Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

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These cookies are not a pie, and these pies aren't even cookies! They're really little cakes. Despite their confusing name, they are delicious and fun to make.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 12 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 dozen whoopie pies

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup dark molasses

  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger, or more to taste

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • cup boiling water

  • Filling:

  • 2 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature

  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

  2. Combine flour, white sugar, molasses, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Mix in vegetable oil and egg until combined. Pour in boiling water and whisk until smooth.

  3. Drop dough in balls onto prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart, using a 1-ounce cookie scoop.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until puffed and golden, about 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring onto a rack to cool completely.

  5. Beat confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, butter, cream, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer on low until combined. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.

  6. Spread about 2 teaspoons of filling onto the bottom of a cookie; top with another similarly sized cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Chill for 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

It is critical to weigh the flour for this recipe to work as seen in the video. Ten ounces by weight is about 2 cups by volume, but because flour can become quite compressed in the bag or canister, portioning by cup is not very accurate. If you are not going to weigh, only add about a cup and a half of flour, proceed as shown, and if the batter seems too thin after mixing, add more flour, little by little, until you have the thick batter seen in the video.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

423 Calories
18g Fat
63g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 423
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 371mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 4g
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 262mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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