Whoopie Pies in Your Favorite Red Velvet Flavor!
Red velvet cake, move over! This might be my favorite way to get my fill of red velvet. I get to nibble a little cake all to myself and the marshmallow crème filling is sweet and creamy. This recipe along with the red velvet Rocky Road Pie are both from Deborah Harroun’s new book, The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook. She brings us cakes and cupcakes, waffles, doughnuts and more, all featuring your favorite – red velvet!
The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook: Best-Ever Versions for Everything Red Velvet, with More than 50 Scrumptious Sweets and Treats. Recipe © 2014 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press
When I was dating my husband, he claimed that the best whoopie pies ever were sold at a gas station in a town about an hour from where we lived. One day, we decided that I needed to experience these treats. We made the drive, only to find out that they didn’t have any fresh whoopie pies that day. To this day, I still haven’t tried one of those pies, but I’m pretty sure my husband now considers these whoopie pies his favorite.
If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can substitute a zip-top plastic bag. Just snip off a corner of the bag after you’ve filled it.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons red liquid food coloring
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 (7-ounce) container marshmallow crème
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl to combine. Stir the food coloring and vanilla into the buttermilk.
- Beat the shortening and brown sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixture to the shortening mixture in two or three alternating additions, mixing until combined.
- Transfer the dough into a pastry bag. Pipe 36 circles of dough, about 2 inches in diameter, onto the baking sheets, keeping them about 2 inches apart. Smooth down any points of dough with a wet finger. Bake until the center springs back when touched, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheets.
- To make the filling: Beat the butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat to combine. Beat in the marshmallow crème and vanilla extract until smooth. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag. Pipe about 1 tablespoon of filling on the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie, flat side down. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.