Red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint filling
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Hello, friends! Are you hungry? If not, then you will be after seeing today’s post, especially if you have a sweet tooth! I’m sharing a heavenly recipe for red velvet whoopie pies with a subtle peppermint cream cheese filling.
I’m joining with lots of my talented friends who are also sharing their favorite cookie recipes all week. Maryann at Domestically Speaking has organized a week-long parade of cookies that will leave your mouth watering. All of the links for the recipes are at the bottom of the post, so please be sure to visit all week and get some great recipes for the upcoming holiday season.
Red velvet cake has been a staple for special occasions in our family for years. It’s originally a southern thing, but it’s wonderful wherever you live. If you’re not familiar with it, red velvet is basically chocolate with red food coloring added. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain chocolate, but the red looks so beautiful at Christmas and Valentine’s day. Plus it still tastes the same.
I’ve made red velvet cake and red velvet brownies, but this was a new recipe for me and it’s definitely a keeper. And I’ve seen recipes for whoopie pies before but was always a little intimidated. Rest assured that this recipe is super simple to make even though it looks like you spent all day making it.
The red velvet cake and brownies that I’ve made in the past have a basic cream cheese frosting, which goes great with the chocolate flavor. But this recipe is a little different since the filling has a subtle hint of peppermint flavor. We love chocolate mint so we’ll be making this one again and again, I’m sure. FYI, if peppermint isn’t your favorite, you can substitute with vanilla extract.
The recipe is originally from a 2010 Better Homes & Garden holiday recipe magazine that I’ve kept throughout the years. Let me know what you think of it!!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Peppermint Filling
This recipe for red velvet whoopie pies has a subtle peppermint flavor in the cream cheese filling. If you love chocolate and mint, you’ll love this version. Makes a beautiful and tasty food gift.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 40 M
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1-oz bottle of red food coloring
Peppermint-Cream cheese filling
- 6 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
How to cook Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Peppermint Filling
For the whoopie pies
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. This keeps the cookies from sticking or getting too hard.
- Add butter to a mixing bowl and beat on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
- Add brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl as needed.
- Beat in egg and vanilla.
- Using low speed on your mixer, alternately add the flour and buttermilk, beating just until combined.
- Stir in red food coloring.
- Spoon dough with a rounded teaspoon onto your cookie sheet, placing them 2″ apart.
- Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on your cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
- Spread filling on the flat/bottom side of one cookie then place another one on top of it to create a sandwich.
For the filling
- Combine cream cheese, butter, and peppermint extract in mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Gradually add powdered sugar. If necessary, add milk, 1 tsp at a time, to make the right spreading consistency.
I used a cake decorator for the filling because I found it easier. You could also use an icing spreader or knife.
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Now that you have cookies on your mind, here are my friends’ holiday cookie recipes. They all look so yummy! Be sure to drop by and get the recipes for all of them. Keep scrolling for everyone’s links.
Easy Spritz Cookies (not pictured)