Cinnamon Peach Sandwich Cakes

Peach whoopie pies (6)Peach season is almost over, and I have to say, I can’t get enough of it.  I hardly ever do.  There’s something that sings summertime when I bite into a fresh, ripe peach.  Tart, sweet and juicy, the fruit is as delicious as it is elusive: disappearing quickly into one’s belly as fast as its season seems to vanish into the autumn months. White peaches, yellow peaches, saturn peaches — they are all as beautiful and fragrant as they are scrumptious.

So it’s no wonder my husband Peach whoopie piesrequested a peach cake for his birthday a few weeks ago.  I quite joyfully baked and decorated it, but something about the outcome left a more laid-back version of the dessert on my mind.  Maybe it was the richness of the towering slices — the denseness of the moist layers.  Or maybe it was the civilized practice of eating the cake with a fork, at a moment when I really wanted to put up my bare feet and eat with my hands, summer-style.

In this casual spirit, I came up with a fork-free peach dessert that’s the best of a cookie and a cake in one.  The soft, cinnamony mini-cakes envelop rich cream cheese filling and a burst of sliced peach in every bite.  Dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon, this whoopie-pie-style treat is creamy, tangy, juicy and spicy: a symphony of deliciousness to celebrate the summer, even if it’s soon to end.  Here is the recipe.

Cinnamon Peach Sandwich Cakes
(makes about 14 cookie sandwiches, 2.5″ to 3″ diameter each)

For the batter:Peach whoopie pies (1)

  • 1 large ripe peach (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 medium/large eggs
  • 1.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Rinse the peach and remove its pit, leaving skin on, and blend it with the lemon juice in the bowl of a food Peach whoopie pies (3)processor until thick, smooth and speckled with pieces of skin. Measure out 1/2 cup of the puree for the recipe; use the rest as you wish.  In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth; add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla.  Over the butter mixture, sift the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder.  Begin to stir, gradually adding the milk and 1/2 cup peach puree.  Mix until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl often. Scoop batter by the rounded tablespoon onto lined cookie sheets with plenty of space in between each dollop.  Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.  You should have about 28 cookies, each 2.5″ to 3″ in diameter, to make about 14 sandwiches.  Let cookies fully cool on baking sheets.  (Once cool, you can cover and store cookies at room temperature up to 24 hours, then fill when ready to serve.)

For the filling:Peach whoopie pies (4)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 and 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium/large ripe peach
  • extra powdered sugar and cinnamon for serving (optional)

Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and even. Sift powdered sugar, salt and cinnamon over the cream cheese mixture.  Whip together until even and smooth, scraping sides of bowl as needed.  (At this point, you can cover and store the filling in the fridge and can wait up to 2 – 3 days to use it to fill the cookies.)

When ready to assemble the cookies, rinse and pit the peach, then slice it into at least 14 thin pieces that will fit inside the cookie sandwiches (you will have leftover peach to use as you please).  Spread at least a heaping tablespoon of filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies, and top each one with a peach slice.  Put a dab of frosting on each of the remaining cookies’ bottoms, and top the peach slice with it.  If desired, sprinkle tops with a mixture of cinnamon and powdered sugar, and serve in paper cupcake liners.  For best results, store your sandwich cakes in the fridge and eat within a day.

Peach whoopie pies (7)Delicate and decadent at once, cinnamon peach sandwich cookies are soft, spicy and succulent.  Full of lively flavor, these tender treats taste like a fancy dessert in a relaxed format: fruity little cakes to eat with your hands. Of course, you can still dress them up and serve them on a cake stand; I promise they’ll taste wonderful either way.

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Maybe next time…  These cookies would be just as delicious with brown sugar in the batter instead of white, and would be wonderful with a variety of spices in addition to cinnamon (ground cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, etc.).  Finely grated lemon, lime, or orange zest might also add a nice zing to the batter.  You will end up with extra filling; it freezes well, can act as a delectable frosting, and is a decadent treat on warm toast.

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16 Responses to Cinnamon Peach Sandwich Cakes

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  2. katy says:

    These are so beautiful. Come to Greece, Moriah, and you can have all the peaches you want! The season lasts much longer here….The Greek’s family even has a tree! :)

  3. Oh boy, this looks like a definite winner. I was drooling all over the keyboard just reading “cinnamon & peach”. You certainly do come up with some of the most creative, scrumptious ideas.

  4. Erica says:

    Those look so summery…and delicious!!!

  5. Oh my goodness, the combination of cookie and cake is nothing less than a revelation! These are gorgeous and so very tempting!

  6. You’re killing us!

  7. atkokosplace says:

    I wish I could pull that right out of the computer screen! ♔

  8. Bill Lorber says:

    OK…. Yum again….. xxxooo

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