The Freshman Cook: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies / #ChristmasCookieWeek

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Doesn’t just saying the name, “Whoopie Pie” make you smile? I smile every time! The name just says “fun” and “yum”! So, when I was putting together a list of cookies to bake for friends this Christmas, I couldn’t forget to include the fun Whoopie Pie. The Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, are my favorite, especially for the holidays, and after you make this recipe, I know it will become your favorite also! 
These Whoopie Pies look great in green also, and they are so cute when you make one side red and the other side green!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
(printable recipe at end of page)


2 1/2 cups Flour
3  tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 teaspoons 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 
3/4 cup firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1tablespoon Red Gel Food Coloring

3 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla
pinch of salt

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix together the canola oil and buttermilk. Set aside. Using a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and vegetable shortening. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy~about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.Add the food coloring. Mix on low. 
Start adding the flour mix a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk mix. Blend only until combined, then scrape down the sides and chill in fridge for at least 15 minutes.
Use a circle cookie cutter and draw around them with a pen. These will be your guides for the batter.
Flip the paper over so you are not placing food on the pen marks. Use a large round tip (#5) and place the batter in a pastry bag. Fill in the circles with the batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes. 
Mix up your cream cheese filling by sifting the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl. In a separate mixer bowl mix together the butter and cream cheese.Add the sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat until smooth, but do not over mix. Place filling in a pastry bag, and using a #10 tip, or a decorative one if you prefer, pipe the frosting around the bottom cookie.
Place another cookie on the top and refrigerate until time to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Scroll down a bit to find many more Christmas Cookies you will want to check out! So many goodies in one place!!

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