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Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe with Real Marshmallow Fluff

Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe with Real Marshmallow Fluff
47 votes, 3.74 avg. rating (74% score)

Yield: 8 servings

A classic homemade whoopie pie recipe for this favorite old fashioned New England dessert. Soft chocolate cookies with Marshmallow Fluff cream filling never had it so good.

Want more? See how to make this recipe in our article for Homemade Whoopie Pies.
Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe with Real Marshmallow Fluff
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey

For the Cakes:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or butter)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

Continue to mix on low speed while alternately adding the buttermilk and flour mixture. Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

Spoon about 1/4-cup  of batter roughly 3 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets (a scoop works well here). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are puffed and a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the cakes comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Filling


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (or butter)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


In a large bowl, blend together all of the ingredients until smooth.

Spread the flat side of half the cakes with filling. Top with the remaining cakes to form a sandwich, then wrap individually in plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Updated Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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16 Responses to Homemade Whoopie Pie Recipe with Real Marshmallow Fluff

  1. Marilyn Otterson. May 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    For the person who asked for a recipe without the Fluff…you can Google for “whoopie pies without marshmallow Fluff” and you will find several alternatives. You can also make a butter/confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract frosting-type filling, or use vanilla ice cream and freeze the sandwiches, always delicious when eaten frozen. Hope this helps. Kids seem to love these no matter what’s in the filling, including peanut butter.

  2. Leslie T Boston Strong May 24, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    My Grandmother recipe tried and true is similar but not the same, bless her she is 98 yrs young.

  3. Meredith July 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I like to try variations to whoopie pies. These always seem to be yummy no matter what you do to it.

    Please, however, make the print option print strictly the recipe. Leave out all the unnecessary clutter on the top, bottom and the right side. This could be made to print on one page NOT three. I don’t want or need to see the Unique Island Retreat ad, the lighthouse or “The History Place” John F. Kennedy Photo History on the third page – wasted ink!

    • Gail March 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      You could copy and paste it on to word also and you won’t get all the other stuff.

  4. Andi July 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hi Yankee folks, I just made these and posted them on my web page “” and they are delicious. I think this is the same recipe that my mother used to use. If not very close. Love them. Can’t wait to make them again. Andi

    • Aimee Seavey July 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Andi! We’re so glad you made the recipe and that it was a success! Can’t wait to check out your post. :)

  5. Christina September 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I made these today and they are perfection! Cake is moist and light, filling is “exactly” what should be inside a whoopie pie! I had only one problem with the recipe. I used an ice cream scoop and some of the cakes rose and stayed in nice round form but some of them (a few on each baking sheet) spread. What did I do wrong??

    • Aimee Seavey September 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Hi Christina! We’re so glad you liked the whoopie pie recipe! I’m pretty stumped about why some of your cakes spread while others rose on the same baking sheet. Since the cakes are kind of a cookie-cake hybrid, is it possible your pans needed to be rotated halfway through cooking — does your oven have a hot spot? Cookies can spread if the dough or batter is too warm when it goes in the oven, but if some are baking fine and some aren’t on the same baking sheet, I’m wondering if it’s the oven…

      • Cat January 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

        Perhaps, if you used butter, it could be the butter melting more and more as the dough sits out in the warm kitchen. Butter that is too softened in a cookie or whoopie pie recipe causes the product to spread and fail to maintain shape, becoming thinner and crunchier. I would recommend using shortening or chilling the dough in between scooping and baking.

        • Aimee Seavey January 24, 2014 at 9:33 am #

          Hi Cat – these are good tips, but I am still stumped as to why some of the cakes spread and some did not on the same baking sheet, since they were presumably all made with the same fat (butter or shortening), but you’re right that shortening has a higher melting point, making it more stable.

  6. Tina September 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I thought the cake recipe was fine. The filling was a different matter. There is a much better fluff based filling from Martha Stewart. Use that recipe instead.

    • Aimee Seavey September 14, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Hi Tina. We’re sorry you didn’t like the filling! It looks like the Martha Stewart recipe calls for butter instead of shortening, which will definitely still give you a tasty result. For this recipe we tried to recreate the version many of us know from childhood, but a butter Fluff filling, or even a batch of seven minute frosting, will still do the trick! Thanks for your comment.

  7. Daniele DeLucco June 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I can’t wait to make this recipie! I am doing 150 of them for a wedding plus a cake! What are your tips for making a larger size cake? I am stumped!

  8. penny Sadler November 20, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    how can i make this filing for peanut butter?

    • Aimee Seavey November 20, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Penny. We currently do not have a peanut butter filling recipe for whoopie pies. Maybe a fellow reader will share one!

  9. kimberly December 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    I have a peanut butter dip that i make into a peanut butter cream pie. I bet it would be delish in whoopie pies!! Its just cool whip mixed with peanut butter, a little cinnamon and if youre sticking it in a whoopie pie i would add some fluff!

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