Gingerbread Whoopie Pies are a fun twist on the classic gingerbread cookie. They consist of two soft-baked vanilla and gingerbread-flavored cake patties sandwiched together with a cream cheese filling. These scrumptious whoopie pies are a festive reminder of the holiday season when their rich aroma wafts through the air.
When it comes to baking, it’s fun to try new things! With the tender softness of the cake layers, combined with the delicious ethereal cream cheese filling – it’s no surprise that Gingerbread Whoopie Pies have been a beloved dessert throughout history! Why not try these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies alongside these Christmas Hot Chocolate Bombs?! So good!
Ingredients to Make Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
The ingredients to make these Whoopie Pies and the filling is below. Get excited!
- All-purpose flour – The base of the whoopie pies is the flour.
- Ground ginger – This ingredient will help make the gingerbread flavor.
- Ground cinnamon – An important ingredient in any holiday baking recipe.
- Baking soda – To help the whoopee pies come together, don’t forget the baking soda.
- Salt – A little salt will be perfect in this recipe.
- Nutmeg – The nutmeg helps bring the gingerbread flavoring together.
- Unsalted butter – The butter will need to be softened.
- Brown sugar – Make sure the brown sugar is packed.
- Molasses – The molasses can help make the gingerbread flavor!
- Hot water – You want hot water, but not boiling water.
- Egg – This recipe calls for one simple egg!
- Unsalted butter – More unsalted butter, just make sure it’s softened.
- Cream cheese – You’ll need the cream cheese to be softened.
- Vanilla extract – Extract is needed to help sweeten the filling.
- Powdered sugar – More sweetness coming from the powdered sugar, is important!
- Ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg – Both are also needed for the filling to get that gingerbread flavor.
- Sprinkles – Choose whatever Christmas sprinkles you’d like to decorate the Whoopie Pies with!
Whoopie Pies Recipe
This recipe is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Start mixing the dough together.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy about 3 minutes. Beat in molasses, egg and hot water until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients.
Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well after each addition. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days
Get ready to bake the cookies.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide batter using a 2-tablespoon cookie dough scoop. Roll in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheet 3 inches apart.
Bake the cookies.
Bake for 10-14 minutes or until set. Cool on a baking sheet for 2 minutes, remove to a cooling wire rack, and cool completely.
Finish the whoopie pies.
Spread filling on the bottom of one cookie, top with remaining cookie. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
How to Make Cream Cheese filling for Whoopie Pies
For filling, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Gradually add powdered sugar and spices. Beat until smooth and creamy.
You can get the full recipe for our cream cheese filling right here.
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies: FAQs
How do I assemble the whoopie pies?
To assemble the whoopie pies, start by sandwiching a cake layer between two scoops of cream cheese filling. Repeat with remaining cake layers and filling until all of the cakes are used up. Then serve immediately, or store in the fridge for a few days until ready to serve. Enjoy!
What is whoopie pie filling made of?
The filling for whoopie pies can be made from many different ingredients, depending on the recipe. Common fillings include cream cheese, buttercream frosting, marshmallow fluff, or a simple mix of sugar and milk. Some variations also include flavorings like vanilla extract or spices like gingerbread or cinnamon.
What are whoopie pies called in the South?
In some parts of the South, whoopie pies are referred to as “boodoo pies” or “gobblers.” Other regional names include moon pies, cookie cakes, huckle buckies, and bumble cream. Regardless of what they are called, these delicious treats continue to be a favorite among dessert lovers everywhere!
Did you enjoy making these Ginger Whoopie Pies?
As the holidays approach, it’s important to have recipes that you love and can make easily. This Whoopie Pies Recipe is not only delicious, but they are also super easy to make. If you decide to make these whoopie pies, leave a comment below. If you get the chance, make these Peppermint Whoopie Pies! Cake Mix Whoopie Pies Recipe, Funfetti Style are also delicious.
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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Sweet Gingerbread Cookies sandwiched with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¼ cup hot water, not boiling
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 6 ounces (from 1 block) cream cheese, softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy about 3 minutes
- Beat in molasses, egg and hot water until well combined.
- Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well after each addition.
- Cover and chill for at least 3 hours or up to 2 dayss.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Divide batter using a 2 tablespoon cookie dough scoop.
- Roll in granulated sugar and place on cookie sheet 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes or until set.
- Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes, remove to cooling wire rack, cool completely.
- For filling, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add powdered sugar and spices.
- Beat until smooth and creamy.
- Spread filling on the bottom of one cookie, top with remaining cookie.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.