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 🙂 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 🙂 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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10 Responses to “Chocolate Marshmallow Bars (Bookmarked Recipes)”

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    Clueless J — November 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    OH MY GOSH – THOSE LOOK AMAZING.

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    Nate — November 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Seeing those pictures again reminds me just how tasty they were. I’m all about you making another batch, they were amazing the first time!!

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    Jen — November 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Haha those are good. I could inhale a whole batch myself I’m pretty sure… I just had a thought… Rerack finals? I’m adding them to my baking list 🙂

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    Ruth E — November 20, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    These look great! I’m sure your guests loved them

    Thanks for sending this into bookmarked recipes

    Ruth

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    Navita (Gupta) Hakim — June 3, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I have a whole packet of miniature marshmallows I had brought to make rocky road…however plans are just “plans” as of now…guess will try these instead.
    thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe 🙂

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    Kim — June 3, 2009 at 8:59 am

    these just look too delicious not to try. 🙂

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    Sara — June 3, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    WOW, this looks so good! I definitely have to try it…I love rice krispie treats and this looks like an awesome version.

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    aliciajane — June 5, 2009 at 2:22 am

    We call these crack brownies here at our house 🙂

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    Jen — June 5, 2009 at 2:30 am

    That’s a very good name for these!!

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    SmilynStef — July 3, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I made these for food day at the office and they were a huge hit. I used the 9 x 13 pan and an entire bag of mini-marshmallows. Everyone agreed they got better each day.

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