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Bourbon Cream Cheese Pumpkin Scooter Pies Are Frightfully Good

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Pumpkin Scooter Pies For Grownups Recipe

pumpkin scooter pies

Why not make a batch of Bourbon Cream Cheese Pumpkin Scooter Pies when you’re whipping up Halloween goodies for the kids? The youngsters shouldn’t get all the treats, should they? These would be great to serve at a grownups-only Halloween party!

We’ve reached the peak of everything-pumpkin-flavored-frenzy, so why not pumpkin scooter pies? This filling is more sophisticated and adult than the marshmallow filling of our childhood, but how can you go wrong with cream cheese frosting? Could the addition of bourbon possibly be a bad thing? I think not.

Pumpkin Scooter Pies With Bourbon Cream Cheese Are So Easy It’s Scary

These are super quick and easy because they start with a cake mix! Greek yogurt adds a creaminess that helps keep the cake moist, and the tangy flavor gives the cake an awesome old-fashioned flavor that’s frighteningly craveable! Not only that, but the acidity of yogurt makes the batter rise better and get fluffier!

Mix all the cake ingredients, and make sure to lick the beaters because it tastes amazing. Even though the batter contains raw eggs, I couldn’t help myself.

pumpkin scooter pie batter

I used an ice cream scoop to divvy out the batter. My scoop is a number twelve (scoops have a numbering system, and it’s usually stamped on them somewhere), and it made circles of batter about 3 1/2 inches across, a perfect treat-size cake. I use my ice cream scoop when I make muffins or cupcakes, too; it helps make things more uniform in size. Precision has never been my gift! Here’s a good little article on scoop sizes and what it means.

Of course, you could make these scooter pies smaller and more dainty by making tinier circles of batter. Around here, we are not dainty, and we have hearty appetites, so I made them about the size of a donut. The choice is yours!

I scooped the batter onto parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets and popped them in the oven for about 18 minutes until the tops sprung back a little when I touched them. The hard part is hanging around for them to bake and cool, so while you’re waiting, whip up the yummy filling! Be sure to lick the beaters again because that’s your birthright as the dishwasher and cleanup crew!

pumpkin scooter pies ready to bake

This frosting is soft and spreadable, so it is important not to rush and spread it on a still-hot cake. That is unless you want to tear into one immediately, and if you do, I don’t blame you a bit!

If you want a more pronounced bourbon flavor, go ahead and add more, but you’ll also need to add more powdered sugar to keep the consistency spreadable. The result will be thicker filling in each pie; what a shame, right?

Put the frosting/filling on half of the little cakes. Don’t spread it quite to the edge because it will naturally squish out a little when you put the other cake on top.

bourbon cream cheese filling

Now put the tops on all the scooter pies. For a pretty finishing touch, sprinkle them with powdered sugar tapped on through a sieve. There you have it, a tray of good-looking, delicious Bourbon Cream Cheese Pumpkin Scooter Pies! It’s easy to double the recipe for a bigger crowd.

A yellow or golden butter cake mix or a spice cake mix are all great choices. You might also experiment with different kinds of alcohol in the filling. Fireball, amaretto, or rum might also make delicious scooter pies!

pumpkin scooter pies

We do not eat scooter pies with a fork!! No! Scooter pies are made for nibbling bite by bite, starting from the edges, while licking your sticky fingers like this. So. Darn. Tasty.

eating a pumpkin scooter pie

Halloween is back on the schedule this year, and more and more adults are celebrating right along with the kids. Many parties and activities are adults-only, and the budget for Halloween spending is exploding now that there are fewer restrictions in most areas of the country.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are likely to spend a record $10.14 billion on Halloween this year. That’s up from $8.05 billion in 2020!

Yield: 10 pies

Pumpkin Scooter Pies For Grownups

pumpkin scooter pies

Two flat spongy cakes filled with bourbon cream cheese frosting and dusted with powdered sugar.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Ingredients

CAKE

  • One yellow, golden butter, or spice cake mix
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt  
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (if using a yellow or butter cake mix)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (if using a yellow or butter cake mix)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (if using a yellow or butter cake mix)

FROSTING/FILLING

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Combine cake mix, pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, oil, and spices. Beat well at medium speed until well blended.

For uniform size pies, use an ice cream scoop to place about 3 1/2" of batter on the baking pan. They do not spread too much.

Bake for about 18 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched and are slightly dry around the edges.

Allow cakes to cool completely before adding the filling.

Spread the frosting almost to the edge of one cake, top with another cake, and dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired.

FROSTING

Beat cream cheese, butter, 1 or 2 Tbsp bourbon, and vanilla together until light and fluffy.

Add powdered sugar gradually, beating well. You may need to add some powdered sugar until the desired spreading consistency is achieved.

If you want a more pronounced bourbon flavor, add bourbon and powdered sugar gradually, alternating until you have achieved the desired spreading consistency.

Why not join the fun? This year, invite some adult friends over for a fun night of pumpkin carving, games, scary movies, and snacking. These Bourbon Cream Cheese Pumpkin Scooter Pies would be perfect on the snack table! How do you celebrate Halloween?

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