Rating: 3.71 stars
750 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 198
  • 4 star values: 266
  • 3 star values: 183
  • 2 star values: 79
  • 1 star values: 24

Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

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Ingredients

For the Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies
For the Cream-Cheese Filling

Directions

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  • Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together oil, pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla until well combined. Add brown sugar and whisk until combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

  • Using a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

  • Make the filling: Sift confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

  • Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

Reviews (86)

750 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 198
  • 4 star values: 266
  • 3 star values: 183
  • 2 star values: 79
  • 1 star values: 24
Rating: 3 stars
10/22/2019
I followed the recipe to the letter and got 14 whoopie pies. The flavor is great but not a fan of the consistency. Mine came out too dense and moist and more cake-like than cookie-like, even though the toothpick showed they were cooked through. Also I find the filling to be too sweet.
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2018
Impressively Delicious. These were so decadent, and they captured flavors of Fall perfectly. The cake is so robust and spicy, and the pairing of the tangy icing is sooo complimenting. The icing reminds me of the Nothing Bundt Cake icing. I don't know why so many complain of an inaccurate yield. I had about 14 full size cakes and 1 itty bitty sample cake. Mine had to bake for 20 min's instead of 15, but I had all three pans in at once. I was a bit generous with the Vanilla extract in both, otherwise I made exact to recipe and wouldn't change a thing. My co-workers definitely approved, and I'll be making these for years and years to come!
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2017
These are delicious and pretty easy to make. Only problem I had was they are pretty sticky! I wanted to give these to friends in little waxed paper sacks but the are sticking to the bag. Any clues about what I did wrong? I tested cakes with toothpicks Before taking out of oven and toothpick came out clean. Any ideas for me? Would love to try again.
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2015
Yummy Yummy. So Easy to Make. I baked cookie cakes for 11 minutes and it seemed to keep them nice and moist. Substituted nutmeg for ginger, and it worked out well. The ingredients make a lot more than 12 servings, and I used extra batter to make pumpkin muffins. Best pumpkin recipe I have come across. Martha you are awesome.
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2014
These are fabulous. I made this recipe as it's written, and it made exactly 3 dozen for family and co-workers. They were gone in a day. They are so moist that there was some condensation forming once I took them out of the fridge, which made them somewhat sticky. But still delicious! 5 stars!
Rating: Unrated
10/04/2014
I love these and make the mini version. Just wondering if anyone has tried making them ahead freezing them before they are filled? And just thaw and filling the day of eating? I want to make these as take home treats for thanksgiving
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Rating: Unrated
11/27/2013
I just finished making these.....they look and smell wonderful. I have a few comments on the recipe: (1) Assuming that you make these cookie-size, the recipe makes WAY more than 12! (2) Try to get the tops of the cookies flat (no peaks or big bumps) so that they will sit upright when they are all filled and done, and (3) As an alternative to piping the filling onto the cookie, I just used a very small spoon and that worked fine. Be generous with the filling so that it squishes out to the sides
Rating: Unrated
11/24/2013
Just finished these, and the house smells amazing! Made the gob (filling) last night and transferred it into a plastic, zip-top bag. Took it out of the frig before I started the cake part today so that it would be easy to work with. Just cut a corner and piped it from bag. Replaced the oil with a cup of applesauce and used the exact spice measurements as given. DELICIOUS!!! Not the least bit over-spiced. A #40 scoop yielded 3 dozen whoopie pies. There was plenty of filling for 3 dozen.
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11/03/2013
These are out of this world!!! Very moist and the filling is scrumptious! Agree with the reviewer that said that the yield needs to be adjusted. . . I came out with way more than 12.
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2013
I make these every year for Halloween parties and everyone loves them. They always get requested. I make sure I make extra so guests can take extra home.
Rating: Unrated
11/14/2012
These are great. I used fresh pumpkin. HOWEVER, someone needs to fix the yield on this. I made 27, pretty generous sized ones... NOT 12!!
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10/10/2012
I love this recipe. The only thing that I exchanged was a blend of melted butter, coconut & olive oils for the veggie oil. I used Vietnamese cinnamon which is so extremely flavorful. The recipe is easy to make. The cookies don't take long to cool down, so from start to finish is just a couple of hours & then some cooling time in the fridge. This recipe is a keeper and making the whoopie pies is going to become an annual tradition.
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2011
I used two tablespoons Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice in place of the cinnamon, clove and ginger. I also used half all purpose flour and half multi-grain flour mix which gave it a heartier flavor. It was a huge hit!
Rating: Unrated
11/24/2011
