Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cookie Carnival's Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

This is my first time participating in the Cookie Carnival! This month's recipe is Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.

I've never really been a whoopie pie fan but the thought of chocolate and pumpkin together in this combo intrigued me. I decided to give it a shot. They turned out to be really good. The pumpkin filling and chocolate cake cookie go nicely together. Make sure not to over bake the cookies. Watch them carefully after 8 minutes...mine were done then. To get a nice, creamy filling, I had to beat the filling for a long time. I would double the pumpkin cheesecake filling the next time.

My cookies turned out a little bigger than "mini" but that just means that there's more to enjoy, right?

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
from Martha Stewart

Makes about 20.


* 1 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
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


* 4 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


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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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


noble pig said...

Absolutely awesome, I mean how seasonal can you get!

Amanda said...

Wow great job on these! I still need to do mine, hope they come out as good as yours :)

Tami said...

noble pig, Thank you!

Amanda, Thank you! A little tip if you make them...use a scant 2 tsp. for the cookies or they migh turn out to big a bigger "mini" size. lol!

MaierHousehold said...

I will definitely be trying these! Thank you so much for sharing all these great recipes!!!!

Lo said...

These look fabulous. I love the chocolate pumpkin combination... and who could say no to a sweet treat?

Anonymous said...

Yours look great. Sooo much better than mine. They are tasty though!

My Yummy Life

kimberleyblue said...

Yours turned out beautifully! They look perfect - awesome job. :)

Michelle said...

these look yummy. I can't wait to bake mine.

Prudy said...

I really really have to make these. I just saw them at Amanda's and now I'm going crazy!

Tami said...

Thanks, ladies, for all of the nice comments. I think that my new favorite flavor combo is pumpkin and chocolate (be it cookies, choc. chips..etc).

Prudy, if you haven't tried them yet, do so. They are good. :)

Jin Hooi said...

awww.. urs looks so good !!! Mine turned out to be a kitchen disaster.. my filling was way too runy and thin..hmhm. may be i should give it a second try

Sarah said...

This was one of the recipes I was going to try, but wasn't sure if the chocolate and pumpkin filling would be to my liking. I'll have to try it out.

Go Steelers! :)

Tami said...

Jin, your little pies don't look as nearly as bad as you've described--maybe you could've added more confectioners' sugar to the filling to stiffen it up a bit. I noticed that I had to use my hand mixer with a whip on it to beat it smooth--and it takes a long time to get it to go smooth.

You have a great blog! Your pictures for the recipes are awesome!

Tami said...

Sarah, I felt the same way before I tried them. I wasn't sure if the two flavors would work for me. I ended up liking them!

I'll be cheering loudly on Sunday! Go Steelers!!


OK, you have inspired me to make these. I have TWD and Cupcake Hero . . . I recently signed up for Cookie Carnival. What have I got myself into? ;)

Tami said...

Yay! Give them a try! I would love to check out your blog but I cannot get there by using your profile.

I started thinking the same thing as you are...what am I getting myself into?? lol!! I've never heard of Cupcake Hero...what am I missing? And you're right...there's nothing wrong with a cute cupcake. ;) I just get tired of looking at them and eating them after a while. hahaha!

Cristine said...

Yours look wonderful! I made larger whoopie pies, too... more to enjoy! :)

Tami said...

Hi Christine :)

Your whoopie pies turned out great, too! I love the colors on your blog. They're so pretty!

Kirstynn Evans said...

Great job, and welcome to the club! It is so fun!!

Anonymous said...

how cute!

Anonymous said...

Yours look perfect! Welcome to Cookie Carnival. This was my 2nd month participating.

Stacey said...

Welcome to the carnival!

Pamela said...

They look wonderful. Nice job.

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