These whoopie pies are filled with cinnamon spice and baked apples, and have a rich, cinnamon cream cheese filling. They’re soft, sweet, and taste like fall! They’re my current fall obsession.
So, confession: I have a problem with impulse buying.
I like to consider myself a fairly sensible shopper when it comes to items on the pricier side. And for the most part, I’m pretty great about that (probably because I reward myself with a coffee or brownie for being so strong. I’m still five years old.)
My impulse issues lie within the inexpensive items–the inexpensive items that end up becoming expensive when you buy them all, especially when you do the math in your head and inevitably forget to add five of the impulse items to the final total.
My biggest weaknesses? There’s 4, among others:
1. Cheap jewelry from Forever 21. Bicycle necklace? Don’t mind if I do. A ring set that will turn my fingers green, but has the lyrics to “All You Need Is Love?” For sure.
2. Food Magazines. I can’t help myself.
3. Baking ingredients. Chocolate chips are on a two-for-one-sale? Pile them high and deep.
4. Coffee Creamer. A new flavor?! I already have 3 giant bottles in my fridge, what’s one more? Oh, and that one too, because Almond Joy exists?! Wait, there’s a Brown Sugar Vanilla? Umm…
It’s a problem.
But, sometimes my impulse buying, like seeing the spice cake mix on the shelf and grabbing it faster than a five year old can swipe a bag of cookies while his or her mom is busy staring at the shopping list, results in something fantastic.
Something like Apple Spice Whoopie Pies.
Your life will never be the same.
These whoopie pies are filled with cinnamon spice and baked apples, and have a rich, cinnamon cream cheese filling. They're soft, sweet, and taste like fall! They're my current fall obsession.
- 1 box Spice Cake Mix
- 1/3 cup canola/vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup apples, finely diced (I left the peel on)
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan over med-low heat, cook apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together, about 5 minutes. Once the apples have softened, take the mixture off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature, about 5-10 minutes.
- Pour cake mix into a large bowl, and mix with canola oil and eggs. Add in apple mixture, and mix until combined. Batter will be thick.
- Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drop cookies by rounded Tablespoons onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (for a smooth cookie surface when baked, make sure the cookie dough balls are smooth on top before placing in the oven).
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cookies look set (barely golden brown, and do not look doughy in the centers). Whoopie pies are traditionally a soft-baked cookie with a cake-like texture, thus you don't want to over bake them.
- Allow cookies to cool completely.
- Cream butter and cream cheese together, until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add in vanilla and cinnamon. Mix. Add in powdered sugar, and mix until well combined.
- With a spoon or a piping bag with a circular tip, add about 1 Tbsp (more or less, depending upon your preference) of filling to half of the cookies. Top with the other halves.
- For best results, store leftovers in the fridge.
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