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Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies with two super soft and cakey cookies held together with a super sweet cinnamon spiced filling make a wonderful fall dessert.

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies stacked on a small plate.

Who doesn’t love a whoopee pie? Two incredibly soft cookies sandwiched together with a creamy, sweet filling. They’re irresistible for kids and adults alike.

The typical whoopie pie is chocolate cookies with a white center. But I’ve made some fall-inspired whoopie pies- Apple Spice.

Whoopie pies on a plate and fresh apples in background.

Apple Flavor

The cookies are flavored with applesauce and apple pie spice and the filling has a hint of apple flavoring too with some apple cider that has been reduced to a syrup. In traditional whoopie pie fashion, the cookies have a touch of sweetness, but not too much. Most of the sweetness comes from the filling which is ultra-thick and rich.

How To Serve and Store Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

Normally I like whoopie pies served at room temperature, but these Apple Spice Whoopie Pies actually taste really good eaten straight from the refrigerator. And since the filling has cream cheese, I would keep them in the refrigerator if they won’t be eaten right away.

Apple Pie Whoopie Pies stacked on a small plate.

What Is A Substitute For Apple Pie Spice?

I use 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice to flavor the cookie batter. Apple pie spice is made from cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. You can make your own apple pie spice by measuring out 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of allspice. Measure out 2 teaspoons for this recipe and save the rest for something else like French toast.

For more Whoopie Pie goodness, try these Whiskey Whoopie Pies for an adult-only treat or check out my Whoopie Pie Pinterest Board for dozens of ideas.

Have you ever made Whoopie Pies before?

Apple Pie Whoopie Pies stacked on a plate.

More Apple Desserts

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies with two super soft and cakey cookies held together with a super sweet cinnamon spiced filling.
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
SERVINGS: 12 -14

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice

Filling

  • 1/4 cup apple cider, not apple juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1-2 teaspoons half and half

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, applesauce, and apple pie spice until blended well.
  • In a mixing bowl for your electric mixer place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, butter, and shortening.
  • Add half of the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining liquid and beat for 2 additional minutes.
  • To place batter on baking sheets, use a 1/4 measuring cup. For large whoopie pies fill the cup and for smaller whoopee pies, only fill half way. Space the cookies leaving 2 inches in between. The batter should be like pancake batter and you can easily use your finger or back of a spoon to coax the batter into a near perfect circle.
  • Bake 8-12 minutes, until edges just begin to brown. Cool and then peel cakes from parchment paper.
  • For filling, place apple cider in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until reduced to 1 tablespoon. Let cool.
  • Beat butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and reduced apple cider.
  • Thin filling to desired consistency with half and half.
  • Turn whoopee cakes so bottom faces up. Spread filling on half of them. This is sometimes easier to do using a pastry bag. Top with the cookies that don’t have filling to make sandwiches.

Notes

Cookies are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep for about 1 week.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and can vary based on brands or products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apples, cookies, fall

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Recipe Source: adapted from King Arthur Flour

  • Originally posted Octover 9, 2013.

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  2. Laura Dembowski

    I have tried making apple whoopie pies several times and I can’t get them to work. I’ll have to give this recipe a try, because it looks amazing!

  3. Irina @ wandercrush

    Yay whoopie pies!! Such fun little guys. It’s really nice to see a variation other than pumpkin for the fall.

  4. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Love your fall version of whoopie pies! I like this much better than chocolate (not a huge chocolate person!)

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Marcie! I was getting a little tired of eating so much pumpkin so I decided to switch to apples for a bit!

  5. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    Oh girl. these are literally screaming my name! I want to dive in and I haven’t even had breakfast yet!

  6. Oh I love these – such a fun fall spin on whoopie pies! You have me really wanting to make some lately – between these and those whiskey ones!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thanks Ashley! I have gotten kind of hooked on whoopie pies lately and I just got a whoopie pie cookbook so watch out!

  7. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    I’ve never made a whoopie pie, but these sound so good! Love the spices…perfect for fall ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. These whoopie pies look awesome & perfect for fall! Love the sound of the apple spice cream cheese – I can imagine how fantastic these taste! Pinning!

  9. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    The filling sounds amazing, I love that there’s some cream cheese in it! Actually, the whole whoppie pie looks gorgeous, they came out so pretty and I bet they’re delicious too. Apple spice everything is fantastic ๐Ÿ™‚

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