It’s officially October, so that means pumpkin spice and everything nice is appropriate again, right? I like to think so! And let be honest – the way I like to ingest my pumpkin spice is not in a latte, but I could eat a million pumpkin donuts, kringles, or any other sweet pastry or dessert. So when I found this recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies, I knew there was no turning back. Spicy pumpkin and cream cheese frosting – what more can you ask for!? Here’s how to get started:
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 Cream Cheese Frosting recipe
- Chopped pecans optional
- 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
Next, mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the pumpkin.
Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
In the meantime, prepare 1/2 batch of My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting* recipe. Once prepared, beat in 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat until incorporated.
Once the cookies are cooled, spread (or pipe) the frosting onto the bottom of half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. (Optional: Roll the frosted edges of the cookies in chopped pecans.)
Store whoopie pies in the refrigerator.
These pumpkin whoopie pies are a permanent fall staple in my household! What are some of your favorite fall sweets? Let us know in the comments below!
Recipe via Inspired by Charm.