Monday, November 7, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies

There are times in my life when I just have this overwhelming love for people.  This weekend has been one of those times.  People are GOOD!  I witnessed so much good this weekend and I love being reminded that although there are some real pieces of work out there, that there are also really, REALLY good people out there too!  It makes me want to make something for everyone!  Cause that's how I show my love and thanks...I bake!:)  These cookies (in my humble opinion) would more than adequately say "thanks" and "love you".  You will have new best friends!  Give it a try.  Make a batch for someone!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies
Recipe from Your Cup of Cake
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies:

1 box spice cake mix
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
15 oz pumpkin puree
1/3 cup applesauce
1 bag mini chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Filling:
8 oz cream cheese
¼ cup butter, softened
2 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper, or silpat.  Mix spice cake mix and pumpkin pie spice together then add the pumpkin and applesauce and mix until combined.  Mix in the chocolate chips.   Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop (or spoons...just make the dough about golf ball size) onto parchment paper/silpat and bake for 11-14 minutes or until the tops are cooked. Place onto cooling racks, and make sure they are completely cooled before assembling.

For the filling, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and beat for 2-3 minutes.

Assemble cookie sandwiches by piping filling into the bottom side of half the cookies.  Place another cookie on top and then refrigerate cookies until chilled, about 1 hour. This will help so that all the filling does not gush out over the sides when you're trying to eat them!

You'll make some friends for life!:)
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