Gingerbread whoopie pies from scratch

29 Apr


You guys, I bought a whoopie pie pan! I swore I wouldn’t coz my baking paraphernalia has taken over the kitchen. When we visited San Fran last year we went to my mecca – the three-storey Williams-Sonoma kitchenware store. I went twice in two days and lugged soooo much stuff back to Sydney [via Hawaii – my poor suitcases] but decided against buying the whoopie pie pan.

Then, last week, I hit the Sydney Williams-Sonoma store. It was nowhere near the size of the San Fran store but it did have the pan that I had previously spurned. And it was on sale. Would have churlish to not buy it…

I’ve used it twice already so I’m guessing it was a good purchase.

In case you’re curious, a whoppie pie is a hand-held mini cake/soft pie hybrid baked good. The two halves are melded together with a creamy filling, such as cream cheese icing or ganache.


I had intend to bake bickies today but the idea of gingerbread whoopie pies popped into my mind and a quick google later I had my recipe. As it was the last day of school holidays I had a small helper in the shape of Miss6. She’s a ginger fan from waaay back and did a very thorough job of licking the bowl clean at the end 🙂


Here’s the original recipe:

I cheated by using dolloping cream to stick my pie halves together as I didn’t have cream cheese and I was too lazy to head to the shops.


280g plain flour

½ cup caster sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup boiling water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

½ cup golden syrup

1¼ teaspoons baking soda



Preheat oven to 180C and grease a whoopee pie tin. If you don’t have a tin [can’t say I blame you] grease and line a baking tray. You’ll need an ice-cream scoop to perfectly measure out your batter so they’ll be even.

Put all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until combined.

Stir in egg and oil, then add boiling water and mix until combined. Don’t overbeat.

Place mix into whoopie holes (do not over-fill) or using ice cream scoop to place batter neatly on lined pan. Flatten.

Bake for around 12 minutes or until lightly golden.

Place on wire rack to cool completely and then spread half the pies with your favourite cream cheese or ganache, or do as I did and use very thick cream.


42 Responses to “Gingerbread whoopie pies from scratch”

  1. cheergerm April 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Hungry mum you are making me hungry! These remind me of NZ ginger kisses…yummo. Need to get myself to that Williams Sonoma store in the big smoke soon, I have only ever been to one years ago when visiting the US. 🙂

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:15 am #

      OMGosh, that store in San Fran was amazing! In hindsight I should have allowed a whole day to explore it 🙂

  2. everybodylovespretty April 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    Looks wonderful! I have never had a whoopie pie but I’d love to try them!

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:18 am #

      They are soft & delish & moist & YUM! Make these [don’t worry about getting a pan – just use an ice-cream scoop] and thank me later 😉

  3. Nancy April 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    These whoopie pies look delicious! I haven’t used my pans in a long time…thanks for the inspiration. Your gingerbread ones sound perfect!

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:17 am #

      Dust off the pan, fire up the oven & get baking – your friends will thank you for it!

      • Nancy April 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm #


  4. Liz April 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    yum! I have a whoopie pie cookbook, though not the pans. Gingerbread is a great flavor for these. Sounds like you have excellent taste in toys 🙂

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:17 am #

      I think *I* need a whoopie pie cookbook! They are such fun to make [and eat] that you can def expect more recipes on the blog soon 😉

  5. Deblet April 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Recipe looks great.
    My American friend makes Whoopee pies often and never tried to make them myself,should give them a try.

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:15 am #

      Thanks! It is super easy & fast but has quite the ‘wow’ factor 🙂

  6. backpackbee April 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    These look amazing! I love that you all know what whoopee pies are! You have no idea how many people i’ve told that I love these and they looked at me like I had multiple heads because they had never heard of them before. Too funny!

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 6:57 am #

      I’m a bit of a baked goods nerd 🙂 Most people also stare blankly at me when I discuss whoopie pies so I must continue to educate the cake eating masses 🙂

      • backpackbee April 30, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

        I love it! I love that you are a baked goods nerd too! 🙂

      • thehungrymum May 8, 2014 at 11:12 am #

        hehehhe! I’m glad I’m not alone 🙂

  7. prairiepalate April 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Looks yummy!

  8. Choc Chip Uru April 30, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    What perfect whoopie pies my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum April 30, 2014 at 5:16 am #

      Awww, ta CCU! I’m not a big cake eater but I did very much enjoy these 🙂

  9. Shari April 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    I have thought about getting a whoopie pie pan, but haven’t yet. Your pies look so good! It is nice you had such a good helper in the kitchen. I must admit I am jealous of your shopping trip to Williams and Sonoma in San Francisco. It sounds like a wonderful place. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • thehungrymum May 1, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks! Sometimes my helpers are more of a hinderance 😉 That trip to San Fran was so excellent – I keep hounding the Hungry Dad to return! These pies are so yum & you don’t need the pan – just try using the ice-cream scoop.

  10. girl in a food frenzy May 1, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Big yum and definite kitchen envy re the multiple trips to Williams Sonoma Foodie heaven! I love gingerbread too and I’m glad to see this tasty version for whoopie pies. Now I need a trip to Williams Sonoma too 😉

    • thehungrymum May 1, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      I was in kitchenware heaven in the SF store 🙂 They bake in store so as you walk you you’re greeted by the smell of yummy things [in our case it was pumpkin bickies – misses 6&8 were thrilled to be offered a warm biscuit]. #WantToGoBackToSanFran

  11. mmmarzipan May 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    wow! beautiful!

  12. bakeritalia May 2, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    W&S is also my favourite store! Your whoopsie pies look yummy indeed

  13. bmacky May 2, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Impressive. Those pies are really attractive. It makes me feel hungry

  14. Fran @ G'day Souffle' May 3, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I’ve learned two things from your blog today: one, is that there is such a thing as a whoopee pie pan and number two, there is a website called ‘Mighty Ape’ that sells them for $13. Looks like I’ll have to fill my kitchen up with one more ‘toy!’ BTW, we’ll have to now be careful when we say something like, “Let’s make some whoopee tonight!”

    • thehungrymum May 7, 2014 at 2:46 am #

      Never let it be said that reading cooking blogs isn’t educational 🙂 And yes – saying ‘you’re making whoopie’ takes on a WHOLE new meaning 😉

  15. Lilly Sue May 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    It being on sale was a total sign! I am glad you went for it 🙂 Gingerbread whoopie pies sound SO delicious! MMMM 😀

    • thehungrymum May 7, 2014 at 2:47 am #

      Yes – I believe in signs, especially those that read ‘price reduced’ 😉

  16. Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen May 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    These look amazing! I have only made chocolate whoopie pies, but gingerbread sounds awesome!

    • thehungrymum June 1, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Sometimes you need a spicy hint of something other than choc & these def hit the spot.

  17. chewtown May 9, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Gosh, I love a whoopie pie. Yours look spectacular. Love the flavours

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2014 at 4:06 am #

      Aren’t these funny pies fabulous?! Am busting to use my pan again 🙂

  18. thefolia May 12, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    My intentions to bake are limited, but when I spontaneously try something out int he kitchen (especially with a little helper) it’s like magic. I should make more time for baking, I will try these for sure. Happy Nesting

  19. Cteavin June 24, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    Now I have a craving for some with an ice cream middle. 🙂

    • thehungrymum July 10, 2014 at 3:01 am #

      Make them & send me one via carrier pigeon please 🙂

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