Pumpkin Gobs

For a couple of days now, I’ve been craving a taste of home, and more specifically, a sweet baked treat we knew as a Gob. Now you may know it by the more common name of Whoopie Pie, but back where I grew up in western PA we called them Gobs. And although there are many flavors and varieties, today it’s all about my favorite, the Pumpkin Gob.

Pumpkin Gobs aka Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

In Pennsylvania, these treats are of Amish and PA Dutch origins (where they are called either whoopie pies or gobs depending on the region of PA), but they also have a tradition in New England (where they are always whoopie pies). And whether you call them Gobs or whoopie pies, just know they are not actually pies, nor are they really cookies. They’re more of a little cake sandwich with a creamy filling. In this instance, a sweet cream cheese frosting-like because it’s so delicious with the pumpkin flavor. 

Pumpkin Gobs aka Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Cook’s Tips:

  • After baking, allow the gob halves to cool and dry out for a few hours on a cooling rack.
  • After you fill them, it’s best to lay them in a single layer on wax paper or wrap them individually in wax paper packets. Serve them right away, or pop them in the fridge or freezer to eat later.
  • If you prefer something other than a cream cheese filling, a thick buttercream or marshmallow frosting can be used.

If you try this recipe, please let me know in the comments how it turned out! I hope you enjoy!

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Pumpkin Gobs aka Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Gobs

Yield: About 16 Gobs


For the Gobs:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Filling:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper, or lightly coat with oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet, until everything is thoroughly combined. Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving about an inch between.
  5. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the gob comes out clean. Be sure not to over-baked - you want them to be browned only slightly, if at all. Allow them to cool on a rack while you prepare the filling.
  6. Prepare the filling by creaming the cream cheese, butter, salt, and vanilla together. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar, until it forms a silky frosting. If you want a stiffer frosting, add a little more powdered sugar.
  7. Generously spread one cake with the frosting, and then top with another cake of a similar size and shape, forming a little sandwich. Refrigerate for a few minutes before serving. (preferably with a glass of your favorite milk!)
Homemade Pumpkin Gobs aka Whoopie Pies

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  • Irene
    August 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I am pinning these to try soon; thank you, Melissa!

    • Melissa
      August 22, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      I hope you enjoy them, Irene!

  • Miz Helen
    August 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Congratulations, your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,446! Thanks so much for sharing with us and sure hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Pam Elkin
    September 8, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Oh my! I must make these! They look and sound delicious!

    • Melissa
      September 9, 2019 at 2:50 am

      I hope you enjoy!

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  • Janet Lamanna
    October 11, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    What is the yield for this recipe? How many heaping tablespoons of batter do you put on the prepared pan?

    • Melissa
      October 11, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      The recipe makes 16 whole gobs so you ‘ll want to put 32 heaping tablespoons of batter on the prepared pan.

  • Paula
    October 17, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve tried making these 2x now and they don’t expand much. They are like munchkin donut size

    • Melissa
      October 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      I’m sorry you’ve had problems with the recipe. I’ve never had this issue with this particular recipe, but many times when something fails to rise it’s because the baking powder is past its prime and needs to be swapped out with fresh baking powder.


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