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by Michelle
December 15, 2011 (updated Feb 25, 2019)

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Oh how I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint. This time of year I typically turn to peppermint bark to get my fix, but this year wanted to try something new and fun. I’ve experimented with some different types of whoopie pies recently (pumpkin, red velvet, and s’mores) and thought that a peppermint whoopie pie would be fun and festive. They turned out just as awesome as I thought they would. The chocolate cakes are soft and moist, and are filled with a peppermint-spiked buttercream frosting. For a Christmas-y kick I rolled the the edges in crushed candy canes. I kind of think Santa would go bananas if he found these on a plate with a glass of milk on Christmas Eve!

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The tops of my cakes got a little crackly because I used a cookie scoop (medium size) to scoop out the dough, but if you wanted a smooth top you could wet your finger a little and dab the top for a smoother finish. I don’t mind my cookies having character :)

If you have kids, do you leave the same kinds of favorite cookies every year or do you change it up?

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Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Yield: 24 whoopie pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes mins

Cook Time: 10 minutes mins

Total Time: 30 minutes mins

A festive holiday twist on traditional whoopie pies.

4.46 (22 ratings)

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For the Cakes:

  • 1-2/3 cups (41.67 g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (57.33 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • teaspoons (1.5 teaspoons) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup (220 g) dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (244 ml) milk

For the Filling (Peppermint Buttercream):

  • 2 cups (240 g) powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) salt
  • Crushed candy canes, to garnish


  • Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, shortening and brown sugar on low speed until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes.

  • Add half of the flour mixture and half of the milk to the batter and beat on low until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining flour mixture and ½ cup milk and beat until completely combined.

  • Drop about 1 tablespoon of batter onto one of the prepared baking sheets and repeat, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes each, or until the pies spring back when pressed gently. Remove from the oven and let the cakes cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely.

  • Make the Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the powdered sugar and the butter, starting on low and increasing to medium speed, until the mixture is crumbly, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt and beat on high until smooth, about 3 minutes.

  • Assemble the Whoopie Pies: Spread filling onto the flat side of one cake using a knife or spoon. (Alternatively, you can use a pastry bag with a round tip to pipe the filling onto the cakes, which will give you a smoother, neater presentation.) Top it with another cake, flat-side down. Repeat wit the rest of the cakes and filling. Roll the edges in crushed candy canes.

  • Whoopie pies are best eaten within a day of making them. Store in a wide, shallow container arranged in a single layer for up to 3 days. You can also wrap them individually in plastic wrap.

Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 176mg, Potassium: 66mg, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 0.5mg

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Author: Michelle

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Originally published December 15, 2011 — (last updated February 25, 2019)

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85 Comments on “Peppermint Whoopie Pies”

  1. Anne Reply

    Is the measurement for the all purpose flour correct? It says 41.67 grams for 1-2/3 cups of all purpose flour.

  2. Anne Reply

    My mom used to make Whoopie pies but I have never made them. I would like to make these ahead of time for the holidays but if I make ahead can I freeze the entire whoopie pies or I must inly freeze the cakes?
    Thank you

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Anne, I think the filling is stable enough to freeze. Enjoy!

  3. Evelyn grandfield Reply

    Is it 24 halves or total whoopie pies?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Evelyn, 24 total whoopie pies.

  4. Eva Reply

    I made these and they are fabulous! I didn’t have peppermint extract so I used creme de menthe and used two tsp and decreased vanilla to keep liquid the same. I did have to make two batches of filling as one was no where near enough, but otherwise everything went as planned. They practically melt in your mouth!

  5. Carolyn Walden Reply

    Hi there…would you double or triple the frosting to do this on a 2 layer cake? Thank you!

  6. Alison Reply

    These were delicious and my favorite part was the recipe makes the PERFECT amount of filling. I literally scraped the bowl to fill the last whoopie pie! I am so sick of recipes that leave me with a bowl full of unused frosting! :)

  7. Leah Reply

    I made these last night and they were delicious! And not nearly as hard as I thought they would be. I’m starting to get tired of the cupcake so I can’t wait to try whoopie pies again. Next mission – red velvet. My only complaint is that the filling wasn’t nearly enough for all the pies I made. But still, they were sooo good :)

  8. Tiffany Reply

    Wow! These are beautiful! I bought large stocking stuffers in the shape of a candy cane tube that is filled with pb cups. Now I know just what to do! “oh what fun”!

  9. Pam Lambert Reply

    Would you be able to freeze the cakes w/o the frosting and use them when you wanted to?

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Pam, Absolutely! Enjoy!

  10. Mallory Reply

    These were delicious!! I honestly don’t normally love whoopie pies, I’m not big on cake or buttercream but I wanted to make them because they just looked so festive. They had the perfect amount of peppermint flavour, they were moist and adorable. I think there should’ve been a little more buttercream, but other than that they were amazing.

