Way Back Wednesday…welcome Fall, it’s about time

I have a friend who is historically 20 minutes late to everything. I will be at the movie theater at the time we were supposed to meet and I will get a text, just leaving now see you in a few. A few? You live like 30 minutes away. And of course I get the “it’s a perfect excuse to get dinner before the movie” line when we are too late to see the movie at the time we were supposed to. But what makes her even a little more on the annoying side is that while she is late to almost everything, if you are late in the slightest she points it out. “I’m pretty sure we said 8, not 8:05”. Yes I usually want to smack her. And speaking of late…

While on the calendar it is not officially fall, when I turn the calendar over and see the word September, I best be getting some fall like weather. And I didn’t. Fall-like weather took its sweet ole time getting here…thirteen days to be exact. Yesterday was the first day I woke up and actually felt a little chill and tinge regret that I wasn’t wearing something warmer when I went to bed that night. While I am annoyed that it showed up late, I will forgive fall weather as long as it chooses to stick around. :)

Because fall is pumpkin to me, I chose to highlight one of the more popular things I make over and over, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. These are extra dangerous because they are smaller in size, and you can pop a few in your mouth, and then a few more, and a few more and so on. The good news is that with the fall weather comes so do the cooler temps, which means you can plump up and just blame the extra bulk on your sweater. :P

Get ready as I am sure you will be seeing a lot more pumpkin everything in the coming months!

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


  1. Lovely whoopie pies! That flavor is amazing. I love fall so much and hate people who are always late.



  2. We had lovely lovely last week, but back in the 90’s today. That’s Alabama for you.

    Wish I had one of those lovely pies for breakfast!

  3. I am a big pumpkin lover so I hope to try these when our stores finally get pumpkin in again. They were still out from last years bad harvest the last time I tried.

  4. maple cream cheese? what the what! ya i want that now, on a spoon.

  5. I had a friend like that… we’re not friends anymore :). Unfortunately my brother is like that too, so I will typically tell him to show up an hour before I want to see him :).
    I have never had a Maple-Pumpkin combination, but how could it be bad? Thanksgiving is soon and I have yet to make a whoopie pie so I think these are going on the list :). (What about maple whipped cream for pumpkin pie…? I usually don’t like whipped cream on pie, I might make the exception for that one :)).

  6. Fall is “finally” here? Was it ever summer? I have to say those look fantastic! I know quite a few people who who will combust when I make them!

  7. Great combination of flavors! My kids would definitely love these as long as they weren’t all gone by the time they got home ;)

  8. Hmm … never had a whoopie pie before, but these do look scrumptious! These are going on my Pinterest “baking dreams” to-do list. :)
    I love pumpkin, so I’m looking forward to more pumpkin recipes!

  9. Yum…that’ll do it!

  10. I made these two weeks ago when I searched your blog for pumpkin creations. Everyone LOVED them. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

  11. I was thinking of attempting pumpkin woopie pies not too long ago! And that maple cream cheese frosting sounds very delicious. Maplely things are so delicious!

  12. Oh, yum – pumpkin and maple! And look, the recipe uses canola oil and pumpkin, a veggie, – that makes it good for you! So tell your self-congratulatory “friend” who works out 2-3 hours/day and eats “right” that you do so make good, nutritious stuff. The maple/cream cheese filling is just a little treat and that makes it OK too!

    My sweet babboo is going to want some of this!

  13. I have such a friend. Always at least a quarter of an hour late. Which means that when I want to meet at 6.30, I tell him 6.15, and show up myself at 6.30 to see him just coming round the corner at the same time..

    I love pumpkin, but absolutely hate to cut and clean one! If I have the courage this fall to do that, I will definetely give these pies a try.

  14. I found these through Pinterest. Made them last Sunday for a big family dinner and they were a huge hit. Making them again tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!!

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