I finally decided, today I need to make them so other pumpkin lovers, as Kelly was, could enjoy this treat because that's what Thanksgiving is all about. The holiday is just around the corner and this would make a great addition to the dessert table, especially for little ones to enjoy. Also, I think it's a nice accompaniment to the Pecan Tassies if you're going for that small bite effect for dessert. It certainly makes it easier to try everything!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 T unsulphured Molasses
1 2/3 cup Pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
2 tsp. Vanilla
1 T + 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven 350F-degrees. If you're using a baking sheet, line with parchment--I used the whoopie pan from Williams-Sonoma.
In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and molasses together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat again. Next, add the pumpkin puree, vanilla and spices. Mix until combined. Don't worry if the batter looks curdled; that will all change with the addition of the dry ingredients.
Finally, add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until everything is incorporated. Use a two-tablespoon scoop to measure out dough and place, either on parchment or use the whoopie pie pan.
White Chocolate/Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
4 T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 oz white chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
White Chocolate Jimmies
I used the KitchenAid with the paddle attachment, but you could use a medium bowl and a hand mixer. Beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the white chocolate and vanilla and beat well. Add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, and beat until filling is fluffy. Use a small scoop, about a hefty tablespoon, and place the filling on one side of the cookie. Put another cookie on top and press down slightly. (I rolled the sides in White Chocolate Jimmies that I bought through King Arthur, but they're temporary out of them now.)