Molasses Whoopie Pies
These Amish molasses crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, and so full of flavor!
The blend of molasses and spices within a chewy cookie makes my mouth sing. And then, as if that's not tasty enough, you add frosting and create molasses whoopie pies. "Whoopie!!" 😉
But seriously, these molasses cookies with frosting are AMAZING!! And they will probably disappear quickly.
Amish Molasses Cookies
There are many different recipes for Amish molasses cookies, and most of them are similar. They usually contain molasses and spices, and it's a great combination.
I have another molasses cookies recipe on my blog (soft and chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies), and they are also delicious.
But this recipe for molasses crinkle cookies gets icing sandwiched between two cookies creating yummy molasses whoopie pies.
Amish Cookies Introduced from Holmes County, Ohio
I grew up New Order Amish in the Lancaster, PA area. And we baked molasses cookies as far back as I can remember.
But I had never tasted molasses crinkle whoopie pies until my sister-in-law from Ohio introduced us to them. And I fell in love with the first bite!
Because of the distance and limited travel, it's not very common for Amish people to marry outside of their community. But my brother got married to a gal from Holmes County, Ohio.
We had been back and forth with a couple of New Order youth groups from Holmes County for many years. But he was the only one who ever got married to someone from there. And we thought it was pretty cool to be so connected with another community.
Amish Whoopie Pies
Just in case you haven't figured it out yet, whoopie pies are simply two cookies that have frosting sandwiched between them (also sometimes known as "Gobs"). And they are quite popular among the Amish.
It seems like they are continuously expanding the flavors. And I have several recipes here on my blog.
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Molasses Crinkle Cookies Recipe
These soft molasses cookies with shortening are easy to make.
I mix the dough with my Kitchen Aid mixer and let it do the work for me.
The dough is a bit sticky, so it's good to refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight before rolling the dough into balls. Then the dough balls get rolled in sugar and baked.
I use my small cookie scoop to make mini whoopie pies (using a cookie scoop helps to create uniform-sized cookies). But feel free to make them any size you want.
Dipping the cookie balls into sugar adds a pretty touch, but it also makes them sweeter. So you can skip this step if preferred or dip only the tops of the cookies in sugar.
Also, make sure that you don't overbake the cookies, or you will end up with crunchy cookies instead of chewy molasses cookies.
Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Then spread the frosting on one cookie and place a second cookie on top.
And whoopie pies keep the best when individually wrapped in plastic.
Can I Freeze Molasses Cookies with Frosting?
Yes, you can freeze these molasses crinkle cookies. Freezing cookies helps to keep them fresh.
Wrap them individually in pieces of plastic wrap, then place them into an airtight container.
And you can freeze them for up to a couple of months. Just make sure to remove them from the freezer at least a half-hour before you want to eat them (unless you like frozen cookies).
What Kind of Molasses Should I Use to Make Amish Soft Molasses Cookies?
Molasses is a common ingredient that gets used frequently in Amish households.
And when baking with molasses it's good to use lighter-tasting molasses so that it doesn't overpower all the other flavors. (Unless you love a strong molasses flavor.)
I like to use Golden Barrel baking molasses when making shoofly pie, and it can also be used for making these cookies.
And King Syrup is another one of my favorites, although technically it's syrup and not molasses. But sometimes I use it in place of molasses. Or I use a mix of both for a milder flavor.
Frosting for Molasses Whoopie Pies
These molasses cookies are delicious without frosting. So if you don't feel like taking the time to frost them, you'll still have amazing cookies to eat.
But adding the frosting, which turns it into a whoopie pie, makes them even more delightful.
Feel free to use your favorite frosting to fill these molasses whoopie pies. But the cookies are already sweet, so you probably won't want to add an overly sweet frosting.
I am adding an Amish whoopie pie filling recipe. But it does contain raw egg white, and I'm leaving a link that informs you of the risk of consuming raw egg whites. So if you don't feel comfortable using this recipe, feel free to use a different one.
I hope you enjoy these soft molasses crinkle cookies as much as my family does! Let me know in the comments below.
Amish Molasses Crinkle Whoopie Pies Recipe
- 1 c. butter (softened)
- 1 c. Crisco shortening
- 4 c. brown sugar (loosely filled)
- 1/2 c. light-tasting molasses
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 8 c. all-purpose flour
- 6 tsp. baking soda (2 Tbsp.)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
Whoopie Pie Filling:
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 c. Crisco shortening or softened butter
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and brown sugar.1 c. butter (softened), 1 c. Crisco shortening, 4 c. brown sugar (loosely filled)
- Add the molasses, eggs, and sour cream and beat well.1/2 c. light-tasting molasses, 4 large eggs, 1/2 c. sour cream
- Add 4 cups of flour, along with the remaining dry ingredients. Mix. Then add the remaining flour and mix until combined.8 c. all-purpose flour, 6 tsp. baking soda (2 Tbsp.), 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Scoop the chilled dough into balls and roll them in sugar (you can skip the sugar step if preferred).
- Bake on greased cookie sheets for about 9 minutes. (Do not overbake unless you want crunchy cookies.)
- Scoop onto a wire rack to cool.
- Spread the filling onto half of the cookies and top them with the remaining cookies.
- Wrap the whoopie pies individually in plastic wrap.
- Whoopie pies freeze well, so you can store them in airtight containers in the freezer for up to several months. Remove from the freezer to thaw at least a half-hour before serving.
Whoopie Pie Filling:
- With the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy.3 large egg whites
- Add the remaining ingredients and mix.1 c. Crisco shortening or softened butter, 4 c. powdered sugar, 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. milk, 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract, 1/8 tsp. salt
- Whip on high speed until the filling is light and fluffy.