gingerbread whoopie pies

It is no secret that I love a good ginger dessert. Every year, I make batches and batches of different types of ginger cookies, ginger snaps, and gingerbread. Here is a great old fashion cookie that is soft, pillowy, and cake like. Perfect for whoopie pies! I remember seeing (and eating) whoopie pies growing up because we lived near Amish Country. The whoopie pie is having a a bit of a revival this year and I have been seeing them in more and more bakeries. And why not? They are just like two cupcake tops with some frosting squished in between. The traditional flavor is a chocolate cake with a vanilla, marshmallow-like filling. This is a great seasonal twist on the classic whoopie pie, gingerbread filled with cream cheese frosting. These were very well received at a Christmas party we attended last weekend, so make room for these on your holiday cookie tray.

Gingerbread Whoppie Pies

adapted from eat live run

Cake:

1/2 cup butter, soft. (You can potentially use 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup butter)

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup molasses (yes, 1 cup)

2 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1 cup water

2 cup all purpose flour

2 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

1/4 tsp ground white pepper

Frosting:

4 tbsp butter, soft

1 package, 8 oz cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, soft

1 tsp vanilla

2 cup sifted powdered sugar

For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 400. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Once well creamed and fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time. Stream in the molasses and beat well. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, salt, and spices. Alternate the flour mixture with the hot soda water into the butter mixture. Drop by the tablespoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes. My oven runs a bit hot, so these got a bit too dark for my liking. Definitely keep an eye on these while they are in the oven. Cool completely before filling.

For the frosting:

Cream together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Gradually incorporate the powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy. Sandwich the frosting between two cookies and enjoy!

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One response to “gingerbread whoopie pies

  1. NEUFCHATEL! (maybe not the most delicious, but definitely the most well-named)

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