Don’t you love the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven? It just warms your soul on a cold winter day! I love the traditional chocolate whoopie pie, but I think a spicy gingerbread whoopie pie is perfect for Fall and Winter. Even though these little beauties aren’t very dark, don’t let them fool you. They’re spicy, flavorful, and addicting. The filling is so light and delicious, I’m going to have to figure out another way to use it in another recipe! I also think that these cake-like cookies would be great with a cream cheese frosting! Just a thought…
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sour cream
1/3 cup molasses
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2½ cups Marshmallow Fluff
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.
4. In a small bowl, combine the oil, molasses, and sour cream.
5. Alternately mix the flour mixture and molasses mixture into the creamed butter just until combined.
6. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 14 – 16 minutes or until they spring back when touched in the center. Cool completely on a wire rack before you add the filling.
To make the filling:
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and confectioner’s sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add the vanilla, salt, and Marshmallow until combined.
2. Add a rounded tablespoon of the filling on the center of the flat side of the cake-like cookie. Top with the flat side of another cookie and press together slightly.