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Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies are the perfect little treat for the holiday season! Make this for all your festive holiday gatherings or a baby shower, like the one we’re having today!

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies are the perfect little treat for the holiday season! Make this for all your festive gatherings!

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies are the perfect little treat for the holiday season! Make this for all your festive gatherings!

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Today is a special day! We’re celebrating Audra and the upcoming arrival of her baby boy! I first met Audra when I went to NYC early this year for the Anderson Cooper Live taping. Jason and I met up with her at Chelsea Market immediately after the taping and we grabbed lunch together. Audra is a doll and has the biggest heart. She is one of the most welcoming and sweetest person I’ve met. Her smile is contagious and she’s got such a vibrant personality. I adore the energy she gives off and I’m SO thrilled for her and her husband on their upcoming bundle of joy. She is going to be such an amazing mother. I cannot wait to meet the future baker boy! :)

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies are the perfect little treat for the holiday season! Make this for all your festive gatherings!

Jason’s dad’s side of the family is from Pennsylvania and they adore whoopie pies. The first time I ever went up there to visit them, I unintentionally brought my pumpkin whoopie pies and they were DEVOURED. We like to joke that those were the treats that I won the family over with ;)

A month ago, Jason and I went up to Pennsylvania again to celebrate his grandma’s 90th birthday. The day before, I just so happened to make these mini gingerbread whoopie pies, and again, coincidentally, had them around to bring up again to his family. They were devoured again; they sure love their whoopie pies up there!

So this mini gingerbread whoopie pie has the moistest gingerbread flavor cake base and the filling is a lemon cream cheese frosting. Oh my gosh. Have you ever had lemon and gingerbread together before? If you’ve haven’t, you MUST try it. It sounds like it’d be weird but it’s such a unique pairing and tastes amazing.

Mini gingerbread whoopie pies are the perfect little treat for the holiday season! Make this for all your festive gatherings!

Be sure to check out what everyone else brought to Audra’s baby shower! It’s all so delicious looking! Why don’t we all live closer together so we can actually have one in-person?! It’d be the tastiest baby shower!

Espresso salted caramel buttercream brownie bites – Keep It Sweet Desserts
Coconut cream meringue cupcakes – Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Sausage and cheese wonton cups – The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate caramel tart with sea salt – Eats Well With Others
Sugar and Spice Layer Cake – Girl Versus Dough
Chocolate mousse mini cupcakes – Bake or Break
Gluten free cranberry bread – The Dusty Baker
Mini eggnog bundt cakes with salted caramel icing – The Corner Kitchen Blog
Honey and Tangerine Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini – The Lemon Bowl
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter – Warm Vanilla Sugar
Mini vanilla cupcakes with peppermint buttercream – Baked by Rachel
Grapefruit rosemary sage spritzer – Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons – Running to the Kitchen
Bananas Foster Cupcakes – Culinary Couture

Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cakes
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Serves: 16 whoopie pies
 
Ingredients:
  • For the whoopie pies:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • For the lemon cream cheese filling:
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, the molasses, the remaining dry ingredients, and then the buttermilk.
  5. Drop the batter onto baking sheets using a medium cookie scoop (or 1½ tbsp.).
  6. Bake the cakes until puffed and set, about 9-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets until firm then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. In the meantime, in a clean bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat the butter and cream cheese together. Carefully add the powdered sugar until incorporated, then add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, and juice of 1 lemon. If the frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time. If the frosting is too stiff, add a tbsp. of milk at a time until desired consistency.
  8. To assemble whoopie pies, spread a heaping tablespoonful of filling onto the flat side of half the cakes then top with the second, unfilled cake, rounded side up.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Notes:
adapted from: King Arthur Flour

 

55 COMMENTS

  1. 12/04/2013 at 7:43 am

    I agree that ginger and lemon are a great combination. I’m not usually that excited over whoopie pies but this gingerbread version is absolutely calling my name!

    Thank you again for the adorable invitation:-)

  2. 12/04/2013 at 7:58 am

    Congratulations, Audra, on having a boy! Boys are wonderful! :) Love these mini whoopie pies, Julie! So cute! :)

  3. 12/04/2013 at 8:10 am

    Such cute whoopie pies, Julie! They look so moist and scrumptious. Love the lemon cream cheese filling! Will definitely be pinning these babies!

  4. 12/04/2013 at 8:38 am

    I love these beautiful ginger treats! Just in time for the Season ;) ela

  5. 12/04/2013 at 8:41 am

    Oh wow, these look amazing!!

  6. 12/04/2013 at 8:47 am

    Love ginger cookies and whoopie pies are even better!

  7. 12/04/2013 at 9:01 am

    Aw Julie- thank you so much for your kind words and for these absolutely delicious-looking whoopie pies! These look so delicious and I agree- why can’t we all live closer so you all could just drop all these treats off at my apartment!? :)

  8. 12/04/2013 at 9:14 am

    Love these so much! You deliver right? :)

  9. 12/04/2013 at 9:41 am

    These look amazing! Must try these!

  10. 12/04/2013 at 9:43 am

    Yes please! And I still think it was so sweet you guys surprised her like that for her birthday!

  11. 12/04/2013 at 9:50 am

    Love these, Julie. I really like the lemon in the frosting. Yum!

  12. 12/04/2013 at 9:59 am

    Woah!!! These look so incredible and perfect for the season!! I wish this was a real life shower!

  13. Julie
    12/04/2013 at 10:13 am

    Any idea if you can use only all-purpose flour instead of the combo of all-purpose and WW? I don’t have any WW flour on hand.

