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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
My kids start begging me for these cake-like sandwich cookies as soon as autumn arrives. I haven't met a person yet who doesn't like these fun treats. —Deb Stuber, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • FILLING:
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda,

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • salt, cinnamon and ginger; add to creamed mixture alternately with
  • pumpkin.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking pans;
  • flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. Bake at 400° for
  • 10-11 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For filling, in a small saucepan, combine flour and salt. Gradually
  • whisk in milk until smooth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and
  • stir over medium heat 2 minutes or until thickened. Cover and
  • refrigerate until completely cooled.
  • In a small bowl, beat shortening, confectioners' sugar and vanilla
  • until smooth. Add chilled milk mixture; beat for 7 minutes or until
  • light and fluffy. Spread on the bottom of half of the cookies; top
  • with remaining cookies. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 340 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 225 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.