Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies are a rich chocolate cake cookie sandwich hybrid with creamy marshmallow fluff filling that are a classic American dessert favorite and EASY to make!

If you want delicious Chocolate desserts you HAVE to try my Easy Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Lava Cake recipes. They’re legendarily good according to the comments and emails I get about them. But back to these awesome Whoopie Pies…

Chocolate Whoopie Pies on plate

WHOOPIE
 PIES 

Whoopie Pies are a traditional American dessert from New England with a chocolatey outside and a delicious creamy filling that are easy to make and absolutely delicious.

If you are a fan of rich, creamy desserts, you need to try my Whoopie Pie recipe. Not only is it really easy, you can make all of the components from scratch. You’ll impress your dinner guests, and yourself, with how fancy these simple desserts turn out.  It’s a great addition to the many great cookie recipes on the site!

Whoopie Pies look a bit like a mixture of an ice cream sandwich and a macaron, with a chocolate cake exterior and a light marshmallow filling that you can whip up in your electric mixer using a paddle attachment on medium speed. The whole thing takes about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.

HOW TO MAKE WHOOPIE PIES

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking pan with parchment paper.
  • To your stand mixer add the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the egg, then alternate the dry and wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Scoop ¼ cup measured amounts onto baking sheet 2 inches apart
  • Bake 12-14 minutes then let cool completely.
  • Make the marshmallow fluff filling by adding the ingredients together until light and fluffy.
  • Add 2 tablespoon amounts of marshmallow fluff to half the cookies then sandwich them together.

Chocolate Whoopie Pie with bite taken out

VARIATIONS ON WHOOPIE PIES

  • Dip them in chocolate: Once you’ve made your Whoopie Pies, you can dip the entire cookie in melted chocolate and let it cool for a Moon Pie kind of feel.
  • Serve with: Serve up the Whoopie Pies with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream or Homemade Whipped Cream.
  • Flavors: You aren’t just limited to chocolate Whoopie Pie. You can experiment with all sorts of different flavors for both the cookie and the filling. Try adding vanilla or caramel extract to the cake batter, or get festive by adding mint flavoring and green coloring to the fluff.

WHY ARE THEY CALLED WHOOPIE PIES?

Whoopie Pies, or “whoopee pies,” supposedly originate with the Amish, and the story goes that the name comes from the shout of happiness that Amish men would make when they opened their lunch pails and saw the dessert waiting inside. Whether or not it’s true, it’s certainly a cute story.

Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Virginia all claim to be where the dessert originated, and Maine declared Whoopie Pies to be their state dessert, much to the outrage of the other states.

HOW LONG ARE WHOOPIE PIES GOOD?

  • Serve: You shouldn’t leave Whoopie Pies out for longer than about 2 hours due to the dairy products in them.
  • Store: Keep your Whoopie Pies in plastic wrap or a sealable bag and they’ll last you up to a week before you should make yourself a new batch.
  • Freeze: Whoopie Pies are good frozen for about 3 months. Make sure that you let them fully cool down to room temperature before you wrap them up and store them to prevent bacteria from being sealed up with them.

Plate full of chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow fluff filling

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Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies are a rich chocolate cake cookie sandwich hybrid with creamy marshmallow fluff filling that are a classic American dessert favorite and EASY to make!
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Whoopie Pies

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Marshmallow Fluff Filling

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups marshmallow fluff

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking pan with parchment paper.
  • To your stand mixer add the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Alternate in the wet and dry ingredients ⅓ at a time until just combined.
  • Scoop ¼ cup measured amounts onto baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes then let cool completely.
  • Make the marshmallow fluff filling by beating the butter and powdered sugar together until well combined then add in the marshmallow fluff into fully combined.
  • Add 2 tablespoon amounts of marshmallow fluff to half the cookies then sandwich them together.

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Could you prepare these whoopie pies using a box cake mix? We have 4 little foster babies (2, 3, 4, & 6 yrs old), and making anything from scratch just doesn’t seem to happen! LOL! I love whoopie pies though, and am dying to make these using your recipe for the filling. What do you think? Would cake mix work?

    1. Wow, I don’t blame you!! I haven’t tried it but I don’t see why you couldn’t use one. Try looking for a recipe online using a cake mix to use as a guideline. Good luck!

    2. I always did this when my kids were little as well.
      I used a Devils Food chocolate cake mix and added 1 and 1/4 cup of flour to mix and followed the rest of the cake recipe!
      Enjoy!

  2. I love everything chocolate! Made these whoopie pies last night. They are gone!:) Will make them again for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the sound of whoopy pies, anything with fluffy marshmallows and I will eat it for sure. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love Whoopie Pies!! They remind me of my time living back East and the first time I tried one! The first time I saw one I didn’t know if it was a cookie or a cake but I knew I needed to have it! Delish!