Aug

17

2009

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

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RV whoopie pies-Duo Dishes
We have been immensely fortunate to have so many people in our lives who’ve lent their skills and services to help the Duo get off the ground.  We’re sure the day will come when we will receive an invoice, confer with our accountants, put a check in the mail and pay all services in full.  Until then, the best way to compensate such gestures come in the form of edible delights.  Such was the case with our dear friend Rustin, who literally spent weeks designing the logo for our site, retouching photos, and being a pillar of support.  His request for the hard work?  None other than a batch of whoopie pies.  Really.  Honestly, what better way to say “thank you” than with a tasty treat?  This was a debt we were happy to pay off.
This experience has finally introduced us to the magnificent world of whoopie pies, which is a very particular world mind you!  Although we are late to ride the whoopie pie train, we can say the first hop aboard was interesting. A whoopie pie is neither cookie nor cake, but some happy place in the middle.  A proper whoopie pie is not filled with just your run-of-the-mill frosting, or even with marshmallow fluff.  No no no, friends, it’s made from a very particular combination of shortening, butter, milk, flour, etc.  Well sorry, but we like marshmallow fluff, so that’s how we filled them.  We’re actually not that sorry because the result was blissfully, creamy goodness oozing out from the sides and sticking to the fingers.  This is a good thing and the tell-tale sign that you have a true whoopie pie and not some Little Debbie wannabe. We’re looking forward to trying more flavors of the whoopie pie…maybe even creating some of our own.  Too bad we can’t fill our bank accounts with these delicious goodies in order to pay off the rest of our little helpers.  The world would be such a better, and sweeter, place!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies – 60 1-inch cookies or 42 2-inch cookies(adapted from Seattle Times)

Cookie/Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 ounce red food coloring

Filling
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
4 ounces cream cheese, room temp
7 ounces marshmallow cream

1. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.  Add egg and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Starting with dry ingredients, alternately add to creamed butter mixture with buttermilk, ending with dry.  Stir in food coloring.

3. Using two spoons, drop batter on prepared baking sheets leaving 1 inch between them.  (Our rounds of batter varied from 1-1 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch high.)

4. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes, or until they bounce back upon touch. Cool completely baking racks.

5.  As they cool, cream remaining ingredients for filling.  Spoon a bit of filling on the flat side of one mound and top with another to make a sandwich.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.

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  1. I love happy in the middle places, and this sounds like one without a doubt. No need to apologize for the marshmallow creme, it looks delicious with the cream cheese, etc. Red velvet is the perfect choice for the filling. LOVELY cak-ookie!!

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  2. The favors are the best form of payment. Money comes and goes but having someone you know will be there to help you rip up carpet and spend all day installing wood floors just for wings is a beautiful thing.

    I am here to lend support to everything marshmallow fluffiness.

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  3. thats a great treat!! the best way to pay off!! hehe love the fillings.

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  4. I agree that these whoppie pies look absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t mind a couple myself!

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  5. What a mouthwatering, vibrant and moist looking pies. I am sure it tastes delicious.

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  6. I went to college in Lancaster County, PA, real PA Dutch country, and experienced my first whoopie pies in those days. I may have eaten similar things in the past, but never under that name. My campus had its own bakery, so the pies came right from the kitchen. For some reason, the cooks called them “Woofie Pies” though.

    I don’t mind marshmallow cream. I think it’s just as good as shortening-based frosting. I know some people think it’s gross, but when the recipe calls for it, I think it’s perfect. But I’m aslo one of those rare adults who admits to like Fluffernutters.

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  7. I’ve never made whoopie pies, but yours look wicked good. :)

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  8. These look great! I wish all payments could be in the form of food (well, except my paycheck, of course). The Husband and I are building a new deck and payment with baking would be better than the quote we’re looking at! :-)

    K

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  9. I thought those looked like red velvet cake. What a brilliant idea! They look amazing, Duo, and I agree on the marshmallow fluff … fun and yummy!

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  10. I love the idea of red velvet whoopie pie! Sounds very luscious and wonderful!

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  11. Very creative!

