Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

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Christmas is next week?

What!? Nonsense.


Are you all done with your Christmas shopping?

I haven’t even started.

Well, I have a couple of things checked off my list, but since we don’t exchange gifts until New Year’s Day, I have a few days left. And post-holiday discounts to take advantage of. Lots of them. 😀

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling | | #cookies #christmas #whoopiepies #gingerbread #frosting
Do you go out the day after Christmas and stock up on all discounted ribbons, Christmas decorations, and ornaments?

I plan to start doing that this year. You can get things at 50% less than what they were two days before. Wal Mart, Walgreens, and all those other Wal people better be ready for me. And Michael’s. Can’t forget Michael’s.

Until then I am going to sit back and enjoy my delicious Gingerbread Whoopie Pies filled with an amazing Vanilla Buttercream Filling.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling | | #cookies #christmas #whoopiepies #gingerbread #frosting
I can’t believe I waited this long to try King Arthur Flour’s Gingerbread Whoopie Pies. They are incredible.

Not tootin’ my own horn or anything ;-D, but the filling I added is also amazing. Heavenly, in fact. It’s sweet, but it goes so well with the spicy, ginger cookies.


Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

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WW Freestyle: 14
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 20
Calories: 234


For the Cookies

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 stick butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

For the Filling

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, butter and brown sugar; beat until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  • Add the egg; beat until incorporated.
  • Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix to combine.
  • Mix in the molasses, the remaining dry ingredients, and the buttermilk.
  • Using a spoon, drop 1 tablespoon of dough, leaving 2 inches between, on the prepared baking sheets. For bigger cookies, scoop out 1/4-cup of dough.
  • Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cookie comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, make the filling.

  • Beat butter with mixer on high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and continue to mix on low until combined.
  • Pour in the milk and vanilla, and beat on high until you reach desired consistency. Add more milk if necessary.
  • Spread frosting onto the cooled whoopie pie and place another cookie on top, and sandwich together.


Recipe for the Cookies adapted from King Arthur Flour
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 240mg7%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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21 Responses
    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Nancy! I just double checked and they also use 3.75 cups. This is by far the best whoopie pie recipe that I’ve tried, so I just follow theirs to just about a “T”. 😀

  1. Tracy

    These are delicious! Everyone loved them! I used all butter no shortening and twice the amount of buttermilk as my batter was very dry. I also added lemon zest and finely chopped crystallized ginger to the buttercream. Amazing thanks!

  2. Averie @Averie Cooks

    It’s really good I missed this post in Dec b/c I would have HAD to make them. I still want to…like now! These flavors are so me!

  3. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    I seem to always be out of town so I have never been able to take advantage of the post-Christmas sales. Would love to be able to buy some ornaments at half-price!

    Love these whoopie pies and of course the buttercream filling. 🙂

    Merry Christmas, Kate!

  4. Jacob

    Loved your blog. Everything looks so simple and delicious. You have a great way of describing (complicated things) into simple things! Lovely!

  5. Kankana

    I know! Didn’t the year just flew by faster than last year ? Crazy huh!
    Anyways, those woopie pies looks gorgeous and so perfect. I need to bake some soon, as soon as my baking sheet gets free 😀

  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Those look amazing! I’m not sure if I’m done shopping, but I don’t stress about that kind of thing because the gifts aren’t our main focus anyhow. And no, I don’t go shopping right after Christmas. I hate those crowds more than I like the deals. 🙂

  7. Laura Dembowski

    I want these for Christmas! Whoopie pies are the best and gingerbread ones sound amazing. I bet they go great with the buttercream.

  8. Stacy

    Yummy, Kate! Kids and adults both would enjoy these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies. Now, I’m on a mission to make them gluten free! Thanks for sharing & Merry Christmas!

  9. Ramona

    We make Christmas all about the food and getting together in my family… I only have to buy presents for all the kids. Makes life so much easier. Now these whoopie pies would be perfect on our dessert table. They look fabulous. 🙂

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