About the Recipe
These might seam like your classic Whoopie Pie recipe with the rich brown sugar cream cheese filling and cinnamon sugar coating, but there's a special surprise when you taste our apple butter inside.
APPLE CIDER WHOOPIE PIES
• 1 C Louisburg Apple Cider
• 1/2 C Butter, room temperature (divide 6 Tbs. for dough and 2 Tbs. melted to brush baked cookies)
• 1 3/4 C Flour
• 1/2 tsp Salt
• 1 tsp Baking Powder
• 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
• 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp Ginger
• 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
• 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
• 1/4 C plus 2 tsp Brown Sugar
• 2 Eggs
• 1/4 tsp Vanilla
CINNAMON SUGAR COATING (if desired)
• 3 Tbs Butter, melted
• 1/4 C Sugar
• 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE ICING
• 4 1/2 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
• 3 Tbs Butter, room temperature
• 1/4 C plus 3 Tbs Brown Sugar
• 2 C Powdered Sugar, sifted
• 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350º. In a small pot, bring the apple cider to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until cider is reduced down to 1/4 cup. Set aside to cool before using.
In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 6 tablespoons of the butter with the sugars, on medium speed until combined. Add the vanilla followed by the eggs. Add the apple cider followed by the apple butter. Turn the mixer on low and mix in the flour until just combined.
Turn the cookies out into mounds about 1 1/2 Tbs each, placing them 3 inches apart on the baking sheet. Rotate the pan halfway and bake 11-13 minutes or until cookies spring back when touched lightly with your fingertip.
Once out of the oven, allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring
them to wire rack.
Brush the cookies with the reserved 2 Tbs of melted butter and sprinkle them with the cinnamon sugar or
toss them in the cinnamon sugar.
Allow cookies to cool completely on rack before filling them with cream cheese icing and either drizzle Louisburg caramel sauce over the frosting or a dollop of Louisburg Apple Butter in the center.
CREAM CHEESE ICING:
In a large bowl mix the cream cheese and butter on medium speed for one minute until creamed and
Add the brown sugar and mix for another minute. Mix in the vanilla then turn the mixer on low and gradually mix in the powdered sugar.
Pipe or spread the icing on one half of the whoopie pie. Gently top with another cookie.