Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Valentine’s Day is next week!  Whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it gives us foodies a reason to make decadent desserts with chocolate and in various shades of red.  I haven’t made whoopie pies in a while, so I thought I would conjure up some for V-Day.  Seeing as our Red Velvet Waffles were a huge hit, I thought I’d combine a few of these ideas into some delicious red velvet whoopie pies.

We used the same icing recipe as in the pumpkin whoopie pies.  I kept going back and forth as to whether I should try a cream cheese based icing – as it pairs so well with red velvet cake.  But I chose to make the red velvet the star of this dessert, not the icing.  The icing we made paired so well with both whoopie pies.

We made 2 different sets of red velvet whoopie pies.  The first was from a Duncan Hines recipe.  The second, we adapted from Fatima’s famous cake cookies.  The results: a harder, crunchier sandwich, and a soft and moist sandwich (think Little Debbie).  Both equally delicious.

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Ingredients for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies #1:

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Melt butter; set aside to cool. Place cake mix, egg, cooled butter and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until well blended and dough is formed.
  2. Form dough into a smooth 12-inch log on wax paper or parchment making sure it is even in thickness end to end. Wrap in wax paper; seal in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking sheets. Unwrap dough log and set on wax paper. Using a sharp knife, cut into 48 slices about 1/4- inch thick. Place on cool baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in center of oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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Ingredients for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies #2:

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup of oil (just a hair less)

Directions:

  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix everything together.  You should be able to roll a ball of the dough in your hand, like cookie dough.  Too thin and it would be cake mix.
  3. Roll out small balls of dough on a cookie sheet, and smash them down with the bottom of a glass cup so they are flat.
  4. Place in the oven for about 8 mins or until the bottoms are slightly golden brown.
  5. Let them cool for a bit, and then move them to a wire rack.

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Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening

Frosting Directions:

  1. Beat egg white and mix with the milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup of the confectioners’ sugar. Mix well then beat in the shortening and the remaining cup of confectioners’ sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.

I will admit…#2 is my favorite!

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