Lemon Whoopie Pies

These Lemon Whoopie Pies with a zingy lemon cream cheese filling are sure to brighten even the rainiest spring day! Refreshingly tart and moist, these lemon cake cookies are sandwiched together with an incredible lemon cream cheese filling. I have found that these whoopie pies are best cold, straight from the fridge.

Lemon Whoopie Pies

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at 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 (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at 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 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.  
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the egg, lemon juice and vanilla, mixing until blended, about 1 minute. Reduce the mixer to low speed and add half of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Mix in the buttermilk. Mix in the remaining flour mixture just until just combined.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, about 3-inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cookie comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  
  5. Once cool, make the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice until thoroughly blended and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. (If the filling is too soft to hold its shape, chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.)
  6. Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down, flat side facing up. Drop a large dollop of filling onto the flat side of the cookie,  leaving a 1/4-inch plain edge. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all cookies are used. Place whoopie pies into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up before serving. Serve cold.

Yields: 14 whoopie pies

Source: Joy the Baker

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24 Responses to Lemon Whoopie Pies

  1. Oooh, good idea! Lemon is perfect for this time of year!

  2. Kathleen says:

    These look and sound delicious! I love whoopie pies and have yet to make a lemon version. Thanks for sharing these!!

  3. Caroline says:

    Mmmm these look delicious. They would definitely help brighten this gloomy day in LA! I’ve yet to make whoopie pies, but they’re on my list of desserts to make very soon. 🙂

  4. Becca says:

    oh myyyy…. you DO remember that I have a slight lemon addiction, don’t you? These look very yummy, and I’ll bet they would be awesome with just about any type of filling, too. Hmm…. perhaps even my second favorite food addiction… NUTELLA! 🙂

  5. Jenny says:

    I’ve never had a whoppie pie so I love the lemon infusion, looks delish!

  6. Yum- what a refreshing change of pace for the usual whoopie pies!

  7. Ryan says:

    Yum! These look delicious! I love anything lemon and any kind of whoopie pies so these are the perfect dessert. I must try!

  8. muppy says:

    i have never made or eaten a whoopie pie but this one is the best sounding yet!

  9. Sara says:

    Nothing like a lemon dessert to welcome in the warmer spring days. These look delicious and light!

  10. Chrissy says:

    I love lemon cake, and never thought to make whoopie pies with it! You have some great recipes on here…adding you to my google reader 🙂

  11. nicole says:

    ooo i love whoopie pies and lemon is so refreshing. looks so good.

  12. stefi25 says:

    These look so good! And with a lemon cream cheese filling, which makes them sound that much better! Lemon and cream cheese are two faves of mine 🙂

  13. Brandon says:

    This was an AMAZING recipe. Thanks for posting. I brought these to a wedding, and they were a HUGE hit!

    • Christina says:

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! I love all types of whoppie pies, but I think these might be my favorite. Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 😀

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  15. Shirley says:

    Great, great cookie. I love whoopie pies. This is a must for you to try///

  16. Jennifer says:

    sat down and typed lemon whoopie pies in my yahoo search….bunch of choices came up and i just randomally picked your site, boy am i glad i did! Not only did i get what looks to be a yummy lemon recipe, but i have found a ton of other recipes already that look delish and are now on my “to try” list!!! This site is a keeper, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Maebmomma says:

    Just madr this in an hour…using Meyer lemons. Scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe.

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