Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Whoopies

My cute friend Stephanie, who also has a little boy named Oliver is guest posting this week on CuisineNie.

Thanks Stephanie

Oliver and I love trying new treats, especially when they are pumpkin treats.
This is my favorite baking season. It is just so delicious. As soon as Oliver got home from school today, we whipped up a batch of these pumpkin yummies.

Pumpkin Spice Whoopies
for the cookies:
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 package spice cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

for the marshmallow spice filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
half of a 7-oz. jar marshmallow cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or foil (grease foil, if using).

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat pumpkin and butter on medium until smooth. Add cake mix, eggs, and milk; beat on low speed until combined, and then on medium speed for one minute.

3. By the heaping tablespoon, drop mounds of batter on cookie sheet; keep remaining batter chilled. Bake 15 minutes or until set and lightly browned around edges. Carefully remove from parchment or foil; cool on wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, using new parchment paper for each batch.

If desired, place cookies in a covered storage container with waxed paper between layers to prevent sticking. Store cookies at room temperature for 24 hours. Prepare marshmallow spice filling up to 2 hours before serving.

4. To make marshmallow spice filling, beat 1/2 cup softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar, marshmallow cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until well combined.

5. Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons filling on flat side of one cookie; top with a second cookie. Serve immediately or cover and chill up to 2 hours.

Makes 15 whoopies.

I neglected to buy marshmallow cream. So I made the filling without it, and you know what? It was still really really good. I also put chocolate chips in half of them because really, who doesn't love chocolate chips? I would definitely make these again. But be prepared to share. They are rich.


Our little family said...

Growing up in New England, we called these pumpkin whoopie pies. Regular whoopie pies are a chocolate cake cookie with white filling. I use cream cheese frosting instead of the marshmallow filling, and it's sooooo good. These are a tradition in our family.

Misty said...

yum! definitely going to try this!

minisuperbias said...

I love whoopie pies! Used to buy them from the Mennonites at the weekly market in college, yum. Try them with the marshmallow cream sometime, they're even better!

April said...

These look wonderful!!

Sabrina said...

I love everything pumpkin! (well except Pumpkin pie, I'm weird)
BUT those Pumpkin Whoopie Pies look amazing! I'm going to make them this weekend! Thanks!!!!

Kimberly said...

Ok...I'm whirlwinding into the kitchen to whip these up. So excited!

Alicia said...

Mmm my heart is melting for those.. they are so fall! Thanks for posting! I'll have to try these soon.

Sue Sparks said...

Wow! These look scrumptious!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Stephanies Squared (like VaNIElla squared!)

Thank you so much for this delicious post!! This time of year is also my favorite, especially for baking. And chocolate chips are always awesome with pumpkin baked goods. Can't wait to try this receipe!

Thanks for posting again on CuisineNie! I check it daily.

Much love and good thoughts,

your friend from NJ

Jennifer Singer said...

These are delicious!

You can also make the pumpkin spice cake cookies using just the spice cake mix + 1 15oz can of pumpkin + chocolate chips. It lowers the fat and calories and they are just as delicisou. Just mound on a cookie sheet (flattern them a bit b/c they will bake in whatever shape you have them in) and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. They come out kind of like muffin tops and they're so good just on their own!

Polly R said...

These look delicious! I have never had a whoopie! xx

Kristi said...

So excited to try these! Thanks!

kalisarah88 said...

Those look amazing. Thank you for today's post on nieniedialogues. I just had my second baby last week and you give me the strength to do the things I don't feel I can. Thank you, thank you! You are beautiful!

Cassidy said...

these sound amazing. going to try them soon! when we have friends to share them with!

Plain City Dickamores said...

Those Whoopies look amazing!! They are going to be our FHE treat on Monday night!! Thanks for sharing:)

Brian and Tonya said...

Oh my goodness, these cookies just look scrumptious. I am definatly making them this weekend.

moshell's lilbit of space said...

sounds yummy...but I am the only pumpkin yummies eater in the house...and just really can't afford to eat all of these by myself :) (yikes)

and are beautiful inside and out!!!!

cortnieb said...

