Friday, February 10, 2012

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

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Day three of our Red Velvet Journey is here!

I am thoroughly enjoying myself making and sharing with you these Red Velvet Treats. I hope you haven't missed the first two posts of this series - Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Red Velvet Brownie Bites! They were both yummy!
The third Red Velvet treat I want share with you today is my favorite so far. These Red Velvet Whoopie Pies are SO good! For the cookies, I used Paula Deen's Red Velvet Sandwich Cookie recipe, but didn't use her cream cheese filling. I decided to use a creamy vanilla I've used before for sandwich cookies, and it worked great! The combination was dreamy!

Since we have been overdosing on the sweet treats this week, I baked a half batch of these cookies. Drat! Why did I go and do that?! Anyways, this makes 6 whoopie pies and I would recommend not telling anyone that you made them, because you will want to eat all six. Even before I had a chance to take the pictures, my husband ate two. Now that doesn't happen often. So they must be good! 
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (or Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies)
Adapted from Paula Deen's Recipe on the Food Network
105g all-purpose flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp buttermilk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Desired amount of Red Food Coloring

1. Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. 
2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and continue beating until light and fluffy.
3. Add the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring, one at a time. Beat well to combine.
4. Add the dry ingredients into this mixture and mix well until well combined.
5. Drop large spoonfuls of the batter onto a silpat/parchment lined baking tray. Each mound of the batter should be around 2 inches wide.
6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until completely cooked.
7. Leave for a few minutes to cool on the baking tray, and then remove the cookies onto a baking rack to cool.
8. When completely cool, pair up the cookie halves and sandwich using the creamy vanilla filling.

Creamy Vanilla Filling
1/2 cup whole milk
1/8 cup sugar
Salt, a pinch
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, salt, egg yolk and cornstarch. Whisk together and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk  to a simmer. Take if off the heat and slowly stream half of the milk into the bowl containing the sugar mixture, stirring constantly.
3. Add the mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk. Cook on low heat, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens and becomes glossy.
4. Take it off the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Set aside to cool.
5. When the mixture has cooled, whisk it once again to make it smooth. 
6. In a small bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy.  
7. Add the butter to the cooled milk mixture and whisk vigorously until light and fluffy.

This is a really delicious treat. I loved the filling, and maybe next time - just out of curiosity - I will try Paula Deen's recipe for the filling.

I hope you like this recipe! Here is how my 28 month old felt about it.  
I feel the same way!


Make sure you come back tomorrow when I will share a delicious tea-time Red Velvet Treat! 
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Lizzy Do said...

Another red velvet winner!!! I love the photos of your wee one....I think they were a hit :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Your little one is so lucky to eat thsee yimmy whooppie pies! I've never had whoopie pies before but red velvet sounds fabulous!

Galexicupcakes said...

Is that your baby? She looks adorable. You have to show her more often. Seriously, these whoopies look great. Actually, the entire collection of red velvet goodness is fantastic. Great job in posting all of these recipes.. xoxo

Kristen said...

So cute to see your little doll eating such a fun treat.  I am sure they were great! 

Nami said...

Your little one is so lucky to eat thsee yimmy whooppie pies! I've never had whoopie pies before but red velvet sounds fabulous! 

Erin said...

Loving the red velvet!  These look perfect, and I am all for the creamy vanilla filling.  Your daughter is gorgeous!

elisabeth@foodandthrift said...

Marsha-these Red Velvet whoopi pies look so amazing, and oh, so yummy! Love the recipe, and I do want to make these for Valentine's. Thanks, for sharing!
You missed the awards, that I had your name on, as well!
Please accept the awards I have passed on to you. Just copy and paste, and pass it on to other food bloggers, or keep it for yourself!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oh, how my Liv (many, many more than 28 months - she's 12!) would LOVE these!!  I've never actually made Whoopie Pies, but she has been asking for them.  Make them red velvet and I know she would be happy. 
Great pics, but the wee one shots steal the show!!

Kim Bee said...

Omg I got a batch of these from a blogger during the cookie swap thing at Christmas and they are the bomb. SO good! I am totally making these this weekend. Or hopping on a plane if you have any left. 

theharriedcook said...

This is was my favorite of all the Red Velvet treats, Lizzy! And I think the whole family was in agreement! So delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Yes, Jackie! That's my little girl :) She's a foodie just like her mama :) Thanks for the compliment :) Getting the posts out has been a challenge, but also a ton of fun! Thanks for the support!

theharriedcook said...

They were, Kristen! She enjoyed them a lot! Thanks for stopping by :)

theharriedcook said...

I love whoopie pies, but have never made them at home before... and like most things - homemade turned out to be better than any other whoopie pie I've had! Thanks for stopping by, Nami!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Erin! :) The creamy vanilla filling was really awesome... but next time, just to satisfy my curiosity about which one is better, I am going to try the cream cheese filling! Thanks for stopping by :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Elisabeth! I don't know how I missed seeing the bit about the awards! I guess I was too busy drooling over the oven roasted tomatoes! I thank you for the awards... I have added it happily to my awards page :) Thanks for thinking of me! :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Kim! This was my first time making whoopie pies, but I don't think it'll be my last! Everybody loved it! Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Hop on a plane! I would be glad to make you a batch.. or two... or six! :) Enjoy baking this weekend! Thanks for stopping by, Kim! :)

Magic of Spice said...

Wow these look amazing! I think the vanilla filling is a much better idea...I want to be mean and grab it right out of the little ones hands...just kidding, I would share :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Nancy! She won't let you grab things out of her hands... but she will share :) Thanks for stopping by!

anjusabu said...

Yay.. I got to taste this! One is not enough, by the way :D It was the bestest red velvet whoopie pies ever!!

theharriedcook said...

Will make you more... I am sorry I counted wrong! Thank you for your comment!

MIsh Mosh said...

I love that it doesn't have the ever present Cream cheese filling can't wait to try making these

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