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Sandwich cookies with buttercream frosting.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Katerina | Diethood
Spicy ginger cookies are filled with sweet vanilla buttercream to create homemade Gingerbread Whoopie Pies! This easy Christmas dessert is so festive and fun!
Servings : 20
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

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.

Notes

Recipe for the Cookies adapted from King Arthur Flour
 

Nutrition

Calories: 234 kcal | Carbohydrates: 48 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 192 mg | Potassium: 240 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 29 g | Vitamin A: 25 IU | Calcium: 51 mg | Iron: 1.8 mg | Net Carbs: 48 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dessert / Holidays
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread recipes, whoopie pie recipe