Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Try storing/transporting in muffin tins 
A delicious alternative to cupcakes?! WHOOPIE! I've never been a huge cupcake fan- I find them difficult to eat and don't love the cake-to-frosting ratio. These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are a great take on a personal frosted dessert.  The cream cheese filling makes them not-too-sweet. The pumpkin and spices give them those great fall flavors I can't seem to get enough this autumn, from pumpkin-themed breakfasts to desserts.

I brought (and ate!) them at a recent Halloween party. They'd also make an excellent Thanksgiving treat or surprise dessert for co-workers/friends.

The Nutrition Rundown: Pre-portioned, satisfying, flavorful! Make them bite-size if you're watching calories, and make sure to SHARE.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Makes ~3 dozen small pies

For Pumpkin Cookies
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs ground ginger
1 Tbs ground cloves
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

For cream-cheese frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup finely chopped walnuts

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Whisk flour mixture into pumpkin mixture slowly until fully mixed.
  3. Line 2 large baking sheets with wax or parchment paper. Using an ice cream scoop, drop tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets. Transfer to oven and bake until toothpick inserted into cookie comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pan or cooling racks. Let cool completely before beginning assembly with frosting.
  4.  While cookies bake, make the frosting. In an electric mixer with paddle or whisk attachment, beat butter until fluffy. Add cream cheese and mix to combine. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and fully mixed. Transfer to pastry bag or ziplock bag- snip end of bag.
  5. Place walnuts on plate and set aside. Assemble whoopie pies by piping frosting onto one cookie and sandwiching with another cookie, pressing down slightly to allow frosting to ooze to edges. Roll exterior frosting in chopped walnuts. Place assembled whoopie pies in parchment-lined container covered with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies before serving, up to 3 days. 

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