These homemade apple spice whoopie pies are filled with cinnamon spice and baked apples. These sweet apple cookies are filled with a rich, cinnamon cream cheese filling. These apple whoopie pies are soft, sweet, and taste like fall! They’re my current obsession. One of the best fall desserts, my friends.
Do you know how to make whoopie pies?? These Apple Spice Whoopie Pies are SO easy to make, because they begin with spiced cake mix!
Apple Whoopie Pies are ridiculously simple and outrageously delicious!
Soft-baked, cake-like apple spice cookies stuffed with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
I’m just going to let that sit there a while.
So, I have a teensy 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 Slow Cooker Maple Pumpkin Spice Latte or pumpkin chocolate chip scones for being so strong.)
It’s fine, 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 are 5, 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 Reeses Peanut Butter Cup exists?! Wait, there’s a Brown Sugar Vanilla? Umm…
5. Target’s Dollar Section. Oh, you mean the things I really want are actually $3 and $5? Too bad I didn’t look at the prices before heading to the checkout stand…
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.
I dare you to be mad at me for sharing these babies with you.
For real. Hit me with your best shot.
Apple Spice Whoopie Pies Tips & Tricks:
- The apples in this recipe make these easy whoopie pies incredibly soft, moist and chewy.
- This homemade cream cheese frosting is everything. I could eat it with a spoon (and guys, I’m not a frosting person, so that says something). It has cinnamon in it and tastes like fall hopes and dreams.
- Using spiced cake mix (instead of yellow cake mix or vanilla cake mix) makes all of the difference!!
- The easiest way to scoop the batter is with a cookie scoop. If you don’t have one, buy one. Seriously. It’s probably my favorite kitchen tool of all! I use it for cookies, ice cream, cake batter, muffin batter, etc.
If there’s one thing you MUST make this fall, it’s these. I know it sounds like I’m shouting at you with that, and, well, you’d be right.
These are pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.
The bees knees.
All that and a bag of chips.
I’m stopping now (because you all hate me right now), but, basically, your life will never be the same.
- 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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Originally posted in 2015; updated in 2018.