All of the Valentine’s Day posts popping up around the blogosphere are making me super excited. Heart shaped cookies, heart cupcakes, heart shaped s’mores galore! The internet needs a little more pink in it’s mix, don’t ya think?

Here is my contribution – deliciously sweet and creamy red velvet whoopie pies. These babies have a soft outer cookie with a cream cheese filling that will melt your heart.

I ended up making these this past weekend at my boyfriends parents house. We went to visit their new most adorable puppy ever puppy and while I was there I thought I’d get some Valentine’s baking in.

’cause, whoopie pies are awesome.

Enjoy friends! And happy Valentin’s Day!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Recipe taken from Annie’s Eats

For the cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 oz. red food coloring

For the frosting
8 oz. cream cheese
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 375? F. Using a heart template cut out from card stock, trace evenly spaced hearts onto pieces of parchment paper sized to fit two cookie sheets. Place the parchment on the cookie sheets so that the side you have drawn on is facing down; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, beat in about a third of the dry ingredients, followed by half of the buttermilk, beating each addition just until incorporated. Repeat so that all the buttermilk has been added and then mix in the final third of dry ingredients. Do not overbeat. Blend in the food coloring.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip. Pipe the batter onto the parchment paper using the heart tracings as a guide. Bake 6-8 minutes or until the tops are set, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets at least 10 minutes, until they can be easily transferred to a cooling rack. Repeat with any remaining batter. Allow cookies to cool completely before proceeding.

To make the cream cheese frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.

Transfer the frosting to a clean pastry bag fitted with a plain, round tip. Pair the cookies up by shape and size. Flip one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up. Pipe frosting onto the flat-sided cookie of each pair, leaving the edges clear. Sandwich the cookies together so the flat sides are facing each other and press gently to help the filling reach the edges. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container.

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29 Responses to Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

  1. Villy says:

    These look great! I’m not in the US and whoopie pies are not something common around here. It’s through my love for cooking and food blogs that I found out about them. 🙂 One question: when you remove the pies from the oven are they hard all around or just on the edges (as for cookies for example) and they become harder while cooling? Want to be sure because I prefer them to remain on the soft side! Thanks and (from a biologist to a biologist) congrats on your lovely blog!

    • I’m Canadian! haha whoopie pies seem to be getting popular here now too. They’re so pretty! The key to keeping these soft is to make sure not to over mix the flour mixture with the wet mixture AND not to over bake. I baked mine for 7 minutes and they stayed soft, but they may have gone hard after any longer. I think just like a chocolate chip cookie, the key is to under bake these babies 🙂

  2. Red velvet is the bomb! Do you happen to have a favorite brand of food coloring that doesn’t have odd chemical ingredients in it?

    • I wish, but no I don’t. I just used regular old food colouring! Have you tried gel?? It takes a smaller amount of colouring so that might be a good option for you.

      • Jenny @simmerandsteam says:

        if you boil red beets and puree them, it makes an excellent substitute for red food coloring. Using a natural, non-alkalized cocoa powder (Hershey’s makes one), allows the cookies to still be red without the pesky chemicals! 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Very cute whoopies for Vday

  4. I love this idea! So pretty to V’s Day! I use only gel dyes now and find them so much more reliable in terms of color control:)

  5. Merin says:

    they look so cute.

  6. Tracy says:

    These are so fun! I’m loving the explosion of pink around the Internet too. 🙂

  7. Tracey says:

    I made these last year too, they’re so perfect for Valentine’s Day! Yours look great, sort of has me wanting to make them again 🙂

  8. Erin says:

    So cute and perfect for Valentine’s day. Love these! 🙂

  9. Mary says:

    These are really delicious sounding and SO pretty! Perfect for a house of girls like mine!
    mary x

  10. D says:

    Aww, these are adorable!

  11. Joanne says:

    I’ve made red velvet whoopie pies before and they are SO GOOD. I love your heart shapes!

  12. These look amazingly tasty! I love red velvet! I look forward to looking around you blog have a wonderful week!

  13. My grandkids would just love these! Might have to try them on Sunday…

  14. Deborah says:

    THese are so pretty, the perfect Valentines treat!

  15. Love all the fun red velvet treats I’m seeing this year for Valentine’s.

  16. hotlyspiced says:

    These are gorgeous. Love the red and white colour combination. And cream cheese frosting is my favourite.

  17. These are so warm and yummy looking, my nieces will really enjoy these. 😀

  18. These are too cute! I love the way they baked together!

  19. So cute and tempting! Your whoopie pies are wonderful.



  20. Jen says:

    I’m so addicted to red velvet. I’ve been looking at a couple different whoopie pie recipes. I can’t wait to try them myself!!

  21. These are absolutely adorable and just perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  22. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says:

    These look soooo good! Red velvet has been all over blogs the past few weeks and your whoopie pies look delish!

  23. Margarita says:

    Yummm!!! Hard work pays off. This cake looks and I’m sure tastes fabulous! I wish I can have a piece or two.

  24. These are gorgeous! Wow, i love the heart shape, i love anything heart shapped! Gorgeous!!!!!!!

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