    • 12/04/2013 at 8:26 pm

      Yes, you can definitely just use only all-purpose flour if you don’t have WW on hand!

  14. 12/04/2013 at 11:11 am

    It really would be the tastiest shower ever if we could all get together! Instead I’ll just be over here by myself on my couch drooling over these mini whoopie pies. :) Love the gingerbread flavor!

  15. 12/04/2013 at 11:35 am

    How cute! I’ve had mini whoopie pies on my list of things to make this season.

  16. 12/04/2013 at 11:48 am

    Great cookie to bring to baby shower, virtual or not!

  17. 12/04/2013 at 12:53 pm

    Lemon and ginger look PERFECT together! I love whoopie pies, and anything in miniature, AND gingerbread, so basically I just want to live with these for the next week. Loved showering Audra with you!

  18. 12/04/2013 at 1:05 pm

    These whoopie pies look fabulous! Even more adorable because they are mini!

  19. 12/04/2013 at 1:22 pm

    I love mini-anything because it is so cute and it makes it easy for me to restrict how much I eat! :)

  20. 12/04/2013 at 1:37 pm

    These are adorable and very fitting for the winter season! Love that I don’t need a special pan for them!

  21. 12/04/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Love these! Pinned! The fact that they’re mini, and full of nice gingerbread flavor, mmmmm, so good!

  22. 12/04/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Such a lovely contribution to a party! I love that combination of the sharpness of the lemon and the gingerbread spice.

  23. Congrats to Audra! What a fun way to celebrate!

  24. Looks amazing and what a great idea with a virtual party :)

  25. 12/04/2013 at 6:43 pm

    Too cute, love the mini size!

  26. 12/04/2013 at 8:15 pm

    Whoopie pies are pretty much my favorite thing ever and I love this mini version!! Tis the season for all things gingerbread, I can’t get enough :)

  27. 12/04/2013 at 8:24 pm

    Definitely loving these – they look perfect!

  28. 12/04/2013 at 9:53 pm

    You’re in my brain. I love gingerbread + lemon. I’m working on a new recipe with both. You’re going to love it! I love these mini pies, too! :)

  29. 12/04/2013 at 10:54 pm

    These whoopie pies look so cute! We have recently made irish cream whoopie pies. We;ll have to try these out!

  30. 12/05/2013 at 1:28 am

    Yup, whoopie pies are my favorite! This recipe looks delicious!

  31. 12/05/2013 at 3:19 am

    Will the recipe work better if using a whoopie pie pan?

    • 12/05/2013 at 7:48 am

      Hi Andre, I think it worked perfectly fine without a whoopie pie pan, but if you have one handy, you can certainly use it.

  32. Audra LeNormand
    12/05/2013 at 11:11 am

    I’ve got to makes some of these for my grandchildren! They really sound good.

    • 12/06/2013 at 8:15 am

      I hope you make some, Audra!

  33. 12/05/2013 at 2:19 pm

    I’m sure these are the perfect little holiday spice bites!! And whoopie pies make me happy as well. I’m pretty sure they’re generally happiness-inducing no matter where you’re from.

  34. 12/05/2013 at 5:17 pm

    Whoopie Pies are one thing I have not attempted to bake. I don’t know why b/c they don’t seem to difficult?! These look like the perfect flavor combo. Yum!

  35. 12/05/2013 at 10:02 pm

    LOVE these, Julie! I need to make more whoopie pies!!!

  36. 12/05/2013 at 11:13 pm

    Great idea ~ Love the seasonal flavors :)

  37. 12/06/2013 at 8:34 am

    These are so, so, so cute, and gingerbread is my favorite. Congratulations to Audra!

  38. Emily
    12/06/2013 at 9:14 am

    Quick question, do you have to use whole wheat flour? I live in Germany and the whole wheat flour here is very course and not pleasing in a baked good. Thank you!

    • 12/06/2013 at 2:21 pm

      Nope, you don’t have to. You can just use all all-purpose flour :)

  39. 12/08/2013 at 8:01 pm

    SERIOUSLY. These are amazing.

  40. 12/08/2013 at 11:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning, Julie! You have this cookie lover gawking!

  41. 12/09/2013 at 8:07 am

    REALLY wish I could drop what I’m doing and make these fun whoopie pies! My favorite flavors!

  42. Julia
    12/15/2013 at 8:40 pm

    These look like a great alternative to my gingerbread cupcakes! On a side note I’m also from Pennsylvania and everyone I know calls them gobs instead of whoopie pies… just curious if that’s the same with your in-laws?

    • 12/16/2013 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Julia! No, it seems that all the family members call them “whoopie pies!” Gobs is an interesting name! Thanks for sharing! I like that :)

      • Julia
        12/16/2013 at 4:07 pm

        I did a little google-ing to find the term is a bit more local than state wide. I thought I’d share a tid bit of why people around here call them that :) “According to the Tribune-Democrat, folklorist and archivist Susan Kalcik believes that Johnstown’s Gob, the popular cake-like pastry, became a favorite dessert because of local coal miners and steel workers. Men carried them in their lunches and “the little cake with the icing on the inside instead of the outside served its purpose,” explained Kalcik. She is convinced that the name “gob,” often known as Whoopie Pies in other parts of the state, was derived from the miners. “Lumps of coal refuse were called gob piles. These working people adapted the name to the dessert,” said Kalcik.” taken from http://www.visitjohnstownpa.com/things-to-see-do/history-heritage/its-johnstown/

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