Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

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Apple Spice Whoopie Pies stacked on a small plate with apples in background.

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 whoopee pies- Apple Spice.

Three Whoopie Pies stacked on a plate with cinnamon sticks.

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.

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies stacked on a small white plate.

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.

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 Spice Whoopie Pies

Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 -14
Apple Spice Whoopie Pies with two super soft and cakey cookies held together with a super sweet cinnamon spiced filling.
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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.

Recipe Source: adapted from King Arthur Flour

Close-up of whoopie pies.

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  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

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