Apple Spice Whoopie Pies

Whooopie!  It’s Monday and time for some whoopie pies.  So let out a big whoooop!, pump your fist in the air, and then continue on reading.

Gala apples are reliable.  They’re pretty much my go-to apple for sweet or savory recipes.  Plus, they’re usually cheaper than other varieties.

The apple is chopped up and mixed into a cookie batter made with butter, brown sugar, molasses, spices, oatmeal, butterscotch chips and toasted walnuts.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?  Just wait.  The filling is made with whipped butter, cream cheese and marshmallow cream.

The cookie is soft and cakey, and the filling is rich and creamy.  These are amazing!  Probably one of my top favorite cookies of 2011.  Yes, I made these in November.  I’m always delayed on posting recipes.  That’s something I need to work on.  Also, I need to work on my commenting.  I’ve become a major slacker when it comes to commenting.  I used to be so good at that.

I hope everyone has a good day.  I plan on doing some baking and preserving today in the kitchen.  There’s no place I’d rather be!  Well, maybe Key West… eating a slice of key lime pie on the beach.

Spiced Apple Whoopie Pies

2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided use
1 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons molasses
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup finely chopped apple
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup finely chopped black walnuts or pecans, toasted
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow fluff

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and clove.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together 1/2 cup unsalted butter, brown sugar and molasses until creamy – about 1 minute.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in oats, apple, butterscotch chips, and walnuts until well combined.  

Drop 24 rounded spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake 14-15 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crisp.  Cool cookies 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
To make the filling, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together remaining 1/4 cup butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallow fluff until well combined and creamy – about 2 minutes.  Spread a generous amount of filling on top of a bottom of a cookie; press another cookie on top to form a sandwich.  Repeat process with remaining cookies.

Makes 12 whoopie pies


  1. oh my yum, these look delicious! i am seriously craving one (or a few) of these now!

  2. love the look of these!

    and your new website changes are beautiful, too!

  3. Wow, I love the idea of having apple whoopies. They sound so comforting with the spices too. Delicious!

  4. Love your new design, it's really great. I wish I can design my blog too... I love your whoopie pie too!

  5. Those look a-mazing! I have been wanting to make some whoopie pies, and these might be the ones:).
    P.s. It's cold and rainy here and thinking about key West makes me want to cry...I would LOVE to be there too!

  6. Yum! I usually give up on apple recipes by this time of year, but I'm still going strong this year. And yep, Gala's are definitely one of the most reliable apples, I'd say!

  7. I'd enjoy being in Key West too but I am content with the comfort of a whoopee pie.

  8. These look awesome! Still haven't tried a whoopie pie, but these look very enticing.

  9. Love the new blog design, and these look amazing!

  10. The blog design looks great, and I'm loving these whoopie pies!!

  11. Oh my.....don't these look yummy! That's for sure a "do it soon" recipe. Thanks!

  12. Looks delicious! Can't wait to make them.

    on a side note, if you have a list of site enhancement requests, would you consider adding a print feature? I like the one featured on since it allows you to print with or without photos. The pics of your treats are amazing!!

  13. The blog design looks great! Very clean.

    These whoopie pies are also great. I'll take two.

  14. Yummy idea for a whoopie pie.

    The blog looks bee-yoo-tee-full.You did a great job.

    Who cares when you made these? You're a star for posting regularly, so don't knock yourself!!!

    I was interested to hear that Gala apples are your fav for cooking. I have to remember that. I usually use a variety among these - Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala and Honey Crisp or just Granny Smith.

  15. looks absolutely delish. :D

  16. I am desperately eager to try this delicious recipe! Thanks Emily!!

  17. Love the new design! So fresh and clean. :)
    Those whoopie pies....holy yum! Anything with apple + spice in the title gets me every.single.time.

  18. Your blog looks so pretty, chica!

    Apples are my favorite fruit...I eat one a day. And really that one should be in cookie form. These look awesome!

  19. I am a HUGE fan of whoopie pies...the apple flavouring must have been fantastic! Will add these to my 'to make' list for sure. Happy New Year :)

  20. Oh my gosh, just the cookies alone sound divine. I love using molasses...but actually I love everything that you put in here.

  21. Ooooh these look YUMMY!! I wish I could have one right now!

  22. just can't beat an apple treat! yum! Love your new blog design!

  23. I LOVE the new design! It is so cute, and very modern! What a nice way to start the new year :)

  24. I have never had a whoopie pie, but I think I would like a spiced one more than an uber sweet one. These sound really good!

  25. Lovely pies... oh my! And, I really like the new look too.

  26. These look so good! I can imagine overfilling these and eating them ... I adore frosting and lots of filling. Yummm.

  27. These look delicious! They kind of remind me of your apple cinnamon oatmeal butterscotch cookies (which I have made multiple times and love!)

    The new design looks great!

    - Maggie

  28. The new page looks amazing! And this recipe, even more amazing. I am making them right now cannot wait to try one!

  29. Great idea for a variation on whoopie pies. I love whoopie pies. I want to make them too, but have yet to attempt.

    Your site looks just lovely!

  30. whoopie pies? meh, i haven't hopped aboard that train yet. these, however, are tremendous. nice flavors!