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Valentines Day is just around the corner and that means it is time to break out all the red velvet recipes and celebrate with the one you love.    These whoopie pies will be a favorite Valentines Day treat for sure!!

It’s time for a little whoopie…whoopie pie that is

I’m sorry I just can’t resist.  It is just too easy.  Ok…I know enough, lets move on.

I love red velvet anything.  Red Velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes and especially red velvet whoopie pies.  Whoopie pies are just about the best invention ever.  They are a perfect cross between a cupcake & a cake that can all be held in your hand.  No fork needed and you get a little cake and a little icing in each bite.  It doesn’t get much better (at least in my opinion).

Who knew how easy they are…

Are you a fan of whoopie pies?  The Hubby and I both are fans but I had never made them.  We were going to my parents house for a little get together with some old family friends and wanted to take some fun yummies.  It is time for some whoopie pies.

Not knowing how long it was going to take to whip these little yummies out I started super early, like 7 AM.  Little did I know but I would have time to make 2 additional cookies as well to 2 variations of whoopie pies.  I am not sure why I thought it was going to be difficult to make them, but really it was so easy & fun.  Yes I said fun.

You mix together some pretty basic ingredients to make a super moist and delicious thick cake batter and then a fluffy frosting and voila you are done.  Trust now that I know how easy they are I will making all sorts of whoopie pies.

Red Velvet, please

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Serves 18 Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies that are light but still rich and filled with a delicious cream cheese filling that makes these whoopie pies something to remember!!

20 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup, packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract (or vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring (may need more) - I use gel food coloring
Cream Cheese Filling
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract (or vanilla extract)
1 cup confectioner's sugar
Seasonal sprinkles for decorating, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt, set aside
In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes
Add in egg, mixing until just combined, scraping down the sides as needed
Add in buttermilk and vanilla bean extract until just combined
Slowly add in flour mixture, scraping down the sides until just combined and no flour streaks remain
Drop in food color and mix until mixture is a deep rd (or the color you desire)
Using a cookie scoop place mounds of dough onto prepared baking sheets
Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until cookies are just set in the center
Let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely
--For the Filling--
In the bowl of s stand mixture cream together cream & butter until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed
Add in vanilla bean extract and mix until combined
Add in confectioner sugar mixing until combined with mixer on low
After sugar is combined turn mixer onto high and beat for 4-5minutes until filling is light and fluffy
Once cookies are cooled completely place a good amount of filling onto 1 whoopie cake and then sandwich with another, repeating until all whoopee pies are made
Roll in seasonal sprinkles is you want
Serve and ENJOY!!

Notes

Each Whoopie Pie is 12 WW Smart Points

Nutritional Info

Calories 263 - Calories from Fat 108 - Total Fat 12 g - Saturated Fat 6.9 g - Monounsaturated Fat 4.6 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 46 g - Sodium 245 mg - Potassium 110 mg - Total Carbohydrate 35 g - Dietary Fiber 0 g - Sugars 23 g - Protein 3 g

Vitamin A 8 % - Vitamin C 0 % - Calcium 4 % - Iron 6 %

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Let’s talk frosting real quick

Being that these are red velvet whoopie pies I use a traditional cream cheese buttercream.  I just love cream cheese and red velvet together.   If you are not a cream cheese fan, a classic buttercream is delicious or the Oreo icing from the Oreo Whoopie Pies.

For some extra fun get the kids involved with decorating.

Whether you will be celebrating with just the one you love or the whole family these whoopie pies are sure to be a hit this Valentines Day.

Make today (& Valentines) Sparkles – MJ


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