh! I bet those are delicious! I LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin!

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  18. They're in the oven right now!!

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