Friday, December 7, 2012

pumpkin & cream cheese frosting whoopie pies

The end of the semester calls for another "food day" at work! I usually make a few things because everyone knows that free food is the key to a college student's heart. :)  

I really, truly appreciate each and every one of my student employees. I could not do my job successfully with out them. They are also the favorite thing about my job. I love working with them, mentoring, providing feedback and advice... they motivate me to go to work every day.

Okay, enough of the sappy stuff... so I've made these pumpkin cookies for them before, but knew that they would be the perfect start for some whoppie pies. I flattened them out a bit using a butter knife, baked as usual and added a yummy cream cheese frosting to turn them into delicious sandwich cookies. So amazing.

pumpkin cookies
1 box cake mix
1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
dash of pumpkin pie spice {optional}
splash of vanilla {optional}

Combine well. Use a 1/2 inch ice cream scoop to portion out the cookies. Using a butter knife, or offset spatula if you're fancy, spread out the batter so they are flatter and larger - but still round! Bake at 350* for about 10 minutes.

cream cheese frosting
1 package {8 ounces} of cream cheese
half a stick {4 ounces} of butter
4 to 6 cups of powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons of milk

Use a hand mixer to combine and whip the frosting.

Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and add some on to the bottom cookies. Top with another cookie and serve!

Let me assure you, students {and full-time staff} love pumpkin & cream cheese frosting whoopie pies. :)

xoxo, christa

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