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Chocolate Whoopie pies with peanut butter frosting

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Peanut butter frosting are New England tradition. These wonderfully moist cakes are easy to make and filled with peanut butter cream cheese frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, New England
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 12 Whoopie pies
Calories 683kcal


Chocolate Whoopie Pies

  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream OR full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons whole milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time and combine. Add the vanilla extract. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder.
  • Alternating, add the dry ingredients and the milk and sour cream. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula.
  • Scoop the batter out onto two half sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Scoop using two tablespoons, making rounds. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the cakes are set. Use your finger, gently touching the top of the cakes to be sure. Let cool completely. Spread peanut butter frosting on the flat side of the cooled cake and sandwich together with another cake.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • In a large mixing bowl, use the beater attachment to cream together shortening, cream cheese, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Add salt and whole milk until whipped and creamy. Adjust the milk as needed.


Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg