Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (October Cookie Carnival)

This month’s Cookie Carnival recipe is for pumpkin whoopie pies. When I saw the email, I thought they’d be Pumpkin with a cream cheese filling. I’ve seen quite a few recipes floating around for those. But these are chocolate cookies with pumpkin filling. That way they’re black and orange for Halloween ๐Ÿ™‚ The recipe is from Martha and you can even watch her make them with Cookie Monster here.

I’ve never made whoopie pies before so this was fun for me. The chocolate cookie batter is very chocolatey and delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ The filling is also great. It only uses 1/4 cup of pumpkin, so it looks like I’m going to be making something else pumpkin-ey soon. I’m looking forward to that! Next time I’ll definitely make a double batch of the filling. I thought the cookie somewhat overwhelmed the pumpkin filling. But overall, these were great and I’ll definitely be making these again. Probably very soon.

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie pies – from Martha Stewart – makes ~20
For the Cookies1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup whole milk – I used soymilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup canned solid pack pumpkin
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg

Prepare cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

Place butter, shortening, and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in half the flour mixture, then the milk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.

Drop about 2 teaspoons dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies spring back when lightly touched, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheets and transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool completely.

Prepare filling: In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whip until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons filling on the flat sides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.

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20 Responses to “Daring Bakers take on the Yule Log”

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    Beth G. — December 22, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Looks great!! I love the history info too ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats you did an awesome job!

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    Gigi — December 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    Love the history info and your buttercream looks so silky. Nicely done!

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    MrsPresley — December 23, 2007 at 12:18 am

    good job! rolls like the yule log and the pumpkin roll really aren’t too hard to make, but they’re great to bring to get togethers b/c everyone loves them ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Claire — December 23, 2007 at 2:26 am

    Congrats on your first “real” yule log. I wasn’t crazy about the buttercream either, though I did like the coffee flavor!

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    marias23 — December 23, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Yum! Very nice, creamy-looking buttercream. Looks delish! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    SMJ — December 23, 2007 at 3:04 am

    I went for raspberry inside too – and agree that chocolate frosting would be tastier. Good job!

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    Lis — December 23, 2007 at 3:59 am

    You did an awesome job, Jen!

    Your log turned out so pretty – as did the mushrooms!

    Way to go!

    xoxo

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    Hilda — December 23, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Your log looks wonderful, so silky creamy. Happy Holidays!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Your log looks awesome. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

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    Meryl — December 24, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Very pretty! I thought this one was harder than the “Buche” I made in French class too.

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    Lunch Buckets — December 24, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I love your texturing – nice log!

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    Peabody — December 24, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Job well done. I made it with chocolate buttercream and I think it would have gone lovely with raspberry.

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    Cheryl — December 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I love the idea of the raspberry filling with the coffee buttercream. That must have tasted incredible.

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    Dolores — December 26, 2007 at 6:01 am

    As worldly as I thought I was at the time, I never could have attempted anything this complex in high school. You did a great job with your… it looks luscious!

    I hope you had a joyous holiday, and that 2008 brings you health and happiness, laughter and love.

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    Julius — December 26, 2007 at 7:04 am

    Great bรปche de Noรซl and I loved reading your post.

    Happy Holidays!

    Julius from Occasional Baker

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    Tartelette — December 27, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    You aced this challenge like a pro! It looks gorgeous!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    Deborah — December 28, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Your filling looks and sounds delicious! I went with chocolate for the outside, and loved it. Great job!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — December 28, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    A very pretty log! Well done!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Jen Yu — December 31, 2007 at 1:23 am

    Nice work there. I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate – mmmm! Congrats on your challenge and happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

    jen at use real butter

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    Quellia — January 5, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Oooh I love the idea of the raspberry in the log!

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