Saturday, May 17, 2014

Memorial Day Whoopie Pies/#KickOffToSummerWeek2014/#Gift Card Giveaway

These Memorial Day Whoopie Pies are just plain fun! They are red velvet on one side, blue velvet on the other side, and creamy, sweet goodness in the middle! Fun, fun, fun!

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Memorial Day Whoopie Pies
2 1/2 cups Flour
3 tablespoons dark unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Buttermilk
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 tablespoon Vegetable Shortening, at room temp.
3/4 cup firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla 
1 tablespoon Red Gel Food Coloring
1 tablespoon Blue Gel Food Coloring
Filling
3 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla 
pinch of Salt

I made 2 batches of the whoopie pies. One I tinted red, and one blue.
 The recipe above is for 1 batch, so you will need twice the ingredients.
You can just double the filling amounts if you are making that many.
This makes approx 20 whoopie pies made in to stars, with red on 
one side and blue on the other.
(This recipe is adapted from Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together your flour, cocoa powder,
 baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix together the canola oil and buttermilk.
Set aside.
Using a big mixer with a paddle attachment,
cream the butter and shortening.
Scrape down the bowl and add the sugars.
Beat until light and fluffy~about 5 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Scrape down the bowl and add the red (or blue)
food coloring.
Mix on low speed for a few seconds to incorporate.
On low speed, start adding the flour mix. You will add them alternately
with the buttermilk mix. Begin and end with the flour mix and 
blend only until combined. Scrape down the sides.
Cover and chill for at least 15 minutes. 
Make the recipe all over again, only tint the mix blue this time.
Chill this one also. I made both mixes in the evening and chilled
them overnight. They worked great and it broke up the time.
Take a large piece of parchment paper and cut it in half.
It should fit on 2 baking sheets.
Using a star cookie cutter, trace around the cutter.
I put 6 stars on each sheet.
Don't worry about using a pen, we will flip the
paper over to cook.
Take your cookie batter and place it in a pastry bag.
I used a Wilton #5 tip. I tried several others,
but the #5 worked the best for me.
Make sure to flip your paper over. You will be
able to see through it.
Outline the star on the baking sheet .
Start filling in the star, using the same tip.
I tried all different ways to fill in the stars.
It doesn't really matter the design, as long as all the
star is filled with batter.
Put in to your oven and bake for 9 minutes.
Yours may take more time, but 9 min. was perfect for my oven.
Do it all over again with the blue batter.
Mix up your cream cheese filling by sifting the confectioners'
sugar into a bowl. In a separate mixer bowl mix together the
 butter and cream cheese. Add the confectioners sugar, vanilla 
and salt. Beat until smooth. Don't over mix. This can be made 
a day ahead of time also. Refrigerate, but let it soften 
before using.
Use a pastry bag filled with your frosting. I used a 
#10 tip. Pipe the frosting around the star and inside it to 
cover the entire bottom.
Gently place the top on the frosting.
Remember that cream cheese should be refrigerated,
and these are great cold!
Enjoy your whoopie pies!

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8 comments:

BecHeflin said...

Oh my goodness... these whoopie pies are SO stinkin' cute!

Christy Spurlock said...

Since our anniversary is Memorial Day weekend, we always try to spend our time together in a special location.

Agos said...

They're so cute! And just as yummy, I'm sure :)

H said...

Spending time together and having BBQ party.

Dawn Monroe said...

It will be our first real family cookout of the year, I can't wait!

Tammy ohagan said...

I look forward to having family and friends over for a game of horseshoes and corn hole!

Jenn said...

BBQ with the family!

Jenny Scheldberg said...

Our tradition is to go up north to the family cabin.