Easy Whoopie Pies Recipe

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What’s more nostalgic than homemade whoopie pies? They bring back happy memories of grandma’s handmade baked goods, sunny lazy days and an overwhelming sense of Americana. I adore whoopie pies and all the nostalgia that they pack, but I was always intimated and afraid to try making them. But this easy whoopie pies recipe takes the fear out of it, so you can whip up your own batch of homemade wonderful memories.

close up of chocolate sandwich cookie with white filling on blue check tablecloth.

I grew up with a grandmother and mother that were wonderful bakers. I thought everyone was spoiled with homemade baked goods. We didn’t eat sweets every day, but we had them at get-togethers and special occasions. Baking is how my family shows love and affection. I find that I’ve continued that tradition with my children. The homemade baked goods expression of love is always evident in the college care packages I send to my “babies.”

What were your favorite childhood cookie? Homemade whoopie pies were definitely at the top of my list. And don’t even think about store bought whoopie pies! The homemade version is so-00000 much better. There’s no comparison. This easy whoopie pies recipe really is easy. Really! They will become a family favorite right away, just like they are in my family.

Overhead of 2 chocolate sandwich cookies on tablecloth with plate of cookies and glass of milk.

Easy Whoopie Pies Recipe

These homemade whoopie pies are perfect for almost any occasion.

2 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling on checked tablecloth with plate of cookies in background.
  • Serve at a summer picnic.
  • Serve at a fall harvest get-together.
  • Make for a party.
  • Add to school lunches. 
  • Make for a care package.
  • Share with someone that needs a pick-me-up.
  • Add a glass of milk and serve when your children come home from school.
Yield: 24 sandwich cookies

Easy Whoopie Pies Recipe

homemade whoopie pies with text overlay

A nostalgic treat, this chocolate cookie sandwich with creamy filling is always a hit.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • Cookie
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup hot water (I use hot tap water)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Filling
  • 3 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. Mix cocoa and hot water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Cool.

    2. In mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add cocoa mixture, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

    3. Combine dry ingredients.

    4. Add to creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk. End with the addition of dry ingredients. Mix well.

    5.Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

    6. Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes, until firm when pressed gently. Cool on wire racks.


    1. In saucepan, gradually whisk milk and flour until well combined.

    2. Cook, stirring, over medium-high heat for about 6 minutes, until thick.

    3. Cool covered in refrigerator.

    4. Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla in mixing bowl. Add chilled milk mixture and beat for about 6 minutes until fluffy.

    5. Spread filling on one cookie and top with a second.

    Store in refrigerator.


I'm often too impatient to beat the filling for the full-time. It will still taste delicious, but won't have the fluffy texture you want. I recommend being more patient than I am.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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What occasion do you have that you can impress with this easy whoopie pies recipe? Your family and friends will be singing your praises. (Sounds good doesn’t it?) You can also try my twist on this classic favorite – Easy Whoopie Pies with Ice Cream.

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