Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies

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The originally scheduled post on French Press Coffee has been postponed for something much more important and, ahem, pressing.

I think you will see why I had to get this off my chest…

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies are my new favourite Fall treat.

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WHOOPIE!

I have always been a huge fan of whoopie pies. They are the perfect combination of whoopie and pie, don’t you think?

A bit spongy, a bit cakey, with a fluffy and sweet middle. How could you go wrong? When I became a vegan, I thought my whoopie pie days were long over, but today I realized I could make whoopie like the rest of ‘em. ;)

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies (Vegan)

I’m not sure why, but I was expecting these vegan pumpkin spice whoopie pies to be a huge flop. However, they turned out delicious. The combination of spices and pumpkin was spot on. They would make a wickedly delicious Halloween dessert or a fun treat to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck!

Inspired by Martha and Vegan Yum Yum.

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whole-grain Kamut flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • Spiced Butter Cream Frosting (without almond milk)

 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with a non-stick mat or parchment paper. In a small bowl mix together the almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside. In a mixer, mix together the Earth Balance and sugars until fluffy. Now add in the heaping cup of pumpkin, molasses, and vanilla extract and mix until fully combined. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours, spices, baking powder + soda, and salt). Grab the almond milk mixture and slow add about 1/3 of it to the mixer. Mix for a few seconds, stop and now add some dry ingredients. Alternate until everything is mixed well. Scrape sides of bowl as necessary. Now grab your baking sheets and scoop 1-2 tbsp of dough onto the sheet, making sure to leave about 1.5 inches between each cookie. Once you have scooped all your dough onto the pan, wet fingers very well and gently smooth out the dough into a round circle and flatten slightly. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect! Bake for about 9-10 minutes and remove from oven, allowing to cool. While cooling, mix your spiced buttercream icing (make sure not to add the almond milk or it will be too runny!). In a baggie or a piping bag, pipe on a thick coating of icing onto one cookie/pie and then take another cookie/pie and press over top. Repeat for all whoopie pies. Makes 12-30 whoopie pies depending on how big you make them.

First things first, mix your sugars and Earth Balance:

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Add in pumpkin, molasses, and vanilla extract…

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Mix, mix, mix!

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In another bowl, mix your dry ingredients together.

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Slowly add in the almond milk mixture alternating with the dry mixture and mix well.

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Scoop on 1-2 tbsp of dough per pie. Wet fingers and flatten + smooth out the dough.

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Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect! You can make the pie/cookie thicker than I made it. It really can be adapted to how you like your pies. Personally, I prefer a very high ratio of frosting to pie. ;)

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Now mix the Spiced Buttercream Icing! Mmmm. My favourite frosting.

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After baking pies for about 9 minutes at 350F, remove from oven and cool.

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While cooling, grab a baggie or pastry bag and fill interior with frosting.

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Of course you can spread on the frosting with a wet knife too. I just happen to think piping it on is more fun. :)

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Now smoosh another cookie on top!

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Stuff the first one in your mouth. I hope I didn’t need to tell you that, though.

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Almost too cute to eat. ;)

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You can make huge pies or itty bitty ones!

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You can even sprinkle on some chopped pecans before baking.

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I don’t know why, but I thought they were going to be a huge flop. They actually tasted perfect to me. They weren’t the most beautiful Whoopie Pies I have ever seen, but I’m not too fussy about that as long as they taste good. :)

Next time, I think I would roll the frosting edges in chopped pecans instead of sprinkling it onto the cookie dough before baking. Other than that, I wouldn’t change much at all!

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Are you a whoopie pie fan? What flavour combinations do you like?

I’d love to make a chocolate peanut butter variety next. Mmmm. Mint chocolate would be good too.

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 12, 2010

I WANT TO MAKE THESE!!! If I make them without the molasses, will they still taste ok? Or can do you think I can replace the molasses with another syrup?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

oh yea making them without molasses will be just fine! I only used 1/2 tsp anyways.

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CathyK October 12, 2010

haha, are we on the same wavelength or what, today?!
i was thinking about whoopie pies earlier today – i think i should make them for a family hallowe’en treat. don’t think i have had one since high school…so, i am overdue with a whoopie recipe!
my favourite flavour would be chocolate with a vanilla icing centre. but should you feel the desire to whip up a peanut butter and chocolate whoopie combo, well…i would only respond with, “whooooppieeee!!!!”

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Noelle October 12, 2010

I was just thinking you should make chocolate with mint. I have been wanting to make these too! Namely Marly made some vegan whoopie pies too. http://www.namelymarly.com/2010/10/vegan-pumpkin-whoopie-pies/ I feel so left behind, but YET I made my own pumpkin vegan cinnamon rolls today. No regrets. Your post made me smile. Your pies look like they were smiling. :)

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lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 12, 2010

you cannot believe what this does to me. my biggest joy in life is whoopee pies.

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Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 12, 2010

OMG. I think these things may be the best thing to ever happen to me.

Please, someone come make them for me immediately!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 12, 2010

I am not a huge whoopie pie fan, but I do love pumpkin spice ones!

