Keep your taste buds happy this fall with these delicious Maple Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. The soft pumpkin cookies are sandwiched together with a sweet maple buttercream and have the best cozy flavor. You won't be able to resist these handheld treats at fall get togethers.
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One of my favorite treats from childhood are whoopie pies. Or gobs if you are from Pennsylvania like me. The classic chocolate whoopie pies were always my favorite ones to get at fall craft fairs.
This year I decided to take those classic whoopie pies to another level by adding pumpkin, spices, and maple frosting. These soft and sticky treats will satisfy your desire for pumpkin spice cookies.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
If you are looking for a delicious cookie to make for fall gatherings, this pumpkin whoopie pie recipe is just what you need.
The cookie batter is easy to mix up in minutes with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Plus, there is no chill time required, so you can bake them right away.
A combination of spices and a sweet maple frosting gives these cookies a delicious fall flavor. One bite and you will reach for another one!
This easy whoopie pie recipe uses basic pantry ingredients along with a can of pumpkin puree. You can have a batch of pumpkin cookies baking in no time at all.
- Granulated Sugar - Used to sweeten the cookie batter.
- Eggs - They provide moisture to recipes, and they also hold the ingredients together and give the cookies structure as they bake.
- Canola Oil - Using oil in baked goods makes them turn out more moist.
- Pumpkin Puree - Make sure you buy pure pumpkin puree, NOT the pumpkin pie mix. Also different brands have different colors and textures. I like to use Libby's because of the color and taste.
- Flour - Too much flour can affect how a recipe turns out. Make sure you fluff and spoon into your measuring cup. You can also read more on how to measure flour properly.
- Spices - This recipe uses a combination of cinnamon and nutmeg to give the cookies a fall flavor. You could use pumpkin pie spice instead if that's what you have.
- Maple Buttercream
How to Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
The process for making this pumpkin whoopie pie recipe with maple buttercream is very simple. Follow our easy steps, and the cookies will be cooling on your counter in no time at all.
- Mix the sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl for a few minutes or until pale in color. Add in the oil, pumpkin puree, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is incorporated. Make sure you do not over mix the batter.
- Use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop to drop batter onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. This will keep the cookies from spreading too much.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake until the cookies are done. Move to a wire rack and cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
Once the whoopie pies are completely cool, use a piping bag to swirl maple frosting on the flat side of half the cookies. Top with the remaining ones and press down slightly.
We recommend storing these pumpkin whoopie pies in a loosely sealed container at room temperature for 3-4 days. The buttercream frosting keeps them soft and delicious.
If you need to keep them for longer, place them in an air tight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for 6-7 days.
Tips and Variations
- Do not over mix the pumpkin cookie batter. Too much mixing can create tough cake cookies.
- Using a cookie scoop ensures that all the cookies are the same size and shape. If you do not have one, use a spoon that you can
- Make sure the pumpkin cookies are completely cool before adding a swirl of frosting. If the cookies are even slightly warm, you will end up with a sticky melted mess.
- Change up the whoopie pie filling if you do not like maple. Marshmallow buttercream, homemade vanilla frosting, and even dark chocolate frosting would be so good.
- Roll the edges of the whoopies and frosting in nuts, mini chocolate chips, or fall sprinkles for a fun and delicious look.
- Sit back and enjoy a few of these pumpkin gobs with a copycat pumpkin cream cold brew. It's the perfect way to relax on a cozy fall day.
You sure can. I would use 2-3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice in these cookies.
Whoopie pies are more like mini cakes instead of cookies. They have more moisture than cookies which keeps them from drying out. If you store them in a tightly sealed container, they will become very sticky.
Yes, these pumpkin whoopies freeze very well. Assemble the cooled cookies with frosting and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Freeze for 1 hour, then wrap each whoopie pie individually with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Serve frozen or thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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