12 February 2013

red velvet whoopie pies

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Valentine's Day means some head spinning for me.  Pink cookies, heart shaped everything, chocolate covered strawberry demands, AH! Stop the madness!  I like the holiday, but I am going to be glad once it's over.

Luckily, I have a very low maintenance man.  All I have to do is bake enough sugary snacks to keep his belly full.  We're also sneaking in a little v-day time tomorrow night and having dinner together.

I made these heart-shaped Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for you guys, but Brian absolutely loves them.  He claims they taste like they are straight out of a Little Debbie's package.  I think this is a compliment?

These were kind of an experiment.  I was afraid the batter would be too runny to pipe into heart shapes, so I did a little tweaking.  They turned out PERFECT and I even made you a little video last night when I was up late watching Fashion Police.

Anyhow, if you are looking for an easy and super cute treat to make for this Thursday, these are it!  Adorable, don't need to be refrigerated, and taste like they are mass produced... what more could you ask for this Valentine's Day?

Recipe for Red Velvet Whoopie Pies  (makes 18), adapted from Annie's Eats

2 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4  tsp salt
8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 oz red food coloring

(for the icing)
12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2-3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F.  Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in large bowl and set aside.  Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients, buttermilk, and food coloring and beat until thoroughly mixed (about 30 seconds).  Be careful not to over mix.

Pipe into 2in hearts onto parchment lined baking sheets, leaving about an inch between each.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotating halfway through.

For icing, beat all ingredients together until smooth.  If icing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk (or water) and beat until proper consistency.

Pipe frosting onto half of the cookies and top with a matching heart.  Voila!  Happy Valentine's Day, you sap. :)

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