Whiskey Whoopie Pies

by Christin Mahrlig on September 23, 2013

in Desserts, Pies and Tarts

Whiskey Whoopie Pies

These Whiskey Whoopie Pies are the perfect sweet treat for the bourbon lover and what a great way to celebrate the first full day of fall, or the second, or third. Come to think of it, pretty much any day is a good day for a Whiskey Whoopie Pie.

I think I’ve looked forward to fall more this year than any other year. Not sure why. We had a pretty mild summer.

As soon as fall hits, I start to want some bourbon. Makers Mark is my favorite. I just love the way it smells and I associate it with fall scents. Every home in the fall should smell like cinnamon, allspice, apples, and bourbon. Ok, maybe not everyone wants their home to smell like bourbon. But if yours does and you invite me over, I’m totally OK with it.

Whiskey Whoopie Pies

This Whiskey Whoopie Pie recipe is one I’ve adapted from a recent Southern Living Magazine. I’ve been really impressed by the quality and originality of their recipes lately. It wasn’t too many years ago that I struggled to find a single Southern Living recipe that I wanted to try. Now I dog-ear just about every page with a recipe on it. I might have to start cooking 24/7 to try them all. If you are at all interested in southern cooking, you will love Southern Living Magazine.

Whiskey Whoopie Pies

The cookie part is super soft and cakey and the creamy, fluffy filling with a splash of bourbon really hits the spot. They are definitely an adult only dessert, but who says kids get to have all the fun treats? Whip up a batch of these whoopee pies next time you go tailgating and they’ll be a huge hit.

If you’ve never made whoopee pies before, they are super easy. The hardest part is getting uniform sized and shaped cookies. The best way to do this is to scoop the batter with a small cookie scoop like the Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop.

Whiskey Whoopie Pies

Whiskey Whoopie Pies
 
Soft, cakey whoopee pies with a whiskey flavored filling are a treat for the bourbon lover.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 14 whoopie pies

Ingredients
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow cream
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup toasted chopped pecans

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat both sugars, salt, and butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and egg yolk and beat just until blended.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and baking soda.
  5. Add vanilla to buttermilk.
  6. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. After each addition, beat at low speed just until blended.
  7. Drop batter by level spoonfulls using a 1½ inch cookie scoop. If you do not have a cookie scoop, use a tablespoon measuring spoon, but it will be difficult to get uniform cookies.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. For filling, beat cream cheese, butter, and marshmallow cream at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the whiskey.
  10. Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, beating each addition I at low speed so that the sugar does not go flying everywhere.
  11. To assemble, place filling in pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Turn half the cookies over and swirl about 2 tablespoons of filling on the bottom of each. Top with remaining cookies.
  12. Sprinkle pecans around the edges of the whoopee pies, gently pressing into the filling.

Recipe Source: adapted from Southern Living

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Paige February 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

I’m getting ready to make the Southern Living version since I didn’t find this adaptation until right now. I made the cookies last night. Do you think I can make the filling today and then put them together before Super Bowl? I would let it come to room temp before trying to spread. Can’t wait to try your version next!

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Christin Mahrlig February 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I’m probably too late to answer your question. Sorry :(
I think you could make the filling ahead of time. If it’s too difficult to spread, use a pastry bag or a ziptop bag with the corner snipped off to pipe it on the cookies.

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Paige February 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

It was fate because I had 3 other dishes to make so was busy anyway on Sat. And waiting till Sunday let me get the marshmallow cream. Perfect! That was a great adaptation. It made the consistency so light. Everyone raved about how they turned out. Thanks you!

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Christin Mahrlig February 3, 2014 at 6:51 am

Yay! So glad everyone enjoyed them! Three other dishes? You must have had one heck of a party!

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Gina Campbell October 31, 2013 at 8:47 am

I am getting ready to make these pies and just noticed an error in the ingredients list…it does not indicate how much butter to use with the sugars in the first step…help

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Christin Mahrlig October 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh wow! That’s a big mistake on my part! 1/2 cup butter, softened. Sorry! I probably totally messed you up!

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Samina | The Cupcake Confession September 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

Such a perfect recipe for fall!!! These whoopie pies look DELISH!!! And that twist of adding Bourbon!!! Drooling already! :)

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Laura Dembowski September 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Love baking with whiskey! It adds such great flavor! Makers Mark is one of my faves along with Woodford Reserve.

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Christin Mahrlig September 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

So much fun baking with whiskey! I love Woodford Reserve too!

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Shobelyn September 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I would like to make it real soon. You got me when you said the cookies are gooey.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Did you make whoopie pies even MORE awesome?! I think so!!

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Christin Mahrlig September 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Ahhh..Thanks so much Abby!

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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

You had me at whiskey here… hahaha.. I love spiking my baked goods with alcohol. This looks oh so dreamy! :)

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marcie September 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

These sound so great! I’ve wanted to try whoopie pies for a while now. I do have a cookie scoop, too, so I’ve got no excuses. Sounds like I need to give Southern Living Magazine a try!

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Christin Mahrlig September 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Yes you need a Southern Living Magazine to try. Their cookbooks are fabulous too!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu September 25, 2013 at 12:49 am

You had me at whiskey!

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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen September 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Forgot to say – I’m sssooo pinning! Pinned!

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Christin Mahrlig September 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Kristi!

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Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen September 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Oh my gosh! Ask me how much I love this recipe! I’ve never had Makers Mark, but I’ve always been tempted, because it’s the preferred drink of choice of one of the Private Investigators in my favorite series of mystery books! Makes me want to try it even more because you’ve put it in a Whoopie Pie! Love it!

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Christin Mahrlig September 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm

That Private Investigator knows a good drink!

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Amy (Savory Moments) September 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Oh boy — these look and sound really, really awesome! I love the flavor combination.

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Christin Mahrlig September 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Booze and sweets is always a winner in my book :)

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Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

You’re so right: any day is great to have a Whiskey Whoppie Pie… specially if they look as delish as these. Yours turned out beautifully, I can’t get over how pretty they look. I love them! x

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Christin Mahrlig September 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Thanks so much Consuelo!

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Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com September 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Gah – these look good – soooo good!

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Christin Mahrlig September 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Shashi!

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Amy @ Elephant Eats September 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

I’ve never made a whoopie pie but i think they’re something my husband would totally love, so I think i’ll give them a try. Love the addition of whiskey ;)

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Christin Mahrlig September 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

You should definitely make some whoopie pies Amy! They are so much fun to make (and eat!)

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Ashley September 24, 2013 at 7:05 am

Ha! I totally bookmarked this recipe too in Southern Living! Now I want to make them even more after seeing them! My father-in-law would love these – thinking about trying them out soon!

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Christin Mahrlig September 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

Give them a try Ashley! They are awesome!

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