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a certain pumpkin baked good

okay…so truth?

This project food blog challenge had me completely, one hundred percent, totally stumped. It was simple enough—bake something with pumpkin—but I knew the stakes would be high. All twenty three of the other contestants are some of the most talented food bloggers and chefs I’ve ever seen, and each one of us wants this bad. Last challenge, I was totally blown away by Angela’s blondies, Emily’s soup and Annalise’s chocolate cake.

So, I’ve been making lists. Should I go savory or sweet? Plain or gourmet? Pie or cake?

My initial thought was to wow you all with some fancy schmancy savory pumpkin focaccia or petit four… but then last week I had an epiphany.

I could make something that might impress you outwardly or I could make something that I know, hands down, was absolutely delicious and something that you could easily replicate at home.

I guess when in doubt, go with butter something you trust.

Something you know is the best pumpkin dessert you’ve ever tasted.

…and something that’s stood the test of time in many American home kitchens.

Folks, I bring to you today the pumpkin whoopie pie.

It’s not fancy and it’s not really all that gourmet. But, it’s loved by kids and adults alike, and when I first made them in October of 2008, the whole kitchen staff at the yacht club I worked at loved them so much that they earned a permanent spot on the restaurant dessert menu. Soon, we were selling out of pumpkin whoopie pies every night, the main takers being older folks, slyly grinning while loudly whispering,

“honey! they’re makin’ whoopee back there!”

I couldn’t bake them fast enough and soon, started to bake many different versions including red velvet, carrot cake and dark chocolate.

But pumpkin always won first place. The big, soft pumpkin cookie sandwiched between a fluffy pillow of real vanilla buttercream always won everyone over. I experimented with cream cheese frosting, but found buttercream was better. More old fashioned.

I also experimented with different kinds of buttercream. Typically, I prefer one that’s made with shortening because holds up better when decorating cakes, but here I found that using plain ol’ butter was best.

Did I tell you that making these is a breeze? You don’t need a Kitchen Aid or any fancy kitchen gear…just an honest wooden spoon, two bowls, some measuring cups and an oven.

To start, mix together one cup of oil with two cups of brown sugar.

Add a cup and a half of pumpkin, along with two eggs

Whisk that well and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the three cups of flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt. know the drill. Add wet to dry!

Scoop out golf ball sized portions of batter onto a lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for twelve minutes. They’ll be light and springy when done!

While the cookies are cooling, get to work on the frosting. Like I said earlier, I just made a very basic buttercream…but you could really make any kind of frosting you like.

Fill the cookies when they’re totally cool (you don’t want to melt the frosting!)…

These make me so happy.

So, so happy.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

adapted from a recipe found on in 2008

makes about 18 whoopie pies

3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1 cup canola oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups pumpkin

1 tsp baking power

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground white pepper

for frosting:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

3 cups powdered sugar

1 T pure vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and oil. Add the pumpkin and eggs and mix well. Set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, ground white pepper, salt and nutmeg.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix.

Scoop (or pipe) golf ball sized portions of batter onto lined baking sheets. Bake for twelve minutes. Let cool thoroughly before sandwiching together with frosting.

For the frosting, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat for about ten minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract at the end and mix well.

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  • Emily Malone
    November 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

    These are gorgeous and I want to eat one right now. I was completely stumped on this one too – seems so simple, but that is the challenge. GREAT job!! πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Jenna, these are so SO cute!! I love the history of them (your yacht story) too. Can’t wait to make some for myself! Great job πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    November 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

    YUM! These look perfect!

  • Moni'sMeals
    November 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    OH my OH my!
    Now that is creative and probabally the best thing to look (drool) at ever. πŸ˜‰

    Great idea and I love your pictures(especially the dollop of cream on the spoon with the leaf background.) I hope to try these out.

    Go Jenna!

  • linda
    November 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    These look delicious. Can they frozen? I am loving your blog and read it everyday!

