Whoopie pies are chocolatey, gooey goodness that you easily get addicted to. If you haven’t tried a whoopie pie you are surely missing out. They aren’t anything fancy, just a simple dessert treat, much like a cookie with filling but they are oh so good!
Whoopie pies are best when you make them at home. You can buy similar versions at stores, but homemade is always best. They are so easy to make and put together that you can do a large batch at one time. Of course, this means there will be far more than you can eat before you need to find a way to save the extras.
Can you freeze whoopie pies to save them for longer? The good news is you can freeze them. Freezing works quite well. As with many things, fresh is often best but it’s nice to have the option and know the methods to freeze them and then use them after freezing.
We’ve put together a guide to walk you through the process of freezing whoopie pies and the best way to use them after freezing. If you’ve ever frozen baked goods or your Little Debbie and Hostess desserts, this could turn out similar.
You might even decide you like them frozen more than you like them warm or room temperature! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how whoopie pies are made and all of the important details related to freezing whoopie pies.
A Guide to Freezing Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are basically two cake cookies with cream filling between them to make a single delicious cream-filled cake sandwich. Most commonly, the cookies are actually chocolate cake but other flavors of cake can be used as well.
If you were to do a search for whoopie pie recipes, you would find red velvet, chocolate chip, vanilla, birthday cake, and so many more options. One of the best things about whoopie pie is you can make them any flavor you desire and you can jazz them up with sprinkles or frosting as well if you want to.
Whoopie pies are so easy to make. We think that’s the best place to start as we get you rolling on this guide to freezing whoopie pies.
How to Make Your Own Whoopie Pies
Making whoopie pies is pretty easy and is also relatively inexpensive. You can use a cake mix or simply use your own cake recipe.
Here are the ingredients you need to make your own whoopie pies. This is assuming you’re not using a cake mix for the cake part.
- ½ cup Shortening
- 1 cup White sugar (granulated cane sugar)
- 2 Egg yolks
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ TSP salt
- T TSP baking powder
- 5 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 TSP baking soda
- 1 cup milk
- 1 TSP vanilla extract
- ¾ cup shortening
- 2 Egg whites
- 2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 TSP vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Make the cookie portions first: Combine shortening, sugar, and egg yolks and mix to smooth and creamy texture. If you prefer not to separate your eggs, you can use 1 whole egg instead.
- Separately, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir well. Beat this mixture into the first mixture adding the milk while you beat the mixtures together. Then add vanilla and finish beating the mixture.
- You can either bake as a large sheet and cut out cookies or you can spoon out small round portions prior to baking.
- Bake 10-15 minutes.
- Set aside to cool while making filling.
- Make filling: Beat shortening, confectioners’ sugar, egg whites (or single egg), dash of salt and vanilla together until light.
- Allow the cookie pieces to cool completely before attempting to add the filling to them. When they are cool, you spoon filling onto the flat side of a cookie and then top with another cookie.
It’s a pretty simple process to make whoopie pies from scratch. If you decide you would prefer to use a cake mix to make yours, you would follow similar instructions.
There are also a ton of recipes available and multiple ways to make the filling as well. What we have shared here is just a simple base recipe to give you an idea of the general process and what it might require.
Freezing Whoopie Pies
Now that you fully understand how whoopie pies are made in general let’s get down to business. You should primarily understand now what is in a whoopie pie and what types of ingredients could affect your storage methods.
Let’s start by discussing some of the upsides and downsides related to freezing whoopie pies so you know what you may be able to expect.
Upsides to Freezing Whoopie Pies
- You can make large batches and store them individually.
- You can just pull one out when you have a sweet tooth.
- They are quite delicious chilled.
- They are easy to freeze with little to no extra work.
- They freeze well for several months.
- You can freeze in batches for when you need to provide a treat or as individuals for your own treats.
- The quality is not jeopardized by freezing.
- Eating them chilled or frozen might make them slightly less messy to consume.
The Downsides to Freezing Whoopie Pies
- You might get addicted to frozen whoopie pies.
- They may stick or become crumbly if you warm them to use.
- Some fillings freeze better than others.
- You might decide you need more than one at a time.
Ok, so some of those downsides might seem a bit silly, but that’s because there really are not many downsides. Overall, you don’t have to worry about the integrity of the product when you freeze them and they are so easy to freeze and then pull out and use when you are ready.
Now, let’s talk about the best steps for freezing your whoopie pies.
Steps to Freezing Whoopie Pies
- Determine whether you intend to freeze in large batches or individually. You can even freeze some both ways. Whichever way you choose the method is the same.
- Wrap each individual pie in plastic wrap (even if freezing as bulk portions).
- Portion individual servings into gallon freezer bags and place as many individual pies as you would like into each freezer bag. You could also use an airtight container if you prefer.
- Be sure to label and date each bag or container.
- Store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Using Whoopie Pies After Freezing
It is relatively simple to use your whoopie pies after freezing.
- You can enjoy whoopie pies straight out of the freezer. They are delicious chilled and less likely to leave behind a gooey mess.
- If you prefer your whoopie pies warm or thawed, we recommend that you unwrap them and set them out to thaw for about 30-60 minutes.
Remember that the warmer the whoopie pie gets, the messier it might be. The filling becomes light and gooey as it warms or thaws out and will be more likely to ooze or leak out as you eat them.
Aside from the potential oozing of filling, you shouldn’t face any additional issues when you freeze your whoopie pies. Fair warning, your whoopie pies would likely be messy prior to freezing as well.
We hope that you have found this guide to freezing whoopie pies to be useful and informative and that you feel prepared to adequately freeze yours. You might just decide that’s how you like them best!
We invite you to take a look through some common questions to see if there is any further useful information for you there.
Should Whoopie Pies Be Refrigerated If Being Used Soon?
You should refrigerate your whoopie pies if you do not plan to use them within about a day of making them. They should be fine at room temperature for about a day and can be refrigerated for up to 5 days and remain fresh.
Additionally, you can even make the cake portion a full day before you make the filling and compile the whoopie pies together.
Are Whoopie Pies the Same as Moon Pies?
Whoopie pies are similar in design but are really quite different from moon pies. Moon pies are typically made with graham cracker outer layers, a mostly marshmallow center and then fully dipped in chocolate.
A whoopie pie is made with cake-type cookie layers and have a creamier filling. Whoopie pies are typically a bit larger than moon pies as well.
Can Whoopie Pies Go Bad?
If stored properly, you shouldn’t have to worry about a whoopie pie going bad within the allowable dates of storage. You may notice some change to the texture or the cake layer becoming dry but they should not go bad when store properly.
The recommended storage dates are in place for safety purposes as with any food. While they most likely won’t spoil, these dates are recommended for the best quality of whoopie pies.