I love this recipe and can't understand why a few people gave bad reviews. I followed the exact recipe and used a standing mixer to mix all ingredients. I've made them twice and both times they came out perfect and moist. Once for home and work, second for my son's second grade fall festival. For the festival I made quarter sandwiches and placed them in muffin cups. If you love pumpkin you will love these!! This has already become a family favorite. Next time I may add chopped walnuts!
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2011
Let me start off by saying baking is not my strong suit, however, I decided I couldn't resist making these. Am I glad I did! They were D-Licious!! I followed some previous posters' advice and only used a sprinkle of clove. 15 minutes was the perfect cooking time. I made them on the smaller side and ended up with 27 pies as opposed to 12 as the recipe states. I am making these again for Thanksgiving.
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11/14/2011
Everyone - kids and adults loved these cookies. I found that this recipe yielded more than 12, probably double that. I used a 1 tbsp size ice cream scoop. I made pumpkin puree from leftover Halloween decorations - it worked quite well. Also added some coolwhip to the cream cheese frosting, it lightens it up a bit and goes a bit further (more filling - yum!)
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11/10/2011
I made these for our Thanksgiving. They were disgusting! Time for cooking if off! Should be way more. The filling didnt taste good. I ended up throwing some out! They texture was like they were undercooked! I followed recipe to a tee...it was a failure1
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11/10/2011
The cake measurements for spices is really OFF... way way off. I think it should be teaspoons not tablespoons. l also find it interesting that you don't see your own review until you log in. HUM?
Rating: Unrated
11/10/2011
The filling for whoopie pies, which should be correctly called "Gobs" from the Western PA locals, should be made with 1 cup of milk mixed with 5 T of flour, cooked, and cooled then you add the shortening, butter, vanilla and 10X sugar. Cream cheese filling is not correct... at all.
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This is a fabulous recipe! I changed it up a bit by making them with fresh pumpkin and adding a jar of marshmallow fluff to the frosting. The fresh pumpkin made them brighter in color and more flavorful. The fluff made the frosting lighter in color and texture as well as giving it a lovely sweetness that wasn't too much :)
Rating: Unrated
10/30/2011
I made the whoopie pies twice the size this recipe calls for and still came out with a dozen, so the batter definitely yields more than it claims (that's a good thing but don't forget to make more frosting or you'll wind up skimping on the filling!). They were such a hit that the following day I doubled the recipe and made them smaller for a Halloween party. People who claimed not to like pumpkin were raving about them! Followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful. Thank you!
Rating: Unrated
10/08/2011
These are FABULOUS!!! I substituded half of the oil for apple sauce and used light cream cheese and they definitely taste full fat, mmmmmmm!
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01/26/2011
these are fantastic! they're a hit whenever I make them . does anyone have the measurements for the amount of oil needed and are the egg whites included? I cant seem to find the recipe . thanks!
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12/29/2010
I make these with a cookie scoop, ie; mini whoopies. I also dip both the top and bottom cookie in cinnamon sugar. They are very popular with everyone here.
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12/15/2010
These are great! I have made them twice. The first time I substituted some of the sugar in the filling with maple syrup, yum! Second time, I substituted 1/2 of the oil in the pie with apple sauce. They are just as moist and delicious. Will try low-fat cream cheese next time.
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12/15/2010
Delicious
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12/15/2010
Why is it not posting the rest of what i've said!!!
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12/15/2010
These are delicious! Easy
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12/15/2010
These are delicious! Easy
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11/30/2010
Fantastic! Not only were they easy to make, but everyone ?
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11/16/2010
I've made these a few times in the past 3 weeks. I make them tiny and have rename them, my "Pumpkin Sliders". Everyone loves them!! I'm making more again this weekend!
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11/16/2010
I've made these a few times in the past 3 weeks. I make them tiny and have rename them, my "Pumpkin Sliders". Everyone loves them!! I'm making more again this weekend!
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11/16/2010
4egg whites is what I meant and 1/2C to 3/4C drk brown sugar
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11/13/2010
Replace 1C oil with 3/4C applesauce and 1/4C veggie oil. 4eggs for 2whole eggs, 1C Agave nectar for 1C Drk brown sugar, and I used whole wheat pastry flour and baked at 325 degrees.
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11/13/2010
Yummy! Instead of 1C oil I used 3/4C applesauce
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10/28/2010
I made these for my husband's work pot luck. Everyone loved them!
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10/26/2010
I used Libby's pumpkin. The recipe was a hit at a party I had this weekend. I think it was very easy to make. I used a 1 Tbsp. scoop and I got about 40 pies. I thought it was a perfect size. Everyone wanted the recipe!
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10/25/2010
does anyone know how many weight watcher points one pie has?
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10/16/2010
NancyMadeline: The Libby's is pureed pumpkin, and a small ice cream scoop will hold between one and two tablespoons, though this recipe seems to be calling for the one tablespoon size. I would also suggest flattening the cookies slightly with moist fingertips before baking, as mine came out a little more rounded than I would like. However, even rounded they baked up beautifully.
