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Dec152010

Red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint filling

Do you know how whoopie pies got their name? The story goes like this. Amish women often baked these cake-cookie treats (then called hucklebucks) and secretly placed them into the lunchboxes of their farmer family members. When they were discovered, the farmers would yell, "Whoopie!"

If you like cake and cookies and delicious, creamy frosting, you will love these whoopie pies. They were yet another treat that we in our house immediately labeled: DANGEROUS! BRING TO WORK ASAP!

(Source: 100 Best Cookies magazine)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

Add:

1 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat until combined, occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl.

Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until just combined.

Add a total of 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 cup at a time, and beat on low speed until combined.

Add a total of 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat on low speed until combined.

Add a 1-oz. bottle of red food coloring.

Stir. Wow! Red!

Drop batter by rounded teaspoons onto a lightly greased (or parchment-covered) baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 7-9 minutes, or until edges are set. Allow whoopie pies to cool.

Spread Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting onto the bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, bottom side down.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

And then yell, "WHOOPIE!"

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (8)

I have noticed a lot of whoopie pie recipes lately, but not one as beautiful as these! They are so festive for the holidays, with color and flavor:) Maybe it is finally time for me to try to make some:)
Happy Holidays!!!

12.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerra

Oh, absolutely adorable! I love the holiday twist. Fantastic photos!

12.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenterimwaytoobusy

Yum!!!! I will never get tired of reading whoopie pie recipes :)

I love the flavor the brown sugar adds to red velvet cake. My red velvet cookies never turn that red, I guess I need to add more food coloring. These sound delicious with peppermint filling.

How long can these whoopies last for?

02.16.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranzela

When stored in the refrigerator, they are good for up to 3 days, maybe 4..

02.16.2011 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

btw, i'm a newbie. the flour used, is it all purpose flour or self raising flour?

02.16.2011 | Unregistered Commenteranzela

All-purpose flour. Thanks for pointing this out, I will revise my post to reflect this!

02.16.2011 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

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