  11. marla Reply

    When you have a quickie moment check out details for the Chocolate Adventure Contest I have posted at FFC ~ I am sure you could come up with AMAZING submissions! This is the kinda thing that would be perfect :)

  12. Kevin (Closet Cooking) Reply

    These whoopie pies look amazing!

  13. Kelly Reply

    I made these today since I was stuck at home. They came out really great! The ‘cookie’ part was nice and moist and the amount of peppermint extract in the icing wasn’t too overpowering. I was rather confused at the consistency of the icing mixture when it was just butter and sugar at first, but found that adding the cream made it more recognizable. After making a batch of these, my friends (which included one who can’t stand peppermint) came over real-quick and devoured them before my parents got home try them out for themselves. Thank you for sharing this! 8D

  14. Diana Reply

    This looks amazing but I have a concern, I don’t have a mixer like the one you mention, I don’t have a paddle attachment like the one you speak of either…would it be fine to use a traditional hand mixer like this one:

    I hope I can still make these :)
    Thanks! ~ Diana

    • eric Reply

      diana, i don’t have the tools mentioned either. i actually mixed the buttercream by hand using a whisk, and it was easy to do.

      • Michelle

        Hi Diana, Ditto Eric – You can definitely use the equipment you have at your disposal.

  15. Irena Reply

    Beautiful looking whoopie pies:)

  16. Sonya Reply

    I made these over the weekend…amazing! I made one minor change, a layer of chocolate ganache between the whoopie pie and the filling :)

  17. Casey Reply

    Love the filling. My grandchildren would love this.

  18. Aimee Reply

    Hi Michelle, your whoopie pies ALWAYS look so cute and delicious. I’ve made your pumpkin whoopie pies before for a potluck and they were a huge hit! I think your peppermint whoopie pies would make an excellent holiday gift! Is vegetable shortening absolutely necessary? or can I substitute it with butter? If so, how much butter would you recommend? Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Aimee, Thank you! I tend not to substitute butter for shortening in recipes just because they do have very different properties when used in baking. The vegetable shortening helps cookies and baked goods retain shape.

      • Aimee

        Oh i see, okay then. Thank you Michelle for responding so fast! Can’t wait to get started on these! Happy Holidays to you!

  19. Katie@Will Race for Carbs Reply

    I made these tonight and they were fantastic!! The frosting was so good I could have eaten the whole bowl….but I restrained myself! I saw them the other day on your facebook post and thought, “I need to make these!” I even put on my blog that I was going to make them. Thank you, thank you for this great recipe. I am sure I will make it for years to come!

  20. Niki Scott Reply

    Do you think you could scoop the dough into rounds and then freeze them that way? Pull out a dozen or so and make them instead of the entire batch? Just wonderin’….cannot wait to try these! Love your site!

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Niki, I think you might be able to do that, since it works well for cookies. I haven’t tried it though, so can’t vouch for it.

  21. Christine Reply

    Look sooo good!!

    About how many candy canes did you have crushed up for these?

  22. Karen Platt Reply

    Hi – I just found your site and look forward to learning oh, so much from you! I just subscribed to your facebook site and your email site as well. My mom made a version of Whoopie Pies when we were growing up, only we called them Gobs….

  23. Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) Reply

    These looks so delicious!

  24. angela Reply

    My hubby would be so happy with these. He loves peppermint. I would like to give whoopie pies a whirl and I’m thinking gingerbread. Maybe I can tweak your recipes.

  25. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie Reply

    Mmm these are perfect for the holidays!

  26. Ann Reply

    You’re absolutely right – peppermint whoopie pies were a great idea! Thanks – they look amazing! ….Also, thanks for doing this 12 days of Christmas giveaway -it’s been terrific fun!

  27. Ann Reply

    Yum! May curb my Jonesing for peppermint ice cream!

  28. Juliet Reply


  29. Eric Noak Reply

    Wonderful as usual!

  30. Tiff Reply

    Clever take on the whoopsie pie!

  31. Bri Reply

    These look amazing, I adore the flavor combination of chocolate and peppermint and have no idea why I only eat it during Christmas time!

  32. Teresa Norris Reply

    These look amazing…. I love chocolate and peppermint!

  33. Anna Reply

    These look great! What do you do with all the stuff that you make? Every time I see something new on your blog this question comes to mind. I don’t believe you and your family can eat all of this.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Anna, A little bit of everything. Sometimes I only make a 1/2 batch of something, sometimes I freeze leftovers. I share with my mom, sister, my boyfriend. My mom often will take things to work to share with her coworkers. If I have a lot of something and the timing is right, I’ll give them to my grandma to take to the food bank or Meals on Wheels, where she volunteers.

  34. Valerie Reply

    Chocolate and peppermint, one of my favorite combinations. I love making whoopie pies but never even considered this combo. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Janet@FCTC Reply

    Ooo, these look good. I tend to go nuts over minty foods at Christmas and these look soooo good!

