For the filling in these cinnamon-and-allspice whoopie pies, a caramel sauce is folded into the buttercream. A hint of salt is mixed with sugar that surrounds the edges, to slightly offset the sweetness.
Made from two small chocolate sponge cakes filled with fluffy vanilla icing, whoopie pies have been a lunch-box staple for generations. In this classic recipe, Martha uses a 1-ounce ice cream scoop to form the cookies, then sandwiches them together with seven-minute frosting. Serve as an after-lunch or -dinner treat with a tall glass of milk.
This delicious recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies is from Matt Lewis of Baked bakery. Photo credit: "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, coauthored with Renato Poliafito, October 2008)