Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

We're living in the heyday of the food mashup, but let's not forget those pioneers of hybridization, the creations with dual identities so tightly entangled that the distinguishable parts have receded behind a seamless whole. One of our favorites? The dessert sandwich. It may not be the original food mashup, but chances are, like Generation Z and the Internet, you've never known life without it.

 

When considering a dessert sandwich in the abstract, what do you see? We're guessing it's not a whoopie pie. That's a shame, because whoopie pies are a delightful treat, as well as a fun baking project. They're also a misnomer, bearing zero resemblance to pie: the filling sits between two discs of cake. As for its disputed origins, I, a native Mainer, recuse myself.

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Recipe: Spiced Molasses Whoopie Pies

whoopie pies

While the whoopie pie lost out to wild blueberry pie in the fight for the title of Maine's official state dessert (as consolation the frosting-filled cake sandwich was designated as the official state treat), this baked good continues to attract plenty of fierce fans. These spicy, gingerbread-like whoopie pies from our senior editor, Anna Mowry, are perfect for the holidays, and are delicious when slathered with a buttery frosting. Get the recipe here.

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