Tuesday, October 23, 2012

{recipe} pumpkin spice whoopie pies.

continuing on the pumpkin kick, over the weekend i decided to venture out from the normal, cookies, cupcakes, and breads and decided to try my hand at whoopie pies.

i was baking for a octoberfest party so making something that was easy to share was my top priority.

after doing some searching i settled on this martha stewart recipe. i am never disappointed with her recipes, and this was no exception. enjoy!

Yields: 12 whoopie pies
For the Cream-Cheese Filling
 3 cups confectioners' sugar
 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies
 3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
 1 tablespoon ground ginger
 1 tablespoon ground cloves
 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar
 1 cup vegetable oil
 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled
 2 large eggs
 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.
3. Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.
4. Make the filling: Sift confectioner' sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

5. Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies.

{recipe adapted from Marthe Stewart}

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