I was doing so good…

I was doing so good. Really I was. I hadn’t even clicked on Amazon.com for awhile. And then like a fool I went on, and even more foolish, I looked at my recommendations.
The evil geniuses at Amazon once again pulled me into the black hole that is the myriad of cookbooks I didn’t know I needed…but of course now need. I broke down and ordered a few (bastards). They arrived and I did my initial run through. When I get a new cookbook I immediately go through it. First, if is a book with few photos, I go searching for those. Then I skim through looking at the titles of all the recipes. Then if I have time I will read the ones that sounded good. And when I have time I sit down and read it from cover to cover, just as if it were any book, not just a cookbook.
The book I fell in love with this week is Baked. Baked is a bakeshop in Brooklyn that has a frontier theme…very odd, but I think it works for them. There are soooo many things I want/need to make from this cookbook, it’s not even funny. You will be seeing quite a few things in the coming months from this baby. But, if you can’t wait, I suggest you just go buy it.
The first thing I decided to make from it were these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. My what a mistake that was. Who knew I could eat so many of these things in one sitting?
I added a little maple syrup to my cream cheese filling (yes, I realize I have been adding that a lot as of late…Canadians are always allowed to add maple syrup, just remember that). I also considered making a cinnamon version of the frosting as well. So many choices. What is a girl to do? I know…keep making them in different ways. Though I feel my waistline might veto that. Ah, what the heck, it’s Fall now, I can just wear bulky clothing, eh?

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Whoopie Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 TBSP cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground fresh nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup canola oil
3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare to baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk to sugars and oil together. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined.
Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to drop healing TBSP of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on the pan while you make the filling. They will look more like mini cakes then cookies, so don’t panic about that.

Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Filling

3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 TBSP maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth with no visible lumps. Add the cream cheese an beat until combined.
Add the powdered sugar, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful no to overbeat the filling, or it will lose structure.

To assemble:
Turn half the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe filling (about a TBSP) onto that half. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spread to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Put the whoppie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm before serving.

Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

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  1. These look fabulous! What a great combination with the pumpkin and the maple cream cheese. I just looked at that cookbook online. I might have to add it to my collection as well!

  2. I just finished making a pumpkin creation too! (Still waiting to blog about it). I must say I’m sad that summer is coming to an end, but I do love fall flavors!!! And I MUST buy this book!

  3. You’ve come through for me for sure!! Our game night at Second Baptist Church, Kingwood is the first Friday of every month. This will be the perfect dish to bring!! Can’t wait till Friday. Praise the Lord our electricity is back on after being off for ten long days thanks to Ike. Jancd

  4. Those are so stinkin’ cute!

  5. I love cookbooks and can’t live without buying them! That book sounds interesting. Thanks for the hint…

    Your Whoopie Pies look gorgeous! What a scrumptious treat!



  6. Wow! This looks so yummy. Great pictures too.

  7. yum, they look delicious! I cant wait to hear about your other books!

  8. I was also being good but today I also got a new cookbook… Couldn’t resist Alton Brown’s I’m just here for the food at 10€! Cute pies!

  9. sweet mother of mercy those are positively heavenly goodness on a plate. I must make them. Now. Going to the kitchen. Thank you for assistance in my unraveling diet.

  10. I made these last year for our annual BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party. They were a HIT and everyone is asking for them again this year. :)


  11. I thought everyone read cookbooks this way :)
    By the way, living in an area where serious amounts of maple syrup are boiled to perfection, we (or maybe just me) refer to it as liquid gold!

  12. mmmm those are perfect for fall :) i will read cookbooks too ;)

  13. A frontier theme sounds better suited to Alaska or Oregon than Brooklyn. Intriguing. I must learn more about them!

  14. Oh, these look absolutely incredible! I had to pay a $35.00 late fee at the library last year due to overdue cookbooks! I can’t resist looking at a new one!

  15. Your whoopie pies look great. I would love to check out the cookbook. I love cookbooks….I could just sit and read them for hours!

  16. I’m a huge fan of all the pumpkin and maple combos I’ve been seeing lately.

  17. I just made these… yum! The cakes are super moist. Maybe mine were even a bit underdone at 12 mins, but they were also bigger than they were supposed to be (I can never stick to a rounded tablespoon!). I was out of cream cheese so I made traditional whoopie pie frosting. Cook a “white sauce” of milk and flour, then cream regular sugar, butter, and vanilla with the cooled sauce. Fluffy!

  18. Oooh these look way too good. I have been thinking of making pumpkin/cream cheese sandwich cookies but whoopie pies sound even better.

  19. Oh, we love pumpkin whoopie pies, but I’ve never added maple syrup to the cream cheese filling. Yum! (And I won’t even say how many cookbooks I have now…)

  20. Oh, I’ve been horrible too. Our local bookstore just had a sale (20-40% off) and I blew a lot of my money on them! And I still only bought 3!
    Why, the license to add maple syrup to everything is not at all a bad thing ;) I’ve yet to actually eat a whoopie pie, but I already know at first sight those are quite delicious!

