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!
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 holiday gatherings!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Juice of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients.
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.
Mix in half of the dry ingredients, the molasses, the remaining dry ingredients, and then the buttermilk.
Drop the batter onto baking sheets using a medium cookie scoop (or 1 1/2 tbsp.).
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.
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, 1/4 cup at a time. If the frosting is too stiff, add a tbsp. of milk at a time until desired consistency.
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.
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
adapted from: King Arthur Flour
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Posted on December 04, 2013