Is it a cake? Nope. Is it a cookie? Nope. It’s a whoopie pie! If you haven’t had a whoopie pie before, I would best describe it as a very cakey, soft cookie. The best part is there is also creamy frosting in the middle. In this case, cream cheese frosting. Yes. Please. The whoopie pies can be made in whatever shape you are able to pipe. As you can see I went with heart for Valentine’s Day, but you could always just pipe circles if it’s any other time of year.
I promise this is my last Valentine’s Day post this year. Pinky swear. Stay tuned tomorrow for an amazing Hawaiian BBQ Pork pizza!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
For the cookies:
2 cups flour
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 oz red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 375˚ F.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. If desired, you can outline hearts with a pencil to serve as a guideline for your heart piping. If you do this, make sure to flip the parchment paper over before piping the cookies.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well incorporated. Slowly mix in 1/2 the dry ingredients and half the buttermilk. Repeat and mix until just combined. Add in red food coloring and mix until it’s equally distributed.
Place batter in a piping bag fitted with a large, round tip. Pipe rounds or hearts on the parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until the top of the cookies are set. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
For the frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, slightly softened
5 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
Place frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large, round tip. To assemble whoopie pies, pipe a round of frosting on the backside of a cookie. Create a sandwich with another cookie and press gently so the frosting squishes to the sides.
Recipe from Annies Eats