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Camille October 12, 2010

I made very similar cookies last week without the filling and they were epic! I now wish I had any left so I could fill them :)

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Roanne October 12, 2010

Noooo I really wanted to get back on track with eating better after Thanksgiving (your pumpkin pie and dinner roll recipes were fantastic by the way) and now you post these awesome looking whoopie pies that I just happen to have all the ingredients for. What is a girl to do? I obviously can’t not make them, sooo off to the kitchen I go. :P

p.s All your recipes are fantastic, well all the ones that I have tried anyway and there have been many. Thank you for being such a creative genius in the kitchen Angela! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

hahah my pleasure!

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lisasfoods October 12, 2010

Those look amazing. I’ve been seeing pumpkin whoopie pies at some local farmers’ markets, and they look delicious. Thanks for sharing this – I didn’t know it was so easy to make the cookie part.

I love the classic ones, and I bet a chocolate-peanut butter-banana one would be really good too.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

mmm yes banana would be a wonderful addition to the choco PB version!

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 12, 2010

Those are ADORABLE! But probably better tasting than looking;)

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Aimee October 12, 2010

Oh my every recipe you post makes me want to jump through the computer and try a bite! These look amazing; I can only imagine how great they taste. I love the fall and all things pumpkin. As always thanks for sharing your recipes and beautiful photos.

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Triona October 12, 2010

ohhhh!!!! this look delicious I cant wait to try and make them myself

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Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 12, 2010

I’ve never made whoopie pies but I am definitely missing out.

I love the little itty bitty ones — super adorable!

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Lisa October 12, 2010

Ahh! PRINTING THIS OUT!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 12, 2010

These look so YUMMY!!! I have to try them NOW!!

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Kathryn October 12, 2010

I was just ooggling the whoopie pies at our local vegan resturant today. I opted for a chocolate twinkel (twinkie)….but if there had been some of these I might have given them a go. Her frosting is the consistency of oreo cookie filling…is yours similar?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

My frosting is not as hard as the oreo frosting I would say. Softer..I would think

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Bridget October 12, 2010

I’ve never tried whoopie pies!! Isn’t that lame! Wah :( I really should try them..

If I were to pick a flavour I think these pumpkin one’s would be at the top of the list. But chocolate is always good too!

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Maya October 12, 2010

I just really, really enjoy saying WHOOPIE! For that reason (also, because these contain pumpkin) I am bookmarking the recipe…NOW!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

Me too!
I had to restrain myself from saying WHOOPIE throughout the entire post.

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Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 12, 2010

These look great..I don’t have a stand mixer so hopefully it will still come out cakey and light if I mix by hand?

Mint chocolate OR Chocolate coconut….yummy!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

im sure mixing by hand should be just fine :) I used to mix everything by hand before I got my mixer and it always turned out

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hippierunner October 12, 2010

Those are the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen! I love the picture of the itty bitty one! So cute!

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Becky October 12, 2010

Wow! These look AMAZING ! I HAVE to make them! I just made your Maple Butternut Squash & Apple Casserole and we had it for dinner tonight. My whole family LOVED it ! I’m actually thinking I might have some for breakfast in the morning ! Thanks for all the great recipes. I’ve been enjoying them……a LOT ! :)

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Kelly October 12, 2010

WOW! These look great… I’m so excited for my first vegan thanksgiving that I am already testing recipes ;) Question though, does the butter cream icing need to be refrigerated after its made?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

Yup, put leftovers in a container in the fridge

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Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 12, 2010

Those are beautiful! I’ve never had whoopie pies before, but there’s a first for everything!

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Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 12, 2010

Not the most beautiful? They look pretty dang good to me!! I don’t know if I’ve ever actually had a whoopie pie. I’ve seriously been missing out.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 12, 2010

oh dear…i’ve never actually had a whoopie pie before! yikes! all the more reason for you to send me a few…or a dozen. whatever floats your boat :)

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Krystina October 12, 2010

Ah, you beat me to it! This is my dream dessert.

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 12, 2010

Oh Ange – your wonderful creativity never ceases to amaze me :)

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Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 12, 2010

I think Whoopie Pies are what I would call Gobs? I’m not sure.. but I love my Grammy’s chocolate with white filling for my favorite Gobs — I know boring.. but traditional!

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stacey-healthylife October 12, 2010

Oh wow that is amazing.

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Tami October 12, 2010

i just got a new whoopie pie cookbook and there are two vegan recipes in there if you want me to type them up for you.

i have been told by many that my whoopie pies are the best :)

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 12, 2010

Whoop whoop, whoopie pies!! haha sorry..had to ;) These look so good!!

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Alexia October 12, 2010

looks so good, angela!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 12, 2010

Oh yummy! I have two pumpkin cookies left from the batch I made last week……I should make them into a woopie pie.

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Amber K October 12, 2010

I have never had such a thing! It looks yummy though.

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Charlie October 12, 2010

Those look delicious!
& Itty bitty one = cutest whoopie pie ever!

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christyn @ All Ways Nutritious October 12, 2010

i’ve never heard of whoopie pies!! i will definitely try making your version. are they like pancakes?

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Renata October 12, 2010

YES! I will be making these immediately. THANK YOU!

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claire October 12, 2010

I can’t believe this but I’ve never had a whoopie pie! I would surely love these though…

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Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites October 12, 2010

Oh…yum. I feel like the best part about these is the name. Whoopie!

Do you think the recipe would work substituting the AP flour for GF, AP baking mix?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 12, 2010

I have never used an GF AP baking mix, so I am not sure. is it supposed to replace regular AP flour? If so, I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. :)

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The Wife of a Dairyman October 12, 2010

I just love anything pumpkin! Looks delish!

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