    • jenna
      November 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

      no πŸ™ they really shouldn’t be frozen. They’re best eaten the same day they’re made!

      • lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
        November 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

        I think I could handle that…. my heart is a fluttering.

        • Jen
          November 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

          May I ask out of curiosity why they can’t be frozen? Just curious! Is that the rule for most baked goods? I live by myself and can eat 1/2 a dozen in one day, but then, well, I might be going overboard after that – y’know, maybe…;)

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Oh a whoopie pie!!! I feel like I’m five years old again, and I’m not complaining one bit πŸ™‚
    Nice job, Jenna!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    November 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    These really are adorable. Finger foods or dress them up on a plate with chocolate sauce!!

  • ElizabethMDS
    November 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Those are FABULOUS!!! Love them!

  • stacey-healthylife
    November 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Simple and delicious is sometimes so much better. THey look and sound amazing, best of luck.

  • Sahar
    November 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    These look amazing and so cute! I’ve been wanting to try to bake whoopie pies for a while now. Do you think I could sub pumpkin pie spice for the spices? Like 1 1/2 tsp?

    • jenna
      November 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

      absolutely. that would work fine.

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher
    November 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Ya know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Whoopie pie…Crazy huh?! That need to change immediately, especially since there’s a pumpkin kind πŸ™‚

    Gorgeous photos, btw.

    • lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
      November 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

      you’ve NEVER tried a whoopee pie!!??!! random but Hannafords sells incredible pumpkin, maple, chocolate or peanut butter ones. you know, in case you’re not in the mood to bake.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Your pictures look great Jenna!

  • Tangy @ A Taste of Tangy
    November 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Those look like a yummy treat! I’ve never had a whoopie pie before. Just some store-bought Oreos, lol. I think simple recipes for foods that everyone will enjoy are the best ideas of all.

  • Maria
    November 28, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Love these! Your pictures are fantastic too!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate
    November 28, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I absolutely love your project food blog posts! Yours have been so creative and I love that you have kept things so classy yet simple at the same time. Definitely pulling for you to take home the prize! πŸ™‚

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I’m so glad you decided to make whoopie pies. πŸ™‚ It’s a simple concept..but so, so delicious and FUN!! That’s more important than some way-out-there idea.

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side
    November 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I think your idea to go user friendly was great! I can’t wait to try these myself- I’m a HUGE fan of whoopie pies. DELISH- good luck with the challenge πŸ™‚

  • Sana
    November 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

    My roommate makes these for special gatherings (thanksgiving) and I know she always uses cream cheese in the frosting…while I’ve never attempted to make them myself I thought that cream cheese was necessary to get the right consistency…is this the more traditional way to do it? have you ever tried putting cream cheese in the frosting?

    • Sana
      November 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Dear Other Sana,
      I know I am creepy, but do you write a blog?

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

    One of my favorites of all time. Absolutely mouthwatering.

  • Sana
    November 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

    ok I just saw your reference to buttercream vs. cream cheese in the description before the recipe lol

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    November 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I want to pop each whoopee in my mouth!

  • Laura
    November 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin whoopie pies. They look so good!

  • Kimberly
    November 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

    LOVE this post. Love all of your posts!

  • Ashley
    November 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I love, love, love these, but as a western Pennsylvania native, I refer to them as “pumpkin gobs.” But you know what they say … a gob by any other name …
    Will definitely be making these before Christmas.

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    November 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I agree, you can’t go wrong with such a classic item – these look fantastic! Just curious, does pumpkin focaccia really exist? Because I thought I would only find such a thing in heaven.

  • Tami
    November 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

    whoopee pies are my specialty so it’s interesting to see what you put in yours-my new favorite is oatmeal or gingerbread…i have started cut each recipe I have in half (choc., pumpkin, oatmeal and gingerbread) and bringing them all to social gatherings…that way you get the filling of so MANY different ones…fluff and butter and crisco, my 3 favorite foods.