  21. I just wrote a post about maple syrup!

    I have never made maple frosting. What an amazing idea. Must. Make. Now.

  22. These look yummy!!! And winter is better in bulky sweaters. And i just bought a new cook book too. They are sooooo addictive. And more so as I get older and have more time to cook/bake/eat/create/etc.

  23. mmm, those look great. I think I read a quote by Kathleen Delemans once that said “I’m working on putting on my winter weight.” :)

  24. Hurrah for Fall and big sweatshirts, bring on the desserts!

  25. yum, yum! addition of maple syrup is perfect. i worked at baked for a while actually, not long after they opened. the owners are great guys, and their stuff is delish! gained like ten pounds while there on scraps.

  26. Oh yum. Baked is one of my favorite bakeries!

  27. Those look insanely delicious!

  28. I’m a late-night Amazon shopper, and cookbooks of course are my weakness. And the occasional great deal on a Le Creuset pot. And the odd DVD…. and these whoopie pies would have to be on my list of weaknesses too. They look amazing!

  29. Hooray for fall! Bring on the big sweaters! And yeah those whoopie pies look super delicious.

  30. I’m getting such a warm fall feeling from those cute little Whoopie Pies! I can smell the cinnamon, taste the maple and see the pumpkins on the porch and spilling across the kitchen counter. I love the changing seasons and the new things that brings to the kitchen.

    Amazon is tricky that way but buying books would not be half as fun without them. Enjoy your new inspirations!

  31. i wanna make whoopie! :)
    the cookies alone would be yummy, but that filling takes them up a notch or 20. very nice.

  32. I have been in a pumpkin mood too! Baked is opening a location in Charleston…I know…I thought we were podunk town with new and cool stuff and while I am lamenting there is no Crate and Barrel here, I’ll take a Baked bakery anyday!!!

  33. Whoopie! For whoopie cookies, at least like these and all your variations.
    Now, you were not recommending a new cookbook. I just know you were not recommending a new cookbook. There wasn’t a link there because I just know you were not recommending a new cookbook.
    Peabody would not do that to me. No, she’s really so kind and considerate . . .

    Oh dear what’s this on my screen . . . a-m-a-z-o-n . . . what is that . . .

  34. Pea, I don’t know if I would have been able to resist these, either… And with spring here, I don’t even have the excuse of clothes. ;)

  35. Having been to Baked I can say that they are definitely worth seeking out! I am really excited about the book…but I don’t know, I think I might be MORE excited about what you make from the book!! Maple syrup is an awesome addition!

  36. OMG! Those look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  37. You know Peabody, you should put a warning at the top of this post that cookbook addicts should not read any further. I agree, Amazon is evil!
    Those pumpkin whoopie pies though are not and looks so delicious!

  38. those are so adorable and perfect for fall!

  39. If it makes you feel any better, I made oatmeal cookies this weekend, and my husband and I polished off a whole batch in less than 24 hours! I’m a whoopie pie lover, and have wanted to make a pumpkin version. Delicious!

  40. this is the recipe i was searching for. I needed to use some pumpkin i had. I ll try this recipe than :-) ha i don t visit amazon anymore since i always end up buying books too.

  41. Yes! Yes! Yes to this recipe! I’m so glad that fall is here. I can’t wait to bust out the pumpkin and get going! Thanks for the inspiration!

  42. OMG I *love* this cookbook! I bought it the first day it came out on Amazon and read it cover-to-cover. I seriously am wanting to make everything in their book…….EVERYTHING. I am planning on making the root beer cake later this week.

    Oh, and get this! I had a question about one of the recipes and emailed Matt for the heck of it, not thinking I would get a reply anytime soon since I know they are promoting the book all over the US right now. He got back to me not even a day later with a very detailed answer!

  43. These are perfect for the new season!

  44. The damn Amazon recommendations – how do they know!!! And then on top of that I read your post and have to order Baked — and then, of course, I have to order another book too – so I can make the 25.00 free shipping quota!! It never ends.

  45. I was almost seduced into buying “Baked” this weekend too! Those Amazon people really know how to get ya. :) So glad it’s autumn and I can bake with pumpkins again. Those whoopie pies look soooo good.

  46. These look divine!! Can’t wait to try them out!

  47. These are gorgeous and sound absolutely delicious!

  48. Oh god, Amazon.com can be a demon! Thanks to it, I’m endlessly tempted to buy new lenses for my camera, when I can hardly even afford a new tripod. At least your purchase can ultimately feed you- and those whoopie pies look incredible, by the way!

  49. Hi – those look so cute and delicious! Even though its not Autumn in New Zealand (where I live) I’m sure they taste just as good in Spring. I just found your blog today and I love it! All the food looks so good and I love your little smiley faces.

  50. You go Canadian girl. I love that twist!

    I am a fool for cookbooks too. Check out Jessicas Biscuit Books sometime. You always get free shipping and you get a free gift too! Okay now dont hate me.


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