Whoopie! It’s that glorious time of year again. Fall has officially arrived. Time to put our pumpkin spice to work! Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting are just the start to a season of yumminess!
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon cloves
• 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco
• 2 cups packed brown sugar
• 2 egg whites
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
• Cream Cheese Frosting recipe -see below
• 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• Chopped pecans
•. Heath bits
1 Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
2 In a large bowl, cream together Crisco and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
3 Mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the pumpkin.
4 Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
5 In the meantime, prepare batch of Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. Once prepared, beat in 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat until incorporated.
6 Once the cookies are cooled, spread the frosting onto the bottom of half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. Roll some of the frosted edges of the cookies in chopped pecans, some in Heath bits, and some in butterscotch chips
7 Store whoopie pies in the refrigerator.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and salt until light and smooth. This will take about five minutes.
Blend in the vanilla and almond extract. Beat to combine.
Add the confectioner’s sugar slowly, about one cup at a time, and mix until smooth.
*recipe inspired by Inspired By Charm