Monday, September 26, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


Another pumpkin recipe for September... On Sunday I made some pumpkin whoopie pies. Who doesn't love a whoopie pie? I had never made these before, but they are so easy,  I'll definitely make them again. They would be perfect on a Halloween or Thanksgiving buffet. Tip ~ use a pastry bag to quickly fill a cookie sheet!

I know I promised I'd be announcing my fall giveaway and also sharing a great popcorn recipe. Both are coming this week. Sometimes my best intentions are changed by Landon. But he's definitely my number one!

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Yields 36

COOKIES
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CREAM CHEESE FILLING
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease or line four baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract; beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Drop by heaping measuring teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. (A total of 72 cookies are needed for the recipe.)

Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until springy to the touch. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Filling - Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Spread a heaping teaspoon of filling onto flat side of one cookie; top with flat side of second cookie to make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

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