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    November 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Jenna, I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin whoopie pies for years now! I promise to give these a try if you’ll try my aunt’s famous pumpkin harvest cookies! I just finished my post about them. πŸ™‚

  • grocery goddess jen
    November 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Oh Jenna, you’ll continue to get my vote, that’s for sure! Those look delicious.

  • Liana @ femme fraiche
    November 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    These look great! I think you made a wise decision for PFB. When can we vote???

  • the salty girl
    November 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    i lovvvvve pumpkin! i’d like a maple flavored frosting with those!!! mmm.

  • KL
    November 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    did you use ground ginger – it is in the picture, but not in the recipe?

  • Kath
    November 28, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Lookin’ good Jenna! Glad you went with something I could actually make πŸ™‚

  • Alicia
    November 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    CUTE! my mom actually sent me some mini pumpkin woopies made right here in Maine. Yours look great!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    November 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

    wow, i remember when you first made them! good choice:-)

  • Laurie @ Cookies 'n Cardio
    November 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I officially want these NOW! I’ve seen pumpkin whoopie pies all over the blogosphere lately! I NEEEEED to make them! I kind of have a pumpkin obsession myself:

    Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies :

    Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes:

    Pumpkin Cupcakes:

  • Kaley
    November 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Maybe not gourmet, but delicious nonetheless. Anything with icing in the middle and pumpkin on the outside sounds good to me.

    Now, if I only had access to pumpkin!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

    This is so awesome and it’s what I say about “good recipes”. That good doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive: “You don’t need a Kitchen Aid or any fancy kitchen gear…just an honest wooden spoon, two bowls, some measuring cups and an oven.”

    Yay for that!

    And they look..glorious! Wow I would love to sink my teeth into one of those bad boys right now!

    I admit to loving twinkies as a kid. I havent had one in years, and for some reason, your whoopee pies remind me of a more decadent, wonderful, homemade version of spongey cake + frosting middle. YUM!!!


  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    November 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Ahhh! These look incredible!

  • Jen
    November 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Now I know what else to do with the giant can of pumpkin in my fridge. As if I needed something else πŸ˜‰

    I vote for show-casing the carrot-cake version sometime though!

  • Kelsey
    November 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I made some with a maple cream cheese frosting that was amazing!

  • Sana
    November 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    whoopee!!! I just love saying that! What does buttercream NOT go with?!!??!

  • Katelynn
    November 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Haha I found this recipe from Martha Stewart and they were a Thanksgiving hit!

  • Camille
    November 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    These look incredible! You definitely don’t have to go fancy to be tasty πŸ™‚ You have my vote!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    November 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I think you definitely made the right choice- they look delicious!

  • Amy at TheSceneFromMe
    November 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for making something that we too could make at home without alot of struggle. Whoopie pies are classic and yours look so flavorful and plump!

  • linda
    November 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are amazing!!!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    As a Pennsylvania-Dutch girl, I have full authority on these things. Whoopie pies are always(always) the right answer!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    November 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    those look sooooo good!!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    November 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    heavenly! I made whoopie pies a couple of Christmases ago (before my baking skills really kicked in) and have been wanting to try them again every since!

  • Dee
    November 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Wow! This looks GREAT!!!! Mmmm… πŸ™‚ GL! I’ll be voting for ya! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I remember you making these at the yacht club where you worked! Just goes to show you that these are super memorable pumpkin whoopie pies, not to be soon forgotten. I can’t wait to try them for myself. πŸ˜€

    Fabulous choice for the pumpkin competition! πŸ˜€

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    November 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I hadn’t ever heard of or had a whoopie pie until I moved to New England. They are my new favorite treat!

  • Liz
    November 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Good idea! I’m originally from Maine and think of these as mostly a Maine thing (though popular elsewhere in New England.) In my experience, most others don’t even know what whoopie pies are. I’m surprised you’re making them in California!

