Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Thanksgiving baking is in full swing here. I always bring pies, rolls and cranberry relish to the family dinner and this year,  I’m on top of it! The pie crusts and fillings are all prepped, stored in the fridge and waiting to be assembled for baking on Thursday. The roll dough is in the freezer, the relish is “melding”. It seems like all those years of failed allergy baking experiments have finally borne fruit, and I can confidently face Thanksgiving dinner.
But I’m not one to rest on my laurels.  I have a terrible weakness and curiosity that pushes me to try something new. I had an extra couple cans of pumpkin that were just begging for a home, and these mini treats are just perfect. They also freeze wonderfully, so eat half and put the other half in the freezer for a little lunchbox dessert.

Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling
Makes 30 mini pies

2 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
dash cloves

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 29 ounce can pumpkin (3 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.) Preheat oven to 350.
2.) Whisk the white flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & spices in a large mixing bowl.
3.) Whisk the sugars, oil, pumpkin and vanilla together in a medium mixing bowl.
4.) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and carefully blend together.
5.) Scoop 2 tablespoon sized blobs of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I have a #40 sized food scoop that is indispensable. It’s the perfect size for cookies.
6.) Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops are fully set and edges are slightly browning. This is a case you don’t want to underbake, and should err on the side of overbaking…otherwise the cookies get really sticky and doughy.
7.) Cool completely before filling.

Maple Cream Cheese Filling
(you’ll have a bit extra to spread on graham crackers later)

1 8oz. tub dairy-free cream cheese (Tofutti and Galaxy Foods make options)
1 stick dairy-free margarine, I use Fleischmann’s Unsalted Margarine.
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
5 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dairy-free milk as needed

1.) Cream the Tofutti cream cheese and margarine together until fluffy.
2.) Add the maple syrup and beat again.
3.) Slowly add the powdered sugar.
4.) Add the vanilla at the end.
5.) If the filling seems too thick, add a few splashes of soy/rice/coconut milk.

You can make a half batch of this very easily.  Just use the smaller 15 oz sized can of pumpkin (1 3/4 cups), eyeball a half tub of cream cheese and cut all the ingredients in half. You’re smart, you can do it.


15 Responses to Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

  1. Sharkbytes (TM) says:

    Nice blog, Megan! I didn't know you had one. (Joan) My primary one is myqualityday.blogspot.com

  2. foodallergychronicles says:

    I just purchased a whoopie pie pan recently…these sound delicious! I love pumpkin and that you used some whole wheat flour. I have a hard time finding the Tofutti Cream Cheese where I live…or any dairy free cream cheese or sour cream. Very frustrating! Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles

  3. Food Allergy Education Network says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m so glad I found your blog through Kids with Food Allergies. Good work!

  4. Lori says:

    What can I substitute to make a wheat free version for my son?

    • Meg says:

      Lori, you could try substituting any of the wheat-free flour mixes out there. I haven’t had the greatest luck making dairy and egg-free baked goods that are also wheat-free. Wheat has gluten, which helps bind baked goods together. Egg is also a binder. Baked goods usually work out if you have at least one binder, but missing both egg and gluten…things tend to crumble apart. That being said, if you’re going to try it…trying a baked good with either pumpkin or banana will be most likely to succeed because the pumpkin or banana will help bind a bit.

  5. Fannie says:

    Looks delicious!

  6. Kimberly says:

    Sounds delicious!

    For all the dairy allergy sufferers out there: Tofutti is known for having many cross-contamination issues with dairy.

    Galaxy Nutritional also makes a dairy-free cream cheese substitute.

  7. Just ran across this blog. Love it. My daughter has a nut allergy and one of her good friends has an egg allergy. I’m always looking for resources for good food for them!

  8. Is the one teaspoon “powder” baking powder?

  9. Christy says:

    I made this today and using gluten free bisquick in place of the dry ingredents and it came out perfectly. This recipe is so delicious and I will be making it again.

  10. emilee says:

    Making these right now to take to grandma’s for Thanksgiving. Mmmmm. So glad I found your recipes. We’re egg- and dairy-free by choice. But nut free, well, ’cause we have to be. Thanks!

  11. Kellie says:

    These whoopie pies are now a staple on our Thanksgiving dessert table. Just about to make them. The kids can’t wait to eat them!

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