Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

So I have a confession to make.  Sometimes when I’m in a blog post preparing frenzy, baking lots of stuff, taking lots of outfit pictures, etc. I get so backed up in content that I don’t have enough time to post then.  Case in point, this post here.  It’s a “The Dish” one if you couldn’t tell from the title, but I actually made these ONE YEAR AGO.  But then somehow November and December got away from me and then I figured it was too late to post about a pumpkin recipe, although I do not have a problem with pumpkin desserts being made year round, mind you.  SO anyways, I figured it was about time I post this… since recipes never really go bad, thank goodness!

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (adapted from Martha Stewart)

 

Ingredients

For the Cookies
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
For the Filling
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
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

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. Place 5-6 chocolate chips on top of filling. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down.

And there you have it!  A little time consuming, but so worth it.  These little mini bites are perfect for a Fall Holiday party or potluck!  Don’t worry, all the whoopie pies you see in this post had already been consumed (last year), it was only a matter of minutes at the office.  šŸ™‚

Well, I just wanted to say once again how THANKFUL I am of this blog, my readers (you), and my sponsors.  I am so happy to always share with you all the daily happenings in my life and honored that so many of you care enough to read and leave comments about it!  Hope you all have a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with a ton of good food!  Our menu will consist of a young chicken (it’s just the 2.5 of us so we didn’t want to go all out w/ a turkey), cranberry dressing, creamy corn casserole, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, and mini pumpkin pies!  šŸ™‚

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What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?

28 Comments

  1. November 23, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    Your little pies look yummy and cute Sandy!! Things happen and time always has a way of getting ahead of us before we know it.

    Your menu sounds just perfect to me….enjoy your Holiday, and I too, am thankful for having YOU as a fab friend!

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  2. November 23, 2011 / 10:58 pm

    um, glad you posted this tonight – will totally try this! maybe this weekend as we recover from stuffing ourselves sick. there’s always room for dessert, right? šŸ˜‰

  3. November 23, 2011 / 11:36 pm

    Mouth. Is. Watering.

  4. November 24, 2011 / 2:20 am

    Oh yum! I wish I made them for Thanksgiving. Hope you are having an awesome day!

  5. November 24, 2011 / 3:57 am

    Looks delicious! I have to try this! <3<3

  6. November 24, 2011 / 8:20 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Ugh it’s at times like this that I really wish I liked pumpkin!

  7. November 24, 2011 / 9:39 am

    These look oh so delicious!!! šŸ™‚

    xoxo
    ida

  8. November 24, 2011 / 9:51 am

    That looks amazing! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  9. November 24, 2011 / 10:00 am

    These look so delicious….now I know what to do with the can of pumpkin I bought last week :).

  10. November 24, 2011 / 1:46 pm

    whoopie pies (or gobs as i called up calling them) are such a rad dessert. this recipe looks delicious!

    xo Alison

  11. November 24, 2011 / 8:25 pm

    These look so delicious and very appropriate for the holiday season – even if these were from a year ago! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. November 24, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    Yummy yummy!

    kisses

  13. November 25, 2011 / 9:39 am

    i think my little brothers would love baking this with me!

  14. November 25, 2011 / 5:09 pm

    HOLY MOLY this looks delish.

  15. November 26, 2011 / 4:17 am

    I’ve been seeing lots of yummy sounding whoopie pie recipes around lately, I think I need to try to make them!

    x Jasmine

  16. nicole
    November 26, 2011 / 8:44 am

    mmm looks delicious! i’d love for you to stop by http://www.thelovelypoppy.com and check out some of the new tutorials and the giveaway going on. xoxo nicole

  17. November 26, 2011 / 2:33 pm

    Oh! It is look like macaron….yummy! =]
    I also very love macaron, but it’s expensive in Taiwan now =(

  18. November 26, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    Oh my, I am so hungry now, that looks so tasteful!

  19. November 26, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    these look soooooo good!!

  20. November 28, 2011 / 8:34 pm

    Mmm these look amazing! Must make these stat.

  21. November 30, 2011 / 1:05 pm

    yummm i’ll have to try these very soon!

  22. December 2, 2011 / 6:44 am

    maddie and I just discovered whoopie pies at a local cupcakery and we are addicted to them! i will have to share this recipe since she is the baker in the house.

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