Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice Whoopie Pies

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In case you haven’t heard, there is a pumpkin shortage happening in the U.S. right now, so naturally I went to the grocery store and bought 10 cans of pumpkin puree for all my fall cooking. One of my favorite types of cookies to make are pumpkin chocolate chip. I’ve tweaked my family recipe over the years and have finally made my favorite cookie filled with heaping amounts of chocolate chips. The cookies come out soft and puffy and are a delicious mix of sweet and spicy.

My parents are visiting this week, and one of my dad’s favorite desserts is a whoopie pie. Back home in Massachusetts, whoopie pies are some of the most famous desserts in Boston. I decided I would try and combine my love of pumpkin cookies with my dad’s favorite whoopie pies. What started out as a random experiment turned out to be absolutely delicious.

IMG_0209For the cookies, I like to use melted butter as a opposed to oil, and a heaping amount of nutmeg and chocolate chips. The recipes that I’ve seen don’t call for nutmeg, but I think that, mixed with some cinnamon, gives the cookies a nice spice flavor. I bake the cookies for 10 minutes and then let them continue to cook for about 2 minutes on the baking sheet. Parchment paper works best for baking, and to cool I place the cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes before creating the pies.

For the whoopie pie filling, I like to use my homemade whipped cream instead of a traditional whoopie pie filling. I use about 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and cinnamon. I whip the ingredients together for about 5 minutes or until the whipped cream is light and fluffy.

I like to wrap and freeze the pumpkin whoopie pies overnight and enjoy them the next day; however, a warm cookie filled with cool whipped cream is quite delicious in front of the fire on a rainy fall night.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

  • For the Cookie:
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 -2 teaspoons nutmeg and cinnamon

Instructions

  • For the cookie:
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Mix all wet ingredients together. Fold in dry ingredients until blended.
  • Fold in chocolate chips. Place on parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet for an additional two minutes.
  • For Whipped Cream:
  • Whip all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Spread whipped cream on one cookie and sandwich with another. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
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Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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