November 23, 2011

Mini Pumpkin-Nutella Whoopie Pies

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*Exciting news… I am going to be re-vamping my site right after the holidays. I am working with a fabulous blogger who I LOVE and we are throwing around some great ideas to really give my page a nice cozy feeling with some color and {spice}. Stay tuned*

So it was a two day work week for me, how could you go wrong, and I am so excited to be out of here and ready to hit the long road south to Virginia. I am also excited because rumor has it we will all be hitting up Black Friday “Virginia-style” and I can wait to see what goodies I come across for the holidays.

So I had to share this amazing dessert I put together. I actually had made these when Paul and I took our little vacation to The Von Trapp Lodge in Vermont a couple of weeks ago and they were gone before I could even take pictures of them to share with you all. Well that only meant two things… everyone MUST have thought they were delicious and I HAVE to make them again. So that is just what I did, and with no remorse.
I saw these in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, one of the many reasons I chose the magazine for my Big Giveaway, and the thought of these pies made me so excited I had to make them. Knowing that portions are sometimes always a problem, I really wanted to make mini’s instead of the big pies in hopes that one {or two} would be enough to suffice my craving, and I was right. I also made the outer cookie pie before we headed up to Vermont and I didn’t know the kitchen accommodations and didn’t want to attempt to put together the filling if it was going to be a mess so I did what any sensible woman would have done… I whipped out the Nutella!!!

These whoopee pies were nom nomm! I had never had a whoppie pie before but I loved these so clearly I must like them. They were fairly simple to make and switching the filling for Nutella was the added ease in putting these pies together quick and easy. I put them in the refrigerator for a little to set the pies and they were ready to be served and popped.

Thanksgiving is a perfect time for pies, and although these are a little unconventional, they work all the same to satisfy that chocolaty pumpkin craving around the holidays.
Mini Pumpkin-Nutella Whoopie Pies
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Recipe adopted by Everyday Food Magazine

2 cups all-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Fine Salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pure pumpkin Puree
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
Nutella spread, for filling
dust with confectioner's sugar to serve

Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar, melted butter and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and whisk just until combined.

Drop dough in 2 Tablespoons mounds, 1 inch apart on to two parchment lined baking sheets. Bake until tops of cookies spring back when gently pressed, about 14 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to wire racks and let cool completely.
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat room temperature butter, 1/2 cup heavy cream, cocoa powder and confectioner's sugar on medium high until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread filling on flat side of half of a cookie, sandwich with remaining cookie.

To serve, dust with confectioner's sugar.
Makes about 35 pies.

Come see these and much more at the Cookie Swap!!!


Blog is the New Black said...

I die for nutella! ;)

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

These look so good Laura!

Bam's Kitchen said...

These mini pumpkin nutella whoopie pies look sinful. I just adore nutella and love finding new recipes for its uses. I am so happy to have found your cooking website. Take Care

Jenni said...

These look awesome! I will definitely have to make them! And that is so exciting about your makeover, too!

Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño said...

Thanks so much. These were incredible. And I mean, come on... it's nutella right :)