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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

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WW Freestyle: 14
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Spicy ginger cookies are filled with sweet vanilla buttercream to create homemade Gingerbread Whoopie Pies! This easy Christmas dessert is so festive and fun!
Course: Dessert / Holidays
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 234
Author: Katerina | Diethood


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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