Over the past few years, as whoopie pies have become more popular, whoopie pie pans have become increasingly common. These pans have shallow cavities that allow you to easily shape the cookie portions of your whoopie pies to ensure that they are always the same size and will create a good-looking finished product. A Mini Whoopie Pie Pan, like this one from Wilton, does the same thing on a much smaller scale and is an even more fun piece of bakeware to have in the kitchen.
The mini whoopie pie pan has 24 cavities that make cookies about half the size of those made with a full sized whoopie pie pan. The pan is nonstick, so any cookie dough or batter that you bake in it will release cleanly and have a perfectly round shape. Mini pies can be a lot easier to handle and eat than full sized pies because you can finish them in two bites, and don’t need to worry about getting frosting all over your fingers. But I find that I really like the size of the cavities in general and, just like a mini muffin pan, I find that there are a lot of options with a pan like this one. The cavities are neither too big nor to small, and that means that you can bake just about anything in there in addition to actual whoopie pies. Brownie batter turns into fudgy cookies, vanilla wafer dough does well in perfect circles and muffin batter turns into mini muffin tops.