I just made these on Halloween!! YUMMMY!!!

Teresa said...

i was actually laying in bed last night congering up this recipe in my mind. i wanted to thank you for doing it for me.:) also, i think you are beautiful, esp. in that picture in your last post on nie nie dialogues.

Lori Lou said...


I'm making these tonight. They look as scrumptious as you do!! You really are all that is beautiful, in every sense of the word.

Thank you for your inspiring posts!

Cheryl Podolsky said...

I love whoopie pies, and I love pumpkin-spiced anything, so I can't imagine NOT loving this. And I just adore marshmallow fluff.

But believe it or not, I absolutely detest chocolate chips. My mother made Toll House cookies growing up -- they were always in the house -- and I would carefully eat around the chips. I must be the only person you will ever meet who hates 'em with a passion. But loves chocolate -- so go figure.

ZDub said...

I'm going to make these this weekend, they sound incredible.


Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said... mouth is watering! These look almost as good as I imagine them tasting!

And can I just say Stephanie that everything you say, every picture you take, every little thing about you that you share with your family is intrinsically beautiful. You are beautiful--inside and out.

Sherice said...

Can't wait to try this one!! They look delicious! My kids will be so happy! :)

Thank you so much for your testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. You strengthen me every time I visit your blog. Thank you for the wonderful example you set for me, and the rest of the world. You truely radiate beauty.

p.s. loved your recent post of all of your 'favorite things' right now. such fun things- and you are right, just in time for Christmas! Thanks!!

Amy G said...

I found this recipe on-line a few weeks ago and made them. I couldn't find a spice cakemix at my store so I used carrot cake mixes. They were fab - we added chopped walnuts to the batter. I've been making homemade chocolate whoopie pies with chocolate cake mixes for the last couple years - my boys beg me for them. So I was anxious to try the pumpkin. Chocolate chips sound like a good addition!

Electra said...

Stephanie, aside from these looking "delish"...your nienie post today made me weep. You are such a bright light in this world. Thank you for sharing your gifts of conscious parenting, beautiful photography, true self expression, and soulful love in your blog. God is working through you for sure! (and for that lady in the store...didn't your mother teach you- "if you can't say anything nice" rule??? Somebody should smack her! Thanks for sharing yourself and your life with us. We are all better because of it. God Bless You!

i said...

the food looks great...but i just can't stop feeling heartache for you today. this post reminded me of the need to be more understanding and compassionate to everyone around me.

i wish i was there in isle three to help remind that insensitive woman think about what other people are feeling. i would send her right to your blog. hopefully to be humbled and understand the miracle you are to countless readers reading to be inspired by YOU. i'm sorry that you had to endure additional pain.

moreover....thanks sooooo much for sharing pieces of your soul. you truly are beautiful. when you posted the first picture a.c., i saw nothing but beauty and the light of Christ in your deep beautiful eyes. thanks for sharing your testimony of the Savior and his Love for you throughout this trial. i am grateful for you. thank you and your life!

oh my...this is my longest comment to date. sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

Yay, a new recipe! These look great. Im going to make them for snacks to eat after our Bible class next week.

I want you to know that you have touched my heart in so many ways. I wanted to cry when I read your post. Here's something I want you to know: Because of you, I bought an apron (a real pretty vintagey little number). Because of you I decided to spend more quality time with my children. Ive been baking more. My love of photography has come back after looking at the amazing moments you capture and share with us all. You, my dear, are beautiful in so many ways. You touch people's lives that you dont even know, and we are better because of you. Please dont forget that.

Heidi said...

i thought those looked familiar.

Lisa said...

I can not wait to try your friend's cookies! I am obsessed with anything pumpkin! I made waffles the other night with pumpkin spice whipped cream! We are praying for you to continue to heal! Lots of love!

Sasha said...

Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. Every fall I look forward to pumpkin whoopie pies (a staple in NH) and I can never find an easy recipe so I end up buying them when ever I can. I'm excited to try these with my family. Thank you!!!!

