Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling
mini chocolate whoopie pies with salted caramel filling

Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Filling

Whoopie pies are not pies at all but a cake-like sandwich cookie. Enjoy this chocolate version that is filled with a delicious salted caramel buttercream.

The Story Behind the Recipe
40 min
02 hrs 10 min


Whoopie Pies

1 (15.25- to 16.50-ounce) package Devil's food cake mix with pudding

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted

1/2 cup water

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup prepared caramel sauce

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine cake mix, 1/2 cup melted butter, water and eggs in bowl; beat at medium speed until smooth. Let batter rest 30 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 400°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Drop batter by slightly rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto parchment-lined or lightly greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt. Bake 5-7 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack.

  4. STEP 4

    Place 1 cup butter into bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed until well mixed. Add caramel sauce, 1 teaspoon sea salt and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.

  5. STEP 5

    Pipe or spread rounded teaspoonful filling onto bottom of 1 cookie; place second cookie, bottom-side down over filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.

Tip #1

- Letting batter rest allows batter to rise and increase volume of whoopie pies.

Tip #2

- To make ahead, bake cookies as directed. Cool completely. Place cooled cookies in single layer in resealable plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months. Let stand at room temperature until thawed. Prepare filling and fill cookies as directed.


7Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
20Sodium (mg)
16Carbohydrates (g)
0Dietary Fiber
1Protein (g)


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  October 28, 2016

When I found this recipe I was thrilled. My granddaughter wanted a cookie that tasted like Starbucks salted hot chocolate. This has become my signature cookie. When I made them for her I had to make over 1200 which equals 2400. People rave about these. Two things I've added to make it my own cookie is 1 teaspoon of baking powder, let the cookie rest for one hour. For the filling I add 1 to 2 teaspoons maple flavoring which gives it more of a caramel taste. The Grande Dame

— says Cindy
  September 18, 2014

This was super easy as far as Whoopie Pies go. (I have made many variations). I definitely recommend piping both the cookie part and the filling. Put it in a ziplock, clip the corner and you're good to go. (You don't need a fancy pastry bag). The cake part tasted very 'out of a box.' Didn't love it. The filling, however, is great. BUT, make sure your salt is ultra fine or you may have a crunch (which isn't necessarily bad) OR don't serve immediately. That gives the salt a chance to soften in the buttercream. I think I'd make the filling again but make the cake from scratch.

— says Carol
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