Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Cookies

If you haven’t guessed by now, I love making cookies. I especially love making cookies that cause my family to groan with delight. It’s music to my ears. I can always go with the traditional chocolate chip cookie, but every now and then, I’m looking for a cookie that really stands out from the crowd.

I think I have found my show stopper. My super star of the Cookie Hall of Fame. Her name is Whoopie. See? Even the name elicits a sense of fun and excitement!

That must be one good cookie! Well, actually, it’s two cookies with a layer of sweet, creamy peanut butter filling in between. Whoopie!

Here are my top 5 reasons to make these cookies:

  1. They look like a lot of work, but really aren’t (that’s my favorite kind of food to make!)
  2. They have peanut butter in them (that makes them healthy, right?)
  3. They have chocolate in them (any explanation needed?)
  4. Some assembly is required which makes them more fun to make (the family can even help)
  5. They elicit groans of pleasure from those about to devour them (refer back to #1, #2, and #3)

The weekend is coming up, so get out the cocoa and the peanut butter and make some whoopie!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Cookies (Vegan)

(Adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart)


1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, not Dutch-process
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon margarine, softened
¼ cup vegetable shortening
½ cup white sugar
½ cup dark-brown sugar, packed
¼ cup applesauce
1 cup soy buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup margarine, softened
¾ cup powdered sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt, optional


1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a small bowl; set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, use a mixer to blend together margarine, shortening, and sugars. Mix on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add applesauce and continue mixing until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in half the flour mixture, then the soy buttermilk and vanilla. Mix in remaining flour mixture.
3. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool for a minute or two and then transfer to wire racks; let cool completely.

4. Put peanut butter and margarine in a medium-size bowl. Mix on high speed until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low and add powdered sugar; mix until combined. Raise speed to high, and mix until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Season with salt, if desired.

5. Spread 1 tablespoon of filling on the bottom of 1 cookie. Sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling. Cookies can be refrigerated in single layers in airtight containers up to 3 days. You can set them out to bring to room temperature before serving, but it’s not necessary – these cookies are good cold too!

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9 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Cookies

  1. Gosh, they look delicious!
    yumyum, something to try next week 😀

  2. This may be the best flavor combination for whoopie pies! Yum! I’ve never made whoopie pies, but this will definitely be the recipe to use!

    • I agree, but I like the plain vanilla filling too. Oh, too many choices!

  3. Yum Marly, your photos make these look like vegan perfection in ‘whoopie form’ (smile). Yum! Hey, these aren’t on your sugar diet, are they? Hmm, maybe I’ll try them with my Xylitol I just bought. Yeah!

  4. When I saw this on my blog reader, I thought “Yes! This is going to be the next thing I make!” And when I read through your post, my initial thoughts were only confirmed. These are a show-stopper! How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate? And whoopie cookies always make everyone happy. Thank you for sharing Marly. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Oh, yes!! Whoopie cookie perfection! 🙂

  6. I feel like you made these just for me since pb and chocolate is my favorite whoopie pie combination! I was going to buy one at the fair the other day and they had run out of this flavor. These are scrumptious little treats!

  7. I need to ask this question because every time I attempt to make a cookie like this I can’t get the two cookies the same size. I am so frustrated and I find I shy away from so many delicious treats, please tell me the secret! Yours look perfect!

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