Elizabeth said...

I just found Stephanie's blog, fell in love with it and saw her post with this recipe. It's a definite "must make" this weekend. Finding her on your site now is an added treat!

Mikki said...

oh my goodness! These look delish!! I'll have to try them out before Turkey day, and maybe add them to the dessert menu.
I adored your post today on Nienie dialoghes (well, actually I love all your posts).
You are such an inspiration to me. And you are SO beautiful still. Don't let yourself be fooled into believing you're not. Look at your little guys in that picture you posted---total adoration!!! They see true beauty!! And you're loaded with it--inside and out. It's definitely different on the outside than what it was before, but it's stll there.

Megan & Alex said...

I made these yesterday, and can I just say...they were absolutly amazing! This is going to turn into a Holiday Tradition in our home :)

~Amy Jo~ said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you for posting this recipe. I know exactly what I'm taking to our family reunion this weekend.


megan russell said...

made these over the weekend, and they were a fabulous success. thanks! :)

Geosomin said...

Mmmmm...Love whoopie cookies. Love pumpkin...
Mmmm...I think this is my new favourite thing :)

Debra W said...

Through tears, I read this recipe. YOU ARE SO LOVELY, NieNie. You care enough to go outside of your own pain to make life beautiful for everyone you love. Darn that woman for not seeing THAT in you. You ARE beautiful, dear heart. Your eyes are absolutely captivating because they exude so much love.

Now, Stephanie Number Two, I must run out to buy the ingredients for these yummy little bits of goodness! I will definitely add the chocolate chips because chocolate makes my heart go pitter-patter!

Thank you for sharing this recipe, girls!


Jill said...

ya! I am so glad I found this blog. It's funny because yesterday I (jokingly) asked my husband if we could have an "open food marriage"...meaning, I find someone to enjoy great food with. lol I love him dearly, but our food tastes are quite different. I am glad I can come to your blog and see a husband and wife enjoy yummy food together...(that's NOT mac and cheese) :-) Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I just made these the other night and they were a huge hit. People who dont usually like whoopie pies said these were the best they have tried. They are so moist, and the frosting was really good--I tried it with the fluff, but I dont think it makes a huge difference in the taste--it still tastes like cream cheese frosting. Thank you for a great recipe! I look forward to more from you!

Karina said...

These are great! the only change I made was I added the whole jar of marshmallow creme and only 1/2 cup of powder sugar and they turned out really good.

Linda said...

Thank you Stephanie, your light shines and shines. Keep doing the yoga, and so will I!

Did you know that putting whole sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets or acorn squash in the crock pot for about 3 hours on high (I just add about 1/2 cup of water or so) is such an easy and yummy simple whole foods way to cook? Just wash them off, throw them in and they turn out wonderful.

Blessings, beautiful and courageous Nie!

Emz said...

These look BEAUTIFUL! Must try today! Thank you!!

kanishk said...

These look wonderful!!

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The Shepherd Family said...

I LOVE These and have never known of anyone else making them!!

I am a recent diagnosed Celiac (gluten intolerant), so I can't have them....tears:(...but I know my family will still enjoy them!

kimmyb said...

I made them for my family's Thanksgiving dinner, what a hit! Thanks for posting :)

Beth said...


Anonymous said...

I made whoopies before with carrot cake mix, add about 1/2 cup more flour to the standard carrot cake recipe and drop them with a mashed potato scoop onto waxed paper and bake and the filling is 1 8 oz. cream cheese bar with 1/4 cup honey whizzed in the food processor. They were a hit!
As always love your blog

Biddle Family said...

I'm gonna go make them this morn!
When the sweet little babe goes down for his nap!
Thanks for sharing!

heidi said...

you can't go wrong with a name like "whoopie".. it's just flat funny to get adults to say stuff like that-- i love it!

petrii said...

I made these a few weeks ago to take to our Fall Athletic Banquet. Yummee!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

Have a Blessed weekend,

Brandi said...

I know what I'm doing tonight... making whoopies.
Thanks for sharing the recipe!