RECIPE: Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Hearts
This year, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scrumptious whoopie pie recipe that will please any Valentine! Of course, if you donâ€™t want to bake you can always buy delicious chocolates in unique flavors like the Organic Spicy Aztec Valentine Chocolate BarÂ or for something more traditional try the Godiva Dark Chocolate Truffle Heart Biscuit Gift Pack.
As a foodie and amateur baker myself, baking is my favorite thing to do and making whoopie pies is definitely one of my favorite things to make! Whatâ€™s not to love? To make whoopie pies even more festive, you can make them into heart shapes. There are actually two ways to make these decadent hearts. First you can trace hearts on a piece of parchment paper or you can buy a Heart Shaped Whoopie Pie PanÂ to make the baking process easier! Before any baking begins, the best advice I can give everyone is have all your ingredients measured out and near you so when you start the mixing you wonâ€™t be frazzled or confused. Have measuring cups out like the Nesting Owls Measuring CupsÂ and also donâ€™t forget your mixing bowls like the 3-Piece Stainless Steel Nesting Mixing Bowl Set.
And now for the recipe:
Red Velvet Heart Shaped Whoopie Pies
â€˘ Spray cooking spray on the whoopie pie pan so it wonâ€™t stick.
If you decide to use parchment instead, take out a tray and trace hearts on it leaving at least 1 inch in between them.
â€˘ Pre-heat the oven to 350 â€“ 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together.
â€˘ 2 cups of all-purpose flour
â€˘ 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
â€˘ Â˝ teaspoon of baking soda
â€˘ ÂĽ teaspoon of salt
Using an electric mixer or hand mixer combine:
â€˘ Â˝ cup of softened butter
â€˘ 1 cup of packed brown sugar
â€˘ Mix until the butter and sugar is light and fluffy at slow/medium speed, then slowly add:
â€˘Â 1 egg
â€˘Â 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
â€˘ After combined slowly pour in:
â€˘Â Â˝ cup of buttermilk
â€˘ Add in the dry ingredients until everything is combined
â€˘ Turn off the mixer, use a spatula and stir in:
â€˘Â 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
â€˘Â Spoon the batter onto the parchment paper or pan (donâ€™t fill up to the top, it will overflow and will not look pretty)
â€˘ Bake for 7-9 minutes until the cookies are set
â€˘Â Place the tray on a rack to cool
Cream Cheese Filling
â€˘Â Soften one 8-ounce package of cream cheese (with a mixer or spoon)
â€˘Â Start adding the confectionerâ€™s sugar by the tablespoon full and stop to taste the filling
â€˘Â Add confectionerâ€™s sugar to taste (however sweet you want it to be)
Putting it all together!
â€˘Â Take the cooled cookies and spread the cream cheese filling into them and then put them together! Nice and easy!
Now itâ€™s time to give them to your Valentine and enjoy them together. If you try this recipe, please let me know how it turned out!
What is your favorite Valentineâ€™s Day treat?
Recipe inspiration courtesy of: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/red-velvet-whoopie-pie/