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10/14/2010
All I can find is Libby's canned 100% pure pumpkin. Can this be used instead of puree ???
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10/12/2010
How much does a "small ice cream scoop" hold ?????
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10/08/2010
I made these for a birthday yesterday and they were a huge hit. Not sure why it says it makes 12 as mine made 30 using the same size scoop as they did. Great recipe!!! Simple and very tasty!
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10/04/2010
i have been making these for 2 yrs before that i made pumpkin roll. same ingredients only much harder, these are a snap. i did chng one thing on this i used 4oz marscapone (must be the italian in me) and 4oz cream cheese. i mixed the marscapone with abot 4 tblsp of heavy cream just to smooth it out. this is my favorite fall desert. SCRUMDIDLUMCIOUS!!!!!!!!!! Supana
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10/04/2010
@khender711 you are very right! Applesauce can be substituted for oil in a 1:1 ratio. I haven't tried it with this recipe yet but it actually sounds extra yummy... Can't wait to try it!
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09/20/2010
This recipe was a hit at a recent party we hosted. They are simply irresistable and a very fun type of dessert to add to your typical bar and cookie table. It's the perfect season for these!
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09/18/2010
Early in the comment section, someone asked if something else could replace the large amount of oil in the recipe. I'm not an expert baker by any means (so you'll want to double check this), but when I attended Weight Watchers, I heard people talk about replacing oil with applesauce. Not sure if that'd be successful.
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02/03/2010
Very nice amount of spice. I added chocolate chips to the filling. Delicious!
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11/27/2009
Could I replace the vegetable oil with something else?
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11/26/2009
These are delicious, I will def be making them again!
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10/11/2009
These were incredible. The cookies were very spicy and flavorful, and incredibly moist. Even the filling was exceptional. Will make again.
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12/09/2008
This is a great, and easy recipe to make. The whoopie pies not only smell great they taste even better. It was a huge hit on my Thanksgiving day table.
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12/09/2008
This is a great, and easy recipe to make. The whoopie pies not only smell great they taste even better. It was a huge hit on my Thanksgiving day table.
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12/09/2008
This is a great, and easy recipe to make. The whoopie pies not only smell great they taste even better. It was a huge hit on my Thanksgiving day table.
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12/09/2008
This is a great, and easy recipe to make. The whoopie pies not only smell great they taste even better. It was a huge hit on my Thanksgiving day table.
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12/09/2008
This is a great, and easy recipe to make. The whoopie pies not only smell great they taste even better. It was a huge hit on my Thanksgiving day table.
Rating: Unrated
12/08/2008
It's very important to use a small ice cream scoop like the recipe says. I used a regular-sized one and made whoopie burgers instead of cookies. So smaller is better!
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11/24/2008
I was worried about the amount of spice in the recipe too, but I followed it and they were declicious! They definitely taste better chilled. When I made the recipe it made about 23 pies (46) halves and they were pretty large pies. Great recipe and I will be making these again.
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11/11/2008
I thought they would be but they weren't. They smelt divine too!
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11/11/2008
Seems to me that the measurements for the spices is way too much! Did anyone find the spices too strong?
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11/10/2008
OMG these are just divine. I used 2 cups of fresh pumpkin (which I steamed, mashed and squeezed the life out of it-to remove excess liquid) and 1 cup of canned pumpkin. I used an ice cream scoop of just under 1/4 cup capacity, which gave me 22 whoopie pies (45 in total). The cream cheese filling was also just divine and not overly sickly sweet, considering there were 3 cups of sugar. I will definitely make these again. I actually baked them for 20 minutes.
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11/09/2008
Oh my! These are SO GOOD! I snuck a taste of one after only15 mins. The only thing I did differently was reducing the cloves to about 1 tsp. I just think cloves are so strong in flavor, and I am glad I didn't use a full TBSP. I also used a cup of whole wheat pastry flour in place of one cup of white. They have wonderful flavor. I actually came out with 27 cookies, so I got 13 sandwiches out of the recipe (the odd one was a taste test...haha). This recipe is a keeper!
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11/06/2008
We love these. We are actually making them again today. I use a roasted baking pumpkin. Just be sure to mash and smash fully before adding. Also, we used the earlier suggestion of making them smaller, 1 tablespoon. They were still a mouthful but there were more to share, which is important, because you'll want to give them away and keep them to yourself.
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11/05/2008
1 stick of butter is 1/4 pound. For your second question, I think it is okay to use canned pumpkin. I'm going to make these tonight and I will use the canned pumpkin.
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11/05/2008
