Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (with cream cheese frosting)

 

Hello my lovelies! The weather has been crazy!!! It’s been snowing where I am at, and so I have missed almost 2 full weeks of school! I only went to school for 1 day last week and 2 days this week. So getting baking supplies has been harder for me to do. Although I absolutely love the snow, I even made a snowman :). Well, the inspiration for these whoopie pies was Valentines Day. It is coming up soon and I wanted to make something that would be a cute and perfect gift. Guess what else is coming up soon? My Birthday! I’m so excited! My mom is going to make a cake using my recipe, so let’s see how it turns out!

*I adapted this recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen , but I did tweak a few things {the frosting is my own recipe} :)*

Has anyone seen the  movie Frozen? I think it is so adorable! If you haven’t seen it, you must before the winter ends. I absolutely adore Disney movies and Frozen is definitely up on my top 5 list of favorite Disney movies 🙂 Its perfect for a cold day when you can snuggle up with a good cup of hot tea or streaming hot chocolate….

These whoopie pies are so delicious. They red velvet is a perfect balance of a cocoa taste. The cream cheese frosting just compliments the red velvet so well. It is a perfect match and I will definitely enjoy making more! It isn’t too overpowering, or too vague. I used Burgundy food coloring because I did not have straight-up red food coloring. I think the color came out so beautiful.



Yield: 7-8 whoopie pies

1 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of buttermilk (I did not have buttermilk. So I put 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar into a cup of milk and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then I only used 1/2 cup of the milk mixture and saved the other 1/2 cup)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup of butter
Burgundy food coloring (I added the food coloring until I saw the batter was fully burgundy, you can use red food coloring but I did not have any so I used burgundy which turned out beautiful)

Cream Cheese Frosting:
5 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
4 oz. of cream cheese
2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour and baking soda.

3. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter until it is fluffy (2-3 minutes).

4. Add in the sugar and beat the butter and sugar for another 3 minutes.

5. Next add in the egg and beat until the mixture is nice and fluffy (4 minutes).

6. Now add in the dry ingredients that you had in the large bowl. Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk.

7. Finally, add the vanilla extract and food coloring. Keep mixing until the batter is creamy and thick.

8. Place the batter inside of a piping bag.

9. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet, each cookie should equal one tablespoon. There should be about 14-16 cookies piped out.

10. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes.

11. Once the cookies have finished baking, place the cookies on a cooling rack and let them cool for about 15 minutes.  (I ate a cookie before I took this picture, that’s why there are only 13 cookies hahaha)

12. Make the cream cheese frosting:

13. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until the mixture is very fluffy (about 5 minutes)
16. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract.
17. Keep mixing until the frosting is at a thick, and creamy consistency.
18. Turn half of the cookies upside down. (so 7 cookies should be upside down)

19. Pipe the frosting onto the cookies that are upside down.

20. Place the other half of the cookies onto the cookies that are upside down (it should be like a sandwich, with the cream cheese in the middle and the cookies as the bread) You can keep them in the refrigerator so they can last longer, I like them colder.

21. ENJOY the whoopie pies!

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