  • Liz
    November 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    (Illustrated by the comment above me, which I hadn’t even seen when I posted.)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    November 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I don’t know if it’s just not a Canadian food or whatever else, but I never really knew what a whoopie pie was before reading blogs! And I still have yet to try them! But anything with pumpkin and frosting is bound to be amazing. πŸ˜‰

  • laura (Starloz)
    November 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    jenna, i’m pretty sure this is love

    simple yet delicious

  • Nicole
    November 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I squealed when I saw these. I am gonna make em tomorrow!

  • rebecca lustig
    November 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    my favorite pic is the filling on the spoon with the leaves in the background!

    good luck!!

  • Amelia from Z Tasty Life
    November 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    very cute! I especially love them with the fall leaves as a background, echo-ing the pies’ colors.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I. am. in. love.

  • Cara Craves...
    November 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Such a fun idea!
    I think it’s great to take an idea that has been around
    for a long time and reinvent it and make it your own.
    Nice work

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Another super challenge response. Magazine worthy fall styling–totally cohesive. Looks very yummy. Unique + simple enough for anyone to make. Terrific Job!! Off to vote!

  • Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome
    November 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    So, I just made these.

    Hands down the best frosting I’ve ever had. Ever.

    Annnd I’m sharing them in class tomorrow with all my classmates…who said you can’t bring treats in college πŸ˜‰

    • Gina
      November 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

      Ha! I’m doing the same thing on Thursday–taking them to my college class for our end-of-semester party πŸ˜€

  • Rose
    November 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Here in western Pennsylvania, we call those gobs πŸ™‚ Yours look delicious.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    November 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    making something easy is inspired and also the reason you deserve to be the next food blog star. You’ve got my vote!

  • Imwaytoobusy
    November 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    These are fancy enough for me! They look wonderful. As always, your photography is amazing!

  • Sally
    November 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I was just wondering if you don’t have access to canned pumpkin (I’m from Australia) could you just use fresh pumpkin mashed and strained? Thanks

  • Nadine
    November 29, 2010 at 1:50 am

    You make me wanna try stuff. These look amazing. Amazing and simple. I never would have thought that making buttercream could be a one liner.

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 29, 2010 at 6:25 am

    you got my vote once again jenna πŸ™‚

  • carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream
    November 29, 2010 at 7:00 am

    OMG those look amazing! I make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this time of year but I may need to push them aside and give these a try! Or, ya know, make both!

    Thanks for sharing! Great pics too! Love the fall leaves.

  • KatherineC
    November 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

    omg I made pumpkin whoopies just like these in October! I added some maple syrup to the buttercream and they were aMAZing!
    I’m definitely craving them again now : )

  • Jenny
    November 29, 2010 at 7:11 am

    AWESOME! I made whoopie pies not too long ago, nothing beats them! Good luck:)

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    November 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Simple’s always best. These look delicious and I love that they’re simple to make

  • MMiller
    November 29, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Wow…I really need to make these!

  • Alyssa
    November 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I made these for my family way back then when you made them the first time. So good! I even veganized them a time or two for relatives with special diets. They were still super good!

  • sippitysup
    November 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t believe nobody has made the “makin’ whoppie” joke yet! Oh well, I shant be the first so I’ll just say great job and good luck! GREG

    • jenna
      November 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

      hahahahaha I’ve been waiting..and waiting….thank you, greg!!

  • Emily
    November 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    wow, i just made these and i can’t believe how easy they are! and they are going to be delish! the only thing i would change… i tasted the frosting before and after the vanilla and i actually liked it better before. maybe thats just me, though πŸ™‚ thanks for the awesome recipe!

  • Jaime Ramsay
    November 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    They look amazing and I am subsequently incredibly hungry!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I have never had a whoopie pie!! These look super delicious and so adorable! No wonder everyone loves them, young and old! Good luck – just voted for you.
    Heidi xo

  • Tiny Urban Kitchen
    November 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Hee hee, these are so cute!

