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Whoopie Pies

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I just love these homemade whoopie pies. These chocolate sandwich cookies are filled with a delicious cream cheese frosting and are soft and delicious.

Did you know this American baked product goes by these other names: Black Moon, gob, black-and-white, Bob, BFO, or Big Fat Oreo? Growing up my sister used to make them and she called them homemade fat Oreos instead of whoopie pies.

One thing I love about these is for this particular recipe you use a cake mix! Traditional whoopie pies are made completely from scratch. These are very similar to the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies here on my website. They are super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients on a wooden table including cake mix, powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, eggs, etc.

To make this amazing cake mix whoopie pie recipe you need the following simple ingredients:

  • Cake Mix – I usually use Devil’s food cake mix but any chocolate cake mix will work. With the cake mix, you don’t have to worry about adding flour, baking soda or baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • Cooking Oil – Vegetable oil, Olive oil, Canola, Coconut, etc.
  • 2 Large eggs
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar.
  • Room Temperature Butter – Use unsalted or salted butter. Just leave it out on the counter a few hours before making the cookies.
  • Cream Cheese – Use softened room-temperature cream cheese, again just leave it out along with the butter.
  • Vanilla extract
Whoopie pies on a plate on a picnic table


Step 2: How to make chocolate whoopie pies at home

Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C.

Begin by making the cookie dough. In a medium bowl to a large bowl combine the eggs and the vegetable oil, regardless of what it says on the cake mix box, don’t follow those instructions.

Now just pour in all of the cake mix and blend with a hand mixer on medium speed or you can use a wooden spoon as well. It will form a nice thick dough and resemble brownie dough.

Balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet.

Now it is time to form the cookies. I like to use a small melon scoop, ice cream scoop, or medium cookie scoop to ensure I make all the same sizes, but you can use a spoon as well. They should be the size of ping-pong balls.

Make sure to wear gloves or wash your hands if you are going to be rolling the dough in your palms to make the balls.

Place the balls of whoopie pie cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet no need for parchment paper. Make sure they are about 2 inches apart because they will spread. Only place 12 cookies per pan.

Step 3: Bake the sandwich cookie whoopie pies

Several chocolate cookies on wire racks.

Bake the cookies in the oven, middle rack position, for 10 to 12 minutes, one pan at a time. If you want them soft only bake them for 10 minutes, if you want them more crunchy you can bake them for 12 minutes.

Once they come out of the oven allow them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack or cookie rack to cool completely.

Step 4: Make the cream cheese frosting filling

Whoopie pies filling in a large metal bowl.

Now you can’t have whoopie pies without some sort of filling to go in between the cookies. I like using a yummy cream cheese and butter frosting. But you can certainly use a different filling recipe if desired.

Add the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and blend until smooth. Then add in the powdered sugar and blend until combined. If you want to bring out that cream cheese flavor add another 4 oz of cream cheese.

Cream cheese frosting being piped onto a cookie.

Now place the frosting in a large plastic bag or professional piping bag. Snip off the corner of the bag and twist the top, pushing the frosting to the corner. You can also use a large round tip as well.

Take two cookies that are about the same size, and turn them over. Then pipe enough frosting to almost cover the entire cookie. I usually go in a circular motion starting on the outside and going in towards the middle, but it doesn’t matter how you do it.

Hands holding a homemade whoopie pie over a white plate.

Then just place the other cookie on top, and there you have it homemade whoopie pies. Now just do that with the rest of them, you should be able to make about 12 whoopie pies from one cake mix.

Cover them with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to serve them. Enjoy!

How long do whoopie pies last?

They will last about 10 days in the fridge if covered or placed in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for a few months.

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Whoopie Pies

If you love chocolate cake and you love cookies then these Whoopie pies are for you! They are super duper easy to make and filled with a yummy cream cheese frosting. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, easy, soft
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Spoon or cookie/melon scoop
  • cookie sheet


  • 1 box of Devil’s Food Cake Mix 468g
  • 1/3 cup of canola or vegetable oil 78ml
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1/2 cup of unsalted softened butter 115g
  • 4 oz of softened cream cheese can use 8 oz as well (115g)
  • 1 lb 16oz or 453 g of Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5ml


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/176 C, with the rack in the middle position.
    In a large bowl blend together the eggs and the oil. Then add in the cake mix and blend until all combined and thick cookie dough has formed.
  • Scoop out the dough with a small ice cream scoop or use spoons, and roll the cookie dough into a ball, about the size of a ping pong ball, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. You should be able to get about 12 on one normal-sized cookie sheet. And make a total of 24 of them.
  • Bake one pan at a time in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. For softer cookies only bake them for about 10 minutes, for crunchier cookies bake them for 12 minutes. Once baked, removed them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes on the pan, then remove them and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the filling by blending together the softened cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Then add in the powdered sugar and mix until combined and smooth.
  • Place the filling in a plastic bag, twist the top, and push the frosting to one corner. Snip the corner off with scissors. Then turn over a cookie and pipe on some frosting. Take another same-sized cookie and put it on top, finishing the whoopie pie. Do that with the rest of them.
  • You can serve them right away or enjoy them chilled. Cover them with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge until you want to serve them. They will last about 10 days in the fridge. You can also freeze them if you like. Enjoy!


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Calories: 433kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Ur recipes r so much better perfect recipes

  2. I made the cookie part; is it possible to freeze them w/o filling them? I want to use them later in November at the holidays. Thanks.

    • Hello, Mary, sure! I would lay them flat on a cookie sheet first in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours, then they could be placed in a freezer bag, that will help them to not stick together. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This is a great recioe! My kids loved these cookies, in fact I am making a new batch again today! It’s so much better than store bought too.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic recipe. My kids loved these cookies, in fact I am making a new batch again today! It’s so much better than store bought too.

  5. 5 stars
    Yummy! These cookies are so delicious! Whenever I visit an Amish town I see Whoopie Pies for sale in the bakeries and stores. It’s so great to be able to have these outside of an Amish town!

  6. 5 stars
    I don’t make these enough, but your recipe looks super easy & I love the cream cheese frosting in the middle!

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