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The softest gluten-free, vegan mini sugar cookies made with apple butter mixed right into the cookie batter! These Gluten-Free Apple Butter Whoopie Pies are stuffed with a bourbon-infused cinnamon buttercream frosting and more apple butter for the perfect fall cookie treat!
You may have seen last week that I posted my very first Instant Pot recipe for Naturally Sweetened Instant Pot Apple Butter! Now this apple butter turned out so great that it’s definitely an eat-from-the-jar type butter, but I wanted to incorporate it into another delicious recipe, and by golly do I have a killer sweet treat for you today!
I first thought that maybe some apple butter linzer cookies would be fun, then I moved to making a more traditional soft apple butter sugar cookies after I made these Soft Pumpkin Sugar Cookies that turned out so fantastic I was hooked, but as I was seeing lots of whoopie pies on the ‘gram I thought, aha! That’s what I’ll make! This Gluten-Free Apple Butter Whoopie Pies with Bourbon Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting idea just kind of combined all my previous ideas into one delicious treat!
So guys, I think I might have outdone myself with this dessert recipe. Not only are they easy to make (promise!) but they are fan-freaking-tastic. They are for sure a can’t-eat-just-one kinda dessert, so be fully prepared to eat at least 2. But don’t worry, they are small-ish, kind of like a large macaron.
Now, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can make your apple butter in a slow cooker or stovetop even, but it’ll take longer. I suppose you can just hit the easy button and buy some even (make sure there’s minimal ingredients!), but I really encourage you to make your own apple butter for this recipe- it’s SO quick and easy in your Instant Pot.
The soft sugar cookies themselves have apple butter mixed right into the batter, but then I also spread more apple butter on the cookies so you really get that apple butter flavor. You simply cream the butter, coconut sugar, and vanilla together with a hand beater then beat in the apple butter and flax eggs, the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
I then like to pipe the batter onto a macaron baking mat to make sure the cookies are perfectly round and all the same size so your cookie sandwiches won’t be disproportioned, but maybe that’s just the perfectionist in me… you do you! 😉
These little cuties only need to bake for 10 minutes and then you let them cool, and they cool fast. But while they are cooling you make your bourbon cinnamon buttercream frosting but simply beating together vegan butter, bourbon, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. And if you’re not into the whole bourbon thing, go ahead and leave it out, these whoopie pies still uphold their deliciousness. Then pipe the buttercream on one cookie, apple butter on the other and smush them together to make the best Gluten-Free Apple Butter Whoopie Pies with Bourbon Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting!
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The softest gluten-free, vegan mini sugar cookies made with apple butter mixed right into the cookie batter! These Gluten-Free Apple Butter Whoppie Pies are stuffed with a bourbon-infused cinnamon buttercream frosting and more apple butter for the perfect fall cookie treat!
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Can you just sub in regular butter for the filling if you prefer?
Yes, that should work- although I haven’t tried it so I can’t guarantee results.