  • Page
    November 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yet again, seriously drooling over these. I think I bookmark practically everyone of your recipes…can you please come out with a cookbook already πŸ˜‰

  • Danae
    November 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Jenna, Do you think i could make these into mini-whoopie pies if i portioned out the batter smaller and decreased the cook time? Have you ever tried that?

  • KL
    November 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    great recipe! i made with my kids and we love them! i posted earlier looking for the ginger in the recipe – did you revise the recipe or did i just miss the ginger in the recipe the first time i read ?

  • Dominique
    November 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I knew it was fate telling me to make these whoopie pies as my first ever foray into whoopie pies when I had all the ingredients on hand–plus a little over a half can of pumpkin puree to use up. (I didn’t have the white pepper but I kind of missed that when I skimmed over the ingredients.)

    These whoopie pies are amazing! I never really made whoopie pies before because every website I read described them as cake-like and I’m not a fan of cake-like cookies but mmm, these are good. I couldn’t wait for my butter to become room-temperature consistency so I used a bit of cheese cream frosting from a container in my fridge. (It was past its expiry date but the cookie was so good it was so worth it. I ate two!)

    I made this recipe last night AND tonight. I think it’s the only recipe from a blog I’ve ever made twice in a row, for absolutely no reason. So, in conclusion, thanks! This recipe totally rocked my socks off and I’ve now eaten five in these in a row (in this evening’s baking). At least I can’t say I’ve never eaten a whoopie pie.

  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    November 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I love pumpkin whoopie pies! They’re delicious! Great treat to bake πŸ˜€

  • Ben
    November 29, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. My wife is from Pennsylvania, and I’m certain she would love these pies.

  • Peggy
    November 30, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Sometimes simple is better than anything extravagant! I’m sure these were absolutely delicious and you’ve got my vote girl!

  • stephchows
    November 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Beautifully done! Voted!

  • Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen
    November 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Yeah! I love that you made whoopie pies! They are such a cute little dessert, simple and fun. Great post, good luck this round!

  • Annalise
    November 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, thanks for the mention! πŸ™‚ Would you believe that I’ve never actually made whoppie pies before? Yours looks so delicious! The photos are beautiful. Good luck this next round!

  • Meagan
    November 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    These look great. Whoopies are hands down one of my favorite desserts. Your recipe looks like one of the easiest I’ve ever found. I will try to make these gluten free!

  • Hot Polka Dot's Mom
    November 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm


  • Tabitha
    November 30, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    All I have to say is WOW! I saw these when you posted a few days ago and then tonight a friend and I decided to make these for dessert. They were fabulous! And the buttercream was fantastic! Thanks for posting something soo yummy!

  • ~m
    November 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    i just saw these on “working class foodies” this week! they look lovely!

  • Barbara
    December 1, 2010 at 3:59 am

    These are so delicious! This was a great choice to make too. Better to go with something simple and classic!
    I made 2 last night but I think I may need to make some more – I already finished them!

  • Shea M. @ Blissfully Unrefined
    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    It wasn’t until I moved from good ol’ MA to NC that I realized how limited a scope whoopie pies have – they’re really a New England thing! I’m super excited they’re starting to take off on a more national track, because everyone should experience the bliss of soft cake and frosting. So sinful, simple, and delicious!

  • Jess
    December 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I am baking these tonight. Yes. As I live alone with my cat, I will be blessing my coworkers with the majority of them tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

    Your blog is WONDERFUL.

  • Lori Lynn
    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Love your Fall photography. Great choice for the competition. Good luck!

  • Anne
    December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    WOW! Butter! You blew my mind.

    not really. I’ve seen it, heard it, tasted it. whatev.

    • Shannon
      December 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      Don’t be hatin, butter is one of nature’s gifts (well… after humans manipulated the ingredients to make it, that is).

  • Anne
    December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    WOW! Butter! You blew my mind.

    not really. I’ve seen it, heard it, tasted it. whatev.