  36. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm Reply

    Crackled tops is simply PERFECT — just what they should look like. I’m going to try these soon :)

    CHRISTmas Blessings!

  37. Liren Reply

    Love these :) I bet Santa would never leave if there was a plate left for him!

    • Casey Reply

      whoops, commented on the wrong thing! lol but these look and sound delis :)

  38. Estella Reply

    I’ve tried these before but using the shortcut method and doing the cake mix instead. lol
    They are sooo cute when you do them mini sized and you can do them in so many colors for special occasions/holidays. Love the peppermint look!

  39. Megan Reply

    Yum! I can’t wait to make theses.

  40. Sarah Reply

    This looks delicious and cute! I would love if you shared this in my holiday dessert recipes Blog Hop. Enter it for a chance at a Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread Cookies Decorating Kit!

    Sarah @ RecipeLion

  41. Jeanne Reply

    Wow! I know that this will be my favorite whoopie pie flavor combination ever! I must try this.

  42. Jessica Reply

    These look incredible! My kids love whoopie pies so I am sure they will love these. We have a few favorite cookies we make every year, along with our favorite fudge but we are always looking for something new to try. We made red velvet whoopie pies last year and they were a huge hit. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the great post :)

  43. Mary @ Bake Break Reply

    These look amazing! I’m wishing peppermint season wasn’t so quickly coming to an end!

  44. MaryBeth Weissman Reply

    I am going to try these over the weekend…can’t wait!

  45. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts Reply

    These look amazing! I love all things chocolate and peppermint this time of year! I like the crackly top!

  46. Ally Reply

    You’ve done a fantastic job… these look great!!

  47. Shirley Reply

    Whoopie Pies are one of my most favorite cookie.

  48. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes Reply

    These look so festive and perfect!!!

  49. Ashli Reply

    Those look amazing and I love the crackles! I don’t know who wouldn’t:) We pretty much leave the same cookies each year for the Big Man…sugar cookies…but I may make these this year for Christmas Eve and ask the little one if we could leave just one of them for Santa this year for something new:) Merry Christmas BEB!! :)

  50. Amberly Reply

    These look delicious! Maybe I’ll have to make them for Christmas this year!

  51. Bev Butler Reply

    Cookies look delish!

  52. Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) Reply

    These whoopies are amazingly adorable and scrumptious!

  53. Martha in KS Reply

    Where are the winners posted for the last 3 giveaways? I don’t want to miss my name being announced.

    • Michelle Reply

      Hi Martha, The original posts are updated with the winners at the top (with the exception of the Fiesta giveaway, there is a bug in that code for some reason and I’m working on getting it fixed, when I update it the post crashes). However, the winner is always also emailed.

  54. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen Reply

    Those pies look great!

  55. LaurBucks Reply

    Who doesn’t like a little Whoppie Pie in their life? lol. These look scrumpshish!

  56. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family Reply

    I have yet to make whoopie pies but everytime I see them I think that I should.

    Yours are just gorgeous!

  57. Tara Reply

    I made these last Christmas and they were super yummy! I love the crackle… makes the cookie look more appetizing!

  58. Jill Lombardo Reply

    Oh My! Those look fantastic!

  59. sue@ cakeballs, cookies and more Reply

    I have fallen in love with whoopie pies, they are so tasty!

  60. Kate K Reply

    You read my mind. I was so close to buying a mix for these yesterday and voila–a recipe instead :) Thank you kindly.

  61. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers Reply

    Ok, I so don’t like you! Why, why, why must you do this to me? I try so hard to be good, and then you post these delightful cookies! Ok, fine I’m making them this weekend. Do you think they would ship well? I never shipped frosted cookies. Ok, I just looked one more time at your cookies, yes I must make them!!

  62. Katrina Reply

    These are so pretty!

  63. linda Reply

    your whoopie pies are beautiful! i love the crackly tops & i agree with you much more character!
    prepared your dough for pecan tassies & put in freezer so i can stay ahead for xmas day!

  64. Kiri W. Reply

    Looks fabulous! Still haven’t had my inaugural whoopie pie, I just can’t seem to find them anywhere but Starbucks, and that seems like it won’t be impressive…

  65. Autumn Reply

    Well, I refuse to make whoopie pies but I can’t wait to make these GOBS! Giving a big batch to my dad for Christmas! =)

  66. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) Reply

    I love just about any dessert with peppermint…the candy canes look so great on the edges.

  67. CouponClippingCook Reply

    I love the crakly cake look! They are so pretty! I’m certain that Santa would go bananas if he saw these. They look sooo delicious!!! Beautiful pictures.

  68. Pat Marquez Reply

    Love Whoopie Pies…cant wait to try this recipe. Thanks….

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