Recipe : Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Jen

The Red Velvet Whoopie Pies were a fun addition to the Whoopin’ it Up Party.  I am not a huge fan of red velvet cake, but I was really glad we tried them.  

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
CAKES
2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. red food coloring
11/2 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
21/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

FILLING
1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioner’ sugar
2 tsp. clear vanilla extract

TOPPINGS
White baking chips, melted

1. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Set aside.
2.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, sour cream, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla.  Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in melted chocolate.
3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
4.  For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.  Beat in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Spread filling on the bottoms of half of the cakes, about 1 Tbps. on each.  Top with remaining cookies.  Drizzle with melted baking chips.  Store in the refrigerator.

This recipe is from the Taste of Home. February/March 2011

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