  • Courtney
    December 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Great job! You earned my vote with going back to something simple enough for even me to make!

  • Stay-At-Home-Chef
    December 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Gotta love Whoopie Pies – great post! They look incredibly yummy. Good luck in the rest of the competition!

  • amanda
    December 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    just made these lil puppies and they are fabulous. best pumpkin tasting cake i have had yet. the icing is soo sweet though, any suggestions for something less sweet next time? we love the taste of the cookie/cake part and don’t want it to be overpowered.

    • jenna
      December 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      Just use less powdered sugar πŸ™‚ Maybe 2 1/2 cups instead of three?

      • amanda
        December 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm

        getting ready to make the boyfriend beef tenderloin with apricot for dinner!

  • Shannon
    December 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Making these as I type this! Thanks for another great recipe πŸ™‚

  • Susan C.
    December 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I just wanted to encourage you about something…

    I found this entry via Willow Bird Baking. I follow her site and voted for her in this round (sorry). I was looking at the other entries for possible things I could make for the kids at the boarding school where my family lives. I had some fresh pumpkin puree and needed inspiration. Anyway, your recipe leapt out at me and I made a dbl. batch on Thurs. They were gone in a heartbeat with numerous requests for more… soon!!! Thank-you for sharing an entry that I could actually make and will re-make time and again. Whoopie pies are one of those things that seem unapproachable, but now I know they are easy as, well, pie!! πŸ™‚

    If I’d been allowed to, I would have voted for you as well!!! πŸ™‚

    God Bless You!

  • Ana
    December 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve never heard of or tried these. But they’re in the oven now. πŸ™‚
    Hope they taste as good as everyone says and as pretty as yours looks!

  • Alyssa
    December 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I made these for the first time last night, and they turned out fantastic! They were even better today when my belly was empty instead of almost full with pumpkin batter and frosting. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great recipe and fun pictures!

  • Maureen
    December 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I made this for a holiday party and they were such a hit! Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be making this again. Simple but delish.

  • Beth
    February 2, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I made these a couple of weeks ago and they were so good! It was a good use of all of those extra cans of pumpkin. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  • karla
    September 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    just made these and they are so amazing! thank you for the great recipe/instructions.

  • Lystessa
    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing these! I just made a batch (substituting one cup of flour with whole wheat), and they came out delicious. :^)

    I don’t think I whipped the frosting enough but they are still awesome. My son had three of them after school and was still begging for more.

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  • jane
    November 15, 2011 at 7:29 am

    hi! so I have made these twice already (is that why my jeans feel tight?!) and love them. However, i need help getting them to look a little prettier! how did you get the cake parts so uniform looking? what kind of a scooper did you use? sorry i am pretty much a disaster in the kitchen but can sure follow a recipe! i am making these for my bf to take to his work pot luck tgives lunch on friday and i want them to look as yummy as they taste πŸ™‚ thanks

    • Emily
      October 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

      I believe the ones pictured were piped vs. scooped. I think piping would be a little tricky but would definitely provide uniform cake rounds πŸ™‚

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  • Meghan
    December 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I just followed the link to here from your Ginger Cremes recipe post, and now I plan on making both, as soon as possible! I’m thinking these whoopie pies will be a huge hit at the Christmas gathering of my dad’s side of the family – he’s one of 8 siblings, and I’m one of about two dozen cousins… every one of us with a major sweet tooth! I’m wondering about the size of them, though – it’s hard to tell in the picture exactly how big they are. Do you think it’d be possible to make them more bite size, so there’d be more of them to go around? I’m always leery of not following directions “to the t” the first time I try out something new. I suppose I could always cut them in half, but that might ruin the packaging value… there’s something about those little round pillows of cakey goodness, like little individual presents πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing so many *amazing* recipes!!

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  • Emily
    October 17, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I know these are best to eat the same day but can the batter and frosting be made a day or so ahead of time and refrigerated?

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