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  12. red velvet…cookies!? YUM! put the cream filling on the side for my batch, please. :)

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  13. I love the idea of the small size cake, these bites look so moist, tasty and yummie! Like the idea of marshmallow and cream cheese filling. Crystal and Amir, I have a “little something” for you, please go to http://simplerecipes.me/ at the bottom of the post :-)

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  14. OMG!!! I love you two even more now. I LOVE red velvet and I LOOOVE whoopie pies. They’re just so fun to eat. Pass me a few of those would, ya?

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  15. I voted for you guys! And added you to my blog roll :D

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  16. Hats off to you, pure inspiration red velvet + whoopie pies! Holy Cow – bring it on!

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  17. I’m so sad whenever I see these beautiful red velvet desserts. I’m allergic to food coloring! =(

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  18. They really do look beautiful!

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  19. I definitely want to make some whoopie…

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  20. Red velvet whoopie pies sounds like a great way to say thank you! They look great.

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  21. I find that people just love food as a “thank you” for all sorts of pro-bono work :-)

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  22. Ooh! I really want to make whoopie pies… and red velvet… how decadent! Thanks for the recipe!

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  24. Nice flavour! I love red velvet. What a great thankyou!

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  25. Whoopie pies for services rendered instead of money? Why not. These delicious things would make a great currency.

    Now I’m craving marshmallow fluff …

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  26. I’ve been looking for a good whoopie pie recipe for a while now and never even considered red velvet! YUM! And yes, food is the best payment :)

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  27. My husband and daughter love hostess cupcakes–and you just begin to imagine how ecstatic they’d be if I made these? I hope they’re nice to me in the next couple of days….

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  28. Do you owe me for anything? haha I’d love a batch of these beauties!!!

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  29. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies……how sinfully delicious and sweet! Love these, can’t think of a more heartfelt way to express love and gratitude!

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  30. this isnt just any ol’ whoopie pie either – wow what a nice way to say thanks!

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  31. Wow, those look so good! I never would have thought about making them home made!

    And how nice your friend helped you guys so much! I love the new Logo!

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  32. Those are some lovely looking pies I’d say!

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  33. agh! I have not had a whoopie pie yet. The pictures always looks amazing. I’ll take a couple..or 7.

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  34. I think these would make a terrific payment – they look extra tasty.

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  35. OH this is genius. Why is red velvet anything so appealing? These look delectable!!

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  36. Oh no you didn’t! I’m trying to break free from the clutches of the whoopie, but here they are, splathered on my computer screen, encouraging my taste buds.

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  37. I love the idea of red velvet whoopie pies!

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  38. These look beautiful! I’ve never been overly into whoopie pies, but the marshmallow fluff filling looks really appealing and the red velvet part looks really fabulous.

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  39. If you think you are late riding the whoopie pie train, you might feel better if I told you I don’t even know where that train stops, maybe I’ll catch it in the winter :-p

    Red velvet is a great choice for these little guys. They do look delicious!

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  40. The one and only recipe that I looked up online to make whoopie pies called for a special, shallow “whoopie pan” (can’t remember what it was called), which I was just not willing to invest in, so I never made them. I had a “d’oh!” moment when I read your recipe and realized I could just drop the dough onto the cookie sheet!

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  41. Those look delightful!! You guys are making it very hard for me to stay on my diet!

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  42. not a huge marshmallow fluff fan, but I LOVE red velvet cupcakes and I noticed your filling had cream cheese in addition to fluff so I’m pretty certain I would really enjoy these. Homebaked treats are better than any sort of cash payment!

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  43. A red velvet whoopie pie?

    GENIUS!!!

    So I’m not very good at techy stuff, but if you ever need help with anything else (laundry, dishes, running up stairs), you just let me know! ;)

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  44. Those look so good! A wonderful treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  45. Yum! Reminds me of our Red, White, and Blue Velvet Sandwich Cakes we made for 4th of July. I love the texture of these lil whoopies! So fun and yummy.

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  46. Food sometimes is the greatest way to thank someone. Those look delicious.

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  47. Nice job on those whoopie pies! Glad someone had good luck. Our first try wasn’t much of a success (see our blog).

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  48. Yum! I adore red velvet cake, so red velvet + fluff? Heaven.

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  49. [...] ingredients I had on hand.  One brief visit to the lovely Taste Spotting site later, and I had found my precious (which was featured on the blog, Duo [...]

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