Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I hosted a baby shower brunch for a friend/co-worker last weekend.  She is a vegitarian, so it was a meatless morning.  I wanted in add some seasonal ingredients. So I added the pumpkin whoopie pies to the line up.  They turned out ooey gooey wonderful!!

Ingredients for the cookie:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 small container marshmallow fluff

Directions for prep and cooking:

  1. For cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. (For a more spicy cookie add 1 tsp pumpkin spice). Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. For cream cheese filling: Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy, fold in marshmallow fluff.
  5. Spread a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat side of one cookie; top with flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Don’t think these “cookies” will be hard like a chocolate  chip cookie, they actually will come out like a tiny sponge cake and will melt in your mouth.

Enjoy!

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