Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting – Soft, cake-like red velvet cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting from Roxanashomebaking.com Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

I have a confession to make, or two. This was the first time I make whoopie pies or anything red velvet.

This year is the year or trying something new, something I’m not familiar with, something more American. Some of you might laugh right now, but I had no idea until a few years ago what a whoopie pie. I could have sworn it’s a pie, why would someone call a dessert whoopie pie if it’s not a pie. The same goes for Boston cream pie. I’ve learned it’s actually a cake. Guess I still have a lot of things to learn.

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting from Roxanashomebaking.com Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

Now, with Valentine’s day just around the corner, I told myself, this is the perfect time to make a red velvet dessert. 5 minutes later I was taking the butter out of the fridge to make these whoopie pies I found on Better Homes and Gardens. 30 minutes later I was waiting for my cookies to cool so I can sandwich them.

Of course, some never lasted around long enough to be sandwiched. Little bites of cake. They were the perfect red color, not too brownish like other red velvet desserts I’ve seen. The secret it was probably the liquid red color (I used Dab-n-color Red from Wilton).

The moment I took  a bite I fell in love. Soft pillowy cake-like cookies. Although the recipe calls for 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, they don’t taste like a vanilla or a chocolate cake. It’s different, but in a delicious way.

Once you sandwich them with smooth sweet cream cheese sandwich you’re in heaven. Think layer cake goodness but in a 3 bite-size cookie. AH-mazing!Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting from Roxanashomebaking.com Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

But I was a little disappointed. The recipe stated it yields 60 one-inch or 42 two-inch cookies but I only had enough to make 15 sandwiches, and no, they were not ginormous.

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting from Roxanashomebaking.com Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

It was time for an intervention. Time to call my mommy friends and make a new batch of woopie pies. The second time I use a tablespoon to spoon the batter on the baking sheet. Indeed, they turned out a lot more but they were all kind of shapes, but round.

The third time I used my cookie dough scoop and even tho it made again only few sandwiches they were looking so much better!

 

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 15 sandwiches

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting

Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting - Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

    Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (10 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring (liquid not paste)
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 ounce package softened cream cheese
  • 7 ounce marshmallow creme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
  4. Add, to the cream mixture, the dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition just until combined.
  5. Stir in food coloring
  6. Spoon the batter in the prepared baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  8. Cream cheese frosting
  9. In medium mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in marshmallow creme
  10. To sandwich the cookies, spoon a little frosting on the flat side of one cookie. top with another one.
  11. Enjoy!
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Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese frosting from Roxanashomebaking.com Soft, cake-like cookies sandwiched with a smooth sweet cream cheese frosting

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Roxana

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Comments

  1. says

    Congrats on your first beautiful whoopie pie recipe- you knocked it out of the park! Love the bold, fabulous red colour!! (I can never achieve that on my red velvet recipes.)

  2. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says

    I love red velvet whoopie pies! Yours look so amazing. I want to bite into one just about right now.

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    Those are gorgeous! It is funny how whoopie pies aren’t pie and boston cream pie is a cake! I can’t believe it is your first time making whoopie pies…they look perfect!!! Love the bright red color!

  4. says

    Roxana-these are gorgeous-I just love the bright red color;-)
    Your blog looks great, both in the design and for all the many treats you’ve shared with us-keep it coming I love to see what comes out of your oven;-)

  5. Kim Beaulieu says

    Roxana these are really gorgeous. Your red is bang on. Love them so much I think you should ship me a dozen. Or two dozen. Okay, let’s round it up to three dozen. xx

  6. says

    Happy Valentine’s, Roxana! I can just imagine what joy it is to live in your home. All the baking and the treats…mmm-mmm-mmm! Delicious! Your home must always smell like freshly baked goods…like a welcome embrace from a friend! And these red velvet whoopie pies – they’re as American as Valentine’s Day!

  7. says

    I love red velvet but find that it’s hard to get juuuuuust right. These whoopie pies are stunning – that red colour really pops. I can’t believe it only took you thirty minutes until you were able to frost them. I must be the slowest person in the kitchen ever, lol.

  8. Reel says

    Hi.. these look lovely! And i tried these. unfortunately they didn’t turn out the way yours did. I am not sure what went wrong. how was the batter supposed to be? I think it might have needed a little more buttermilk maybe? My batter was pretty thick and sort of sticky too. I had the worst time ever when i was trying to put them on the backing dish. they turned out to be of all different sizes because of that. And mine dont have such a texture, they have like a very smooth texture, almost like a brick. That all said, they taste awesome!! i still haven’t tried the frosting. We do not have marshmallow creme in india here but i am planning to substitute it with icing sugar for the sweetness. Any other suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Reel,
      The woopie pie batter is very similar with the cake batter, quite sticky but still holds it’s shape. As I mentioned in my post I used a cookie spoon which made scooping them on the baking sheet easier, but if you try a regular spoon it’s a little harder and definitely they’ll have different shapes. I wonder why yours turned out like a brick …
      You can sandwich the woopie pies with your favorite buttercream or even cream cheese frosting.

      Roxana

  9. says

    This is just some classic goodness going on here Roxana. I love whoopie pies. I never ate them much as a kid, but as an adult….I can’t get enough! Red velvet is always my first choice! These look fabulous!

  10. Pamela says

    Heyy… this look more than gorgeous… but i have one question… why onle liquid food coloring…i only have in non taste paste (wilton).. and here my country (chile) can`t find the liquid… It change too much? or i put less food paste color???

    Thanks ^^

    • says

      Hi Pamela,
      You can try with the paste food coloring, just can’t say how much to add to get the red color, definitely NOT 2 tablespoons like I did.

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