Dr Pepper Whoopie Pies

Dr Pepper does not have a period after Dr – it hasn’t since the company removed it from the logo in the 1950s. Obviously the ad people were not OCD editors because it bugs me no end. I usually have to go back and edit them out.

Dr Pepper really is a Texas created drink and no, it does not have prune juice in it. Not one molecule. The flavor is very unique, although I don’t like the corn syrup type… I prefer Dublin Dr Pepper which is still made according to the original recipe in Dublin, Texas. That means pure can sugar, folks.

It is an odd fact in Texas that everything is coke. When I was stationed in Monterey, California in the 1970s/80s I would get odd looks when I asked someone what type of coke they wanted. I guess they couldn’t see the small “c”.  Conversations with dates would go something like this…

Him: Do you want something to drink?

Me: Yes, I’d like a coke…

Him: O.k.

Me: A Dr Pepper

Him: O.k. Not a Coke?

Me: No, I want Dr Pepper

Him: But you said Coke.

Me: I said I wanted a coke. Not a Coke.

It’s a good thing I was cute, huh? In Texas when a server asks you what you want to drink…IF you say coke he will pause until you clarify CocaCola or Dr Pepper or whatever.

So, one of the first things I wanted to make for Erin’s Dr Pepper themed party was Dr Pepper Whoopie Pies. Dr Pepper flavored cookie with chocolate Dr Pepper filling. You could also use the Dr Pepper buttercream I made a few weeks ago. The cookie is tender and has a delicate Dr Pepper flavor and the filling is rich. I drizzled the top with ganache but I thought that burgundy colored sprinkles would have been cool, too. I added some turbinado sugar before baking so that there would be some texture with the cake and cream. I used 2 Tbs per cookie and I got 16 Whoopie Pies. You can make them bigger if you like.


Recipe: Dr Pepper Whoopie Pies

Summary: Great taste of Dr Pepper in a Whoopie Pie


  • 1 12 oz can Dr Pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • Turbinado sugar for sprinkling on top if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silpat. P
  3. our the Dr Pepper into a saucepan.
  4. Add the brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer until the Dr Pepper is reduced to 1/4 c.
  6. Let cool to luke warm. If it cools too much it will be sticky like taffy.
  7. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  8. Cream the butter and white sugar together until fluffy.
  9. Add eggs, one at a time.
  10. Ad 1/3 of the flour mixture. Beat well.
  11. Add 1/2 the buttermilk mixed with the cooled Dr Pepper. Mix in thoroughly.
  12. Add 1/3 flour mixture and beat.
  13. Add the remaining buttermilk/Dr Pepper mixture.
  14. Add the remaining flour and mix until well combined.
  15. Drop the dough onto prepared baking sheets in 2 Tbs measures.
  16. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  17. Bake at 375F for 8 -10 minutes.
  18. Cool Completely.

Cooking time (duration): 30

Number of servings (yield): 16

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review


Recipe: Dr Pepper Chocolate Filling

Summary: A rich chocolate filling with a hint of Dr Pepper


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup Dr Pepper
  • 3 Tbs heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Beat the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. At low speed, gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa.
  3. Add the Dr Pepper and vanilla Turn mixer to high speed and add the cream.
  4. Beat on high until frosting is light and fluffy.

Quick Notes

Frosting can be made ahead and refrigerated

Cooking time (duration): 5

Number of servings (yield): 16

Meal type: dessert

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)




Nutrition Information: 

Serving size 1 whoopie pie

Calories 417

Fat 19.3 (saturated 11.9)

Carbs 59.3

Protein 3.3

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Image: (c) 2011 marye audet

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  1. says

    You learn something new every day! My husband always liked Dr Pepper, though I think it is an acquired taste. I never knew that there was no period after the Dr, or that they still make it with real sugar in one town, or the distinction in Texas between Coke the drink and coke as a general term. Your posts are so rich (literally, too!) and such fun to read.

    • says

      :) Well in the time since I wrote that post the corporation that owns Dr Pepper (Pepsico?)shut down the Dublin plant because they refused to use anything but pure can sugar. I found out at the state fair last year that the Dublin plant has made a comeback and is now bottling unique flavors of coke (soda) all made with real sugar. I am so glad you are one of my readers. :) {{{hugs}}

  2. says

    In Ohio, coke means coke, but they call it pop and I call it soda because I grew up in Queens and not Ohio. I’m still trying to keep my kids from calling it pop, but I’m losing the battle.

  3. marye says

    Terry… Nope. The retro sodas are made with a combo of cane sugar and beet sugar while the dublins are pure cane sugar. :) But you can make these with even the corn syrup ones…

  4. Terry Lawrence says

    :::drool::: Okay, I MUST make these 😀 I saw Dr Pepper made with cane sugar here the other day. It wasn’t Dublin Dr Pepper, but all of the soda companies seem to be making “retro” versions of their drinks with sugar. Do you suppose it’s the same as Dublin Dr Pepper?

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