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Day 1 ❄︎ Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

The 12 Baking Days of Christmas is a series I started in my first year of blogging. Then life got crazy with a military deployment and I wasn’t able to continue last year. But now — back by popular demand — I present to you The 12 Baking Days of Christmas 2017!

A delightful collection of 12 delicious baked treats and Christmas morning breakfasts!

I am so excited to share my love of baking with you again this holiday season. I’ve created a sweet lineup of recipes that are sure to please and make your holidays extra special. So check back daily for a fresh recipe and get ready to bake, bake, bake!

Whoopie, it’s Christmas!

I think there’s no better way to start the holiday season than with a great, big whoopee! Especially when it’s with these Gingerbread Whoopie Pies!

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies // perfect for parties or packaged up as gifts! Gingerbread + Cream Cheese Frosting = Heaven

Soft and rich gingerbread is complemented by a sweet and fluffy cream cheese filling in this festive treat. I like to add a dash of lemon to the frosting to brighten up the heavier, complex flavors of the gingerbread.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies // perfect for parties or packaged up as gifts! Gingerbread + Cream Cheese Frosting = Heaven

I also like to use a cookie scoop to drop the pies. The scoop helps to keep the tops and bottoms uniform in size. I use one heaping cookie scoop for the filling, too. I think it’s proportionally pleasing that way.

And it’s mmm, mmm, good to the last bite.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies // perfect for parties or packaged up as gifts! Gingerbread + Cream Cheese Frosting = Heaven

These Gingerbread Whoopie Pies work great with an array of other sweet treats. Put them out for guests during a holiday party like this.

A fancy floral birthday celebration for a little girl who loves all things pretty, pink and princess.

Or package them up as gifts for your neighbors, teachers and friends.

However you decide, the result is a lovely treat that makes you feel “whoopie” inside when you bite into it. Maybe that’s how they got their name. Enjoy! — v.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Yield: 7-8 pies or 14-16 cookies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, molasses, spices, baking soda and salt. Add the egg, melted butter and milk and mix until smooth.

  • Drop batter into balls onto prepared baking sheet about an inch apart using a small cookie scoop.

  • Bake until cookies are crisped on the edges and puffed in the center, about 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

  • For the filling, combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer on low, slowly add in powdered sugar. Once combined, turn the mixer to high and beat until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.

  • Drop a ball of filling onto the bottom of a cookie using a small cookie scoop. Top with another cookie, pressing down slightly to spread the filling. Repeat with remaining cookies.

  • Chill overnight or at least an hour before serving.

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2 Responses to Day 1 ❄︎ Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

  1. Kathleen Conery December 3, 2017 at 10:11 PM #

    I love the addition of lemon to the filling… a perfect compliment to the gingerbread! My gram used to make the standard chocolate with vanilla filling whoopie pies and I loved them so much. I will definitely have to try this recipe. We’ve got a party coming up in a couple weeks. I better start practicing them now!

    • v. December 4, 2017 at 9:15 PM #

      Thanks, Kathleen! I’m looking forward to hearing how you like it and how it does at your party! Enjoy!

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