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Has anyone made pumpkin whoopie pies?

roxlet Nov 20, 2010 04:11 PM

I have to bake something for my son's advisory period on Tuesday, and it is supposed to be seasonal. I was thinking that whoopie pies are always a popular treat for HS kids, and I happen to have the first volume of Baked. Their recipe calls for vegetable oil, and I have seen other recipes on the internet that are made with butter. So I am wondering if anyone had made this -- or any other pumpkin whoopie pie recipe and what the results have been. Thanks!

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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 04:23 PM

    Nope, sorry I cannot help, but that sounds awesome.

    P.S.: Whoopie pies are popular on the East Coast. I have not hard of it when I lived in the West Coast and the South.

    1. lynnlato RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 04:25 PM

      Hi roxlet, I made "old-fashioned" whoopie pies for a bake sale at my daughter's school recently and they sold out very quickly - very popular right now it seems (also an article about them in the local newspaper about how popular they are). The recipe I found was on All Recipes and I also saw a pumpkin whoopie pie recipe. Here is a link to it:

      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-...

      I didn't make the pumpkin ones but thought this recipe looked tempting. These are made with vegetable shortening.

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        Island RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 04:27 PM

        I've eaten them with cream cheese filling, love them, but have never made them so can't tell you which way to go re the oil or butter. Go to www.tastespotting.com and put whoopie pie in the search feature and you'll get a lot of options.

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          bear RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 04:31 PM

          I made this recipe from Martha Stewart last Christmas and it was tasty and moist. It went over well with the teens in the family.

          http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/p...

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            roxlet RE: bear Nov 20, 2010 04:54 PM

            Why is the pumpkin supposed to be cold? Couldn't you just chill the batter after it's mixed?

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              bear RE: roxlet Nov 23, 2010 08:34 AM

              Sorry, just saw this. I don't remember using chilled pumpkin, but maybe I did. It does seem that you could just chill the batter.

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            jenhen2 RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 05:04 PM

            I've never made pumpkin, but I have to say, I would do as the Baked recipe says. That place is awesome!!

            1. Chocolatechipkt RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 07:37 PM

              I made the recipe from Yankee Magazine last year. Very tasty with a cream cheese-based filling.

              http://www.yankeemagazine.com/recipe/...

               
              1. stilton RE: roxlet Nov 20, 2010 10:19 PM

                I've made these on occasion, with a simple cream cheese and candied ginger filling. I ignore the cake enhancer bit.
                http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...

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                  bear RE: stilton Nov 21, 2010 04:49 AM

                  Ha, best of both worlds. Oil and butter.

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                    Scirocco RE: stilton Nov 22, 2010 10:18 AM

                    I make over 100 of these every October.

                    Although it is also a King Arthur recipe, it is a slightly different version (might be older?). Mine uses all oil (1 C), no cake enhancer, 1 tsp each of the baking soda, powder, spices and salt and 3 C of the flour, the rest of the cake part is the same as the above version. the filling uses 8 oz cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 3.5 oz Fluff, 2 C conf sugar and 1 tsp vanilla.

                    They are REALLY good and freeze great, so nice for make ahead. I make small ones (1/8 C scoop) and the recipe makes about 26 whole "pies". I made them on a lark the first year of the event and they went over SO well, that now I have to make the @$!$! things every year!!! hahah (they are demanded each year!) They're not hard to make, but the logistics of making so many and transporting them several hours makes it a bit of a challenge. I put them in individual sandwich baggies so people can grab and go (it's a cookout style meal). Sometimes the baggies get a little messy from the filling, but the people just turn the baggies inside out when they're done and lick them clean!!

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                    caerphilly RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 09:11 AM

                    I ate way too many pumpkin whoopie pies last winter. The recipe I worked out, more or less: http://the-ice-box.blogspot.com/2009_... (using veg oil, not butter

                    )

                    A variation with rum added to the frosting went over well, too, maybe for non-high school events...:o)

                    1. SweetPhyl RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 09:36 AM

                      I've made them a couple of times this year to rave reviews...the maple cream cheese filling was the big hit! These are VERY moist and I may reduce the amount of pumpkin the next time I make them. Happy Baking!

                      Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Whoopie Pies
                      Original recipe from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

                      Cakes

                      3 c. all-purpose flour
                      1 tsp. salt
                      1 tsp. baking soda
                      1 tsp. baking powder
                      2 Tbsp. cinnamon
                      1/2 tsp. nutmeg
                      1 tsp. ground ginger
                      1 c. oil
                      1 c. dark brown sugar
                      1 c. white sugar
                      3 c. pumpkin puree
                      1 tsp. vanilla
                      2 eggs

                      Cream Cheese Filling

                      1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
                      1 8-oz. package cream cheese (you could use light)
                      3 c. powdered sugar
                      3 tablespoons maple syrup of 1/2-1 tsp. maple extract
                      1 tsp. vanilla

                      Preheat oven to 350.

