Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ah, Valentine’s Day. It seems February 14th is always celebrated in one of two ways. The first being the Valentine’s Day that is adored by happy couples eager to celebrate their couple-dom. This type of Valentine’s Day is often marked by the unfairly high expectations of girls and their nervous guys hoping they don’t disappoint. The other Valentine’s Day celebration is of course the anti- Valentine’s Day, or the “lonely hearts club” if you will. This day is often celebrated by those who lack a significant other and claim Valentine’s Day is just a day created by Hallmark to make everyone even more aware of their loneliness. Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of either of these types of Valentine’s celebrations. To me, the day should be about celebrating the love in your life, whatever type of love that may be. Even though I’ll be celebrating my third February 14th with Eric, I’ve never spent a Valentine’s Day sad or alone. I’ve been happily spending my Valentines Days with my best friend LT. They always say “true love” is hard to find, but lifelong friendships aren’t exactly easy to come by either. So each year we give each other stupid cards or Disney princess themed candy. One time I promised to give her a giant stuffed frog that she saw at CVS, but sadly I didn’t deliver. I’m hoping she isn’t still holding that grudge. But just to be sure, I thought I would make an LT inspired Valentine’s Day recipe. You see, LT has a certain method for eating cupcakes. She rips off the bottom, places it atop the frosting and eats it like a sandwich. I thought I would save her the trouble and make some Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. She tried them. She approved. And hopefully forgave me for the stuffed frog incident.

So I hope you all make these for your Valentine, whoever that may be. Because whether it is love between a happy couple, or love between good friends, any type of love is truly worth celebrating.

Ingredients: Makes 1 dozen whoopie pies, Adapted from The Joy of Baking

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  •  1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  1 cup granulated white sugar
  •  1 large egg
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  •  1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups  powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, sift dry ingredients together (flour through salt)
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together
  3. Beat in egg & vanilla extract
  4. Measure 3/4 cup buttermilk and stir in red food coloring
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk into butter mixture until well incorporated
  6. Place batter on a greased cookie sheet by the tablespoon
  7. Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes, until top of whoopie pie is dry to the touch
  8. For the filling, beat butter & cream cheese together until light & fluffy
  9. Slowly add powdered sugar in, 1 cup at a time, until all is well incorporated
  10. Stir in vanilla
  11. After pies have cooled, spread cream cheese frosting in center and top with another whoopie pie of equal size.



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