Gingerbread Whoopie Pies (and Ten Delicious Holiday Desserts)

December 23, 2021

Merry almost Christmas! With the big day right around the corner, we’re rounding up the very best desserts that deserve […]

Merry almost Christmas! With the big day right around the corner, we’re rounding up the very best desserts that deserve a spot at your holiday table. From easy frosted sugar cookie bars to a show stopping glazed bundt cake, there’s a little something for everyone – even Santa! I have a feeling he’ll be first in line for the gingerbread whoopie pies. 

Winter Wonderland Coconut Cake

easy coconut layer cake with rosemary trees on cake stand

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a tree topped cake! This light and fluffy coconut layer cake is topped with a silky smooth cream cheese frosting and heaps of snow white coconut flakes. I don’t make a lot of layer cakes so if I’m going to go through all the effort of baking and stacking, frosting and all that jazz, it had better be a really good cake. This cake is not just good. It’s not even great. It’s INCREDIBLE! Top it with sprigs of sugared rosemary for a festive holiday centerpiece.

Christmas Sugar Cookie Bars

frosted Christmas sugar cookie bars cut into squares on parchment paper

If you love a good sugar cookie as much as I do, you’re in for a real treat! These super soft and perfectly buttery frosted sugar cookie bars are the perfect last minute holiday dessert to feed a crowd. Topped with a generous layer of vanilla buttercream and festive sprinkles, these one pan wonders are as easy as they are delicious!

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

close up of chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies cooling on parchment paper

Baked with Dutch cocoa and a hint of molasses, these cookies are big and chewy and filled with all the warm, cozy gingerbread spices that we look forward to all year. Rolled in sugar and baked to perfection with no chilling time, these jumbo gingerbread cookies are all I want for Christmas. 

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

chocolate cherry cheesecake brownies with cherry on top

Rich, fudgy brownies topped with a thick layer of decadent chocolate cherry cheesecake and a generous pour of chocolate ganache makes for one dreamy dessert. I dare you to find a trifecta this irresistible. Don’t forget the cherry on top!

The Best Chocolate Pound Cake

slices of chocolate pound cake on plates ready to serve

Calling all chocolate lovers! This cake is going to tempt your sweet tooth like no other. I love a drippy, silky smooth chocolate ganache on top of this cake but you can also dust it with a sprinkle of confectioners sugar or enjoy it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. However you choose to serve it, I think you’ll agree this chocolate pound cake is the best ever.

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Macarons

triple chocolate peppermint macarons on baking tray

These triple chocolate peppermint macarons are not only adorable, they’re delicious! Dunked or drizzled in melted chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes, these festive cookies are the perfect holiday baking project that the whole family can enjoy!

Double Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

glaze pouring off sides of double chocolate chip bundt cake

Bust out your bundt pans bakers! This double chocolate chip bundt cake is easy to make and even easier to decorate. A cinch to whip up at a moment’s notice, this cake adds just the right amount of fancy to your holiday table with a drizzle of silky smooth dark chocolate ganache. 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

peppermint hot chocolate cupcakes on platter with greenery

Anything chocolate and peppermint is always a winner in my book and if you too are a fan of this quintessential holiday duo, you’ll definitely want to whip up a batch of these hot cocoa cupcakes topped with swirls of buttercream and crushed candy canes. These cupcakes are begging to be savored with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire!

Peppermint Brownie Cookies

peppermint brownie cookies cooling on baking tray

No use jumping off the peppermint train now. These peppermint brownie cookies are rich, fudgy and seriously chocolatey. The kind of cookie that will have the most discriminating cookie lovers ooh-ing and ahh-ing with every bite. With their chewy edges and soft centers these cookies are made extra festive with bits of peppermint bark – perfect for serving up to your holiday house guests and even Santa himself!

Almond Toffee

chocolate covered almond toffee cut into pieces in round pot

In our house, it simply isn’t Christmastime without a few batches of everyone’s favorite English almond toffee. Rich and caramely and topped with a thick layer of dark chocolate and a dusting of nuts – this toffee satisfies all of my sweet and salty cravings in one fell swoop! Make it, pin it, share it, ship it. It’s a little piece of holiday cheer with every bite.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

close up of bite taken out of gingerbread whoopie pies

These gingerbread whoopie pies are pillowy soft, perfectly spiced and that maple cream cheese filling really makes them shine. Save room for seconds friends, you will be baacckkk! Get the full ingredient list and instructions in the recipe card below. 

I hope you’ll throw on some aprons, gather the whole fam in the kitchen and bake up one (or three!) of these recipes this holiday season. Wishing you a celebration filled with love, laughter and plenty of good cheer. We’re looking forward to a sweet 2022! 

Happy Baking!!

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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies (and Ten Delicious Holiday Desserts)

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  • Author: Heather Mubarak
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 whoopie pies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Gingerbread whoopie pies are pillowy soft, perfectly spiced and filled with a sweet maple cream cheese frosting. A must-make holiday treat the whole family will love!


Units Scale

Whoopie Pies

  • 2 1/3 cups (292g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsulphured dark molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or water
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (360 g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk, as needed

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 12 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg


Whoopie Pies

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Stir together hot espresso and molasses to the bowl of a stand mixer. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla. Use the whisk attachment to mix for one minute.
  4. Switch to the paddle attachment and add the dry ingredients in two additions. Mix until just barely combined. Do not over mix the batter.
  5. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or use a silicone baking mat.
  7. Scoop 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, three inches apart. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool completely before adding frosting.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute.
  2. Add the unsalted butter and beat with the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cups of sifted confectioners sugar, one cup at a time. Mix on low speed until combined.
  4. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons (to taste) of pure maple syrup.
  5. Mix to combine on medium speed. Frosting should be thick enough to pipe. If too thin, add more confectioners sugar. If too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or whole milk.
  6. To assemble the whoopie pies, place cream cheese frosting in a large piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe about 1 ½ tablespoons of frosting onto the flat side of one whoopie pie. Top with a second whoopie pie and gently press together to form a sandwich.

Optional: mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Sprinkle on tops and bottoms of cookie sandwiches once assembled. 




Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

May be frozen. 


  • Reply
    December 25, 2023 at 1:30 am

    This recipe absolutely works. Pies are light but chewy with great flavor. Maple syrup in the filling adds subtlety. I added just shy of 2 tbsp and needed to use more confectionary sugar. Really easy and delicious.

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