Kara and Marni Powers put a spin on the classic pumpkin pie, creating these pillowy cookie sandwiches.
By Kara and Marni Powers
- 1½ c flour
- ½ t baking soda
- ½ t baking powder
- ½ t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- ½ t ground ginger
- ¼ t nutmeg
- ¼ pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ c vegetable oil
- 1 (15 oz) can pureed pumpkin
- 1 large egg
- 1 t vanilla
- 8 oz (one stick) softened cream cheese
- 8 T (one stick) softened butter Pinch of salt
- 2 c confectioner's sugar
- 1 T vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, lightly whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin spice. In another large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, vegetable oil, pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla until well combined. Dust the dry mixture over the wet mixture and mix until well incorporated.
- Using a Tablespoon, drop the pumpkin mixture onto the lined baking sheet. Space the mounds of about two inches apart. Each baking sheet should have 15-16 equal-sized mounds. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until they are slightly bouncy to the touch and cracked. Let the cookies cool completely.
- While the cookies cool, prepare the filling. In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar, salt and vanilla and whip until light and smooth. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag or large Ziploc plastic bag. Let stand in the refrigerator to firm up for about a half hour.
- To assemble the whoopie pies, trim the corner of the Ziploc plastic bag. Pipe a large dollop of frosting into the middle (flat side) of the pumpkin cookie and top with another pumpkin cookie to form a sandwich. After assembling the 16 sandwich cookies, place in the refrigerator to harden slightly, about an hour.
Kara and Marni Powers are twin sister cooks, dining and blogging their way through Boston's North End and beyond. They see the act of cooking and entertaining as a form of creative expression, an art that encourages the mixing of flavors, spices, techniques and stories. Their interest in cooking dates back to their Greek grandmother’s open-arms approach, letting them taste her savory creations like her famous spanakopita. Kara and Marni's fascination with food and culture continued during their travels abroad in Europe where they saw firsthand the limitlessness of cooking.