                      Lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level with a knife. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, white sugar, and oil. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix well. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.

                      Using a 1 tablespoon scoop or a 1/2 tablespoon measure, drop the batter onto a baking sheet (lined, if possible, but not necessary), leaving about 1" between the batter. Try to keep the batter as circular as possible. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until the tops are done and a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack.

                      To prepare the filling, beat the butter on high for 1-2 minutes until smooth and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, maple, and vanilla and beat until combined. Transfer to a large Ziploc bag and cut 1/2"-1" off the corner.

                      Flip the cakes over on a flat surface. Squeeze about 2-3 tablespoons of filling per large whoopie pie (less if you used a 1/2 tablespoon measure) onto every other cake. Top each pie with the remaining cakes. Serve immediately if possible; otherwise, these can be refrigerated in an airtight container. Makes about 30 large whoopie pies.

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                        greeneggsnham RE: SweetPhyl Nov 24, 2010 03:15 PM

                        Thanks for posting this recipe. Just finished making them and they are just what I wanted. I actually had them at Baked in Charleston last fall and they are as good as we remember. Used a medium scoop to portion the batter and got about 30 good size whoopie pies (which is what the yield says, no?)

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                          bear RE: greeneggsnham Nov 24, 2010 05:12 PM

                          Actually, the Baked recipe on Martha Stewart's site says 12. No big deal, but very different from the actual yield using the recommended scoop. Still delicious, though, which is the important thing.

                      2. roxlet RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 10:30 AM

                        Well, I am just finishing baking the ones from Baked. I tasted one, and it is very tasty, but I am completely baffled by the yield. It says that it makes 12 whoopie pies, instructing you to use a small ice cream scoop and to put heaping tablespoons onto the baking sheet, but I must have 60 individual pieces making 30 woopie pies. Very strange.

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                          Island RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 10:59 AM

                          The more the whoopies the merrier, but that is strange; if anything i usually get less yield than a recipe indicates. How about filling recipe; enough for 30 pies or 12?

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                            roxlet RE: Island Nov 22, 2010 11:51 AM

                            There was more than enough frosting. Strange.

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                              bear RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 01:38 PM

                              Now that you mention it, the Martha Stewart recipe also yielded many more than twelve. I also used the recommended small scoop and the pies were pretty small. Maybe one person's small scoop is another's medium/large?

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                                Chocolatechipkt RE: bear Nov 22, 2010 05:32 PM

                                Some whoopie pies are *really* big.

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                                  Chemicalkinetics RE: Chocolatechipkt Nov 22, 2010 05:58 PM

                                  Yeah, some whoopie pies are as large as a hamburgers and many even larger:

                                  http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2...

                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFKFsk...

                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB1STm...

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                                    Island RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 22, 2010 06:11 PM

                                    Yeah baby, count me in for a whopper whoopie!

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                                      Chemicalkinetics RE: Island Nov 23, 2010 05:00 AM

                                      Hey, that is a really cool name: Whopper whoopie or maybe a Whoopie whopper (subsituting "pie" with "whopper")

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                                  roxlet RE: bear Nov 23, 2010 03:02 AM

                                  Yes, these whoopie pies are small, but the scoop was the recommended tablespoon size. That's the weird part...

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: bear Nov 23, 2010 06:07 AM

                                    If I'm remembering correctly, Martha Stewart had the Baked guys her her show and they demonstrated the recipe. The MS recipe may be the same as the Baked recipe...

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                                      bear RE: cheesecake17 Nov 23, 2010 08:35 AM

                                      I just rechecked the recipe, and it does say "Baked" at the top so it is the same. Very tasty.

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                                cheesecake17 RE: roxlet Nov 22, 2010 11:59 AM

                                I made the ones from the Baked cookbook and got the same results. They were delicious though..

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                                  roxlet RE: cheesecake17 Nov 23, 2010 03:02 AM

                                  Aha! Good to know that it's not just me! But I do think the size is good. They are pretty rich, so have two if you want more instead of leaving half of one if you don't.

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                                    cheesecake17 RE: roxlet Nov 23, 2010 06:06 AM

                                    I had half of a small one- not that much of a sweet tooth for me! I brought the rest into work. They travelled pretty well and everyone loved them

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                                      roxlet RE: cheesecake17 Nov 23, 2010 08:17 AM

                                      Ditto -- my son just emailed me from school to say that everyone loved them. Glad they're out of the house!!

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