I'm in the UK where we usually measure by weight. Does anybody know the weight of 1 stick of butter? Also can I make pumpkin puree by pureeing roasted pumpkin or is the canned stuff different?
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11/03/2008
Lisa Joffe, you might try a cloth pastry bag; it's plastic-lined muslin, basically, and it's wonderful. The threaded decorating tips fit into the small opening and secure with a "nut" on the outside, OR I can just fill the bag and use the small opening as-is, which I'd do for these cookies. The bag does make easier and shorter work of filling the cookies; I truly HATE scooping fillings and frostings as I seem to make a major mess of it!
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11/03/2008
Yes, now that I watched it, I see! They were talking all through the measurements, but I did hear Martha say that it was a tablespoon. I love spices so I am gonna go with it!
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11/03/2008
You can tell by the quantities that its gonna be a large recipe...3 cups flour, 3 cups pumpkin, it will make large size pies....so tablespoons sounds right to me!
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11/03/2008
Actually, if you watch the video (click the link in the recipe photo), Martha and Matt do indeed use tablespoons.
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11/03/2008
I have a feeling this recipe should say "teaspoons" instead of "tablespoons." NO way would I put a TBSP of cloves in any recipe! They are incredibly strong. I plan to make them, but I will adjust the spices. It probably means 12 total, but each cookie takes 2 parts. We will see! I'll be back with my review soon!
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11/03/2008
I have a feeling this recipe should say "teaspoons" instead of "tablespoons." NO way would I put a TBSP of cloves in any recipe! They are incredibly strong. I plan to make them, but I will adjust the spices. It probably means 12 total, but each cookie takes 2 parts. We will see! I'll be back with my review soon!
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11/03/2008
Wow - for 12 servings, that would be nearly a half cup of sugars per serving!!!!!
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11/03/2008
Spices in that quantity, especiially the cloves would make these cookies inedible in my house. I keep seeing improper quantities in the ingredient part of many of the recipes on this web site.l
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11/03/2008
Vanessa, yes u can but you would have to adjust the liquid ingredients as the fresh pumpkin is more liquid than can.
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11/03/2008
Are the spice measurements right? Sounds like a lot.
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11/03/2008
I found this recipe online, although it had been adapted a bit...added some maple syrup to the cream cheese filling and took second place at a cookie competition my culinary arts program had. Everyone loved,loved, loved them-although not many people up here had heard of whoopie pies...everyone wanted the recipe
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11/02/2008
Can I use fresh pumpkin, which has been steamed, mashed and left to drain overnight? The canned pumpkin (which has to be purchsed from a USA food importer here in Australia) is expensive.
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10/31/2008
These pumpkin whoopie pies were extremely delicious! Easy and fun to make, a bit time consuming, but that was OK as these were truly a joy to create. EVERYONE at work LOVED them. This Thanksgiving I may prepare these the day before rather than pumpkin pie! Thanks Matt Lewis of Baked Bakery for sharing this recipe!
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10/29/2008
These are FABULOUS! I used my electric mixer on LOW - and I used a small ice cream scoop which was just under a tablespoon - then after two trays changed to my next bigger size scoop and got a total of 30 Whoopie Pies, so yeah, this recipe makes WAY more than 12!!!! Yumma, yumma!
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10/26/2008
These are absolutely delicious and fun to eat! I used the same type of ice cream scoop for the filling as I did for the cookie/cakes. Your family and friends will be impressed with this treat!
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10/26/2008
Haven't made them yet, but just wondered why go through the trouble of putting the filling into a pastry bag, not to mention the waste of the bag itself (in these "green" times), when no one sees the filling. Why not just use a spoon or spatula?
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10/24/2008
I made these and took them to work and they were a HUGE hit. Using 1 level Tablespoon of dough per cookie/cake I ended up with something like 50 pies. I didn't have ground cloves on hand, so I omited those and I prefer light brown sugar rather than the more molasses-y flavor of dark brown I used an electric mixer.
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10/24/2008
meemo.... I thnk the canned pumkin you buy at the store is puree. At least that is what I would use.
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10/24/2008
where do u get the pumpkin puree from? are they store bought or did you make them homemade?
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10/24/2008
where do u get the pumpkin puree from? are they store bought or did you make them homemade?
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10/24/2008
Freaking amazing. I made them the day after they aired. They are time consuming but really turned out amazing. I was shocked that I could actually make them taste so good and turn out perfectly. Great recipe. I did come out with about 24 however using a standard cookie scoop.
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10/23/2008
Made these today after seeing them on the show yesterday. Must be a mistake with measurements. I halved the recipe and HALF the entire recipe made 12 whoopie pies (using heaping tablespoons as directed) Unbelievably delish! I couldn't restrain myself and had two even though I was full. Highly recommend.. cookies are moister than I was expecting.