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Vanilla Creamsicle Whoopie Pies

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I have recently discovered a love for making sandwich cookies.  I’m not a big cookie person.  I’d rather enjoy a nice brownie or a piece of cake, and my favorite part of cake is the frosting.  Sandwich cookies give you the opportunity to be able to enjoy some frosting with your cookies as well, and they look so cute when they are filled.

These Vanilla Creamsicle Whoopie Pies were so much fun.  The cookie was great on its own, but even better with frosting.  It was very soft, which is perfect for cookie sandwiches.  I loved the orange flavor of the filling, and the orange-vanilla combination is a great one, and one that I should use more often.  I don’t make that many orange-flavored desserts, but I think this has convinced me that I need to do it more often!  My husband loved these, as he is a huge fan of citrus desserts.  The original recipe made quarter-size sandwiches, but I made mine the size of your average cookie, so I had to increase the baking time to about 15-16 minutes.

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Creamsicle Whoopie Pies

Vanilla Bean Whoopie Pies

2/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup full fat sour cream
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 vanilla beans, cut and seeds scraped out
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of ½ a medium orange
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.
Using a stand mixer (or a bowl and beaters) using the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and sour cream for 1 minute until combined.
Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, making sure to scrap down the bowl after each addition.
Add the vanilla bean seeds, extract, and zest and beat for another 30 seconds until completely combined.
With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined, you don’t want to see any flour but you don’t want to over mix it.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Using a piping bag, fill the bag with batter. Pipe the batter to about the size of a quarter (I made mine the size of your average cookie) onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350F for 6-7 minutes (about 15-16 minutes for larger cookies). Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for 5 minutes. Remove and move to wire rack to cool completely.
When cooled, match up two cookies of the same size. Take one cookie, and with the flat side up, pipe or spoon on the orange vanilla filling. Top with another cookie.
Repeat until you run out of cookies.

Creamsicle Filling

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons orange extract
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Source: Culinary Conctions by Peabody

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20 Responses

  1. These look amazing!! My favorite part of the cake is the icing, too!! Filled cookies are the perfect compromise for those frosting lovers among us. I can’t wait to try these out. Yum!

  2. These look really yummy! I’ve been contemplating sandwich cookies for a while now. I love the creamsicle idea you’ve done.

  3. Erin, these look amazing. Pass me a glass of cold milk and at least a dozen of those cookies! Very nice!

  4. oh my gosh – the creamsicle idea is so adorable! where can i order a batch? :)

  5. Oh darn – I was looking for a recipe like this just a few weeks ago and couldn’t find anything. Timing off or no, I think I’ll have to go back and make these, they look wonderful.

  6. What a great sweet treat!! YUM!

  7. Oh – who doesn’t love creamsicles?? Great idea putting it into a cookie!
    Michelle

    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  8. I totally don’t remember seeing those on Peabody’s site, even though I do remember the write-up that goes with them. Thanks for the reminder; they look and sound amazing!

  9. Holy Cow, these look absolutely wonderful. MMM, I wish I had some with my coffee right this very second! No I want 2!!

  10. These sound amazing! I agree with you on the orange vanilla combo, I don’t use it nearly enough. Though I just recently made some orange vanilla cupcakes that were so good.

  11. Yum! I love creamsicles!!!

  12. yum! hubby would love these!

  13. Creamsicles?! Perfect!

  14. Oh man, I’m totally trying these. You know of my newfound love for sandwich cookies :)

  15. how much dough did you use for reg sized cookies? would my med cookie scoop work? also, for the frosting do you just mix it all together? thanks..you can email me at colormetoo2003@verizon.net or page me on the wc boards..veniceforever…

  16. [...] H favorite cupcake I have made to date is the creamsicle cupcakes! So when I saw this recipe on Dinner and Dessert, I knew I had to make them. Plus he was taking these to the garage where he works on his car and [...]

  17. I have been making whoopie pies ( we call them black moons) for years and years…a family favorite…..I just made the creamsicle ones and although they are delicious I had a problem with the filling…it came out real watery….did anyone else have this problem…and how can I correct it???? thnx

  18. @lin, I had the same problem. The cookie part was perfect and all in all they tasted great. However, the filling was watery/melty that I couldn’t take them to the party I was making them for. Really frustrating. If anyone has any tips on getting around this, I would love to hear. I’d really like to make them again!

    • Yes, to avoid the watery icing, reduce the heavy whipping cream or don’t use at all. I typically use cream cheese, 3-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 2cups of powdered sugar and 1 vanilla bean_ halved & seeds scraped. Hope this helpful, should make a fluffy filling.

  19. You don’t include the filling directions. You’re supposed to whip the heavy cream and TB of confectionery separately, then add in the cream cheese mixture. Maybe the people who had trouble with the runny filling didn’t do that.
    I however was disappointed with the cookie, it is supposed to be cakey, mine was not. Good flavor, but a cookie texture, not cake…

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