Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting are a delicious dessert recipe to kick off Pumpkin Spice season!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin, pumpkin spice, gobs, whoopie pies, pumpkin whoopie pies, fall, autumn, fall baking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 dozen


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin


  • 1/2 Cream Cheese Frosting recipe
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chopped pecans optional


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. Mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the pumpkin.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. In the meantime, prepare 1/2 batch of My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting* recipe. Once prepared, beat in 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat until incorporated.

  6. Once the cookies are cooled, spread (or pipe) the frosting onto the bottom of half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. (Optional: Roll the frosted edges of the cookies in chopped pecans.)
  7. Store whoopie pies in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

*You can print the recipe for my Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting HERE.