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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Posted on: January 9, 2013

Whoopie PiesI made these (adapted from this recipe) for New Year’s Eve & they were a huge hit with my family.  I think they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day too because of their color!

I’ve never made whoopie pies of any sort before but these were way easy and sooooooo good!  I think the cream cheese filling with just a hint of lemon is what takes these to a most delicious level.  I may or may not have eaten some of the filling with a spoon, just saying.  So here’s the recipe!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Cake rounds:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring (2 tablespoons)  *I didn’t have an entire bottle so I just used what I had which was about 1 Tablespooon–I still thought they were red enough*

Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Make cake rounds:
Preheat oven to 350°F with racks in upper and lower third. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Beat butter, oil, and sugar with an electric mixer until combined well, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg, vanilla, and vinegar.

Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with the flour until combined.

Add the red food coloring and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.

Spoon 2 tablespoon mounds of batter 2-inches apart on lined baking sheets.

Bake, switching positions of baking sheets halfway through baking, until rounds are puffed and set, 8 to 10 minutes.

Slide parchment with rounds onto wire racks to cool completely.

Make filling:
Beat together cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and sugar until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread about 2 tablespoons of filling on flat-side of half the rounds; top with remaining rounds, flat side down, to form whoopie pies.

I think we’re definitely making these again for Valentine’s Day treats!

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1 Response to "Red Velvet Whoopie Pies"

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