Recipe: Lemon Whoopie Pies

By on July 25, 2012 in Recipes with 45 Comments


Whoopie Pies have become quite trendy with all sorts of versions popping up. From the classic Chocolate and Vanilla to Red Velvet and Banana, the possibilities are endless. I thought Lemon-flavored Whoopie Pies would be perfect for a mid-summer treat.

These Whoopie Pies are super soft and both sweet and tart. The addition of both fresh lemon juice and lemon zest really amps up the flavor. Eating them straight from the fridge adds to their refreshing quality.

Lemon Whoopie Pies

Lemon Whoopie Pies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together with a whisk and set aside.
  3. Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat butter, sugar, and lemon zest at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Reduce speed to low and add 1/2 of flour, then the buttermilk, and then remaining flour. Mix just until combined.
  6. Drop heaping tablespoon full of dough onto baking sheets about 3 inches apart.
  7. Bake until firm on top, 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes and then carefully remove to wire rack.

To Make Filling

  1. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest until combined and smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Place a large dollop of filling on underside of 1/2 of the cookies and top with remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Yield: 14 whoopie pies

Recipe Source: Joy the Baker via Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Linking up at The Trendy Treehouse , Mandatory Mooch, and Mom on Timeout, Little Becky Homecky, It’s Just Called SpicyMiz Helen’s Country Cottage, Sunflower Supper Club, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, What’s cookin Love,  and Some Day Crafts

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  1. Rufus says:

    Do you have any RC Cola to go with the whoopie pies? :)

  2. Wow! These are so on my “to-do” list! Love lemon anything! Making these soon! :D

    • Christin M says:

      Stephanie- Thanks for stopping by! I used to be a chocolate only desserts kind of girl, but I’m finding I really enjoy desserts with lemon.

  3. Heather Forrester says:

    How can i use this recipe in my whoppie pie pan. Would i have to grease the pan or not.

  4. These look divine and your pictures are gorgeous! I’ll have to try these out and when I do, I’ll feature them on my blog and be sure to refer back to you. :) Thanks for sharing! Hope your day is going wonderfully!

  5. Camille says:

    I have an entire bag of lemons I need to use up! These look delicious!

  6. Michelle says:

    These look soooo good! I guess I had not thought much about branching out from original whoopie pies.

  7. deirdre says:

    my daughter and i made peanut butter chocolate whoopie pies the other day-but she would love these! thanks!and saying hi from the mom on a time out blog hop.

    • Christin M says:

      Oooh! Peanut Butter Chocolate whoopie pies sound fabulous! Thanks for stopping by!

    • linda says:

      If your peanut butter whoopie pies tend to be HARD like mine- add some apple sauce to the dough and they soften up the cookie and wont affect the flavor!!

  8. Carole says:

    Great post. I found this through Turning the Clock Back’s What’s Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in a post about some home-made steak burgers I did. Have a lovely week.

  9. Big D & Me says:

    I am absolutely going to try these – when I told my husband about them he said, “oooooooooo.” My husband and one of my boys are HUGE lemon dessert people so this will go over very well in our house. Thanks!

  10. jenna says:

    wow that loooks so tasty! I’d love you to linkup to my linky party going on today!


  11. Miz Helen says:

    Good Morning Christin,
    I am very happy to see you today and would just love to have one of your delicious Lemon Whoopie Pies with my morning coffee. I just love lemon and these will be a big hit with our family. Hope you are have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. ang says:

    Hello! Linking up from Fantabulous Friday! This looks amazing – can’t wait to try it! I hope you’ll come visit me at

  13. Winnie says:

    Delicious looking cookies
    We love so much lemon flavor in sweets, and I’d love to try making these.
    Thanks for sharing!:)

  14. Thank you so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays last week. This post will be FEATURED this week. Congrats!! Hope to see you again!!
    Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

    • Christin M says:

      Hi Nichi! Thanks so much for featuring my post! What an honor. Will be stopping by again this week to link something else up. Thanks for hosting!

  15. Yea! These turned out great! I am so happy that you enjoyed the whoppie pies. They are definitely one of my favorites! :)

  16. Sarah C says:

    Did someone say lemon woopie pie? Sounds awesome. I hope you can link this up to Thursday Food Fest! Thanks Sarah

  17. These look absolutely heavenly! Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  18. Patsy says:

    I like lemon sweets, and just have to make these. I love your blog, and SC! We lived in Rock Hill for 5 years. Wow, Fort Mill surely has changed since we left in 1984! I am a new follower. Patsy

    • Christin M says:

      Hi Patty! Fort Mill really has changed as well as Rock Hill. You wouldn’t believe the new development that just started being built where the old Celenese Plant was off of Highway 21 along the Catawba River.
      Thanks for visiting!

  19. Hello Christin! Just wanted to stop by and let you know I chose your Lemon Whoopie pies as my personal pick at this weeks Weekend Potluck. I LOVE lemon in the summer and these looks super delicious! Can’t wait to try them. Can’t wait to see what you brought this week! Have a terrific weekend!

  20. Oh Christin, the next time I’m in your neck of the woods, I’m coming by your house for a plate of these ok?!?! :) I love lemon desserts! Thanks so much for sharing these at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!

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