How do you feel about Halloween? People usually fall into one of two categories: the lovers and the haters. I would like to introduce a third category, right here. Today. This category is for people who might not absolutely love Halloween but are just in it for the food. I hereby name myself the president and founding member of this category. Who's with me? Well, perhaps the nudge you need is these gluten-free pumpkin whoopie pies — with chocolate buttercream filling. Whoopie pies are not, oddly, pies in the traditional sense. They're also not really cookies, since they're so very soft and pillowy. Part of the fun of whoopie pies is dressing them up for different occasions. This Halloween, let's make them with some intense pumpkin flavor.
Have you ever made your own pumpkin butter? Pumpkin butter is what those simple cans of pumpkin puree that are everywhere this time of year would be, if only they could. It has much less moisture than pumpkin puree, which makes it much more useful as a baking ingredient. And it's so easy to make at home just by cooking down pumpkin puree with maple syrup and apple cider (see below for specific directions). If you do make your own, you'll save yourself a bundle. Point of interest? Pumpkin butter has no actual butter in it. But these whoopie pies sure do!
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