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Homemade Whoopie Pies

Homemade Whoopie Pies
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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.

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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, December 15th, 2015

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37 Responses to Homemade Whoopie Pies

  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.

    • Chriss May 21, 2015 at 10:27 am #

      I am so glad you said that !! I have come across many sights that are not printer friendly. I will come across something I am dying to try and I would have to print many pages to get what I want. Thanks for bringing that up !!!!

    • Pam August 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

      Meredith what I do is copy and paste it onto a word document and then I can cut out what I don’t want, and change the size of the font so that it fits onto one page. I also paste a picture on my recipe but I make it smaller so it’s not taking the whole page. Hope this helps.

    • DebbyO November 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      If you move the cursor over the areas you want to remove, it allows you to click and delete whatever you want to remove…

      • DebbyO November 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

        …Before you click for the final print, obviously…it “highlights” the area to be deleted…

  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.

          • jackie April 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

            Always use a cool baking sheet…I make these all the time, and use 2 baking sheets..

  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.

    • jackie April 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      Nope…my recipe comes from cooking down east, by Marjorie Standish..never fail…and from Maine..

  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!

    • Brenda April 8, 2015 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Penney

      I change it to 1/2 C shortening and 3/4 c Peanut Butter or more depending on personal tastes but I like mine light and fluffy.

  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!

  10. Krista June 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi there! I love this recipe! Question. My feeling tasted a little too much like shortening. Any suggestions?

    • Aimee Seavey June 8, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Krista. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! You can absolutely swap out the shortening for butter (in fact, I recommend it). The shortening is somewhat tradition and makes the cream filling very stable, but can leave your mouth feeling greasy. Butter has a richer flavor. 😉

      • Melissa June 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

        Do you think you could use half shortening and half butter to combat the greasy feeling of using all shortening, and have it come out just as good?

        • Aimee Seavey June 10, 2015 at 9:14 am #

          Hi Melissa! That would be a good way to get the best of both — let us know how they turn out!

    • Mary August 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

      Hi Krista,

      A trick my Mom taught me when using shortening in a frosting in this case filling recipe is to add a little plain old white flour to the bowl when creaming the shortening and confectioner’s sugar. In the depression era for cost savings shortening was used to stretch a family’s budget as “butter” was for many a “special treat and/or reserved for toast, biscuits, warm rolls & bread.

      In my opinion/experience the most recognized name brand comes in the blue can works best and not the butter flavored one either.

      Hope this trick helps.

  11. Nicole August 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    My mother’s recipe doesn’t use fluff and it is a two step process where you first make a paste with flour and milk in a pan on the stove. I’ve never seen that recipe online. It’s so good!

    • Sue May 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

      I use wonder flour and milk, but cooking in microwave it doesn’t burn on. Stir occasionally as it thickens. Let cool and cover with saran wrap putting it in fridge. I do 1 cup of milk and 5 tablespoons of flour
      Make your whoppie pies and when you’re done baking you can finish the filling. Beat crisco, sugar and flour mixture and vanilla, making sure there is no lumps. I let add marshmalow and beat to mix it all. Batter should be stiff. Chill and it will stiffen up. Cisco is 1 cup, sugar is 1 c u p, vanilla is 2 teaspoons and marshmallow is 1 cup. Enjoy

  12. Andi September 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Nicole. I have the recipe for fluffy white frosting posted on my blog The Wednesday Baker. Posted on 2.6.2012. Under cakes my mom always made the flour milk paste for most of her cakes. I love this frosting. Andi

  13. Donna October 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    I would like to know if I should use salted or unsalted butter. Thanks!

    • Aimee Seavey October 12, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Donna. Unsalted will work best. If you use salted butter, omit the 1/4 teaspoon of salt in the ingredients. Thanks!

  14. Anne Manzo November 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Wow, kinda disappointing to read this … no “true” born and bred old time New Englander would make a whoopie pie with a Marshmallow Fluff filling. REAL New England whoopie pies have a cooked filling made in the top of a double boiler. It is light and fluffy, like fluff, but tastes soooo much better and is just … creamier. This is a FILLING, not a FROSTING … ladies, there is a difference. My 85 year old mother would be happy to tell you about it….

    • Amy December 10, 2015 at 6:30 am #

      And your point being? Everyone has their own taste rather it being a frosting or filling.

  15. Katie June 20, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    These are wonderful!! I was wondering if they can be frozen?

    • Aimee Seavey June 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Katie. We have had luck freezing them for a few weeks at a time. They never last longer than that! Just be sure to wrap them tightly in freezer-strength wrap.

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