Buttercream & Frosting, Cookies, Desserts, Holidays

Red Velvet Christmas Whoopie Pies

December 19, 2011
What’s a Christmas dessert without the colors of red and green?  No matter what you make for your Christmas desserts, something has to be the traditional red and green Christmas colors.  Right?
Well, lately, I have been consumed in all things Christmas – Christmas desserts, Christmas gifts, Christmas parties.  Of course if my mind can’t think about anything else other than Christmas, I had to create some red and green festive desserts.  
These Red Velvet Whoopie Pies were the first festive dessert I made.  I loved the way they looked so much that I didn’t want to eat them.  Of course we ate them, because, come on, you know me.  But still, they are pretty cute and Christmas-y aren’t they?!
Whoppie Pies are a cross between a cookie and cake.  They are soft and fluffy, but still hold their shape in a cookie form.
This whoopie pie is fashioned after the traditional Red Velvet Cake {One of my favorites!}.  They are filled with a tangy Cream Cheese Frosting, and then rolled in green sprinkles.
Tasty and Festive  — The perfect treat.  Enjoy!

Red Velvet Christmas Whoopie Pies 
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Makes: About 20 Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoppie Pies 
2 cups All Purpose Flour 
2 tablespoon Cocoa Powder 
½ teaspoon Baking Powder 
¼ teaspoon Salt 
8 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature 
1 cup Light Brown Sugar 
1 Egg 
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 
½ cup Buttermilk 
2 tablespoon (or more) Red Food Coloring
Cream Cheese Frosting 
8 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened 
¼ cup (½ stick) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature 
1 cup Confectioners Sugar 
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Green Sprinkles, for Decoration

To make the red velvet whoopie pies, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper (You will need around 2-4 baking sheets).  Set aside until needed.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  Add the egg and beat until incorporated.  Mix in the vanilla.  With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture in 3 additions – alternating with buttermilk.  Add the food coloring and mix until the batter is completely red.  If needed, add more red food coloring (only adding a couple drops at a time).
Place the batter in a pastry bag, fitted with a large round top.  Pipe 1½-inch circles onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 1-inch in-between each whoopie pie.
Bake the whoopie pies until set, about 8-10 minutes; do not over-bake.  Remove from the oven and let rest on the baking sheets for a couple minutes; Transfer to a baking sheet to cool completely.
While the whoopie pies are cooling, make the buttercream filling.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter.  Add the confectioners sugar in 2 additions, slowly mixing in-between each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and whisk until the frosting is smooth and creamy.
To fill the whoopie pies, match up the rounds in pairs.  Place each pair next to each other, with one of the shells topside down.  Pipe a small round on the whoopie pie that it topside down.  Top with the other matching round.
Place the green sprinkles in a small, shallow ball.  Roll the side seams of the whoopie pies into the green sprinkles, so the sprinkles stick to the buttercream.
Serve and enjoy!
These last about 3 days in a sealed container.
Source: Whoopie Pies from Annies Eats, originally from Dinner and Dessert. Frosting recipe from Annie Eats, originally from Confections of a Foodie Bride.

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  • Julie @ Table for Two December 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love this! I like that you make the mini size so they’re super easy to pop in your mouth….and eat as many as my heart desires lol..the cream cheese filling sounds so good. It’s like a red velvet cake in a pop-able whoopie pie form. Those green sugar crystals are really cool looking too..they look like beads….and by beads I mean edible ones 😉

  • Joanne December 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Red velvet is kind of one of my most favorite dessert flavors of all time! I love this festive whoopie pie version of it!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking December 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    These would hit the spot right now:)) Love how you made them, and they look adorable!!!

  • Christine December 20, 2011 at 12:41 am

    This looks adorable. Love it.

  • Christy December 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Oh boy, these look so velvety-delicious!!:) What lovely eye candies these are; you’d better stock up on them, I foresee these running out very fast at parties 😀

  • Chrissy December 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    These just look so darn cute! The only problem with whoopie pies, is that you can never eat just one or two. It’s more like you end up scarfing 7 or 8.

  • Xoxjtxox December 21, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Gross…..and I like red velvet! Tasted just like flour and the cakes were flat.  I should have noticed that no one that commented had actually made them! Just wasted my time and threw them all away! Just stick with Paula Deen’s recipie and dont waste your time!!!!