Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

  • 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 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!

    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!

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

    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!

    Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    12 mins
    Total Time
    27 mins
     

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

    Servings: 16 whoopie pies
    Ingredients
    For the whoopie pies
    • 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
    For the lemon cream cheese filling
    • 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
    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 1 1/2 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, 1/4 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.
    Recipe Notes

    adapted from: King Arthur Flour

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  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    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:-)

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

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

  • ela@GrayApron says:

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

  • Julia says:

    Oh wow, these look amazing!!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love ginger cookies and whoopie pies are even better!

  • Audra | The Baker Chick says:

    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!? :)

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Love these so much! You deliver right? :)

  • Marissa | In My Yellow Cardigan says:

    These look amazing! Must try these!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • Jennifer | Bake or Break says:

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

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

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

  • Julie says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

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

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    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!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

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

  • naomi says:

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

  • Jacqueline Raposo says:

    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!

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet says:

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

  • Quyen says:

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

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

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

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

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

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    Congrats to Audra! What a fun way to celebrate!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Too cute, love the mini size!

  • Tracey says:

    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 :)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Definitely loving these – they look perfect!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    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! :)

  • Sarah & Arkadi says:

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

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

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

  • Andre says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Audra LeNormand says:

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

    • Julie says:

      I hope you make some, Audra!

  • Joanne says:

    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.

  • Kristen says:

    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!

  • ashley - baker by nature says:

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

  • marla says:

    Great idea ~ Love the seasonal flavors :)

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Emily says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

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

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    SERIOUSLY. These are amazing.

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

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

  • jenny Flake says:

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

  • Julia says:

    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?

    • Julie says:

      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 says:

        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/

  • Stephanie Mooser says:

    Have you tried freezing these? I usually do all my Christmas baking early Dec. and put in freezer and pop out whenever I need a treat.

    • Julie says:

      No, I haven’t tried freezing them. I don’t know if it’d work to freeze them – unless you froze the pies and filling separately.

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