Red Velvet Heart Whoopie Pies: XOXO

Are you Valentine’s Day overloaded yet?  Well, you can’t be.  I have one more recipe to share with you. Make these whoopie pies for your friends, your family, your classmates, or that special someone.  If he or she doesn’t know you exist yet, these will be sure to woo him or her.

Red? Check.  Heart? Check. Delicious? Check.

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.   This picture was taken before the cocoa was added.

In another bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds.

Beat in brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add in egg and vanilla and beat.

Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating after each addition just until combined.  My dough was especially thick, so I had to thin it out a bit.  I’ve adjusted the recipe, so this won’t happen to you.

Add in the red food coloring, being careful to not stir too hard and splash the coloring.

I added a whole bottle of the red that comes in the 4-pack of food coloring.  That was enough red.

Stir until all of the color is equally distributed.

Scoop batter into 1 or 2 inch diameter rounds about 1/2 inch high on greased or parchment covered baking sheets.

I wanted heart whoopie pies, so I put my batter in a plastic bag with the tip of the bag cut off. 

I piped two strips of batter onto the sheet, and then I shaped it into hearts.

Bake for 7-11 minutes depending on the size of your whoopie pies.  Don’t overbake these because you don’t want any crunch with whoopie pies, only softness.  Let cool on wire rack.

Match up your cookies to make a pair.

Now onto the frosting:

Note: Jane whipped these frosting up in a jiffy, but I wasn’t able to get any pictures of the intermediate steps.  This recipe is simple though.

Cream together cream cheese and butter together.  Beat in milk and vanilla.  Stir in powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Taste to make sure it tastes good (this last step is optional but highly recommended). Look at that bowlful of heaven.

Spread frosting on one cookie, sandwich with the other matching cookie.

If only these hearts weren’t bad for my heart.

That’s me on the left, and Caroline on the right.

Enjoy!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Recipe from: Better Homes and Gardens

Frosting Recipe from: Sweetcakes Bakeshop

Recipe: Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

XOXO

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