Classic Whoopie Pies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 9th, 2012
3 from 1 vote
3 from 1 vote

Classic Whoopie Pies have cocoa cakes with a creamy marshmallow filling. Is there anything better than a cake sandwich??

Yield: 24 assembled whoopie pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The cocoa cakes and marshmallow filling just remind your childhood and the feeling of being so thrilled to have dessert.
Texture: The whoopie pies are cakey yet firm while the filling is smooth and thick.
Ease: As long as you have an electric mixer of some sort (stand or hand held) this recipe is relatively easy. It does dirty a few dishes though.
Appearance: Is there anything better than a cake sandwich??
Pros: Fun, reminiscent dessert.
Cons: So. much. butter.
Would I make this again? These would be great for so many occasions. There are plenty more whoopie pie flavors I’d like to try, though.

Classic Whoopie Pies have cocoa cakes with a creamy marshmallow filling. Is there anything better than a cake sandwich??

Classic Whoopie Pies

Classic Whoopie Pies

The other day I overheard a woman talking to her husband about how excited she was that whoopie pies have become popular recently because she loves them. It made me realize it had been too long since I last made a batch of whoopie pies. Usually I don’t like things that have a more cakey texture. I prefer my cookies to be chewy and my brownies to be fudgey. However, for some reason the texture of a whoopie pie just makes me smile and I actually find myself craving it. It’s slightly chewy around the edges but soft and cakey throughout. Not to mention it’s filled high with luscious frosting.

While there are some whoopie pie pans out on the market, I find that just spooning a uniform amount of batter onto a large baking sheet works just as well.

Some more whoopie pie recipes:



3 from 1 vote

How to make
Classic Whoopie Pies

Yield: 24 assembled whoopie pies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Classic Whoopie Pies have cocoa cakes with a creamy marshmallow filling. Is there anything better than a cake sandwich??


For the Chocolate Whoopie Pies:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons, 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

For the Marshmallow Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons, 1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


For the Whoopie Pies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add half of the flour mixture then half of the milk to the batter and beat on low until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add remaining milk and flour, beating until combined.
  4. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter onto prepared baking sheets 2-inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, or until pies spring back slightly when pressed gently. Let cakes cool on pans for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the Marshmallow Fluff and butter on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until incorporated then increase speed to high and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes more. Filling can be made about 4 hours ahead of time, kept at room temperature.

To assemble:

  1. Spread tablespoonfuls of marshmallow filling on the flat side of half the whoopie pies then sandwich with the remaining whoopie pies. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

Adaped from Whoopie Pies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Brigitt — March 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    These look delicious! What a pretty photo too… I just added a whoopie pie recipe to my list of upcoming projects! I can't wait to try it.

  2. #
    Kathy — March 10, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I've actually never had a whoopie pie and don't have a mixer either. Looks like I need to try a whoopie pie some time!

  3. #
    Tracey — March 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    The classic was one of the first whoopie pies I made, and even after many other variations, it's still a favorite. Yours look great!

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    Mika Castro — March 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I never tried making whoopie pies but i think it is perfect for desserts too. Having this kind of recipe is a sure win!baby eagle

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    Claudia — June 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Delicious! Though I have a question…is it okay that the cake is sticky to the touch on the outside?
    How do I make it dry to the touch (as a cookie would feel) so that my fingers dont get dirty and the whoopie wont stick to one another.
    Hope you can answer my question


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