Lemon Whoopie Pies

Forget about saving room for dessert.  One of these lemon whoopie pies is a whole meal in itself!  These beauties are not the delicate, petite, wallflower cookie.  They bake up into a beast of a cookie.  They’re doubley soft, cakey cookie goodness filled with a lemony cream cheese filling.

These are not a snacking cookie.  They’re a “sit down and shut up and eat your freakin cookie” cookie. That’s not too hard to do, right?

These cookies are a play on the traditional chocolate and marshmallow whoopie pies.  They come out to be absolutely enormous, so feel free to make minis if you don’t have as big a cookie capacity as I do.  They’re best a day after baking, served cold from the fridge.

Try it, you’ll like it.

Lemon Whoopie Pies

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makes 8 giant cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) usalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 large egg

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk.

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Position a rack in the middle of the oven.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and butter the paper.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Stop the mixer to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed during the mixing.  Add the egg, lemon juice and vanilla, mixing until blended, about 1 minute.  The batter may look curdled.  On low speed, add half of the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it.  Mix in the buttermilk.  Mix in the remaining flour mixture just until it is incorporated and the batter looks smooth again.

Drop heaping tablespoons (about 3 level Tablespoons each for a giant cookie) of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 3 inches apart.  Bake the cookies one sheet at a time until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops feel firm, about 12 minutes.  With the exception of a time line at the edges, the tops of the cookies should not brown.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then use a wide metal spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling-

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice until thoroughly blended and smooth, about 1 minute.  Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  If the filling is too soft to hold its shape, chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Turn half of the cookies bottom side up.  Leaving a 1/4-inch plain edge, use a thin metal spatula to spread each one with about 1/4 up of filling.  Gently press the flat bottoms of the remaining cookies onto the fillings.

Wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Serve cold.  The wrapped cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

73 thoughts on “Lemon Whoopie Pies

  1. Had one for breakfast this morning with coffee. Taste was great, much more delicate than I thought…a high-end feel if you will. I will be making these more often. My pies didn’t look quite as good as Joy’s (in terms of color)and I think I should’ve let them bake another few minutes, but overall, good.

  2. Mmmm! Forget the cookie just give me the filling. I’m one of those people that open the Oreo cookie and eat the inside first. Just beautiful!

  3. Great minds think alike and all that. Did you see the lemon whoopie pies I posted last week? I added cornmeal for texture and made your brown sugar cream cheese frosting but added raspberry preserves to it – they were awesome. These ones look great with the all lemon flavor – yum!

  4. I went to the store today while my cheesecake was baking – very quick – so I could get buttermilk…just had to make these cookies tonight while watching baseball…what could be better. Spring in NC, baseball, and well cookies…thanks again Joy.

  5. I love whoopie pies and have had them on my mind lately. I made some peanut butter ones that were great, but there is always a special spot in my heart for lemon!!

  6. oh joy you are killing me!! My inner cookie monster is dying to get out now :) I bet that cream cheese filling is divine. I could eat it up with a spoon out of the pan!

  7. Whoopie! As a lover of all things lemon, these cookies are speaking to me, Joy! They’re saying, “choose me, pick me, love me!” LOL! ;-)

  8. I love these cookies – so simple so cute – the first thing that popped into my warped mind is that you need to send a copy of your link to The View to the attention of Whoopie Goldberg. Imagine the possibilities – stranger things have happened.

  9. Seriously, I think I love you. These look amazing and just another excuse for me to make a lemon dessert. I am totally making these SOON!

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